September 16, 2021
Dear MAP Families,
We hope this email finds you well. As we are starting to experience children testing positive for COVID-19 and children who are close contacts at MAP, we wanted share some helpful information:
MAP & the Medfield Public School “Test & Stay” Program:
Children who are close contacts at MAP do NOT qualify for the Test & Stay program. It is a Department of Early & Secondary Education/in-school program only and does not apply to MAP or any other after school activity.
Children who are close contacts at school and are participating in test and stay, may not attend MAP. Outside of school, those children must follow the quarantine protocol as a close contact. Test & Stay is a DESE program that allows schools an exception from the MA Department of Public Health quarantine guidelines only while the student is in school or a school sponsored activity. Activities that are not school sponsored or under school/DESE control (MAP, sports, Brownies, CCD, etc.) come under DPH/community guidelines which follow the regular quarantine guidelines. This was confirmed with the Medfield Public School Nurse Leader and the Public Health Nurse.
CLOSE CONTACTS: The CDC defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread the virus during the 2 days prior to having any symptoms. (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)
Unvaccinated close contacts who remain asymptomatic, may be tested for COVID-19 on or after day 5 (PCR or rapid antigen test). With a negative test result, continue to monitor for symptoms through day 7. If remaining asymptomatic through day 7, return to MAP on day 8. The individual must still be monitored for symptoms through day 14.
Returning to MAP:
Close Contact: You must provide MAP with documentation of the negative COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen test) and a written email attestation stating that your child has been symptom free through day 7 and that you will continue to monitor symptoms through day 14.
COVID-19 Positive: The individual may return to MAP when they have a written release from isolation by a public health authority (either the Local Board of Health or the Community Tracing Collaborative). Return will typically be 10 days after symptom onset if the symptoms are improving AND the individual has been fever-free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours or 10 days from test date if the individual is asymptomatic.
For MAP’s full Health & COVID-19 policies, please refer to our Family Handbook: www.medfieldafterschoolprogram.com.