Old Rochester Regional High School Health Office & Counseling Services

SCHOOL NURSE: Nicole Sadeck, R.N., B.S.N. - School Nurse nicolesadeck@oldrochester.org | Phone: 508-758-3745 x1620

HEALTH OFFICE ASSISTANT: Rhonda Reints, rhondareints@oldrochester.org

SCHOOL ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR: Kerri Dowdall, MSW, LICSW Licensed School Social Worker and School Adjustment Counselor (K-12) kerridowdall@oldrochester.org | Phone: 508-758-3745 x1010

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER: Michelle Wright, MA, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) and Licensed School Social Worker michellewright@oldrochester.org | 508-758-3745 x1015 | Fax: 508-758-3167

Mailing Address: Old Rochester Regional High School | 135 Marion Road | Mattapoisett, MA 02739

Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Symptoms of this infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever, chills or shaking chills

  • Signs of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, lowered oxygen saturation)

  • Fatigue, sore throat, headache, body aches/myalgia, or new loss of sense of taste or smell

  • Other less common symptoms can include gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), rash, and inflammatory conditions such as “COVID toes”.

    Cited from MA DPH COVID-19 Symptoms

Massachusetts Department of Health COVID-19 Guidelines:

CDC Guidance on choosing a mask.

For more information please visit: Mask guidelines

Fall 2 Sports Season

As we approach the beginning of the Fall 2 sports season, we would like to remind you that any student that has a history of a positive COVID-19 infection must obtain clearance from their physician before participating in try-outs, practices or games. This guidance has been put forth by the MIAA and supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the overseeing physicians for Old Rochester Regional High School school. The above guidance would also apply to any player who tests positive for COVID-19 during the sports season.


Also, during the Fall 2 sports season, we will continue to follow the guidelines put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and DESE in regards to COVID-19 exposure and/or infection. If a student athlete is exposed to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracing will be performed and students/families will be notified of quarantine and testing procedures. The school nurse, the Board of Health Nurse in Mattapoisett, and school administration as well as the athletic director and the athletic trainer all work together on quarantine protocols when an athlete and/or team is exposed to COVID-19. The goal is to continue sports as safely as possible but being prepared for situations that may arise surrounding COVID-19 is critical.


If you have any questions, please reach out to any of the school personnel listed above.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Return to School Following Travel

As of March 22, 2021 the Massachusetts COVID-10 Travel Order has transitioned to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Advisory. All Sippican families traveling outside of Massachusetts are advised to follow the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Advisory following return from travel and prior to re-entry into school. Please visit the travel advisory link prior to and following all travel to view any updates.


The COVID-19 Travel Advisory can be viewed here:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-advisory


As of 3/22/2021: All household members who traveled together are advised to follow the quarantine or testing option prior to return to school following travel.


Here are some important pieces of information from the advisory:


  1. If a COVID 19 test was obtained prior to your arrival home but the result has not come back yet, the travelers should continue to quarantine until the negative test results are received.

  2. If a rapid test is done (antigen test), it must be confirmed by a PCR test (molecular test) unless it is the BinaxNOW antigen test.

  3. Antibody testing (serology testing) will not be accepted.


For free testing sites please visit this link (choose New Bedford or Fall River for the closest testing sites):

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread


COVID-19 symptoms can take up to 14 days to present. If any student who traveled is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, that individual must stay home and obtain a COVID-19 test. Please consider keeping all family members who traveled together home until a COVID-19 test is obtained and results have been received. Please communicate this information to the school nurse.


We will continue to do our best to keep the school community safe and we rely on the communication from our parents and guardians to do so. We appreciate all the support we have received thus far to promote student and staff safety.


Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Take care and safe travels,

Thank you for your cooperation,

Nicole Sadeck, R.N., B.S.N., ORRHS School Nurse