To date, CRB has achieved a vaccine rate of 95% and has had no in-school transmission of COVID 19.
Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) would end the statewide school mask mandate on Feb. 28. However, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said last Thursday that the city's public schools would continue to enforce a school mask mandate beyond the end of the month. Catholic schools in Boston will lift their mask mandate and stop requiring face coverings once the statewide mandate lifts. In a meeting yesterday, the Boston Public Health Commission recommended that private and charter schools use their own discretion with the vaccine rate being the primary guiding principle.
As a Catholic school in Boston, we live in both worlds, and after careful consideration with our health office, have come up with the following Mask Protocol.
- Beginning Monday, February 28, fully vaccinated, students and staff who are not in Covid protocols will no longer be required to wear masks in the classrooms at CRB. One may still choose to wear a mask.
- Students and Staff will still have to bring a mask to school. Masks are required in the bathrooms. Masks are also required in the health office, school buses, and vans per federal requirements. Students deployed at CWS partners will follow the guidance of the worksite.
- Unvaccinated students must continue to wear a mask at all times in the school AND continue the Weekly Covid Testing through CWS.
- Students and staff who tested positive and returned to school after the five-day quarantine must be masked for another five days upon their return to school.
- We have not received guidance on desk spacing, however, we ask that windows be open during class time to promote air flow.
- If our COVID positive numbers spike, we may revisit this as well start posting the Covid Protocols list again.
Please also note the following are still in effect:
DESE Protocols regarding testing Positive for COVID 19:
- Symptomatic Testing: (for when individuals present symptoms while at school; individuals should not go to school if experiencing symptoms while at home): Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at school using the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test or another approved diagnostic test. We need to have a completed consent form.
At-home Rapid Antigen Testing:
- At-Home Rapid Testing (to be distributed to participating staff and students, regardless of vaccination status): Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at home. To receive the "opt in" testing, you must first fill out the opt in authorization form and have completely filled out the parent student handbook acknowledgment. Here is the link for participation in the "Opt In" antigen testing: Opt in Sign Up. Once you have a record of you filling out the "Opt in" form, your child can pick up the test kit.