POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS ON CAMPUS
If a student, faculty or staff member experiences symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, they are to immediately report the student health center.
- The School Nurse will then assess the individual for symptoms identified by the CDC as related to COVID-19.
- If the symptoms are representative of COVID-19, the School Nurse will implement necessary protocol to isolate the individual experiencing symptoms.
- Necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) will be used.
- Any student in isolation will always be monitored by a school nurse.
- Parents/guardians will be notified and required to come to campus to pick up their student as soon as possible.
- Parents should call the school when they arrive to campus to retrieve their sick student and they will be escorted out of the Tremont Street exit to the parent waiting for them.
- In the event a faculty/staff member is experiencing symptoms the Nurse will assess whether or not the individual is able to drive home or if the individual needs a family member to come pick her or him up from campus.
- The area where the individual experienced symptoms will be cleared, closed and then sanitized by staff wearing appropriate PPE.
- Once the individual has left the campus, the isolation room will be sanitized by staff in appropriate PPE.
COVID-19 POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS OF COMMUNITY MEMBER
If you test positive for COVID-19 you may return to school and school-related activities on the sixth day from your positive test as long as you are asymptomatic. If you have symptoms, you must remain home until all symptoms are gone.
INDIVIDUAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19
If a student, faculty, or staff faculty member is exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 the following protocol is required:
If a St. Mary's Community member is unvaccinated and exposed outside of school or school-related activity, quarantine will be required for 5 days following the date of exposure and may return to school on the 6th day with a negative test taken on day 3-5 following exposure.
St. Mary's is participating in the Massachusetts Test and Stay program for those identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case within the school community. This Test and Stay program is followed under the guidelines by DPH/DESE.
Exposure is identified as contact closer than 6-feet of the positive case while indoors, without a mask, for more than 15 minutes. Until further notice, exposure will be considered for vaccinated and unvaccinated.
If you are tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results because you have been exposed, have a family member that was exposed or are not feeling well you must stay at home in quarantine until you receive your results.
All students should contact Nurse Lisa Morin-Plante who will inform the necessary parties.
The School Nurse will record the recommendations of the Lynn Public Health Nurse and report them to the faculty/staff member, the student and the student’s parents/guardians.
If a student, faculty, or staff member is required to quarantine, they can only return to campus if they are qualified to return based on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Guidelines.
In the event of a positive diagnosis on campus, St. Mary’s is committed to supporting a contact tracing process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- If you are vaccinated and travel domestically or internationally by train or plane, a negative test is required to return to school.
- If you are not vaccinated and travel domestically you must receive a negative test to return to school.
- If you are not vaccinated and travel internationally, you must quarantine until you receive a negative test on day 3-5 after travel and stay home and quarantine until 7 days after return.
St. Mary's commits to notifying the community of any COVID positive cases on campus when the school year begins. The communication protocol will first be contacting any individual who is considered a direct contact. The second will be updating the community through the Care for All 2.0 Monthly Report via email. NO IDENTITIES OF COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS WILL BE SHARED AT ANYTIME.
Feel Sick? Stay Home.
To minimize the possibility of spreading illness, individuals who do not feel well, or have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 should NOT come to campus for any reason.
Each student, faculty and staff member will be required to review a provided daily symptom checker before entering the building each day
If anyone is experiencing any of the symptoms, they are asked to notify the school and stay home. Symptoms include:
-Fever or chills
-Shortness of breath
-New runny nose
-Muscle or body aches
-New loss of taste or smell
-Nausea or vomiting