March 7.  We are grateful for the diligence of families, students, and staff to help the schools be safer places for learning during this covid pandemic year.  The combination of facilities upgrades, masking, sanitizing, and distancing have greatly reduced the risk of covid transmission. 

However, there is another measure that needs to be followed:  the instructions on the HPS Symptom Checklist.  This tool needs to be completed for each day of in-person learning and serves as a useful reminder for when to have children stay home and be tested per MA Department of Public Health protocols.  We ask families to do the following:

  1. If anyone from your household is experiencing new symptoms from the “checklist” please keep all children home for remote learning, notify their teacher, and notify their building nurse to discuss followup.

  2. If you learn that your children may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, please keep them home and notify their building nurse.

  3. If unsure, please keep your children home and notify their building nurse.  Building nurses may be reached at or

  4. If planning to travel, please follow HPS Protocols.

Your assistance in promoting public health measures at home and in school as well as your continued communications with school nursing will help assure safety as we expand in-person learning.

We thank all families for their continued support in being the backbone of the HPS Safety efforts.