Thank you to our school administrators, Health Services Department, the Weymouth Health Department, the School Committee, and especially our school families as we reviewed the recently released federal and state guidelines, and developed WPS Fall 2021 Back to School COVID-19 Protocols.
- As a general overview, our protocols include:
- Universal masking for all students, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are not required outdoors on school grounds
- Masks not required while eating or drinking
- Masks not required during mask breaks
- Vaccination most effective prevention strategy
- Testing: Test and Stay
- With parental consent (click here to opt in or out of testing in school) students who are considered close contacts to a positive confirmed case can take a rapid test in school every day for 7 days. As long as the child continues to test negative for COVID-19, they can continue participating in school, athletics, and all extracurricular programs.
- Diagnostic Testing
- Limit Close Contacts
- Classroom structure and layout to resume to pre-COVID fashion
- Extracurricular programs and activities to resume
- Athletics returning with recommended guidance from MIAA
We strongly encourage our families, and staff, to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which will be continuously updated throughout the start of the school year to answer questions and provide you with the most useful information.
- Upcoming WPS Vaccine Clinics
- COVID-19 Dashboard
- Recorded Virtual Q&A with Supt. Wargo and Health Services Director O'Hara (Friday, Sept. 17, 2021)
- WPS COVID-19 FAQs
- Test & Stay Consent Form
- Test & Stay Guide & FAQs
- COVID-19 Symptoms & Close Contact Protocol Guide
- Fall 2021 Back To School Protocols Presentation
- EBCFA: Face Covering Policy *Rescinded 9/16/2021
- DESE September 20, 2021 Installment of FAQs
- DESE mask mandate implementation information
- WPS face covering policy includes the following language: Mask or face coverings will not be required for anyone who has a medical, behavioral or other challenge making it unsafe to wear a face mask or face covering. A written note from a physician is required for a requested exemption for students and staff. Parents may not excuse their child from the face mask requirement by signing a waiver. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the building principal in consultation with the school nurse or local Board of Health. Face shields or physical barriers may provide an alternative in some instances.
- 8/25/2021 - Commissioner of Education Mask Mandate