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Pelham

SCHOOL DISTRICT

Pandemic Response Resources

Pandemic Response Update

(This page is now updated “as needed” for the 2022-23 school year - Last update was 8.24.22)

 

The rate of positive cases continues to decline. The community has additional tools including effective vaccinations for all ages and highly accurate at home testing.  We face a much less lethal strain of the virus as well. 


Key Takeaways

  • The level of community transmission remains substantial and the level of school impact remains low. This means we are emphasizing Pelham data.

  • Masks remain optional throughout the District. 

  • All staff, students and visitors are still required to self screen for symptoms of COVID-19. 

  • Based on updated NH DHHS guidance, those who are symptomatic or test positive and want to return to school from isolation after 5 days will still be required to wear a mask. 


Accepting At-Home Rapid Tests

As of March 7, 2022 we began accepting at-home rapid tests for COVID-19. Once the results are submitted, the school nurse will contact you and clear your child during school hours. Submitting the test does not mean your child is automatically cleared to come back to school. Before returning to school, symptoms must be mild and improving and students must be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (in addition to testing negative). To submit your results, please follow these guidelines: 


  • The test must be administered 24-36 hours after the onset of symptoms

  • Send the results by email to:

  • Include a picture of the test results with the following information:

    • -The name of student on whom the test was done

    • -Date the test was taken

    • -Description of symptoms

    • -Start date of symptoms

    • -Brand of test and expiration date of test date for the specific kit

    • Notes: 

      • The image needs to be clear enough to determine the results.

      • Some tests have age restrictions (such as the Intelliswab ™) so make sure you read the instructions prior to use.


The Big Seven

Our current mitigation measures are (1) hand sanitation, (2) self-screening, (3) ventilation, (4) vaccines, and (5) testing. Face coverings and distancing are optional, although they remain on the list as potential tools for future challenges. Vaccinations and testing are now available broadly in the community so will no longer be provided by the school.

NH DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard