• Your best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often.

Updated DESE Guidelines

  • Effective Tuesday, May 18, students no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained. Adults must continue to wear masks outdoors if distancing cannot be maintained. At this time, adults and students must continue to wear masks inside schools.
  • Students can now share classroom materials.
  • In alignment with state guidance, the gathering limits for school events with outside participants will be lifted starting May 29, 2021.

People age 12 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can get vaccinated against COVID-19. People ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine. People age 18 and older can get any vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective. You don't need an ID or insurance to get it. Preregister at
For details, including FAQs and information on parental consent, visit

You are advised to quarantine (separate yourself) from other people if you have been exposed to someone with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  You must quarantine even if you do not have symptoms.

MDPH Quarantine Guidance

You are required to isolate (separate yourself) from other people if you have been diagnosed as a confirmed case of infection with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

MDPH Isolation Guidelines - Click here


Massachusetts Travel Advisory

COVID-19 vs. Seasonal Allergies

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two.  For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies.
Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies ar similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between the, and you may need to get a test to confirm your diagnosis.


Please STAY HOME if you have any of the symptoms listed below:

Temperature >/= 100.0 F without fever reducing medication
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Muscle aches or body aches
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Headache, in combination with other symptom

Fatigue, in combination with other symptom
Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known cause, such as allergies), in combination with other symptom

Note that some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu or a bad cold; please do not assume it is another condition.

CDC COVID-19 Symptom Checker

Daily Home Screening for Students

Monitoreo Diario de los Estudiantes en la casa
الفحص المنزلي اليومي للطلاب
Rastreio diário em casa para alunos
Depistaj Ou Kapab Fe Lakay ou Chak Jou pou Elev Yo

Daily Home Screening for Staff


COVID-19 Test Site Locator

Massachusetts Vaccine location site map


Here is a link from the National Association of School Nurses on Washing Your Hands, Wearing Cloth Face Coverings and Staying Home When you are Sick.

It is not one mitigation strategy but a combination of all strategies taken together that will substantially reduce the risk of transmission." DESE/MDPH

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