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District COVID News & Updates

  • Free Telehealth for COVID-19 Treatment With Paxlovid

    Massachusetts has launched a new free telehealth program to help residents easily access COVID-19 treatment. The COVID-19 telehealth program is a quick, easy and free way for individuals to see if Paxlovid is an appropriate treatment for them. The program, open to MA residents 18 or older, is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese.

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  • ESSR III: Implementation Plan

    The purpose of the ESSER III fund is to support the safe reopening and sustaining safe operations of schools while meeting students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about DPS plans for utilizing these funds.

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  • NEW At-Home COVID Rapid Testing Program

    This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary.   To participate and receive tests, you MUST complete the form and opt-in.  Only those who opt-in will receive tests.  We strongly encourage you to fill out the form by February 2nd to opt-in.  Student tests will be distributed for the first time the week of February 7th.  Each school has a separate opt-in form for organization purposes, so please be sure to complete the correct form for each of your students. Click here for form links and to learn more.

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  • 2022 Latest Quarantine Guidelines

    On Thursday, December 30 the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) revised their guidance for isolation and quarantine for COVID-19.

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  • Can My Student Go To School? COVID Symptom Checker

    Winter is coming! Please refer to the COVID-19 symptom list and keep students home if they are sick. Click here for a symptom checklist for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated students.

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  • CDC now recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 11 years receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine.

    On November 2, the CDC recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. DPS encourages all eligible students to register and get vaccinated.

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WEB UPDATES

  • DPS continues to monitor Federal, State, and Local  COVID guidance.  We will continue to provide updates to this COVID page with new information when it becomes available.

WHAT IS A CLOSE CONTACT?

  • Close contacts are defined as individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors, for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. Please note that the at-risk exposure time begins 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or time of positive test if asymptomatic) and continues until the time the COVID-19 positive individual is isolated.   (DESE 12.30.21)

COVID SYMPTOMS LIST

    • 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, when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
    • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
    • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

Jan 2022 -Most Recently Asked Questions

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DPS COVID Webinar Recordings

  • 9/14/21 ECEC Specific COVID Safety Checks Webinar

    Overview of the COVID-19 testing program, with a specific emphasis on how we will orient our littlest learners to Routine COVID Safety Checks ("pooled testing") and the operations and logistics of pooled testing at the ECEC.

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  • 9/9/21 District-Wide COVID Safety Webinar

    Webinar from 9/9 provides overview of testing program, with an in-depth look at Routine COVID Safety Checks ("pooled testing") and a brief overview of the Symptomatic Testing and Test and Stay programs. Hosted by Superintendent Welch & Testing Coordinator Emily Kadehjian. PASSCODE REQUIRED: 1B=dVBPn

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Last Modified on May 24, 2022