COVID-19 Information

Charles River School remains committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We look forward to igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement for all our students.

We are incredibly proud of the ways in which our community has navigated the pandemic, always prioritizing the health, safety, and well-being of our students and teachers. CRS has found success in layering health and safety protocols and will continue to do so in order to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

We are grateful for your partnership and know it is paramount to another successful year at CRS. Thank you for helping to keep our Otters healthy!

COVID-19 Safety Layers

Mitigating Spread on Campus

  • Masking - Required indoors for all students, faculty, and campus visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Optional outdoors.
  • Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sanitation 
  • Physical Distancing
  • Air Quality and Filtration

Identifying Positive Cases

  • Symptomatic and Weekly Surveillance Testing
  • Health Monitoring - Community members agree to stay home when they're feeling ill.



Intervention & Stopping Spread

  • Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines - In the event of a positive case, CRS will use quarantining and isolation in accordance with state guidelines.
  • Exposure Notification and Communication

Vaccinations

Charles River School will require all eligible faculty members and students to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Campus visitors, including parents, who wish to enter indoor spaces are also required to be vaccinated. Medical and religious exemptions to this policy will be accommodated for all vaccine-eligible community members and must be communicated to the school.

Vaccine Submissions
Please email Nurse Carol Ahearn an image of your COVID vaccination documentation and ensure that administered dates are visible. In the body of the email, please list your child’s name, appointment date, and vaccine manufacturer.

Health Screenings

Students, faculty, and visitors are expected to self-monitor and report any symptoms honestly and accurately to Nurse Carol Ahearn. All members of the community are encouraged to stay home when feeling ill.


Quarantining and Isolation

CRS is following the CDC and DESE guidelines; we require a five-day isolation period for a positive case. 

Individuals who test positive: 
  • Duration: Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or after a positive PCR or antigen test (if asymptomatic).  The day that the test is positive is considered Day  "0".

  • Return to school: After 5 days and once they have:
    • Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications)
    • Experienced improvement in other symptoms.
    • Following the 5-day isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others, other than when eating, drinking, or outside.
    • Test negative using an at-home antigen test before coming to school on the 6th day.

Masks (Updated January 2022)

All students in grades PreK-8, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors. Use a well-fitting mask that covers the nose and mouth. For best fit, the mask should go under the chin and should be held in place behind the ears or tied at the back of the head so that it fits snugly with the sides of the face.

Update, January 2022: The Health and Safety Committee strongly recommends using a surgical, N95 KN95 or KF94 during the Omicron surge, as they offer the best protection against transmission. The School will provide masks to teachers and students and encourages families to purchase their own, if possible.
 
Otherwise, fabric masks should be three-ply, using a medium-weight fabric. (If a three-ply mask isn’t possible, at least a two-ply mask is required.) Please avoid the use of porous fabrics as they are likely less effective in preventing the transmission of coronavirus. Parents are asked to provide a mask each day. We also ask that you please send a "backup" mask, labeled with your child's name, to keep at school. 

FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • How will testing work?

    Updated 2/1/22
    • Symptomatic Testing: Students or faculty who develop symptoms at school, even minor symptoms, can be tested. Asymptomatic close contact testing through Test and Stay ended 1/27.

    • Surveillance Testing: We will continue our weekly PCR pooled testing.

    • At-Home Testing: We will be introducing weekly at-home antigen tests as an additional testing measure. Once families opt-in, each student will receive a test on Friday to be used at home Monday morning before coming to school. There will be more information in the coming days about the schedule, opt-in requirements, and other details of this at-home testing option.
  • Who is required to be vaccinated?

    For COVID-19, the science is clear: vaccination is the leading prevention strategy to protect individuals from COVID-19 and end the pandemic. Our goal is to have 100% of our faculty and eligible student body vaccinated. 

    All eligible faculty members and students are required to be vaccinated. Medical and religious exemptions to this policy will be accommodated and must be communicated to the school.

    Additionally, all parents, guardians, or guests who wish to visit indoors on campus, are required to be vaccinated. All visitors will be asked to share proof of vaccination.

    Please email Nurse Carol Ahearn an image of your COVID vaccination documentation and ensure that administered dates are visible. In the body of the email, please list your names, appointment dates, and vaccine manufacturers. 
  • Will students be in cohorts?

    Students will be in cohorts by grade, with Grades 7/8 together as a cohort. Cohorts will be allowed to mix during recess or for outdoor activities or classes only.
  • How will lunch be handled this year?

    We are thrilled to return to a more normal lunch experience! The dining hall will be open with more food options for students. Chef Christian and his staff served lunch from the dining hall this summer and have taken great pride in both the robust offerings and the new service process. To start the year, students will arrive in the dining hall, will be served from the buffet options or pick up individually wrapped items from the self-serve area, and then proceed to eat outside. In the event of inclement weather, students will be spaced appropriately when eating indoors in the dining hall or classroom.
  • Will remote learning be available this year?

    Remote learning will only be available in the event that CRS has to send students home to quarantine due to direct COVID exposure or diagnosis. If a student is out of school due to illness or a planned absence, they will simply return to in-person learning when they’ve recovered or are once again available to come to school.

    Please know that we will keep your children’s health and safety at the forefront of all our decisions, and if we determine we need to make changes, we will do so accordingly.
  • Do I need to submit a daily health screening form through MyMedBot?

    We no longer require the daily health attestation through the MyMedBot app. We do ask that you carefully monitor your child's health and keep them home whenever they are ill. If you are unsure about whether or not to keep your child home, please reach out to Nurse Carol. 

Guiding Principles

  • Charles River School remains committed to its mission to honor the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement.

  • We prioritize the health and safety of all community members. We are committed to mitigating the risk of transmission as best we can.

  • CRS relies on its partnership with families. All members of our community must commit to health and safety measures like mask-wearing, social distancing, and hygiene.

  • In the spirit of this partnership, we will continue to maintain proper channels of communication and feedback.

  • We remain deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion work and will continue DEI engagement with our community as we recognize the unique challenges that this global health crisis presents to not only our students but to each member of their family.

  • CRS will continue to support the social-emotional well-being of its students. 

Updated COVID-19 Symptoms List: 

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.