Covid 19 Protocols
Review the 2021- 2022 Masconomet Covid-19 Protocols and the January updates sent by the High School and Middle School Principals, which include how to respond to COVID case scenarios. This information was based on the most recent guidelines, DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios for SY 2021-22, sent to schools in December.
Student-athletes must complete the Masconomet Return to Play Protocol.We are currently participating in the State-sponsored Test and Stay and Symptomatic testing program. For more information, visit Dr. Michael Harvey's Superintendent's Blog postCoronavirus Factsheet Learn about the signs and symptoms, transmission, and treatment of the Coronavirus.
Free Testing SitesFollow the Superintendent's Blog for the most current information about mask mandates and the Masconomet COVID case updates.
Local ResourcesLocal Resources Flyer- There are a lot of resources out there, but they can be challenging to navigate. Click on this link to find answers to situations that many families face during this time of crisis.
Tri-Town Community Resource Booklet-Comprehensive resource listing includes financial, mental health, crisis hotlines, food assistance, and other helpful services with contact information.
Board of Health Nurses
- Tri-town Pandemic Response Nurse-Julia Lobel firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middleton-Traci Mello email@example.com
- Topsfield and Boxford-Joan Fitzpatrick Joan_Fitzpatrick@VNAcare.org
Local Boards of Health
- Boxford 978 887-1236 x 507 https://www.town.boxford.ma.us/health-department
- Middleton 978 777 1869 https://middletonma.gov/507/Coronavirus-COVID-19
- Topsfield 978 887-1520 https://www.topsfield-ma.gov/health-department
State and Federal Resources
Mass 211 COVID-19 information site Mass 211 is the centralized hub for comprehensive information about and referral to the complete spectrum of services, including those COVID-19 related.
Comcast Reduced internet Cost Comcast is offering free/reduced-price internet for low-income people who are working and/ or studying remotely due to COVID.
Mental Health Resources
Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during these stressful times:
- Stress and COVID-19: A Course for Teens This module is designed to provide you with some information about stress that you may be feeling in response to the Coronavirus and changes that you have recently had to make in your life. Several resources from different sources were used, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Psychologists, to address critical questions and concerns that teens like you might have about stress. This course was designed by researchers at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development in partnership with Medway Public Schools.
- Call 2-1-1 and choose the "CALL2TALK" option.
- Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Call or text their 24/7 helpline anytime at 877-870-4673.
- Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990 (or text TalkWithUs to 66746) is a 24/7, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
- Other Resources and tips to help boost emotional health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Adolescents and COVID-19
Understandably, children will have increased anxiety and ask their parents questions during these turbulent times. Here are some resources to help adults address these questions and concerns with their children:
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking with your Children about COVID-19. A Parent Resource
- New York Times: "Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus
- New York Times: "Five Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus"
- Psychology Today "How to Talk to Kids and Teens about the Coronavirus."
- NPR: "Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now."
- Click here for a social distancing Video for teens.