Updated March 18, 2021:
The Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District continues to follow evolving COVID-19 guidelines issued by local, state, and federal authorities. Guidelines have changed significantly over the past several months and will continue to change due to the nature of the pandemic. All updates pertaining to Minuteman are posted to minuteman.org/covid19 and letters to families are posted at minuteman.org/letters.
Important Information for Parents, Students, and Staff:
Students and staff cannot come to school if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing ANY symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild symptoms, as outlined here.
- IF YOU TEST POSITIVE: Immediately email the school nurses at email@example.com. Email is preferred.
- IF YOU TEST POSITIVE: You are required to quarantine for at least five calendar days. You can return to school on day 6 only if you do not have a fever and your symptoms have improved. You must wear a mask around others at all times from days 6-10.
- IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS BUT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A TEST: Please follow the guidance we have provided on the Symptoms of COVID page and contact the school nurses at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not come to school if you have symptoms.
- IF YOU WERE A CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE: If you are fully vaccinated and not showing symptoms, you are advised to wear a mask around others for at least 5 days and test on day 5. If you are unvaccinated, you are advised to quarantine for 5 days. You can return to school on day 6 if you are not showing any symptoms or tested negative.
At-Home Testing Program
Minuteman is participating in the Commonwealth's at-home testing program, in which students and staff are provided at-home COVID-19 testing kits and are supposed to test themselves at home once a week. Parents/guardians and staff must opt-in to receive free COVID-19 at-home testing kits by submitting their information in this brief online form.
- Students will receive one at-home testing kit (containing TWO total tests) every other week in their CTE/vocational shop class.
- Staff will receive one at-home testing kit (containing TWO total tests) every other week in their office mailboxes.
- Students and staff should test themselves every Tuesday evening.
- Tuesday is an optimal time to conduct a test because it results in the fewest days missed from school should one test positive and need to quarantine for five calendar days; two of those days would fall on the weekend.
- If a student or staff member tests positive, they are to immediately email the nurses at email@example.com. It is not necessary to report negative test results.
- If a student or staff member tests positive, they are required to quarantine for at least five calendar days. You can return to school on day 6 only if you do not have a fever and your symptoms have improved. You must wear a mask around others at all times from days 6-10.
- Students and staff should not conduct the at-home tests at school or on the bus; the tests should be conducted at home.
- Students cannot give their test kits to other students.
Changes in Protocols
As a result of the new at-home testing program, the state has advised districts to end the practice of contact tracing and use of the “Test and Stay” program for unvaccinated, in-school close contacts. In addition, in-school COVID-19 testing will only occur on individuals who are symptomatic; schools will no longer conduct in-school testing of students only for being close contacts. Please provide parental consent to in-school symptomatic testing if you have not already done so.
Masking Optional Indoors
Wearing a face mask indoors is now optional at Minuteman with the exception of the nurses' office. At Minuteman, we highly value and foster a culture of mutual respect and acceptance. It is important that everyone respect each other’s decision mask wearing. There are many people who will continue to wear a mask at school, including those who face higher health risks from COVID-19. Many of our students and staff live with vulnerable family members, including the elderly, immunocompromised.