State releases protocols for responding to COVID-19 scenarios in school settings
On July 17th DESE(Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) released additional information and guidance.
As a supplement to DESE’s Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance, DESE is providing districts and schools with additional information on protocols for responding to specific COVID-19 scenarios this fall, including in school, on the bus, or in community settings.
Please note that CDC protocols related to this topic may be released in the coming weeks, and this guidance may be updated accordingly.
This guidance provides more information and protocols to answer the following questions:
- What should a district do if there is a symptomatic individual – at home, on the bus, or at school?
- What should a district do if someone in the school community tests positive for COVID- 19 – be it a student, teacher, staff, or bus driver, or one of their household members or close contacts?
- Who should get tested for COVID-19 and when?
- In what circumstances would someone need to quarantine (when they have been exposed
but are not sick) or isolate (when they are sick)?
- What should school districts do to monitor COVID-19 spread in their communities?