A Message from your school nurses Date: 09/10/21 Dear families; Thank you for your continued support as we kick off the 2021-2022 school year, at Silver Lake Regional School District. Keeping your students safe and in school is our top priority. We have learned a great deal over this past year and our current guidance and procedures reflect the most updated recommendations from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Below you will find information regarding the test and stay program that we are implementing in our school district for the 2021-2022 school year. We had hoped to have been up and running during the first week of school; but due to many unexpected challenges and delays that our testing company--CIC Health--has run into, we have met with a delay. We have been assigned a Program Coordinator as of yesterday which will enable us to move forward as quickly as possible. We expect that we will be operational with the test and stay program within two weeks. This extra layer of protection is a program called test and stay and is a tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, within the school. Test and stay is for students who may have been exposed while in school but are not showing symptoms. This is a quick, non-invasive nasal swab test that is collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained health provider. Unlike COVID-19 tests of the past, these are not uncomfortable and easy enough for students to do themselves. Students participation is with permission from a parent or guardian. It is important to the Silver Lake Regional School District that you are fully informed regarding the process so that we can answer any questions that you might have in advance of you signing the consent form. Symptomatic testing is used when a student is showing symptoms of COVID-19 during school; students should not come to school if they are feeling sick while at home. Some symptoms of the virus look identical to other illnesses like the cold or flu, and this test tells us whether a symptomatic student has COVID-19 or not. This is a rapid test, and we receive the results of this test within 15 minutes. If a student has minimal symptoms and tests negative, they can remain in school. School Nurse Contact Info Kingston Elementary School Jody Lunn 781-585-3821 ext. 5311 Kingston Intermediate School Pamela Maynard 781-585-0673 ext. 5507 Dennett Elementary School Jennifer Fox 781-585-3659 ext. 6505 Halifax Elementary School Derilyn Byrne 781-293-2581 ext. 6307 Silver Lake Regional Middle School Nicole Dickinson 781-582-3555 ext. 3236 Silver Lake Regional High School Penny Svenson 781-585-3844 ext. 1013 SLRSD Nurse Leader Carol Beck 781-582-3566 ext. 3304
Dear Silver Lake and SU #31 Community: Our district is entitled to federal grant funding to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the American Rescue Plan Act, we have access to funding so that our schools and district can reopen safely and address the needs of students, staff, and the community. https://www.doe.mass.edu/federalgrants/esser/ As part of the grant submission process, we are collecting stakeholder input to determine the best use of funds prior to submitting the grant application in October. We invite students, staff, caregivers, community members, and civil rights organizations to complete this survey . Stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children and youth in foster care, migratory students, and justice-involved youth are strongly encouraged to complete the survey. Please complete the survey by Thursday, Sept. 16th. We look forward to hearing your input and working together to meet the needs of the Silver Lake and SU #31 community. Thank you, Ryan
It’s September and thoughts of everything fall; back to school, cooler temps and pumpkin spice bring us back in action! As school nurses one of our goals is to provide information pertinent to the well-being of our students, staff and community families. COVID-19 guidelines, flu updates, immunization requirements, screening info are just a few topics that we will share with you via Parent Square. As we begin, here is the latest “close contact” guidance from our state DPH. *** Please note we will no longer send daily emails to notify families about cases. We will update the district tracker every Friday at 12:00 PM. Please note the link below https://www.slrsd.org/slrsd/information/pandemic-resource-center . 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. Close contacts who 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. • Classroom 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, is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols. • Bus close contacts: Individuals on buses must be masked according to federal requirements. As such, individuals who are masked on buses when windows are open are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols. • 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. To be a close contact, the 15 minutes must occur within a 24-hour period . Multiple brief or transitory interactions (less than a minute) throughout the day are unlikely to result in 15 minutes of cumulative contact and do not meet the definition of close contact. Options for Quarantine 7 days of strict quarantine Criteria - Release on Day 8 if: A test (either PCR or Abbott BinaxNOW antigen) taken on Day 5 or later is negative; AND The individual has not experienced any symptoms up to that point; AND The individual conducts active monitoring through Day 14 Active Monitoring - Individual must actively monitor symptoms and take temperature once daily. IF even mild symptoms develop or the individual has a temperature of 100.0 F, they must immediately self-isolate, contact the public health authority overseeing their quarantine and get tested. Residual Risk - Approximately 5% residual risk of disease development 10 days of strict quarantine Criteria - Release on Day 11 if: The individual has not experienced any symptoms up to that point; AND The individual conducts active monitoring through Day 14 Active Monitoring - Individual must actively monitor symptoms and take temperature once daily. IF even mild symptoms develop or the individual has a temperature of 100.0 F, they must immediately self-isolate, contact the public health authority overseeing their quarantine and get tested. Residual Risk - Approximately 1% residual risk of disease development 14 days of strict quarantine Criteria - Release on Day 15 if: The individual has experienced ANY symptoms during the quarantine period EVEN if they have a negative COVID19 test; OR The individual indicates they are unwilling or unable to conduct active monitoring. Active Monitoring - No additional active monitoring required Residual Risk - Maximal risk reduction https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-isolation-and-quarantine-information Silver Lake Regional Schools Nurse Contact Info: Kingston Elementary School Jody Lunn 781-585-3821 ext. 5311 Kingston Intermediate School Pamela Maynard 781-585-0673 ext. 5507 Dennett Elementary School Jennifer Fox 781-585-3659 ext. 6505 Halifax Elementary School Derilyn Byrne 781-293-2581 ext. 6307 Silver Lake Regional Middle School Nicole Dickinson 781-582-3555 ext. 3236 Silver Lake Regional High School Penny Svenson 781-585-3844 ext. 1013 SLRSD Nurse Leader Carol Beck 781-582-3566 ext. 3304
