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HPS 2021-22 School Year Information and Updates

April 28, 2022

Dear Members of the Hamden Public School Community:

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has advised school administrators throughout the state that COVID-19 transmission rates have been steadily increasing and that we should expect to see more cases of COVID-19 affecting students and staff in our schools in the coming weeks due to recent holiday gatherings and travel associated with school break weeks. In addition to the measures our district already has in place in our schools to help reduce COVID-19 risks (e.g., increased ventilation, standard cleaning protocols, etc.), during this time of increased community transmission we are also asking our staff, students, and families to help us reduce the COVID-19 risks in our schools even further over the next several weeks by:

•      Continuing to stay home if you feel unwell, especially if you are experiencing any symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, including:

-          Fever or chills

-          New loss of taste or smell

-          Cough

-          Sore throat

-          Difficulty breathing

-          Congestion or runny nose

-          Fatigue/tiredness

-          Nausea or vomiting

-          Muscle or body aches

-          Diarrhea

-          Headache


•      Getting vaccinated for COVID-19, if you have not done so already and getting a booster vaccine dose if you are eligible.  For COVID-19 vaccine information and scheduling visit

•      Testing for COVID-19 either using an at-home test kit or at a pharmacy or other testing site if you:

-          feel unwell or have any symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19; or

-          have had an exposure to someone suspected of having COVID-19; or

-          have recently traveled out of state using public transportation (e.g., air, train, bus); or

-          have attended any large group events (e.g., concerts, weddings or similar events, etc.)  An infographic that QVHD has created, with current recommendations for mitigating COVID-19, quarantine and isolation recommendations from the CDC, and other resources related to navigating large and small gatherings safely is below.  

-          School health offices have COVID-19 tests available should you need one. 

•      Contacting the school nurse and following isolation guidance, if you test positive for COVID-19, including remaining away from school activities for at least 5 days and wearing a mask when returning for an additional 5 days.

•      Following quarantine guidance as appropriate for your vaccination status if you have a close contact with someone with COVID-19 either inside or outside of your household.

•      Wearing a mask when you are around other people, especially if:

-          you are not feeling well;

-          are advised to do so based on isolation or quarantine recommendations;

-          you are at-risk for severe COVID-19 complications; or

-          you feel more comfortable wearing a mask at this time.

We will continue to keep you informed of changes in our school community and appreciate all of your efforts to keep everyone safe. Thank you.



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