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Health Update: Updated Contact Tracing Protocols

The communication below provides important information from the Public Schools of Brookline. Translated versions are available at the following links:

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff,

 

I am writing to update you on our updated contact tracing protocol.

 

Due to the intensely rising demands on our health office during this surge, school nurses will not be able to conduct contact tracing on all cases. During the surge, we will prioritize contact tracing in our unvaccinated or partially vaccinated grades, completing contact tracing to the extent feasible.

 

Contact Tracing during COVID-19 Surge Protocol

  • When feasible, we will alert families and staff if they have been identified a close contact. 
  • When contact tracing is not feasible, we will notify the classroom or grade (and staff) that there was a positive case in the class and advise families and staff to actively monitor for symptoms and to stay home if symptoms develop.
  • Nurses will have a list of complex medical needs individuals and will notify them when indicated.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) updated guidance allows schools to recognize at-home rapid antigen tests. Local Boards of Health are not required to contact trace on non-PCR confirmed cases (at home rapid antigen tests).

 

DESE has stated that in order to further assist with contact tracing, Covid-19 positive student/family and staff should reach out to their personal contacts as well as notify the school. The school should also support contact tracing efforts within the school to the extent feasible.

 

Please refer to the attached updated COVID-19 protocols.

 

Test and Stay will continue for those eligible, only if we have a signed consent on file. (Fully vaccinated are not allowed to participate, per DESE). Please sign up CIC Health consent portal here, even if you believe you already have one. Any student for whom we don’t have signed consent will be sent home to complete their 5 days of quarantine.

 

Vaccinations are the key to our success. Please ensure that your eligible children are fully vaccinated.

 

With appreciation for your support and commitment to our school health strategies,

 

Tricia Laham, MEd, BSN, RN
Coordinator of School Health