Ms. Melissa McDonald BSN, RN
Information about registering for a COVID-19 vaccine can be HERE
Vaccination remains the most powerful strategy to keep children and families healthy and students learning in person and involved in extracurricular activities
What is a Virtual Calming Room?
Life can be overwhelming, anxiety invoking, and stressful. Sometimes we all need a healthy escape. Virtual Calming Rooms were inspired to help students, staff and families locate tools and strategies to positively manage their emotions.
Thank you to all the parents/guardians for the ongoing communication and working together to keep our schools safe and healthy for all! Spring has sprung and BPS is moving to masks optional following the guidelines below. Continue to follow the school illness and COVID protocols. Please keep your children home when feeling symptoms of illness.
RIDOH continues to provide the COVID-19 Testing Program for all RI PK-12 public and private school students, faculty and staff who have been identified as a close contact of a positive case, or are a classmate of a positive case or symptomatic. Services are available in multiple languages.
To learn more about testing in the RI Schools visit COVID Testing Students and Staff
GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 OUTBREAK RESPONSE PROTOCOLS SET BY THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED IN THE SUMMARY BELOW. SPEAK WITH THE SCHOOL NURSE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED LINK TO THE PK - 12 OUTBREAK RESPONSE PROTOCOLS BOOK
IF YOUR CHILD HAS SYMPTOMS:
Please keep all children home from school
Report symptoms to the school nurse to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed (symptoms suspect of COVID-19 still require a confirmatory PCR if the rapid is negative)
Email the school nurse if illness occurs outside of school hours
Communication is important to ensure contact tracing if there is a positive case
Please complete the AFTER- ILLNESS RETURN ATTESTATION FORM and send it to the school nurse when your child is ready to return to school
IF YOUR CHILD OR SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY IS TESTED FOR COVID-19:
The symptomatic child must remain home to await negative PCR test results before returniing to school.
Rapid test results are usually available within hours
PCR (final) test results are usually available in 1-2 days
Please provide the school nurse with a copy of your child’s PCR test results and the AFTER- ILLNESS RETURN ATTESTATION FORM
*(Exception- those with a history of COVID-19 disease within last 90 days do not need to quarantine or test with a PCR if symptoms present)
BPS QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR CLOSE CONTACTS:
Close Contacts In the Home:
BPS will continue to Test to Stay program for vaccinated in-home close contacts with a rapid (Antigen) test for 7 days and a PCR on day 5 in school with parental permission. In home close contacts should wear a mask for 10 days after exposure.
Quarantine is still required for those close contacts who are unvaccinated living with an in-home postive person
Close Contacts Not in the Home:
All students and staff who are identified as close contacts to a positive case should wear high-quality, well-fitting masks for the full 10 days after exposure.
We will no longer be contact tracing. If there is a positive case in a classroom the entire classroom is a close contact.
We are now doing "Monitor to Stay", which means students can attend school if they are close contacts, as long as they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
If symptoms develop in school, with parental permission schools can test with a Rapid Antigen and PCR test and the student must go home to await PCR results before returning.
If symptoms develop outside of school, students can test at K12 test site.
Students with a history of COVID-19 within last 90 days are exempt from testing or quarantine