Safe Reopening of Schools SY 21-22

  • The first day of school for Grades 1-12 will be September 1, 2021. Prek-K will begin on September 8, 2021. All districts and schools in Massachusetts are required to be in-person, full-time, five days a week this fall (School Year 21-22), and all previously-released Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) health and safety requirements will be lifted, including social distancing.  Chelsea Public Schools is pleased to welcome everyone back to school this year!


    Department of Health Fall 2021 Guidance

    The guidance was developed jointly by DESE and DPH and outlines recommendations on masking, COVID-19 testing, and quarantine protocols.

    DESE and DPH also continue to encourage the following:
    • schools to maintain ventilation upgrades from this past year as feasible;
    • hand hygiene practices;
    • extend policies for students and staff to stay home when sick; and,
    • monitor the public health situation and may issue additional guidance as needed.

    Daily COVID-19 Symptom Checklist

    Chelsea Public Schools has shared a list of potential COVID-19 symptoms for students, staff, parents and families. Prior to school, students and stuff must self-screen using the check lists below. If you meet any of symptoms (organized by vaccination status), do not come to school. 

    • Daily COVID-19 Symptom Checklist - English
    • Daily COVID-19 Symptom Checklist - Spanish

    COVID-19 Testing at CPS:

    Free COVID-19 testing is available for students at Chelsea Public Schools. Parents and families must simply provide consent for their children to be tested by filling out the form linked below, which is available in multiple languages including Spanish, Portuguese and more. Video tutorials on how to complete the form are also available below. The tutorials are available in English and Spanish. 

    COVID-19 Testing Consent Form
    COVID-19 Testing Consent Form Video Tutorial (English)
    COVID-19 Testing Consent Form Video Tutorial (Spanish)

    Test & Stay Program (New for the 2021-22 school year): 

    The Test & Stay Program allows children, who have been defined as a close contact, to continue to attend school by testing each day at school for 5 days (not including weekends). Only those children who have consented “YES” to testing (see above) are eligible for the Test & Stay program. Those who have not consented to testing will have to quarantine at home if defined as a close contact. Fully vaccinated children (two weeks following the completion of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine process or two weeks following a single dose of the Johnson &  Johnson vaccine) and those children who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days do not have to participate in Test & Stay to remain in school.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    The following documents and webinars provide answers to frequently asked questions to the COVID-19 Testing Program for the current school year (2021-22) as well as protocols for responding to COVID-19 scenarios:

    • FAQ regarding COVID-19 Testing Program from DESE & Chelsea Public Schools [Spanish]
    • FAQ regarding Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios from Chelsea Public Schools [Spanish]
    Staff webinar regarding COVID-19 Scenarios and Testing (Use passcode ^Dm00w*+ to watch) from Chelsea Public Schools [Presentation Slides]
    • Parents and families webinar regarding COVID-19 Scenarios and Testing  (Use passcode Pa^V=vk8 to watch) from Chelsea Public Schools [Presentation Slides]

    Reopening Plan 2021-2022

    Read the District's reopening plan for SY2021-2022 (PDF).

    In the below presentation, you will find all the information related to school reopening for the school year 2011-2022. You can also download a copy of this presentation in PDF format for viewing.