BOXFORD – Superintendent Michael Harvey and the Masconomet Regional School District would like to share an update on COVID-19 mitigation measures and protocols ahead of the start of the school year.
“We are committed to conducting this school year in a manner that is mindful of the dangers of COVID-19, while ensuring an engaging in-person learning experience for all of our students,” Superintendent Harvey said. “I urge everyone in our school community to familiarize themselves with virus protocols, continue to make decisions with safety in mind, and get vaccinated or reinforced.”
Masconomet will host several vaccination clinics throughout the fall that will be open to the public. Clinics will be held on the following Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Masconomet Regional High School cafeteria:
Sept. 16 and 23, Oct. 14 and 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16
People receiving a booster dose are asked to bring their vaccination record. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The following vaccines are available at each clinic:
- Pfizer, including primary doses for children 6 months and older, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared boosters
- Moderna, including primary doses for people 6 months and older and boosters for people over 18. Moderna boosters are not permitted for anyone under the age of 18.
For more information and to register, visit CapeAnnClinic.com.
Additionally, several family-friendly vaccination clinics are available to coincide with the start of the school year. Information about these and other clinics is available through the state’s VaxFinder tool: Vaxfinder.mass.gov.
All individuals older than six months can be vaccinated with a primary series vaccine. Anyone over the age of five can also benefit from a booster.
Isolation and Exposure Precautions
The district is following guidelines from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 exposure and isolation protocols.
Under these guidelines, students and faculty who have known exposure to the virus but are asymptomatic can attend school, although a self-administered rapid test is recommended after exposure is confirmed.
There is no statewide mask mandate at this time. Masconomet will open the year with a mask-friendly approach that empowers faculty, staff, and student families to make their own masking choices. All members of the Masconomet community will be supported and respected, regardless of their choice.
Although Masconomet will not be testing this year, community members are encouraged to take advantage of fully reimbursable at-home testing, which they can obtain from their local pharmacy.
Everyone can be reimbursed for up to eight tests per month through their health insurance. For answers to frequently asked questions about this program, visit the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. here.
To learn more about the reimbursement process through a specific health insurer, visit that insurer’s website. Families and staff are encouraged to use home testing regularly, especially when symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection are present.