September 3, 2021

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It’s been a wonderful first week seeing all the students here! The energy and enthusiasm they bring is a welcomed gift to us all. We’d like to go over some important health information and ask you for your continued support in partnering with us in keeping our school community safe. In order to do this, we must all work together.

~ All students must have a well child check up and a completed immunization record on file in the health office. There are new requirements for meningococcal vaccine for students in grades 7-8 and 10-11.

Attached are the Massachusetts Immunization Requirements for school entry for the 2021-22 school year for your reference.

~ Face masks are required for all students in grades Pre K – 12th grade. All staff will be wearing masks. Cloth face masks that have 2 to 3 layers offer the best protection, and we ask that students bring two masks to school each day in case of soiling or contamination. Face masks will be available if your student forgets one or needs a replacement.

~ Face masks should fit students snugly so that they cover the nose/mouth and should be comfortable. Gaiters, buffs, bandanas, and face masks with valves are not permitted in school. Please see attached a document on face mask tips.

~ Students will be using hand sanitizer and washing their hands frequently while at school. If you wish to opt your child out of using hand sanitizer, please email me your child’s school nurse with this request.

~ Parents/guardians are asked to perform a symptoms check each day on each child before they leave for school. This is essential to ensure that our school community remains as safe and healthy as possible. This year’s protocols are a bit different from last year. If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, use the attached symptoms list and flowchart to determine next steps.

It is extremely important that you update us with new contact information as well as emergency contacts; if your child becomes ill at school, they will be assessed and supervised/monitored in an isolation/medical waiting room, and will need to be picked up within 30 minutes of their arrival to the nurse’s office.

We suggest you print off a copy of the “Covid-19 in the 2021-22 School Year: Role of Parents and Guardians.” This document will help you in ensuring that your child is well enough for school each day.

This year we will continue to run our COVID Pooled Testing program. If your student or members of your household are unvaccinated, we strongly encourage your student’s participation. Please use this LINK for more details and to complete the electronic consent form.  Each student in your household will require an individual consent.  The link defaults to Muddy Brook.  Select the drop down for your child’s school — Muddy Brook, Du Bois, or Monument Mountain.  The video is available in multiple languages -click the link on the top right to choose the language you want.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep in close contact with our nurses in regards to your child’s health.  Please CALL the nurse if you suspect your child has covid, emails can take some time for busy nurses to read.  As you successfully partnered with us last year, we look forward to another healthy year in keeping everyone in school.

Here are some useful documents:

This email will certainly generate additional questions.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the school nurses.

Best Wishes,

Peter Dillon, Superintendent

 

Becki Touponce
Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School Nurse
413-644-2373  (FAX) 413-644-2395

Hilary Bashara R.N., B.S.N.
W.E.B. Du Bois Middle School Nurse
413-644-2324  (FAX) 413-644-2394

Rhonda Patrick BSN, RN
Monument Mountain Regional High School Nurse
413-528-3346 (FAX) 413-528-4502

School Nurse Support/Float
Robyn Aloisi
413-644-2373  (FAX) 413-644-2395