Updates from the Nurse
19 January 2022

Updates from the Nurse

Pool Testing Reminder - A reminder that MONDAY is Pool Testing drop off day at Butler. 

Testing kits were distributed on Thursday. Please remember to register the kit and clearly label your student’s tubes each week. Tubes must include the student’s full name and date of birth (not date of test) as it appears on the consent. Be sure that all information is clear and correct.

All samples must be received by 10am on Monday. Late samples and samples received on days other than Monday will not be tested.

Remember that Pool Testing is for asymptomatic students and staff only. If your student is sick, review the symptom checker, keep your child home, fill out the absence form, and have your child tested outside of school. Receiving an email that you were part of a positive pool can cause stress to families.

Individual results are not reported. If your child is part of a positive pool, you will receive an email from Veritas with a link to review the results. Please be sure to open this email. If you receive positive results, keep your child home as isolation should begin immediately. CDC Quarantine and Isolation

If your child tests positive for COVID, they CANNOT participate in pool testing for 90 days. You may sign the consent  90 days from your child’s positive test if you want to participate again. I suggest marking this date in your calendar to remember. 

Symptoms and Illness 

With Covid cases on the rise, our collective health relies on everyone remaining vigilant and following the daily symptom checker  closely. We ask that you continue to review the symptom checker before leaving for school each day and keep your child home if they have symptoms.

Per the illness policy, your child will need to stay home and either test or provide a note from their medical provider (with an alternative diagnosis stating that their illness is not covid related) if they have:

ANY ONE of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.0 or greater) chills, or taken medication to reduce fever in the past 24 hours
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Cough (not due  to known cause, such as chronic cough)

OR ANY 2 of the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting*
  • Diarrhea*
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known cause, such as

*As in previous (non-cvoid times), please keep your child home for 24 hours with these symptoms.

If your student is experiencing symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, be sure to: 

  • Keep your student home
  • Fill out the absence form
  • Call the attendance line at 617-993-5552 
  • Get tested (PCR testing still recommended) Forward results to school nurse
  • If a test is positive, please inform your school nurse for a return to school plan for your student
  • Do not send your student back to school until they have been cleared by the school nurse. 

Positive COVID-19 Test  If your student tests positive, please follow the current guidance: 

  • Keep your student home for 5 days from the time of symptom onset or date of positive test (whichever was first). That day is considered day ZERO.  CDC-Quarantine & Isolation

  • If they have no symptoms or the symptoms are gone or significantly improved after 5 days, your student can leave the house to return to school on day 6. 

    • If they have a fever (greater than 100.0), continue to stay home until the fever resolves for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, such as Advil, Tylenol, Motrin etc.

  • Continue to wear a mask (indoors and outdoors) around others for 5 additional days except when eating or drinking. 

For more information, visit our website: Nursing, Health and safety - Testing Positive   

Guidance for Close Contacts  If your student has been identified as a close contact, please follow the current guidance:

*At this time, fully vaccinated is defined as two-weeks following the completion of the Pfizer or Moderna series or two-weeks following a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  

Individuals DO NOT need to quarantine/test if they are fully vaccinated. 

Individuals DO need to quarantine/test if they are NOT fully vaccinated.

  • Stay home for 5 days from last exposure to the positive individual. 
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days at all times except when eating/drinking.
  • Test on day 5 if possible. Getting tested for COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a PCR/Molecular test and stay home.

Guidance is changing and evolving. For latest guidance and more information, please visit our nursing website

Lisa Harteveldt BSN, RN

School Nurse
Butler Elementary School