Welcome To Our School!
Dear Stratton families:
It has been a year of 'picking our battles', but I do need to remind all families that students are not allowed to play on the rocks in front of the main entrance to the school. This is a rule during school hours, and so I request that you help to honor that after and before school hours as well. We have had some serious injuries over the years, and so have decided that although almost unfairly inviting, we need to hold to this.
Thanks so much for your support and patience in these last couple of weeks!
BOOK CHECK-OUT is now OPEN for all students who have library class this quarter! Our hope is to open up check-out to all students in a few weeks. We appreciate your patience while we roll-out this new process.
Click here to visit the Stratton Library Website!
Dear APS Families,
It has been quite a year of changes and challenges for everyone. We continue to see new information and research every day regarding all things COVID. You may have heard about one of the variants to COVID, B.1.1.7, now one of the dominant strains in the UK and has made its way to the US, though at present the number of cases is still low. While there is limited information thus far, it is considered to be more contagious, though not necessarily more detrimental to health comparatively and current research points to the possibility that it may be the dominant strain in the US by March, 2021. CDC: New Variant.
We are taking this opportunity to impress upon families to stay the course in vigilance regarding wearing appropriate masks in school, physically distancing from each other, washing and sanitizing hands more frequently and staying home if you display any concerning symptoms, are in quarantine or are awaiting a COVID test result. The APS nursing COVID website continues to share policies, protocols and resources and can be accessed at APS Nursing COVID website. As always, please feel free to contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns. For more information regarding contacting your school nurse, please see APS Nursing Staff.
Lastly, you may have heard as of last week, the state mandate for flu vaccines in schools and colleges has been rescinded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. At present, the flu vaccine is no longer a requirement but instead is a recommendation.
Susan Franchi, DNP, FNP-C, RN
Director of Nursing, Arlington Public Schools
ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS- STRATTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
❏ Review symptoms- STAY HOME FOR ANY OF THESE LISTED BELOW
● Fever (above 100℉) or feeling feverish
● New cough or cough different from usual cough
● Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
● New loss of smell/taste
● Sore throat
● Muscle/body aches (not related to exercise)
● Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
● Headache (AND other symptom(s))
● Unusual tiredness (AND other symptom(s))
● New nasal congestion or new runny nose (not due to allergies AND with other symptoms) ● Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with OR been with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19?
● Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?
● Have you been out of state in the past 14 days? If yes, please review travel restrictions.
❏ Be sure to pack the following for your child each day that they attend school:
❏ Full extra set of clothes (top, bottom, underwear, socks) in zip lock bag in backpack to go to school.
❏ Masks x 2 (wear one, pack one) AND brown paper bag, reusable plastic container- LABELED or lanyard to use for mask breaks
❏ Water bottle
❏ Snack AND lunch (if not buying)
ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
If your child exhibits any symptoms on the list above, they will be dismissed from school. ● It is the expectation that your child will be picked up within 30 minutes of notification by the school nurse. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.
● You will receive further information from the school nurse about next steps for your child at dismissal.
HOW TO REPORT AN ABSENCE
If your child is not attending school, in-person or virtual, contact the Stratton School Absent Line at 781-316-3767.
Information that is needed:
❏ Student’s name
❏ Student’s teacher
❏ Date of absence and expected return
❏ Reason for absence (Please include symptoms, quarantine information, covid information) ❏ Do you need to speak with the school nurse?
RETURN TO SCHOOL
❏ Your child is a close contact
❏ After completion of 14 days of self-quarantine from the last exposure to the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
❏ Your child has had COVID-19 symptoms:
❏ Negative COVID-19 test
❏ Improvement of symptoms
❏ Fever free for more than 24 hours without fever reducing medications (Tylenol, Advil) OR
❏ A healthcare provider makes an alternate diagnosis (strep throat), your child may return to school when appropriate for that condition.
❏ **Written documentation of this from a healthcare provider must be provided**
❏ NO TEST is done
❏ 10 days after the start of symptoms
❏ Symptoms are improved
Fever free for more than 24 hours without fever reducing medication (Tylenol, Advil) OR
❏ Positive COVID-19 test
❏ 10 days after the start of symptoms
❏ Fever free for more than 24 hours without fever reducing medications (Tylenol or Advil) ❏ Improvement of other symptoms
❏ Cleared by healthcare provider/Board of Health/ School nurse
❏ Your child has a Positive COVID-19 test and NO symptoms
❏ 10 days after the day the test was obtained
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