District Email Update: November 19, 2020
I know many of you will be making plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving break, and I wanted to again reach out to strongly urge all faculty, staff, students and families to please strictly limit your risks during the holiday season. The CDC has published Tips For A Safe Thanksgiving and guidance for holiday gatherings that strongly recommend staying home this year and celebrating ONLY with people from your own household. This is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and the Dedham community. The latest MA Department of Public Health COVID-19 weekly report shows that we all need to continue our vigilance to reduce the spread of the virus.
If you must travel, please be aware of the risks involved and follow all Massachusetts Travel Regulations. If you visit a high risk state, you must fill out a MA travel form and either produce a negative COVID-19 test administered up to 72 hours prior to returning to Massachusetts or you need to quarantine for 14 days upon return. Currently (as of November 19th) only 4 US States are considered “Low Risk States”. Visits to all other states require a 14-day quarantine upon return.
Please continue to practice safe COVID protocols, even if you are staying at home. You are still at risk, especially if hosting or joining groups that include guests who do not live in your household.
- Avoid large, indoor gatherings where social distance cannot be maintained.
- Wear masks. Wash Hands Frequently. Stay 6ft Apart. Stay home if you have symptoms.
- Please help us discourage large indoor gatherings.
Thank you for helping us keep our schools open and our community safe!
All my best,