DPS COVID Guidelines: September 1, 2022
Dedham Public Schools will be following the outline guidance provided by the CDC, Mass Dept of Public Health and DESE for the 2022-23 school year.
- NO Masks will be required for students or staff - except in school nurse offices, or upon return after a positive COVID test Days 6-10.
- NO Pooled testing will be conducted.
- NO Quarantine is required or recommended for children (or staff), regardless of vaccination status or location where individual was exposed.
- Dedham will continue to encourage and support those staff and students who choose to wear masks.
- All positive COVID-19 tests conducted by school staff at school must be reported to MA DPH
- If a student or staff member exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 during the course of the school day, they will be referred to the Nurse's office.
- WITH CONSENT FORM: The school nurse will conduct a BinaxNOW or iHealth test to check for COVID.
- WITHOUT CONSENT FORM: The school nurse will call the parent or guardian on file to pick up the student - OR - to immediately complete the consent for testing.
Students or staff who present with COVID symptoms during the school day - and who DO NOT have a new 2022 consent on file with the school nurse - will be sent home.
INDIVIDUALS WHO TEST POSITIVE:
- Individuals who test positive must isolate for at least 5 days.
Return to school after Day 5 if: asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and the individual is fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
If ABLE to mask: Must do so through Day 6 - 10
- If individual has a negative test on Day 5 or later, they do not need to mask.
- If UNABLE to mask after testing positive for Covid ; you MUST stay home for a full 10 days. Unless documentation is provided of a negative test after day 5.
Please keep your child home if s/he/they are sick!
<When In Combination With Other Symptoms>
- Fever (100.0 Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting
- Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)