AFKCS to Participate in Pooled Testing

As we have successfully transitioned to the Hybrid Model, we look to bring additional students in to school on a regular basis, with health and safety guiding each decision we make. One recent development to support us with these efforts is the District's decision to participate in a Pooled Testing Pilot Program beginning in March. Participation from students and staff is voluntary, and there will no cost for anyone who does participate. There a few guidelines for staff and student participation;

  • A student must be in-person/hybrid at least two days a week.
  • Students/Staff must not have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
  • Students/Staff must be asymptomatic. (Students with symptoms of COVID or ANY illness should stay home and follow District protocols.)

Abby Kelley opted to participate in this testing program as it offers an additional safety measure for our school community. Weekly testing (with results within 24-48 hours) will allow us to identify and isolate a COVID positive individual sooner, reducing the number of potential close contacts, while supporting our efforts to maintain and expand the Hybrid Model.

For more information on Pooled Testing, including how you can set up an account for a student or as a staff member please visit the District's Pooled Testing Resource page.

To read Ms. Paluk's letters to families outlining the Pooled testing:      English      Spanish      Portuguese 

AKF COVID-19 Data Dashboard  

Abby Kelley has aligned our reporting with the State and will report cases on a Wednesday - Wednesday cycle. Updates are available from the State late Thursday evening. Any updates to our numbers will be available after that time.

Last Updated 4.9.21

School Positive Cases This Week (4/1-4/8)

Total Positive Cases
(School Year to Date)

Elementary School 1 21
Middle School 2 5
High School 0 1


COVID Positive Cases within Districts in MA from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

*DESE did not be post a report on Thursday, February 18. The report from Thursday, February 25th includes reported cases from February 11 – February 24.

CoVID-19 Weekly Dashboards

District Health Protocols (as of 1.8.21)
Fall Athletics Letter
AKF Plans for Remote + Opening Submitted to DESE 8.14.20
Covid Opening Plan (Presented to BOT 8.11.2020)
Safeguarding the AKF Community


School and Community Resources


Initial Guidelines for Fall 2020 Reopening from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Testing Locations in MA

Educational Resources created by Miss Conca

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

City of Worcester

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

National Association of School Psychologists

Allergies vs. COVID-19