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Family Information for June 10th

Family Information for June 10th

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This week’s topics:
  • Todd Celebration
  • Peer Leader Applications
  • Notice to 10th Graders
  • Event Parking Reminder
  • Yearbooks
  • Final Lost & Found Pickup
  • Contact Info Update
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • COVID-19 Safety Checks
  • COVID-19 Information
  • COVID-19 Testing

Todd Celebration

Please join us to honor Todd and to thank him for his eleven years of thoughtful leadership of Parker TONIGHT from 5:00-7:30 PM, under the tent in the school front circle. All past and present members of the Parker community are invited. Food and outdoor fun starts at 5 PM with a ceremony to honor Todd at 6 pm. Please park across Jackson Road at in the Museum Lot (P-5) and allow guests with limited mobility to use the available spaces on campus. This event will occur rain or shine.


Peer Leader Applications

Members of the Class of 2023 and the Class of 2024 are reminded to complete and submit their applications to be Peer Mentors, 7th Seminar TAs, Spanish TAs, Div 1 MST TAs, Wellness TAs, and/or Dungeons and Dragons Afterschool Mentors for the 2022-23 school year. The link to the application is in the email Debbie O sent to all rising juniors and seniors. Applications need to be completed by the last day of school (June 16th). Please talk to Debbie if you have questions about any of the programs or about how to apply. Thanks!


Notice to 10th Graders

Students entering 11th grade in the fall (current 10th graders) MUST have:

  • A current physical prior to entering 11th grade (dated after 8/31/21). Please send a copy of the physical as soon as possible if you have had a physical after 8/31/21.
  • 1 booster dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Men ACWY) received on or after 16 years of age. One or more doses of MenACWY vaccine are acceptable as long as one dose was received on or after 16 years of age.

Meningococcal disease incidence peaks among young people 16-21 years of age. Implementation of a required booster dose of MenACWY vaccine for entry to 11th grade ensures that everyone is protected before entering the high-risk time period. While Massachusetts college entrance immunization requirements include MenACWY vaccine, young adults who do not attend college are also at increased risk for meningococcal disease.


Event Parking Reminder

During school events, our on-campus parking is insufficient for our whole school community.  Please remember and join in our community norms by parking in the Museum Lot (P-5), located across Jackson Road, and allowing guests with limited mobility to use the available spaces on campus. Thank you!


Yearbooks

Reminder yearbooks will be distributed at the BIG END next Thursday. There are a limited number remaining for purchase. Click here for soft cover or click here for Div 1 only (first 48 pages of full book).


FINAL Lost & Found Pickup

The FINAL clean-out of the LOST and FOUND will be on Tuesday, June 14th. Please stop by before that date to search for and claim any items belonging to you or your loved ones!


Contact Info Update

Do we have your CURRENT contact information? If you have changed your:

  • address
  • email address
  • home phone number
  • cell phone number

Please take a moment to send any changes to Cindy in the main office ([email protected]). We appreciate your time!


Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker

Positive COVID-19 cases in the Parker community are reported to the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) and to the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, which is our local board of health.  The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 6/3/22-6/10/22:

  • Staff – 3
  • Students – 0
COVID-19 Safety Checks

UPDATE: Thank you to those who participated in the COVID Safety Checks (pooled testing) these past two years. As a school, we had a great turnout and I appreciate your assistance and support during this difficult time. The last day for COVID Safety Checks was Wednesday, June 8th. Have a wonderful summer!

-Nurse Lisa

Pooled Test Results from 6/3/22-6/10/22:

  • # of pools = 61
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 60
  • # of POSITIVE pools = 1
  • # of INCONCLUSIVE pools = 0
COVID-19 Information

Reminder to please call or email the school nurse if any individual tests positive for COVID-19. Lisa Zick can be reached at 978-772-3293 x135 or [email protected].

Please refer to the following guidlines when an individual experiences illness or is a close contact.

Below is the full list of COVID-19 symptoms to monitor for:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

NO FEVER and MILD SYMPTOMS:  Individuals who don't have fever, present with mild symptoms, and test negative for COVID-19 are okay to come to school.

FEVER and/or SYMPTOMS LISTED ABOVE:  Individuals who have fever 100.0 or higher and/or the symptoms listed above should test for COVID-19. If test is negative, they should stay home until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are mild.

COVID-19 POSITIVE:  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Self-report to close contacts of their exposure. If help is needed with contact information, please reach out to Monique or Nurse Lisa.
  • Self-isolation for a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or after a positive test, if asymptomatic
  • Return to school on day 6 if they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication AND have improving symptoms
  • Upon return to school, the individual must wear a mask at all times when around others for an additional 5 days and maintain physical distance of 3 feet at all times
  • Return to school is based on time and symptom resolution
  • Testing to return to school is NOT required

Close Contacts Who are Exempt from Testing and Quarantine Response Protocols:

  • Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals
  • Individuals who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days of their own illness AND remain without COVID-19 symptoms

Out of school close contacts:

Test & Stay is no longer an option due to the new at-home testing program. Those who are unvaccinated and are a close contact to someone outside of school, must quarantine for 5 days, and can return to school on day 6 if they:

  • Remain asymptomatic
  • Adhere to strict mask use
  • Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10
  • Self-isolate if symptoms develop

Close Contact Testing:

For all those exposed, best practice is to get a PCR or a Rapid Antigen test 5 days after exposure.

COVID-19 Testing

Symptomatic Testing:

Symptomatic testing is available (with consent) for all individuals (including vaccinated, unvaccinated, and those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days) that present with symptoms while at school.

COVID-19 Safety Checks:

Pooled testing will continue every Wednesday as usual. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not do the pooled testing. Nurse Lisa will notify you when your student can begin with pooled testing after 90 days.


Sports Schedule


Upcoming Dates of Note:

Fri

Jun 10

Todd Celebrations

Tue

Jun 14

Board of Trustees

Wed

Jun 15

Noon Dismissal

Thu

Jun 16

Last Day of School – Noon Dismissal

Click HERE for the Online Calendar.


Looking for help with or information concerning:

Please contact:

a specific class or assignment

the teacher of that class (see Parker email list)

technical support

email: [email protected]

your family’s or student’s health

email: [email protected]

mental health/emotional support needs

email: [email protected]

food insecurity/free and reduced school lunch needs

email: [email protected]

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