Dear Parent/Guardian and Burlington Faculty/Staff:
Today we received information that indicated that a student or staff member in a Kindergarten class at Francis Wyman Elementary School has been diagnosed with a probable case of Covid-19. It is the policy of Burlington Public Schools to close any classroom with a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 for 10 days out of an abundance of caution.
Because this case has been determined to be a probable case, further laboratory testing is required to determine if this is a confirmed case of Covid-19. In the interim, we have decided to move the classroom with the probable case to remote learning while we await further testing results. All of the families in the impacted classroom have been contacted at this time to make them aware of the move to remote learning.
We will provide another update if the testing results confirm that this is a positive case. If the positive results are confirmed, students or staff members in that classroom may or may not be required to quarantine. A close contact is defined as anyone within 6’ of the affected individual for greater than 10 minutes. Any student or staff member determined to be a close contact, both through activities inside or outside of school, will be immediately contacted by the Board of Health or a Burlington School Nurse and will be required to quarantine. Testing will be recommended for all close contacts, however, any close contacts testing negative for Covid-19 must still complete quarantine requirements as issued by the Board of Health.
If you believe you or your child may have symptoms of Covid-19, you can check symptoms at https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptom-checker/?configuration=ma_covid&concern=coronavirus. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 should avoid contact with others and contact their health care provider and/or get a molecular diagnostic Covid-19 test. Free testing sites can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread.
For additional information on Covid-19, please go to Burlington.org, public health alerts or call the Board of Health at 781-270-1955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Eric Conti, Superintendent of Schools
Barbara Conley, Nurse Leader