GMRSD COVID Information

District COVID Cases (week of May 16-20, 2022):

  • Hillcrest - 2 students
  • Gill - 2 staff, 2 students
  • TFHS - 1 staff

COVID Vaccine Clinics:

Spring Vaccine Clinics in Franklin County, which include:

  • Tuesday, May 10, at Turners Falls High School, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13, at Gill Elementary School, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

District COVID Safety Protocols:

District COVID Response Protocols - Updated 2/16/22

Summary of District Approach to State Mask Announcements (February 11, 2022)

COVID Testing in the Schools:

Updated PreK-12 Testing Program 1/31/22

At-home Rapid Antigen Testing:

  • At-Home Rapid Testing (to be distributed to participating staff and students, regardless of vaccination status): Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at home on a weekly basis using the iHealth rapid at-home test distributed by DESE.At-Home Rapid

Diagnostic Testing:

  • Symptomatic Testing: (for when individuals present symptoms while at school; individuals should not go to school if experiencing symptoms while at home): Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at school using the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test or another approved diagnostic test. Sign up: CIC Health Consent Portal

Routine COVID Pooled Testing:

  • Routine COVID Pooled Testing and School-Based Follow-Up Testing: Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at school and put into a single tube (maximum of 5 samples per tube). If a group tests positive, individual Follow-Up testing with a second sample collection occurs at the school with BinaxNOW and/or individual PCR testing, as necessary. Sign up: CIC Health Consent Portal

COVID Resources:

    CDC: Self Testing Information

    Order Free COVID-19 Tests from the U.S. Government

    DESE COVID-19 Protocols Flowcharts

    DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios (Updated January 31, 2022)

    CDC: Coronavirus Self-Checker

    CDC: Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

    Can I Send My Student to School? (An interactive link from the National Association of School Nurses for parents/guardians to use to determine whether students may come to school and what to do if they have symptoms or test positive.)

    Massachusetts COVID-19 Interactive Data Dashboard

    Franklin County COVID-19 Data

    COVID Testing Options

    Where to find a COVID-19 Vaccine

    COVID-19 Vaccine Myths vs. Facts

    Celebrating Safely: Winter Gathering Guidance

    Video: What is a variant? COVID-19 variants explained

    Communicating Concerns about COVID Exposure:

    While health information is private and protected, we ask that all families commit to inform your child’s school if you have a positive case or concern for exposure to COVID-19 in your home. The nurse contacts at each district school, to report child or household COVID-19 concerns, are as follows: 

    Hillcrest Elementary School: Jazmin Wileman 413-863-2638

    Sheffield Elementary School: Billie Gammell 413-863-7441

    Gill Elementary School: Carol Varner 413-863-7458 

    Turners Falls High School/Great Falls Middle School: Melissa Lynde and Amy Killay 413-863-7313 

    District Nurse Leader & Pandemic Response Coordinator: Melissa Bednarski 413-863-7215

    Outside of School Hours COVID Reporting: 

    Outside of school hours, such as the evening, a weekend, or a school vacation, families can contact the following number to ensure that the school has timely notification of a COVID-positive student or family member: 413-863-7215