January 5, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Tomorrow,  Thursday, January 6, 2022, BPS COVID contact tracing and quarantine practices will change to align to the most recent DPH/CSDE guidance.  While practices have periodically changed, what has remained a constant is that anyone experiencing symptoms of illness must stay home.  By adhering to this rule, we reduce the possibility of staff and students becoming ill.  Starting tomorrow:

  • Screen and stay is ended
  • The 7-day test-out option is ended, but a test is recommended after 5 days for close contacts
  • Home tests, as well as lab tests (PCR and antigen), are accepted for COVID+ reporting
  • In-school contact tracing is focused on unmasked close contacts only
  • Families will be notified by the school, as appropriate by level, regarding COVID+ cases in the school population 
  • Quarantine requirements are reduced as follows (see charts here for new return dates)
    • 10-day quarantines are reduced to 5 days 
    • 20-day quarantines are reduced to 10 days

As we adopt the new practices, you are strongly encouraged to get your child vaccinated if appropriate.   A pediatric and 12-year-olds-and-up clinic is scheduled for January 16, 2022 and February 6, 2022. Your thoughtfulness contributes to keeping yourself and others free of illness.  We are all counting on each other.  

Sincerely,

Hamlet M. Hernandez

Superintendent of Schools