Dear Stratton families:
We are continuing to be outside for learning, snacks, recess and other programming as much as possible. But of course the winter weather is on the way. In order to maximize the amount of time students have outside, we will curtail snow play while they're at recess this year. What that means is NOT that they won't/can't come in contact with the snow and ice when it's on the ground, but during typical Winters we have students bring all of their snow clothes to play on and in the snow; this year they will need to just have appropriate footwear and warm coats and hats - please let me know if your family needs any of that!
We're concerned about not only the proximity of children putting on their snow gear in the hallway together, but also how this would limit the time they'd be outside since that process can take a while, and our time on site is so limited anyway this year. So, again, we'll get outside as much as possible, but when there's snow and ice on the ground we'll stay on the blacktop and Circle, which has become a very popular secondary recess area!
Also, we are down a person or two for the next few weeks during lunch and recess so PLEASE consider volunteering any days M, T, Th or Fr, just let me know when you can join us. And we could ALWAYS use your help as a paid lunch teacher if you can join us regularly on some or all of the on-site days through the end of the school year. The times for either volunteers or the compensated positions are 10:30-1:00.
Thanks as always for your support!
We Miss You!
Welcome To Our School!
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!
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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