District Move to Remote: 4 or More Metrics Failing Each of 2 Weeks

  • The 4 failing metrics can be different between the 2 weeks.
  • Surveillance testing/metrics will continue regardless of remote or in-person mode.
  • 10-day minimum remote mode if district threshold is surpassed
  • Consultation with the Health Department to determine return to in-person:
    • Review of health and safety measures at schools
    • Review of available metrics
  • Individual school moves to remote or in-person guidelines are separate from the district guidelines presented here. Those school guidelines can be found in the School-based COVID Response document.

Metric #1: Town of Wellesley State Risk Designation

Failing: “Red”

  • ≥10.0 new daily cases per 100,000 over 14 days prior, published weekly and
  • ≥5.0% positivity rate over 14 days prior, published weekly.
  • The state determines the metrics that inform the state risk designation.

Metric #2: Staff Home Communities Risk Designation

Failing: “Red”

  • Staff home community average ≥10.0 new daily cases per 100,000 over 14 days prior, published weekly and
  • Staff home community average ≥5.0% positivity rate over 14 days prior, published weekly.
  • The metrics that determine risk designation are based on state risk designation metrics. 

Metric #3: WPS Staff and Students Risk Designation

Failing: “Red”

  • ≥5.0 new daily cases over 14 days prior, calculated weekly and
  • ≥2.0% surveillance positivity rate over 14 days prior, calculated weekly.

Metric #4: In-School Transmission

Failing: ≥3 Schools Above Threshold

  • School threshold: 2 instances of in-school transmission over 14 days prior, calculated weekly.
  • In-school transmission is determined by the Wellesley Health Department and the WPS Nursing Department following thorough investigations.

Metric #5: Total Number of Cases

Failing: ≥3 Schools Above Threshold

  • PK-5 school threshold: 3 cases in 3 different classrooms over 14 days prior, calculated weekly.
  • Secondary school threshold: 10 cases over 14 days prior, calculated weekly.
  • WPS Case Tracking will continue to display the number of cases per school, per day.

Metric #6: Percent in Quarantine/Isolation

Failing: ≥3 Schools Above Threshold

  • 10% of staff and students absent due to quarantine/isolation at any time during the week, averaged across 2 weeks, calculated weekly.

Metric #7: Staffing Sufficiency (Operational)

Failing: ≥3 Schools Above Threshold

  • 1 “Red” day in each 2 weeks, calculated weekly.
  • A “Red” day is one where staffing is not sufficient and the school must operate remotely.

Full Return to School for Students and Staff

District will move to a full-return for students when each of these conditions are met:

  • The state does not prohibit the full return of students and staff to school districts;
  • Each of the measures of the District Dashboard remains below identified thresholds for four weeks;
  • All state safety guidelines can be maintained with all students and staff back in buildings; and
  • Approval by the Wellesley School Committee, who shall consider the advice from the Wellesley Board of Health and the WEA/WPS Health and Safety Committee.
Overview and Application of COVID-19 Dashboard 3/1/2021
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