CPS COVID-19 Information

Update 1.23.2023: Thank you for doing your part to help prevent the spread of the virus after winter break. For the past two weeks, Middlesex County has been in the Medium COVID-19 Community Level.

We, along with the Health Department, continue to closely monitor the data and will make health and safety recommendations for our school community based on the data. We encourage anyone who is at high risk to wear a mask, and if you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Similar to other breaks and long weekends, we will again be asking our school community to test and mask following the February break (2/20-2/24). We will share more information about test kit distribution next month.

CPS works closely with the Cambridge Public Health Department and our school leaders to monitor the public health situation, gather input from the scientific, medical, and educator experts, and update our policies and procedures as necessary. Cambridge should have pride in CPS’s pandemic response. From the beginning of the pandemic, CPS has prioritized safe, in-person learning and made significant investments in a comprehensive plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The CPS COVID-19 Manual is a working document that outlines CPS procedures and policies designed to reduce COVID-19 transmission.

View the SY2022-23 Manual >>

dashboardCOVID-19 DASHBOARD 
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information used by CPS and the Cambridge Public Health Department to make dynamic determinations about individual, school, and district quarantine needs.

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The SY22-23 Testing plan focuses on testing symptomatic individuals and targeted post-break testing. Families will receive testing supplies for use before returning to school after summer, Thanksgiving, winter, February, and April breaks.

See Testing Plan Details >>
View What To Do If You Test Positive >>

All students ages 5+ are required to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date or receive an approved exemption to participate in CPS-sponsored before and afterschool activities. See student vaccination requirements.

All CPS employees must be fully vaccinated and up-to-date or receive an approved exemption.

Masks are optional in CPS building and at all CPS-sponsored events and activities including before and after school programs. Masks will continue to be required in the nurse's office. Free masks are available at all schools.

Resource: Masks Keep You Healthy

Every CPS school has maximized air circulation through a combination of central systems, HEPA filters, windows, and fans. CPS has also rented tents to support outdoor learning at many CPS school buildings.

CPS performs regular air quality testing (CO2 monitoring) and results are posted online. All classrooms will be tested once a month. All classrooms that had CO2 reading of 1000+ ppm during a monthly test of all classrooms will be tested weekly until the next monthly reading.

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