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  • Health Reminders

    Posted by Nurses on 10/7/2021

    Saints Academy Families,

    We would like to send out some friendly reminders now that we have made it through our first month of school and are into the fall season. 

    With a busy travel season fast approaching, we would like to remind everyone to please continue to be cautious and vigilant in keeping yourselves and your children safe. There are currently no travel restrictions, but the CDC recommends that all people who travel should be vaccinated. Mass.gov is a great resource for travel guidance and all things Covid-related.

    Please send us a copy of your child’s vaccination record as soon as it becomes available. This can be sent to myself or to Sian. 

    Cold and flu season is around the corner and as the temperatures drop, sore throats, allergies, colds and the flu are more prevalent. We ask that you follow the daily Attestation Form and check temperatures before coming to school. If your child has a fever or is sick, please keep them home from school. A child must be fever free without medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Refer to your child’s pediatrician if you are unsure about whether to have them tested. 

    Please call the office if your child will be out of school for any reason. We make calls daily if there are absences that we are not aware of. Thank you in advance.

    If your child requires a Covid test, we ask that you please keep them home until the results are available and send us a copy of the results. We want to keep everyone safe at school as well as in the community.

    According to the Massachusetts Department of Health and DESE:

    • Interactions that occur outdoors do not count toward the definition of a close contact.

    • There are individuals who may be exempt from any quarantine or testing protocols in school and who should not be asked to take a test or to quarantine:

      • Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated close contacts

      • An individual who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom while both individuals were masked, so long as the individuals were spaced at least 3 feet apart

      • Individuals who are masked on buses when windows are open

      • Close contacts who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days

    • If a student tests positive, it is rare that the entire classroom will be identified as a close contact, as most students will not have been within 3 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes, while masked, or within 6 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes, while unmasked. In practice, it is likely only the individuals sitting immediately next to the student who will be identified as close contacts.

    We will personally (by phone) contact anyone considered a close contact.

    We appreciate all of your efforts in keeping your children home if they are sick. If we continue to follow the guidelines we hope to have another successful and healthy year.

    In good health,

    Kelly Gray

    Sian Jones 

     

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  • Fall 2021 Mask Policy

    Posted by Amy Burke on 8/28/2021

    Saints Academy Families

     

    I apologize for the delay in sending out a decision about masks. We all hoped that we would be in a much better place starting school this year.  We are not quite there yet.  I had been waiting to see where our local numbers were, what the Beverly Health Department would suggest, and how all of you felt from our survey.  

    The Catholic Schools Office is following the state mandate for masking in schools until October 1st.  At that time, they will re-evaluate this policy reflecting on state and federal guidance, updated health data, and input from schools and parents.  Therefore, The Saints Academy will comply with this guidance and that of the Beverly Health Department, Mayor Cahill, and DESE.  We will start the school year requiring masks to be worn by all inside the building.  We will  continue to work with all of these agencies and let you know if anything changes.  If your child is vaccinated, please let our nurses know by sending in an updated immunization form or a copy of their vaccination card.  It is also federally mandated that all students wear masks on buses. 

    Masks are not mandated for anyone outside.  Teachers have been encouraged to take classes outside when it is feasible.

    We are going to bring back many things we were without last year: offering the monthly lunch program, before and after care, moving to specialists (art and technology) instead of them coming to the classrooms, mixing up our middle school classes, working together and sharing classroom items, returning tables to science lab and Kindergarten, enrichment clubs and hopefully sports programs, and family events.  We are also going to keep many things we implemented as well: washing and hand sanitizing often (should be done anyways), eating lunch outside as much as possible, stairwells between 2nd and 3rd floors being one way, and music class outside when weather permits.

    I know this is not going to make everyone happy, but we kept our entire school community safe last year and we want to continue doing that.  If guidance changes, we will amend what we are doing.  There is no travel mandate or advisory, but we ask that everyone is cautious and diligent when traveling.  If a student is ill, keep them home.  Please note:we will only offer remote learning (at this time) in extreme circumstances.  We will deal with this on a case by case basis if needed, but students are entitled to a “sick” day or more to recover and recuperate.  

    Please see the attached re-opening plan for more information.    Re-opening plan 2021-2022 (2).pdf

    We can continue to move forward and through this together.  I am eternally grateful for all you, as families, did last year to keep everyone safe.  I know we can continue to work together to make sure our students have a great school year academically, emotionally, and physically.

    Thank you

    Kelly Fernald

     

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  • Re-Opening Plan 2021-2022

    Posted by Amy Burke on 8/27/2021
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  • New Mask Guidance for Outdoor Recess

    Posted by Amy Burke on 5/17/2021

    The Saints Academy will follow the new guidance from the Governor:  "On May 17th, 2021, after consultation with the MA COVID Command Center’s Medical Advisory Board, the Governor announced that given the low rate of outdoor transmission of COVID-19, students no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained. Effective May 18, this guidance update applies to recess, physical education, youth sports, and outdoor learning environments. Adults must continue to wear masks outdoors if distancing cannot be maintained. At this time, adults and students must continue to wear masks indoors."

