My work as a Public Health Nurse (after my days at Thacher) has provided me with important information this week about the latest prevalent variant of Covid-19. The trend I've seen is that, often, an individual's first symptom is typically a scratchy/sore throat that progresses to a headache. At this initial stage, at home and PCR tests are coming up negative. As symptoms persist or worsen, individuals test positive at day three or later. Although not as prevalent, I also know that the Delta variant is still lingering.
Please ask your student(s) if they feel any of the symptoms on the daily attestation, and be sure to keep them home, even if symptoms are mild. Click here to review Thacher's COVID protocols. I am available Monday through Friday from 8 am - 2 pm to answer additional questions and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-361-2522 ext. 36.
All Thacher classrooms will return to assigned seating and individual work starting Tuesday to minimize the risk of transmission. We hope that this added safety measure will be necessary for only a few weeks when a decrease in the Covid positivity rates will enable us to resume normal distancing protocols. I'm also hoping that decreasing rates will allow us to return to our previous 2-symptom attestation!
Carolynn Moore BSN, RN