Health and Safety FAQ

You have questions and we have answers! Here is a running list of pandemic response related FAQs. If you have additional questions, please send them to Lynette, who will respond and update the FAQs.

What do we do if we suspect COVID-19 in our household?

Please stay out of school until all family members are healthy. We suggest taking a home test to find out if the illness is COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVD-19?

Symptoms vary, but these are the symptoms to watch for:

Fever of 100.4° F or higher, now or in the preceding 24 hours (or would have, but have used fever reducing medicine)

Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)

Difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)

New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Diarrhea or vomiting

Do we need to send in test results if I suspect my child has COVID-19?

If you choose to be tested, we need a copy of the results, positive or negative, for record-keeping purposes, even if it is a picture of a home-based test. Please send a picture of the results via text to 817-274-1548 or email Linda.

We tested positive! Now what do I do?

Oh no! Hopefully, your family’s case will be mild. If your child tests positive COVID-19, please notify TMA and remain out of school. We will be in touch with further instructions about the return date.

After testing positive, do we need a negative test to return?

No. People can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others. Researchers have found that the amount of live virus in the nose and throat drops significantly soon after COVID-19 symptoms develop. Additionally, the duration of infectiousness in most people with COVID-19 is no longer than 10 days after symptoms begin and no longer than 20 days in people with severe illness or those who are severely immunocompromised.

Do you follow TEA public school guidelines?

We do not have to follow TEA public school guidelines. TMA will continue to follow our protocols regarding notification of the affected classroom if there is a positive student or staff case and complete contract tracing within the TMA community.

Do you require masks?

When community transmission is high, masks are required indoors for adults and elementary students. While we do not require masks for students in the Toddler or Early Childhood programs, parents are welcome to have their children who are 2 and older wear a mask to school.

How will the teachers monitor mask wearing in the Early Childhood classroom?

We will treat a mask as an additional piece of clothing for students, reminding them when it is appropriate to remove or replace their mask. 

Will I receive a refund for classroom closures?

We cannot offer refunds or discounts for classroom closures, though we are no longer required to close classrooms due to a COVID-19, so closure is very unlikely.

Can I observe my child during the school day?

Parents are welcome to observe their child’s class from the hallway through the window.