Communication For COVID -19 Cases

Dear Families, 

As you are aware Hampshire County is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.  Hatfield Public Schools has not had a spike in its number of cases.  We are fortunate to have a great nursing team in our district working hard to connect with students, faculty and families to be sure that if information relative to anyone who may have COVID-19 or who may have been in close contact.  They collaborate closely with the Hatfield Covid 19 Coordinator Claudia Sarti, the Hatfield Board of Health, and other public health officials to "determine the best next steps." 

The Board of Health publishes the Town's numbers every Monday and our numbers for resident students will be in those phone call updates. The school will contact parents and guardians as soon as possible if they believe a child is suspected of needing further evaluation for COVID-19.  (See symptoms below.)  The school will contact you if your child is suspected of being a close contact (within 3 feet for more than 15 minutes continuously over a 24  hour period.)  

It is the state's goal to have pooled testing started after September 30th.  This is going to be run by the state and more will be forthcoming about it.  You can sign up for this opportunity if you haven't already.   Pooled Testing Forms 

My hope is to keep student information as private as possible while at the same time making sure parents have the information they need to decide what's best for their child.  For this reason we will rely on the weekly call from Hatfield BOH to give the town's information on active COVID cases and we will communicate directly to affected students and their families, including who we determine are close contacts.  In this way there is one source of "big picture" information and once source for "on demand" information needed for parents who need to make immediate decisions about their child's welfare.  

Everyone is happy to be back in school and we want to keep it that way. 

 

 

The following symptoms may be indicative of infection with COVID 19.  Please seek a medical evaluation or seek COVID 19 testing from one of these sites.

• 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 

1. Massachusetts DPH, Testing of Persons with Suspect COVID-19. (2020, May 13)