Parent 101 ~ Information for Parents on ParentSquare Silver Lake Regional School District has adopted ParentSquare; a communication and organization tool designed to keep parents informed and involved in their children’s learning and school activities. Receive all school, classroom, and group communication via email, text, or app notification See important calendar events and RSVPs (you can even sync these to your phone with the app) See photos, links, and attachments Send private and secure messages to teacher or staff Appreciate those who post messages (please give them generously!) We have put together a couple of short overviews on ParentSquare. Today, you’ll learn to: Activate your account Set up your notification and language preferences Learn how to use the ParentSquare App If you have not yet activated your account , click the activation link here and follow the directions in the Sign Up / Create Password box. Use the email address or phone number that you received this message on to activate your account. Please check out this video to familiarize yourself with ParentSquare if you are new or would like a refresher (English and Spanish versions with captions provided). Here are some links to the iOS app (iPhone/iPad) and Android app . For an overview of using the ParentSquare App, please view this six-minute video . The ParentSquare App will give you quick and convenient access to all of the post and messaging capabilities of ParentSquare. You can even link your ParentSquare calendar to your phone’s calendar if you would like by using the app. Additional Resources Using the ParentSquare App Accessing Secure Documents Frequently Asked Questions (Portuguese Version, click here ) Responding to ParentSquare Forms / Permission Slips Getting Started If you ever have questions about ParentSquare, please reach out to David Murphy either by sending him a message in ParentSquare or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
CB VACCINATION CLINIC REMINDER Dear Silver Lake Regional School District parents/guardians, staff: I am happy to offer a convenient option for you and/or your child to get the COVID-19 vaccine. I am forwarding this letter of opportunity on behalf of The Kingston Board of Health. The Kingston Board of health will offer COVID-19 vaccination to any community member ages 12 and up. · Place: Kingston Intermediate School Gym 65 Second Brook St, Kingston, Ma · Dates: September 4th and September 25th · Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Vaccination appointment link https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/kingstonplymouth Parents/guardians must give their permission and accompany their children under the age of 18 years old in order for their children to be vaccinated. There will be no cost to you for this vaccine, although your health plan may be billed. Your health plan cannot charge you a co-pay. The vaccine that will be offered in the clinic will be Pfizer. If you have questions about medications that you or your child is taking, or regarding Covid vaccine administration for you and/or your child, please speak with your healthcare provider. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, how to prepare your child for vaccination, and what to expect after vaccination, including information on potential vaccination side effects, please visit the following websites: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/prepare-for-vaccination.html and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html/ . If you have questions about the Kingston Board of Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic(s), please contact: Leeanne Mcguinness R.N. email@example.com Kingston Board of Health Sincerely, Carol A. Beck, R.N. Carol A Beck, R.N., Nurse Leader Silver Lake Regional School District firstname.lastname@example.org 781-582-3555 Extension 3304
Dear Silver Lake Community, We want to keep you informed with the most up-to-date Health and Safety guidance from The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). All six schools in our district have confirmed enrollment in DESE's COVID-19 Testing Program, which is a partnership with CIC Health. By enrolling in this testing program, students and staff will have the option to participate in rapid COVID-19 testing right in our schools if they are symptomatic or have been identified as a close contact at school. Our schools also will be participating in the "Test and Stay" program, which aims to limit out of school time for close contacts who continue to test negative. More details will be forthcoming on "Test and Stay" as we launch the program, but here is some information on COVID-19 Protocols and testing from DESE . On Wednesday, DESE released the guidelines for implementing the mask requirement in schools. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has now stated that student discipline for not following mask mandates is up to school districts. “Districts should provide written notice to students and families about expectations and potential consequences, and are encouraged to use a progressive discipline approach.” Based on the above, all School Committees and families/students need to be notified that students who refuse to wear masks may be subject to disciplinary consequences as determined by Administrative personnel in accordance with the student handbook for your student's school. We will continue to keep you updated and informed as we work to follow the state requirements for our schools. Sincerely, -- Dr. Jill A. Proulx Superintendent