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April 26, 2021

Dear Parents,

As of April 1, 2021, all persons in Connecticut age 16 and over are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19. This means that Weston High School students age 16+ are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (currently the only vaccine available to persons under 18).[1]

Current CDC guidance advises that persons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested when exposed to a positive case unless they become symptomatic. A person is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series.[2]

In an effort to reduce the number of quarantines that result from positive COVID-19 cases in school, and to streamline the contact tracing process, we ask that you voluntarily provide the school with a copy of your child’s completed vaccination card so that we may determine which students are not required to quarantine in the event of a positive case in school. The record will be stored along with other student vaccination records in the nurse’s office and will be referenced in the event that your child has come into close contact in school with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.  A student who is (1) fully vaccinated for COVID-19; (2) has provided the school with a valid record of said vaccination; and (3) has no symptoms of COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine after exposure to a positive case in school, as long as that student remains asymptomatic.  Please note that if there are any changes to CDC or other applicable public health guidance in the future, the school may modify its position regarding quarantine requirements accordingly.

If you would like to voluntarily provide a copy of your child’s COVID-19 vaccination record, please forward a digital copy of the card to Nurse Sheryl Zulkeski at [email protected].

Sincerely,

Juliane Givoni

Assistant Principal

 

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid19/index.html 

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/vaccines/fullyvaccinated.html

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