Health & Safety


We are here to support the health and well-being of our school communities.  Please contact us with questions/concerns.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves.  For the following symptoms, it is recommended to seek a COVID-19 test (at-home rapid tests are acceptable) before returning to school.  Individuals who are unwell should remain home. Please ensure the individual is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours, and there is a significant improvement in symptoms before returning to school.  

COVID-19 symptoms list: 

Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches or body aches
• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
• Headache when in combination with other symptoms
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms 

DESE Protocols for responding to COVID-19 scenarios reference document may be accessed here.

Close Contacts:

Definition of a close contact: Close contacts are defined as individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors, for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period.  Please note that the at-risk exposure time begins 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or time of positive test if asymptomatic) and continues until the time the COVID-19 positive individual is isolated. In general, close contacts should test and quarantine; however, certain close contacts are exempted from testing and quarantine response protocols

The following close contacts are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols:

  • Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated close contacts: Individuals who are asymptomatic and
    fully vaccinated are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.  If exposed outside of school are recommended to closely monitor their health and are recommended to test on day 5 after exposure. 

  • Close contacts who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days: An individual who has been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and then becomes a close contact of someone with COVID-19 is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols if:
    o The exposure occurred within 90 days of the onset of their own illness AND
    o The exposed individual is recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.

Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) individuals who are exposed outside of school are to quarantine for at least 5 days after the last exposure.  They may return to school on day 6 if they are asymptomatic, will wear a mask except while eating and drinking, and closely monitor their health for days 6-10.  It is best practice to seek a test on day 5 after the last exposure.  See Protocol B on page 5 for more information. 

Covid 19 Testing:

Our nurses will conduct weekly COVID 19 Safety Checks otherwise known as Pool Testing for those individuals who have CONSENTED.  In addition, Symptomatic Testing is available for students who become ill while in school and do not meet any of the exemptions.

Student & Staff Consent

At-home testing program consent

Isolation & Quarantine Information & Guidance


Prior to returning to school, please ensure that your children are up to date with their immunizations. Immunization Requirements for School Entry 2021-22 school year have changed. The influenza vaccination requirement has been removed, however, the Department of Public Health strongly recommends that all children be vaccinated with both influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine according to age eligibility.

Important Links:

Massachusetts Travel Advisory

Find a Covid-19 Test (Formally Stop the Spread)  

Guidance for Fully Vaccinated individuals



Students who require medications during the school day will use the Health Office for Safe Administration.

Nurses will work collaboratively with parents and the provider to create a medical plan that minimizes interruptions in the school day while ensuring the student is administered medication in a safe environment.

For health and safety reasons, students should never transport medication to and from school or keep any medication in their possession during the school day, including over the counter medications. Parents may consent to “self-administration” for students who carry their personal inhaler and/or EpiPen.

The Medical Consent Form should be signed by a Parent and Health Care Provider.

For questions and concerns, please contact your school nurse:

Lea Tabenkin BSN, RN, NCSN    District Nurse Leader, High School Nurse

Becky Leblanc BSN, RN.            Testing Program Coordinator

Gwen McDonald BSN, RN           High School Nurse

Maribeth Ting MSN, RN, NCSN   Miles River Middle School Nurse

Jessica Baker BSN, RN, NCSN   Winthrop School Nurse 

Lynne Nardella LPN                     Cutler School Nurse

Lisa Druskat, BSN, RN NCSN     Buker School Nurse




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