    I will announce to the students in the morning, and will also remind them that it is ok if anyone chooses to continue to wear a mask.  

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  • With school vacation quickly approaching, please continue to pay attention to the Massachusetts Travel Advisory

    Posted by Amy Burke on 4/11/2021

    With school vacation quickly approaching, please continue to pay attention to the Massachusetts Travel Advisory.  The only part of the guidelines that have changed is if you have been fully vaccinated:

    https://www.mass.gov/alerts/travel-order-notice#1820506

    • As of Monday, March 22, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival. 

    • Travelers are exempt from this advisory if they have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.  If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival, as long as travelers quarantine until a negative test result has been received.

    • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours is exempt from this advisory.

    • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms are exempt from this advisory.

    New Massachusetts Covid guidelines update: 

    • Fully vaccinated people (2 weeks after last shot) with no COVID-19 symptoms, do not need to be tested following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.  

    • If fully vaccinated and two weeks out OR in their 90 day window after (+) COVID test, then no test or quarantine needed, as long as asymptomatic.

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  • Travel Advisory Update as of March 22

    Posted by Amy Burke on 3/29/2021

    Massachusetts Travel Advisory:

    Effective Monday, March 22, the Massachusetts Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory: 

    https://www.mass.gov/alerts/travel-order-notice#1820506

    • As of Monday, March 22, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival. 

    • Travelers are exempt from this advisory if they have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.  If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival, as long as travelers quarantine until a negative test result has been received.

    • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours is exempt from this advisory.

    • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms are exempt from this advisory.

    New Massachusetts Covid guidelines update: 

    • Fully vaccinated people (2 weeks after last shot) with no COVID-19 symptoms, do not need to be tested following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.  

    • If fully vaccinated and two weeks out OR in their 90 day window after (+) COVID test, then no test or quarantine needed, as long as asymptomatic.

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  • New MA Covid Guidelines

    Posted by Amy Burke on 3/22/2021

    New Massachusetts Covid guidelines update: https://www.mass.gov/alerts/travel-order-notice#1820506

    • Fully vaccinated people (2 weeks after last shot) with no COVID-19 symptoms, do not need to be tested following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.  

    • Fully vaccinated (2 weeks after last shot) can travel freely without quarantine or testing unless they have symptoms. 

    • If fully vaccinated and two weeks out OR in their 90 day window after (+) COVID test, then no test or quarantine needed, as long as asymptomatic.

     

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  • Travel Reminders

    Posted by Amy Burke on 2/21/2021

    Just a reminder for those families that chose to travel over this week that we are still following the MA state guidelines for travel: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order

    “Quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival. However, all such arriving travelers must immediately begin the 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received.”

    And as of this email: Hawaii, North Dakota, and Puerto Rico are the only low-risk states/territories according to Massachusetts.

    I know I have said it before, but it is because of our families that we are still in person learning this school year.  Thank you for following the protocols put forth to keep all of us safe. Whether it is keeping a child and/or their siblings home due to symptoms or illness, close contacts, or travel - our families have been awesome about doing what they can to keep our whole community safe. It is not easy to deal with quarantining, isolating, and/or the anxiety of getting tested, but our families have been outstanding in following through and connecting with the school nurses. So I ask for your continued patience and support so that we can get through this school year as safely as possible.

    We will also continue to do everything we can at school: 

    • Rafael has cleaned the entire building over break, 

    • we will continue with sanitizing throughout the day and using the sprayer after school

    • windows will remain open for airflow 

    • air purifiers used in every classroom

    • our desks are still 6 feet apart 

    • everyone will continue to wear masks

    • hand sanitizing and washing 

     

    The nurses and I are staying on top of guidance from the state, Beverly, The Catholic Schools Office, and DESE (Dept of Ed).  Mrs. Gray and Ms. Jones are wonderful resources if you have any questions or concerns.

    Again, Thank You!  We can only make this work if we all do what is necessary.  

     

     

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  • Travel Guidelines

    Posted by Amy Burke on 1/17/2021

    Reminder for the long weekend that we are following state guidelines for travel out of state.

    • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival

    • Quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival. However, all such arriving travelers must immediately begin the 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received. 

     

    We received the following information from the MA Department of Public Health this afternoon: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education.  Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19.   Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.  

    DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year. 

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  • Flu Vaccine Update

    Posted by Amy Burke on 1/15/2021

    We received the following information from the MA Department of Public Health this afternoon: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education.  Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19.   Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.  

    DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year. 

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