• Dear Shawsheen Parent/Guardians and Colleagues:

    I am writing to inform you that we just received notification that a Shawsheen student has tested positive for COVID-19.  This student has not been in school since Friday, October 16th.  Based on our review of the circumstances, we have concluded that no Shawsheen student or staff member is considered a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes in one 24-hour period) of this student during the period when he/she could transmit the virus to another person.  In this case, the absence of any Shawsheen close contacts is due exclusively to the fact that this student’s parent(s)/guardians(s) followed the state directives to keep students at home when they are not feeling well.  We are grateful to these parent(s)/guardian(s) for the seriousness with which they took their responsibility to help us keep our school community safe. I am also pleased to be able to report that the student is expected to make a full recovery.

    We are following all Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) protocols, including collaborating with the applicable local board of health.  Shawsheen’s response is in-line with that guidance.  The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) has been notified in accordance with our reporting obligation. We have been planning for these scenarios since before school opened and have a comprehensive plan in place to engage in contract tracing (when indicated) and to inform families and staff who may have been in close contact with the individual. As a reminder, we will never reveal the name or other individually-identifying information about any student or staff member who tests positive, but will directly notify anyone identified as a close contact. 

    Finally, I want to reiterate the need to follow precautions (frequent handwashing, social distancing and mask-wearing) in order to help ensure that Shawsheen remain safe and in operation so that we can support in-person learning. Unfortunately, this positive test serves as an important reminder to all of us that out-of-school precautions are essential to the overall health and well-being of our entire school community.  Your continued vigilance, cooperation and support are essential in order to keep Shawsheen open to our students.


    Respectfully,

    Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.

    Superintendent- Director

    Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District

    100 Cook Street

    Billerica, MA 01821

    (978)671-3602