COVID-19 Testing Information
The school has contracted with CIC Health and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to conduct weekly testing of all students, faculty, and staff who will enter the school building. The assurance testing program is designed to work in concert with health and safety protocols to minimize risk of transmission of COVID-19 among our school community. Each week, every member of the community must have a negative COVID test result on file with the Health Office in order to come to campus.
The school nurses are the primary point of contact about COVID-19 and can be reached in the Health Office at (617) 559-4777 and healthteam@newtonSH.org.
Below are FAQs about our testing program, quarantine procedures and contact tracing. The school’s protocols follow the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) protocols and meet or exceed the Commonwealth’s guidelines.
- What type of test is administered?
- How is the test administered?
- When will testing take place?
- What happens if a member of the community misses their weekly COVID testing appointment?
- Can a member of the community opt out of testing?
- How are test results communicated?
- What happens if someone tests positive?
- Besides the individual with a positive test result, who else will be notified of a positive test within the school community?
- Outside of a positive test result, are there other indications that a student, faculty, or staff member should stay home?
- Are families asked to report to the school whether a student has been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 outside of school?
- When, after a positive test result, a community member returns from self-isolation will that person resume weekly testing?