COVID 19 Update

COVID 19 Update - 12/12/21
Posted on 12/12/2021
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As we have noted in each of our BPS Weekly Updates over the last two weeks following the Thanksgiving break, we have seen an increase in Covid-19 cases involving students and staff. During the week following Thanksgiving, we had 23 cases and last week we had 28 cases. As would be expected with vaccination rates lower in elementary students, we have seen the majority of cases at the elementary level where we have the lowest number of fully vaccinated students. Last week Francis Wyman Elementary School alone had 14 confirmed cases.

With two weeks to go before our next break, we want to encourage families to continue to be diligent in monitoring their children for Covid symptoms. We will continue to inform families whose children are close contacts and perform Test and Stay Covid testing with students who are close contacts and have consent forms submitted to their school nurse. Last week alone, our school nurses helped oversee 650 Test and Stay tests.

With this in mind, we ask for your continued support as our school-based teams deal with new cases. Once a positive case comes in from the Board of Health, we check seating charts for close contacts, verify consent forms and vaccination status of close contacts, and send communication to families impacted. Please know that you will receive an email if your child is a close contact. If a test comes back positive, you will receive an immediate phone call. If you have not consented for your child to be tested, then you will also receive a phone call to come and pick up your child.

Finally, we would ask that families of students who have completed the Covid vaccine process please submit a copy of the Covid vaccine card to the school nursing office as it helps with contact tracing and confirming who needs to be involved in Test and Stay. A fully vaccinated student who is a close contact does not need to be tested if they are asymptomatic and unvaccinated will need to be quarantined if not doing the test and stay.

Eric Conti
Superintendent of Schools

Barbara Conley
Nurse Leader

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