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BPS Health and Safety Bulletin #2

BPS Health and Safety Bulletin #2

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We will continue to highlight some important Health and Safety guidelines and practices that have been implemented throughout our school district. 

Supporting the safety of our students, teachers, staff, and community is our most important mutual priority. We will continue to work in collaboration to update and refine our guidance for schools as the science evolves. 

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of our students and to provide a safe environment for everyone in our schools.

The holiday season is fast approaching and many people will want to travel and visit loved ones. 

Reminders for Thanksgiving and Travel

As we look ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday and break, it is important to follow state and CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and limitations on gatherings. We also remind all members of the BPS community that students and staff must get a COVID-19 PCR test if they have traveled to areas affected by the Massachusetts Travel Ban 

Important Links

Please remember your individual responsibility to review the required Student Daily Symptom Checker each day prior to leaving the house for in-person school. If you answer “YES” to any questions on the symptom checker (symptoms, recent travel, close contact to COVID case), please stay home and fill out the Symptom Check Follow up Absence Form for your child’s school. 

FLU SHOT REMINDER

As a reminder,  influenza immunization is required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All students (hybrid and remote) are expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Please remember to submit evidence of your child’s flu vaccine to your school nurse before December 31. 

MITIGATION STRATEGIES

  • Staff must monitor themselves for symptoms daily and students, with the assistance of families, must also be monitored daily for symptoms. Staff and students must stay home if feeling unwell. Everyone must do their part to protect others and not come to school if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling sick.

  • Masks are one of the most important single measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. We require all students and all staff members to wear masks that adequately cover both their nose and mouth.  Exceptions will be made for students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings. 

***Revised order requiring all persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.***  Governor Baker Mask and Face Coverings info

  • Hand hygiene is critical. Students and staff are required to exercise hand hygiene (hand washing or sanitizing) upon arrival to school, before eating, before putting on and taking off masks, and before dismissal.

  • Physical distance greatly reduces the risk of transmission. Physical distancing is a critical tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Cohorts/assigned seating. Students organized in groups/classrooms and other cohorts help mitigate the transmission of the virus. Assigned seating is important because it effectively creates even smaller groups within cohorts that minimize transmission. Assigned seats can also assist with contact tracing. Wherever possible, seats should be assigned (including classroom, bus, meals).

PHYSICAL EXAM REMINDER

Physical exams are now due in the clinics for students in grades 4, 7, and 10. Please submit an up to date copy of a physical exam signed by your child’s primary care physician. 

As always, if you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.

Be Well!

-The Belmont Public Schools Nurses
BPS Health and Nursing Services

Visit our COVID Information pages often:

BPS Nursing Health and Safety COVID-19 Protocols site

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