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In-School COVID-19 Testing

August 26, 2021

Thank you for your continued support as we kick off the 2021-2022 school year. At Grafton Public Schools, keeping your students safe and in school is our top priority. We have learned a great deal over this past year, and our current guidance and procedures reflect the most updated recommendations from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

For the 2021-2022 school year, we are offering in-school COVID-19 testing for students, as an additional protection against the spread of the virus. Both types of testing involve a quick, non-invasive nasal swab:

  1. Testing for symptomatic individuals (offered last year)

  2. Test and Stay option for identified close contacts (new for SY 21-22)

Similar to last year, individuals who exhibit symptoms of COVID- 19 during the school day can be tested in the nurse’s office. Nurses will administer the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test. Based on the test results, the nurse will determine the need for dismissal or if the individual can remain at school. Students should not come to school if they are sick. 

New for this school year, Grafton Public Schools will also be offering COVID-19 Test and Stay testing for students who are identified as close contacts. This Test and Stay option allows for asymptomatic students to remain in school for the duration of their seven (7) day quarantine period. Day 1 is the day after exposure. Day 7 is seven (7) days from the date of exposure. During this time, students will receive a BinaxNOW rapid antigen test at the start of each school day. Students will be expected to go to their nurse's office at the start of the school day before going to class. Provided the student remains negative for each test and does not develop symptoms, they can remain at school. We are not participating in the pooled testing.

If you would like your child to participate in Grafton’s in-school testing program, please complete the attached permission form and return it to your school nurse. The school nurses will communicate directly with individual parents/guardians before initial testing is administered. Test results will also be communicated as soon as they are received. Please note, if your student received in-school testing last year, a new permission form is needed for this school year.

All in-school COVID-19 testing is voluntary. There is no charge for participating. If you choose not to have your student participate in Grafton’s in-school testing, alternative procedures are in place. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the nurse at your child’s school. Nurse contact information can be found on the Grafton Public School’s website or call your child's school directly.

It is our hope that these measures will work together to keep our schools safe and your student in school.  Thanks again for your support during this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming students back to the classroom.

-Jay