Andover Public Schools has developed comprehensive health, hygiene and safety protocols, and training will be provided for nurses and teachers before the start of school. Students will also be trained before they begin school to understand the proper use of PPE, hand-washing protocols, identifying symptoms of illness, how to navigate the school under new guidelines, sanitizer use, and school preparedness (eg. laptops, masks, water bottles). Training will be pre-recorded to accommodate English Learner (EL) students and students with learning disabilities.
Immunizations & Vaccines
It is necessary to ensure all students, whether enrolled in the hybrid learning model or remote academy, have received the appropriate vaccines before school starts. This is the same requirement APS has followed in previous years for the health and safety for the entire school community. Documentation of immunization status should be submitted to schools within 60 days of school start; however, excluding students from school based on immunization status during the 60-day grace period is discouraged except in the case of a documented school-based outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.
Influenza Vaccine Required for 2020-21 School Year
Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, influenza vaccine will be required for all students. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system.