News & Announcements
February 5, 2022
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Holliston Town Hall
703 Washington Street
Or see Town website for link
Ages 5 to 11 year olds, and boosters for 12+
Sponsored by the Holliston Board of Health
Questions: call 508-429-0605
1. When do the updated DPH/DESE Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios go into effect?
The updated DPH/DESE Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios were released on December 30, 2021 and were effective immediately. The protocols can be applied retroactively for people currently in isolation or quarantine. So, if an individual tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the date the updated guidance was released, they should now use the 5-day isolation or quarantine period and return to school once they have met certain conditions as outlined in the protocols.
2. Can individuals returning from quarantine and isolation remove their masks to eat meals?
Per the updated protocols, individuals returning from a 5-day isolation and quarantine must mask for an additional 5 days when around others. Like individuals participating in Test & Stay, during meals, masks should only be removed when individuals are actively eating. Additionally, DESE recommends a physical distance of at least 3 feet while eating, as feasible. This means masks must be worn when individuals are waiting for meals or sitting at lunch tables after meals are finished.
3. What is the definition of fully vaccinated as it relates to the eligibility for the updated isolation and quarantine guidance?
At this time, and as provided in the updated DPH/DESE Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios, fully vaccinated is still defined as two-weeks following the completion of the Pfizer or Moderna series or two-weeks following a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
Amendment to the Test & Stay Protocol
The Test and Stay duration has been amended from 7 days from the date of exposure to 5 days from the date of exposure. Close contacts can remain in school and do not have to quarantine, as long as they:
We've received a large number of questions regarding post-holiday testing and we would like to remind everyone of the approved testing protocols for the program:
BinaxNOW tests may only be used for Test and Stay, Symptomatic Testing, and reflex tests after a positive pool. They are not approved for surveillance testing.
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Why Do Routine COVID Safety Checks Work?
Keep Kids and Staff Safe: catch cases before they spread to other students and staff
Keep our Schools Open: prevent further time away from in-person learning and friends by knowing whether it's COVID, cold, or flu
Stop the Spread: prevent infecting another member of your household or community
Visit https://covidedtesting.com/ for more information and resources.