BOSTON (TBEN) – As the February school vacation week draws to a close in Massachusetts, schools are taking extra coronavirus precautions to accommodate families who have traveled. Logan airport travelers were busy getting home on Sunday before school resumed.
Mikey, seven, and Talia, four, have just returned from Fort Myers, Florida with their mother.
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“We will take our COVID test this week. Hopefully we get results quickly and he can switch back to his hybrid remote later this week. And she’s in preschool and out for a week and a half, ”said Deb Freedman of Sharon.
“We’re all doing full distance learning, we both work remotely from home, so we’ll do a full 14-day quarantine when we get back to make sure we’re all safe,” Hercules said.
Schools across the state are preparing for children to return to the classroom as a blended or full in-person learning. Many school districts, like Hanover and Concord, require that students and staff be tested if they have traveled out of state.
Families who spoke to WBZ-TV said they knew there was a risk of COVID while traveling, which is why they follow all protocols in place before returning to school.
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“My kids had it last year, so we were exposed around the house. We always follow the rules, but we don’t worry about getting it, ”said Barbara Garside of Chatham.
“We will do our due diligence, so that we are fully compliant with all the rules,” Hercules said.
“We are only following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health of the Mass so that we can either quarantine for two weeks, get a negative covid test and with that he can go back to school,” added a other mom.
The state plans to expand its COVID joint testing program to more school districts this week. Governor Charlie Baker said hundreds of schools have expressed interest in joining the program. Pooled testing allows laboratories to test up to 20 samples at a time. Any group that comes back positive would lead to rapid testing for individuals in that group.
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State officials have long said that regular testing is the best way to safely get students back into the classroom.