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January 2022 Return to School

Dear ACSD Families, 

 

Home Rapid Test Kit Distribution for Vermont Students

The Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education are providing rapid test kits for K-12 students so you can test your student prior to returning to school if you choose.  Please note that though we support this effort, this testing is optional and not a requirement of ACSD for returning to school next week.  You can sign up to pick up tests for your child here. Please follow the instructions for use on the VDH signup page.  If your student tests positive, please notify your school nurse on Monday January 3rd, so we can guide you on next steps.  We do not need to know whether or not your child is tested or if they test negative, only if they are positive.  This testing is for students without symptoms.  If they have any COVID related symptoms, a rapid test is not enough to return to school.  You must still get a PCR test and if negative, your student may attend school once they are feeling well enough to do so. 

 

New CDC Guidance

Many of you may have heard that there is new isolation guidance from the CDC.  Until the Vermont Department of Health adopts this guidance for Vermonters, ACSD schools will continue to follow any previous guidance.  We will be sure to reach out when this changes.  For now, anyone testing positive for COVID must isolate at home for 10 days from the start of symptoms.  If you have no symptoms then you isolate 10 days from your testing date.  

 

Before Sending Your Student Back to School..

If you have questions about COVID, exposures, close contact status or anything else that makes you feel your student may be a risk to others or at risk, please keep your student home and get in touch with your school nurse or principal on Monday January 3rd.  If your student has even one mild COVID related symptom, please keep them home and reach out for further guidance on Monday.  If your student has one COVID related symptom lasting > 24 hours, two or more COVID symptoms, or a cough alone they must get a PCR test before returning to school.  

 

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation to keep our schools safe and Happy New Year! 

Kelly Landwehr, RN, MSN