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Health and Safety Protocols

Symptoms | Holiday InformationSchool Preparedness & Campus Modifications | Student PreparednessCOVID-19 Case Containment

The School is taking the following measures to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protocols will continue to change based on local, state, and national guidelines. 

The information below as of October 22, 2020, and is subject to change.​

COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms are referenced many times throughout this page. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever of 100°F or higher, chills, or shaking chills
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) 

COVID-19 Holiday Information

  • Be thoughtful about your choices.
  • Adhere to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order. Be mindful that the “low-risk” areas on the list shift by the week.
  • Traveling increases your risk for contracting and spreading COVID. Read this helpful travel information from the CDC.
  • Consider mitigation strategies for planning holiday celebrations.
  • If you travel or participate in family gatherings, the best way to protect yourself and others is by being tested upon your return home. Stop the Spread testing sites are returning quicker test results than going through your doctor’s office.
  • Waiting to be tested 4-5 days after your possible “exposure” date can help to ensure a more accurate test result. This allows any potential virus in your body to accumulate enough to be detected by the test.
  • Remember that we have a responsibility to each other and have signed the Landmark COVID-19 Health and Safety Pledge. Each of our individual choices and decisions can impact the larger community. 

School Preparedness and Campus Modifications

Preparedness

  • Landmark is regularly monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (, and consulting with medical professionals and the local board of health.
  • The school is following guidelines from Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
  • A team of 28 members representing administrators, nurses, faculty, and staff meet throughout the week to continually discuss the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation and its impact on education. 
  • The primary prevention strategy is for students and staff to wash hands upon arrival to school and as needed through the day; the importance of good hand hygiene will be emphasized and routines will be built into the students’ day.
  • All community members are required to wear masks or face coverings at all times while on campus with the exception of being outdoors and six feet apart. Please familiarize yourself with Landmark's High School High School face-covering and Elementary•Middle School face-covering policies.
  • Landmark uses CDC- and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfecting products and will follow DESE guidance for frequency of cleaning.
  • In the event of a positive case of COVID-19, the areas where this individual has spent time will be disinfected by Landmark custodial staff supplemented by support from a professional cleaning company.
  • Walking meetings and outdoor learning are encouraged.
  • High-touch surfaces and common areas are frequently being cleaned and disinfected throughout the day using CDC- and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfecting products. 
  • During orientation and throughout the year, students will receive training regarding best practices for mitigation of COVID-19.

Modifications

  • All buildings have hand sanitizer dispensers prominently located, and students and staff will sanitize hands as they enter and exit each building. 
  • Including ion filtration and ultraviolet light technology, Landmark has added and improved fresh air and filtration to buildings, and air purifiers have been added in strategic locations.
  • Where appropriate, Landmark is employing the use of electrostatic disinfecting.
  • Landmark has modified the campus to retrofit and repurpose spaces to help maintain six-foot physical distancing. Some of these modifications include:
    • Designated entrances and exits for each building to avoid crossing traffic.
    • One-way traffic through buildings or hallways.
    • Floor markings to designate the direction of traffic flow.
    • Removing extra furniture in buildings to maintain six-foot distancing in common areas.
    • Rearranging classroom furniture to promote social distancing and improve airflow.
    • Additional signage posted around campus with reminders about proper hand-washing and hygiene, social distancing, face coverings, and other best practices for virus mitigation.

Student Preparedness 

All students are required to sign Landmark’s COVID-19 Code of Conduct, Pledge, and Agreement before arriving on campus.

Prevention

  • All students are required to get a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020, as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • Landmark School strongly encourages all students and faculty to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available in order to contribute to the health and safety of the school community.
  • All students must stay at home or immediately report to the Health Center if they are not feeling well.
  • Students need to report to the Health Center immediately if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Students coming to the Health Center for first aid or medication administration will be separated from students who are not feeling well. Students cannot carry medication; all medications must be given in the Health Center, including Tylenol, Advil, etc.
  • As of August 1, 2020, a new Massachusetts Covid-19 Travel Order went into effect. Please read the order as it may affect some students arriving to campus from certain states. In some instances, testing or 14-day quarantine may be required. 

