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Staying Safe in Schools 2022

Posted on 08/15/2022

SPS COVID-19 guidance in accordance with CDC. Massachusetts Health Department

& Springfield Health and Human Services


The following preventative measures apply also to SPS students and staff. Schools will continue to make masks available upon request to students while supplies last.

General Precautions

  • COVID -19 vaccination is strongly recommended, but not mandated.
  • There is no requirement for masking in schools. However, masks are required in school health offices.  Anyone who wishes to continue to mask, including those who face higher risk from COVID-19, will be supported in that choice.
  • Hand washing/sanitizing will be made available and encouraged in schools.
  • Rapid antigen self-test kits are available in schools to students with parental consent who display symptoms consistent with COVID-19 through October.

Testing Positive for COVID-19

A student who tests positive, must isolate for at least 5 days. They may return to school after day five if they have no symptoms. If they have symptoms, they may return to school after day five if their symptoms are getting better, and they have not had a fever for 24 hours. Return-to-school precautions include masking through day 10.


If the student cannot mask, they can only return to school after testing negative on at least day 5. Any student who tested positive may return to school on day 11 with or without a negative test.  

Showing COVID-19 Symptoms

Students who show COVID-19 symptoms while in school can remain in their school if they are tested immediately onsite, and that test is negative. It will be recommended that the student mask, if possible, until symptoms are fully gone. If symptoms continue after a negative test, the student should re-test within 1 to 2 days of the first test.


If the symptomatic student cannot be tested immediately, or if they are too ill to remain in school, they will be sent home. The student will be allowed to return to school if they test negative, or if they have not had a fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and their symptoms have cleared up. Students with symptoms may also return to school upon the recommendation of a medical professional.

Students Who Come in Close Contacts with Someone Who Has COVID-19 Vaccinated and unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested at least on day 5. Quarantine is no longer required. 

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