The health and well-being of our children, families, and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting transmission within our community, we are taking several precautionary measures and will follow all state and local guidance and/or orders. If those orders impose more restrictions than what is included in this policy, we will enforce those orders to ensure compliance.
If any staff member or student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they must isolate for 5 days and if, on day 6, they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), they may return with strict mask use for 5 additional days while around others, unless actively engaged in eating or drinking. If symptoms are not resolving by day 6, staff or students must stay out until symptoms are resolving and are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.
If staff or students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they must isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms or, after ending isolation of 5 days, provide two sequential negative tests that are 48 hours apart.
Information about the onset of illness and details about the test results confirming a positive case must be submitted, as we are required to report all positive cases to local health authorities.
If a child or staff member is confirmed to have a case of COVID-19, we will notify close contacts. All close contacts who begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms must provide a negative COVID-19 test or a medical release to return before the end of an isolation period as noted above. All students or staff members who are exposed outside of TMA and begin to experience symptoms must also provide a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical release to return before the end of an isolation period.
We encourage families to conduct a daily health check before coming to TMA. All staff and students should attend TMA only when they are healthy. Should any student or staff member have symptoms of illness, we ask you to observe our Child Illness Policy (p. 54).
We are continually updating our processes and protocols in accordance with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and the guidance of local health authorities.
All masks should be worn properly covering the nose and mouth and follow our clothing guidelines to ensure they are appropriate and non-distracting.