August 14, 2020
Dear Franklin Community,
Our Athletic Department was informed that a Franklin High School student who had been engaged in out-of-season workouts with members of the boys’ soccer team tested positive for COVID-19. Per MIAA rules, our athletic coaches and athletic department are not involved in these types of out-of-season summer workouts. These out-of-season summer workouts do not occur within our school buildings.
We think it is important to inform you, however, of this information as a reminder of the health and safety practices that should be followed. Close contacts of anyone testing positive for COVID-19 should stay at home and be tested 4-5 days after exposure. Individuals who test positive should remain home (except to get medical care), monitor symptoms, notify the school, notify personal close contacts, and answer the call from the MA Community Tracing Collaborative. Most people who have relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days and until at least 3 days have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms. If an individual is not tested, they should remain home in self-quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
We wish to remind you of the importance of universal health and safety practices including mask wearing, physical distancing, and good hand hygiene. Additionally, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently issued guidance on safe activities for low, medium, and high risk sporting activities of which you may wish to be aware: https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iii-step-1/download
I also wish to assure you that in the event of a positive case within the school setting, additional measures would be followed depending on the facts of the situation. Most specifically, the pertinent spaces within the building would be promptly closed off and promptly cleaned and disinfected. Close contacts would receive a communication with instructions on steps they should follow including isolation and testing or a 14-day quarantine.
We recognize that news like this can be scary to learn about. By working together collectively, we can take steps and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.
Franklin Public Schools
Please direct any questions to 508-553-4819
A PDF copy of this can be found online https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QkjlyEKBW6Dv0aGdIBEFgedSZgQww8Ds/view?usp=sharing
|A FHS boys soccer team member tested positive for COID-19|