Stoughton Public Schools 2021-2022 Return to School Plan

The District will implement the following operational and instructional mitigation strategies to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the students who attend the Stoughton Public Schools, during the 2021 - 2022 school year.

Student Drop Off

Student drop off times will continue to be impacted by the District’s responsibility to conduct contact tracing and its efforts to minimize the number of close contacts.

  • Secondary: 7:00 AM

  • Elementary: 8:15 AM

Social Distancing

The District’s goal in all classrooms and indoor spaces is 3 feet of distancing between students.

  • Indoor spaces will require seating charts to facilitate contact tracing

  • Desk or table placement will be marked on the floor of each classroom to maximize distance between students.

  • Unnecessary furniture will be removed if it prevents a room from meeting social distancing expectations.

Face Masks

The District will follow regulations, guidelines, and/or requirements provided by the DESE, in conjunction with the DPH. At this time, the Commissioner has implemented a mask mandate, and the major components are as follows:

  • Masks will be required by all K-12 students, educators, and staff through October 1 to ensure schools fully reopen safely and to provide time for more students and educators to get vaccinated.

  • After October 1, the Commissioner’s mask mandate will allow middle and high schools to lift the masking requirement for vaccinated students and staff only if the school meets a certain vaccination rate – at least 80 percent of students and staff in a school building are vaccinated.

Note: An acceptable face mask will be defined as a disposable or cloth face mask without valves, slits, or holes

Live Streaming

It is necessary to provide direct instruction to students that are quarantining after having contracted the virus or having been identified as a close contact.

  • Live streaming will occur when a student will miss school, for a District imposed quarantine.

  • If a student tests positive for COVID outside of school, a doctor’s note will be required to participate in live streaming.

Note: Live streaming is subject to negotiations with the Stoughton Teachers Association.

Contact Tracing & Quarantining

The District is required to perform contact tracing, and when necessary to quarantine students and staff.

  • Contact tracing will be performed using DESE and DPH guidelines.

Note: The District has updated its ESSER III grant proposal to include additional staffing costs necessary to facilitate contact tracing and data reporting.

Testing

Pool Testing*

The District will provide students, faculty, and staff with the ability to participate in pool testing.

  • Pool testing will be provided to students, faculty, and staff that opt in.

  • The District will take part in two sample saliva based testing to minimize the logistical

    requirements and improve the accuracy of the testing system.

Note: The District has updated its ESSER III grant proposal to include additional staffing costs necessary to facilitate the testing process and data reporting.

Symptomatic Testing*

The District will test students who present symptoms while at school.

  • BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing will be utilized.

  • Symptomatic individuals who test negative may return to class as long as they are not

    feverish and have no other clinical indications of infection.

  • Individuals presenting symptoms at home should stay at home and seek testing from their physician.

Note: The District has updated its ESSER III grant proposal to include additional staffing costs necessary to facilitate the “test and stay” protocol and related data reporting.

Test and Stay*

The District will test asymptomatic students who are identified as a close contact for 7 days following their exposure and prevent the students from having to quarantine.

  • BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing will be utilized.

  • This will have a significant impact on the District’s efforts to keep all kids in school and

    minimize disruptions to the school community.

Note: The District has updated its ESSER III grant proposal to include additional staffing costs necessary to facilitate the “test and stay” protocol and related data reporting.

* All testing requires parental consent.