Dear Pike Families,
As we get closer to the start of our school year, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through these challenging times. The Covid-19 Task Force continuously monitors the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) guidelines and we then adjust The Pike School policies accordingly. As these policies change, we understand that questions may arise on how your child(ren) may be affected. As such, we wanted to highlight some important updates to our policies so that you can have a better understanding of the changes.
Recently the Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandated that all students (regardless of their residency) must receive the influenza vaccine before December 31, 2020. This will be required for all Pike students, whether Campus-Based or Off-Campus unless they have a medical or religious exemption. All exemptions must be documented in writing and provided to Pike's School Nurse. Students are encouraged to receive the influenza vaccine early in the current season and must provide documentation upon completion.
Close Contact for COVID-19
DESE guidelines recently updated their definition of a "close contact" in a school context. Their guidelines now define a close contact as being less than 6 feet from a confirmed or clinically diagnosed COVID-19 case for at least 15 minutes (previously 10 minutes) while the person was infectious. DESE has also since changed their guidance that not all elementary classrooms will be considered automatically close contacts. This is where the DRMT will conduct its contact tracing to determine who are potential close contacts.
The COVID-19 Task Force guidance on Self-Quarantining and Self-Isolation has been amended and can be read in full on the pikeschool.org website.
Updated List of Testing Sites
As you know, all students returning to campus must provide a negative COVID test result prior to the first day of school. Antibody testing is not the same and is not an alternative to this requirement. For Massachusetts residents, you can use this map to help find a testing site. For our New Hampshire families, please use this map.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to prioritize the safety and wellness of all community members. We will provide updates of DESE guidelines and our own Pike Policies as they become available.
Please reach out with any questions regarding these new policies to email@example.com.
Daily Risk Mitigation Team, Leader