Saints Academy Families;
We would like to welcome you to The Saints Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. We have many new families joining us this year and want to wish them a warm welcome.
We are looking forward to getting back to some normalcy this year regarding Covid-19 and the many restrictions it has placed on our school community, extra-curricular activities and sports for the past 2 years.
DESE and DPH have released the most recent guidance in conjunction with the CDC. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is no longer recommending universal mask requirements, testing of asymptomatic individuals, contact tracing or test and stay testing in schools.
There is no longer a statewide mask requirement in schools, except in school health offices. Children will be required to wear a mask before entering the nurses office. (The nurses will be wearing one as well.)
Vaccines continue to be the best way to protect an individual against Covid-19 and it is strongly recommended by DESE and DPH to vaccinate all faculty, staff and students who are eligible, including children ages 6months-5 years.
Isolation and exposure precautions maintain that a person who tests positive for Covid-19 should isolate for 5 days and wear a mask for the next 5 days. (isolate for 5, return to school on day 6 and continue to wear a mask until day 10.) According to DESE and DPH, no asymptomatic person should be excluded from school as a result of exposure, regardless of vaccination status or exposure setting.
In addition to getting vaccinated against Covid, it is important to ensure as many children and adults receive a flu shot to reduce the number of students and staff who need to stay home due to illness.
Please keep your children home from school if they are not feeling well. A child must be kept home if they have a fever of 100.4 or greater and cannot return until 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
A few reminders while we are still enjoying the warm summer days:
Please make sure your child wears sunscreen to school daily as the children spend a good amount of time outdoors, weather permitting. It is still tic season so make sure they are protected.
Please send your children to school with a water bottle daily! We have water in the nurse's office for emergencies only. We purchase these with our budget and run out quickly when we have to give them out continuously.
We are looking forward to a healthy, happy and safe school year. Feel free to call the nurses office with any questions or concerns.
In good health,
Kelly Gray, RN
Sian Jones, RN