February 8, 2021

 

Dear BHRSD Families and Staff,

As February break approaches and you consider travel, I would like you to carefully decide if this is the safest choice.  The bottom line right now is traveling presents a risk, even in the United States.  We know how easily this virus is spread and our entire collective goal is to keep the entire school community healthy, safe and to continue our in-person school option.

In the event you do choose to travel, let me remind you of the state’s travel guidance.  The state is requiring all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

1) Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to your arrival found here Massachusetts Travel Form.

2) Quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.  If you are not able to obtain it before entry back to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival.  However, all such arriving travelers must immediately begin the 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received.

The only state as of today that is deemed “low risk” is Hawaii.  This may change at any time and is why I encourage you to visit this website for the latest direction from the state as you consider travel, https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order.

You can also utilize the “Stop the Spread” program available to you at no cost done through Berkshire Health Systems. The phone number is 855-262-5465.  I suggest you call this number to schedule your COVID-19 tests prior to your departure to ensure testing is done within that 72-hour window back to Massachusetts.  Once you receive the tests results, please send them to your school nurse prior to their entry back into the building.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Peter Dillon, Superintendent