The health and well-being of our children, families, and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting the opportunity for transmission to our vulnerable 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 be in compliance.
Your household members — excluding those who have had COVID-19 within the last three months or those who have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms — must remain away from TMA if any member of your household has, or has been in close contact with anyone who has:
After 14 days since the last potential exposure, your household member(s) may return provided all of these conditions are met:
If a child or staff member is confirmed to have a case of COVID-19:
Please note, depending on the circumstances, we may require you to obtain medical clearance before return to TMA will be allowed.
HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS include individuals who may not live in the household but may be staying there or are otherwise present in the household on a regular basis (e.g. nannies, caregivers, home health workers, contractors, etc.) and includes anyone with pick up or drop off privileges.
CLOSE CONTACT is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
Exception: In the indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
If contact occurs while wearing recommended personal protective equipment or PPE (e.g., gowns, gloves, NIOSH-certified disposable N95 respirator, eye protection), that contact will NOT be considered close contact for purposes of this policy.
*Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
Applies to staff, children and their household members, which states in part:
ALL STAFF, FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND THEIR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS MUST CONDUCT A DAILY HEALTH CHECK BEFORE COMING TO TMA.
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 a health consultant. Here is a summary of our health and safety protocols.
Please see the CDC guidelines for current guidance on best practices for protecting yourself and your household during this pandemic.
Cloth Face Covering: We recommend that all families be familiar with the CDC’s recommendations around cloth face coverings. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends individuals wear cloth face coverings to protect people around the wearer of the cloth face covering, in the event the wearer is infected but not symptomatic.
Note: This guidance does not apply to children 2 or under, or to those who are advised not to wear a face covering for other health reasons. Cloth face coverings are NOT a substitute for physical distancing, hand washing, or other everyday preventative actions.
Our regular health and hygiene practices provide some of the best defenses against the spread of most contagious illnesses. In addition to regular and thorough cleaning of classrooms, surfaces and materials, we teach children good hand-washing practices and ensure that children and staff take important precautions against the spread of germs.
You can work with your children to practice some of these same steps at home: