Updates January 24 2021

January 24, 2021

Dear Families:

I hope you are staying warm!

New COVID Cases

This weekend, we learned of 3 COVID cases and completed all of the required contact tracing.

2 CCHS Students

1 Alcott Adult

COVID Data Dashboards

The district dashboard is posted on the webpage as of yesterday morning.  With the 3 cases since then, the total since we reopened is 104.

The community dashboard as provided by DPH is also linked to the webpage.  Concord and Carlisle remain in the yellow category for moderate risk.

Caller ID State Contact Tracers

If you receive a call from “MA COVID TEAM”, please be sure to answer.  This is how your caller ID will show when the state contact tracers are making calls.

14 Day Quarantine

I am being asked about our choice to use the August guideline for 14-day quarantines rather than the more recent CDC and DPH guidelines which call for less.  Given the high rate of the virus and the need to be extraordinarily careful in the school setting, the district is utilizing the original dates in agreement with the local health officials.  This is typical for all area school districts.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Asymptomatic Testing

This week, we hope to start testing asymptomatic staff who elect to participate.  The state released the timeline for its program which will then allow us to start testing students.  The target date from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is the week of February 8.  Please watch for more details.  If you haven’t responded to the survey, it is still open through this link.

Vaccine Distribution

The distribution to first responders (including the school nurses) went off very successfully at CCHS.  The second dose is scheduled for distribution on February 12 and February 13 after school and on the weekend.  DPH continues to predict Phase 2 which includes educators in February.

CMS Building Project Forum

Tomorrow night at 5 pm, a community forum focused on sharing information and gathering feedback about the CMS building project will be held.  This flyer provides all of the details.

Enjoy the rest of the evening!