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Superintendent's Weekly Update (11/6/20)

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Weekly Update:  Friday, November 6, 2020 

  1. Travel Guidelines

  2. We need your help: Virus spread risk at holiday celebrations

  3. COVID-19 Dashboard

  4. Covid-19 Screening Program Interest Survey extended through Sunday, November 8, 2020

Travel Guidelines for Travel During COVID-19 Pandemic

 

As families plan for the upcoming months, I want to share the District’s travel guidelines. If you have travel plans over the next couple of months, please reach out to the schools’ health offices or building principals. Our goal is to work with families who are traveling to high-risk states to ensure continuity of learning for their children.

 

In keeping with our goal of maintaining in-person learning and the lowest risk environment for our school community, we require a 14-day quarantine when students or staff travel outside of the lower risk states.

 

Travel is one of the three areas that the daily self-monitoring checklist evaluates.

If you answer yes to travel outside of the lower risk states in the past 14 days, then you must quarantine for 14 days upon return to MA.  

 

There is no testing out of this 14-day quarantine.

 

We realize the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ travel order allows for proof of a negative test within 72 hours of arrival in Massachusetts or a 14-day quarantine. The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough does not allow for testing out of the 14-day quarantine.  The reason for this is when traveling outside of your home community to an area of higher community spread, your risk of coming in contact with COVID-19 increases. The incubation period after exposure to the virus is from 2 - 14 days. By enforcing the 14-day quarantine for travel outside of the lower risk states, we are promoting a lower risk environment for our in-school students and staff.

 

This is from the Guidelines for Return to School Symptomatic/Close Contact/Travel Students:

 

IF TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF MASSACHUSETTS

THEN

RETURN TO SCHOOL

NOTIFICATIONS

If student/staff has travelled outside of lower risk states in the past 14 days (includes international travel)


N/S Daily Screening Fall 2020

YES to travel question

Quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival in Massachusetts


If student/staff becomes symptomatic refer to Health Care Provider for testing

Return to school upon completion of quarantine

(Negative test does not shorten the length of the quarantine.)

N/A

 

If you have questions pertaining to these guidelines, please contact the District Health and Wellness Coordinator, Mary Ellen Duggan mduggan@nsboro.k12.ma.us

 

We need your help: Virus spread risk at holiday celebrations (Adapted from the CDC)

As many Northborough and Southborough families begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. 

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses a low risk for spread. In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. Event organizers and attendees should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and use of mitigation strategies, as outlined in the Considerations for Events and Gatherings. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of getting infected or infecting others with the virus that causes COVID-19 at a holiday celebration. In combination, these factors will create various amounts of risk, so it is important to consider them individually and together:

  • Community levels of COVID-19 – Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are traveling from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. Family and friends should consider the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in their community and in the community where they plan to celebrate when considering whether to host or attend a holiday celebration. Information on the number of cases in an area can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting 

  • The location of the gathering – Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation, such as those with open windows or doors.

  • The duration of the gathering – Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.

  • The number of people at the gathering – Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people. CDC does not have a limit or recommend a specific number of attendees for gatherings. The size of a holiday gathering should be determined based on the ability to reduce or limit contact between attendees.

  • The locations attendees are traveling from – Gatherings with attendees who are traveling from different places pose a higher risk than gatherings with attendees who live in the same area. Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, or where attendees are traveling from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees.

  • The behaviors of attendees prior and during the gathering – Gatherings with attendees who are not adhering to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask-wearing, hand washing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than gatherings with attendees who are engaging in these preventative behaviors.

Covid-19 District Dashboard

 

NSBORO Covid-19 Screening Program Interest Survey

 

The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough have joined the “Safer Teachers, Safer Students: SARs-CoV-2 Testing Collaborative.”  The Collaborative is a group of Massachusetts communities who are piloting programs to develop a comprehensive, coordinated infrastructure for asymptomatic COVID-19 screening of PreK-12 staff and students with the goals of detecting and reducing viral transmission and helping our schools remain open for in-person learning. 

 

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