Face Coverings

  • Students should read and understand Landmark's face-covering policy.
  • Students can take mask breaks when they are outside and six feet apart—or farther—from other Landmark community members.
  • Landmark students are required to carry at least two spare, clean face coverings at all times.
  • Landmark will provide one face covering per student and staff member to start the year. 
  • There will be a sufficient supply of extra disposable masks in the Health Center, available to students who need them.
  • All students are expected to wear a clean face covering each morning.

Screening

  • Students are expected to use MyMedBot each morning at home before they arrive on campus to conduct a daily health screening. MyMedBot can be run on any mobile device (smart phones and tablets) with iOS and Android operating systems. We suggest you set "push notifications" to receive daily reminders. 
  • Landmark's Health Center will receive an electronic report with all screening data each morning.
  • Landmark School will cover the cost of the MyMedBot application subscription. 

testing and positive cases

  • If a student, faculty, or staff member has any of the possible COVID-19 symptoms, they must: 
    • Have a (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test and have a negative test result.
    • Have an improvement in symptoms.
    • AND be fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications before returning to school.
    • Or they may submit a letter from their doctor saying that their symptoms were related to an alternative diagnosis.
  • If a student, faculty, or staff member has COVID-19 symptoms and chooses not to be tested, then they may return to school 10 days from the start of symptoms, as long as the symptoms have improved. They must be fever free without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours before returning.
  • By state mandate, students, faculty, and staff must receive a negative (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test.
  • If a student, faculty, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate for 10 days AND be fever free without any fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, have an improvement in symptoms, AND be cleared by the Department of Public Health.
  • If your child is having COVID-19 testing for any reason, before returning to school, please contact the health center about the next steps (test results can be forwarded by email or fax 978-232-9546). 
  • If a student, faculty, or staff member is considered a close contact (meaning that they were within six feet of a positive COVID person for at least 15 minutes), then they must self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of test result. Close contacts will work with the Health Center and Department of Public Health to determine follow-up.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified on campus, the community will be notified in accordance with privacy laws (individual names will not be given).
  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, Landmark will work with the Local Board of Health (LBOH) nurse for follow-up, will isolate the student unless they are already in isolation, begin contact tracing, and quarantine appropriate individuals.

COVID-19 Case Containment

  • As of August 1, 2020, a new Massachusetts Covid-19 Travel Order went into effect. Please read the order as it may affect some students arriving to campus from certain states. In some instances, (PCR) SARS-CoV2 testing or 14-day quarantine may be required. 
  • Anyone not feeling well must stay at home or immediately report to the Health Center.
  • Students need to report to the Health Center immediately if they experience COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If a student, faculty, or staff member has any of the possible COVID-19 symptoms, they must: 
    • Have a (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test and have a negative test result.
    • Have an improvement in symptoms.
    • AND be fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications before returning to school.
    • Or they may submit a letter from their doctor saying that their symptoms were related to an alternative diagnosis.
  • If a student, faculty, or staff member has COVID symptoms and chooses not to be tested, then they may return to school 10 days from the start of symptoms, as long as the symptoms have improved. They must be fever free without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours before returning.
  • By state mandate, students, faculty, and staff must receive a negative (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test.
  • If a student, faculty, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate for 10 days AND be fever free without any fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, have an improvement in symptoms, AND be cleared by the Department of Public Health.
  • If your child is having COVID-19 testing for any reason, before returning to school, please contact the health center about the next steps (test results can be forwarded by email or fax 978-232-9546). 
  • If a student, faculty, or staff member is considered a close contact (meaning that they were within 6 feet of a positive COVID person for at least 15 minutes), then they must self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of test result. Close contacts will work with the Health Center and Department of Public Health to determine follow-up.
  • All students are required to get a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020, as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • Landmark School strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available in order to contribute to the health and safety of the school community.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified on campus, the community will be notified in accordance with privacy laws (individual names will not be given).
  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, Landmark will work with the Local Board of Health (LBOH) nurse for follow-up, will isolate the student unless they are already in isolation, begin contact tracing, and quarantine appropriate individuals.