According to the DPH, vaccination and/or previous exposure to COVID-19, along with access to at-home testing kits and COVID-19 treatments have reduced the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. We still encourage you to remain vigilant by using the following mitigation strategies:
- Wearing a mask in public places. HPS remains a mask-optional district
- Washing your hands regularly
- Refraining from touching your eyes, face, and mouth to the extent possible
- Follow our Daily Health Assessment
- Stay home if you have a fever of 100 degrees or higher until the fever has resolved for at least 24 hours without the use of medication
- Reporting any positive COVID-19 test results to the school nurse prior to your child returning to school
- If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, contact your Health Care Provider and your school nurse, get tested for Covid-19, and do not come to school until you receive further information.
- If positive for COVID-19, isolate at home for 5 days and notify your school nurse and your Health Care Provider for further instructions. The first day of isolation is the day after symptoms begin or the day after you receive a positive test result if there are no symptoms.
- You may return to school on day 6 if fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours and symptoms have improved.
- Continue to wear a mask for 5 additional days following isolation.
- If you have any questions or concerns about the ability of your child to participate in all normal school activities including physical education, please confer with your medical advisor. The medical advisor may impose restrictions to keep your child safe. Please provide documentation to your school nurse.
- CT DPH has come out with information regarding the availability of Antiviral Medications that have been approved to prevent serious illness from COVID-19. If anyone in your family contracts COVID-19, reach out to your Health Care Provider for advice as to whether or not an Antiviral Medication should be prescribed.
- Get vaccinated for COVID-19, if you have not done so already, and get a booster vaccine dose if you are eligible. For COVID-19 vaccine information and scheduling visit https://portal.ct.gov/Vaccine-Portal.
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