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COVID-19 News for Newburyport Families

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic
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Newburyport Public Schools has partnered with Curative to provide a covid-19 vaccination clinic to be offered at the Nock Middle School. Curative is a national biotech company that provides vaccination and testing in Massachusetts and across the nation. The clinic is open to the unvaccinated Newburyport community members including students, staff and parents. 

What vaccines will be administered? 
The Pfizer vaccine will be administered to your child age 12+. The Pfizer vaccine has received full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for individuals 16 and older. It has been approved for emergency use in ages 12-15.
For complete information about the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, please visit  https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine.  If you have further questions, please consult your doctor. 

Janssen J&J vaccine is available for patients 18 years and older, and is a one dose vaccine. The J&J vaccine is approved for emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA for individuals 18 and older. For complete information about the J&J Covid-19 vaccine, please visit   
https://www.fda.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/janssen-covid-19-vaccine  If you have further questions, please consult your doctor. 

Where and when is the clinic? 
Nock Middle School, 70 Low Street, Newburyport
First Dose Clinic: Thursday, September 9, 2021 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm  
Second Dose Clinic : Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

How do I register? Registration is simple to complete using a smart device such as a cell phone, tablet, or computer. It will only take 10 minutes to complete the process. You’ll need to have general information and your health insurance card available to sign up. Note: health insurance is not required to participate. This process will only need to be done once per person.
Register to be vaccinated: Please follow this link https://curative.com/sites/31697 to complete a Curative patient registration. Completing the registration will enter the individual into the system for both first and second dose appointments. 

New Covid Testing Program 
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August 20, 2021

Dear NPS Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we kick off the 2021-2022 school year. This year, we are offering a COVID-19 testing program at school to provide an extra layer of protection for students and staff. 

This program has two components: symptomatic testing for students who show symptoms of COVID-19 at school and test and stay for students who may have been exposed while in school but are not showing symptoms. Each of these is a quick, non-invasive nasal swab that is collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained health provider. 

Students only participate with permission from a parent or guardian. Below are descriptions of each of the two parts of our testing program, how they are conducted, and what they are used for. We are beginning the 2021-2022 school year using only Symptomatic Testing and Test and Stay which are described below. 

Students should not come to school if they are feeling sick while at home. If a student is symptomatic in school then Symptomatic Testing could be used. This is a rapid test, and we receive the results of this test within 15 minutes. If a student has minimal symptoms and tests negative, they may be able to remain in school. School nurses will make this determination. A student may also be asked to obtain a negative PCR test to return to school. 

Test and Stay allows students who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 while at school to stay in school if the student is not showing symptoms. Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these students will take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic. Students participate in Test and Stay for at least five days after they may have been exposed. 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must be isolated at home for the Massachusetts DPH-recommended ten days since symptoms appeared or ten days after the positive test before returning to school. The student must also be without a fever for 24 hours before returning to school. 

To participate in the program, complete this online consent form on behalf of your student.  There is no charge for participating. If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact me at any time.

Sincerely,
Lauren McDonald, MSN-Ed, RN, NCSN
District Nurse Leader 
978-465-4440 ext. 5028