COVID-19 Policy

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.

Suspected or Known COVID-19 Contact

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:

  1. A confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, e.g., close contact at school, work, religious service, or social gathering; or
  2. Traveled:
    • internationally; or
    • domestically, from any area which is the subject of travel restrictions under applicable state and local guidance.

After 14 days since the last potential exposure, your household member(s) may return provided all of these conditions are met:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since any household member first experienced symptoms; and
  2. Symptoms have improved for any household member that experienced symptoms (for example, cough or shortness of breath has improved); and
  3. The household has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

If a child or staff member is confirmed to have a case of COVID-19:

  • We will notify families and implement any short-term closure recommended by state and local authorities.
  • The classroom impacted with a COVID-positive case will need to quarantine for up to 14 days, based on the recommendation of local health authorities, to reduce any further transmission.

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).

Health Check and Illness Policy for COVID-19

Applies to staff, children and their household members, which states in part:


  • Should any student or staff member have any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms, we ask you to notify TMA and remain out of school for 10 days from the onset of symptoms unless student or staff member has a negative COVID-19 test result OR medical clearance is provided by a physician to return to school. The physician’s note must not be from a family member.
    • 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
    • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Exclusion from TMA is sometimes necessary to reduce the transmission of illness. For your child’s comfort, and to reduce the risk of contagion, we ask that children be picked up within 60 minutes of notification. Until then, your child will be kept comfortable and will continue to be observed for symptoms.
  • We encourage all TMA staff who are age 65 and older or those with underlying medical conditions to talk to their health care provider to assess their risk and to determine if they should stay home.

Summary of Enhanced Protocols

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. 

Enhanced Operating Protocols

  • Visitors are limited and appointments must be scheduled in advance.
  • Posted health notices restricting entry and information regarding safety procedures.
  • All drop off/pick up will occur outdoors.
  • Consistent class groupings in separate classrooms.
  • Outdoor time prioritized.

Enhanced Health and Hygiene Protocols

  • Daily temperature and health check conducted at home before arrival.
  • Ensure frequent hand washing with soap and water for students and staff.
  • Physical distancing is practiced as much as possible.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, materials, and laundered items.
  • When possible, keep courtyard doors open to improve air flow by allowing outside air to circulate in the building.
  • Use of air filtration systems when doors cannot remain open.
  • Enhanced COVID-19 exclusion policy restricting TMA access in the event of a suspected or known exposure.
  • Staggered use of communal classrooms with disinfection between uses.

Face Coverings

  • All face coverings should be worn properly covering the nose and mouth and follow our clothing guidelines to ensure they are appropriate and non-distracting.
  • During class, Toddler and Early Childhood students will not be required to wear face coverings. For any families who choose to send their child(ren) with a face covering, 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. Following CDC guidance, children under 2 are not to wear a face covering.
  • When community spread is at a moderate or higher level, as determined by state or local authorities, students in the elementary program must wear a face covering when indoors.
  • When community spread is at a moderate or higher level, as determined by state or local authorities, teachers and staff are required to wear face coverings indoors when in close contact with students or other adults who are unvaccinated. A medical exemption may be granted for a bona fide medical condition documented by a qualified medical provider, if TMA is able to make a reasonable accommodation for a teacher or staff member that would allow him or her to continue to perform his or her assigned duties and responsibilities without increased risk of infecting others.
  • Visitors – All adults and children who are elementary-age or older must wear a face covering while indoors. TMA will provide face coverings when necessary.

After School Activities

  • Limited return of outdoor after school activities. All activities must remain outdoors unless classroom cohorts can be maintained and face covering protocols still apply.
  • When the community transmission rate drops to a moderate or lower level, as determined by state or local authorities, we will consider allowing indoor after school activities as long as students can remain in classroom cohorts. Face covering protocols still apply.

How to Protect Yourself/Your Household

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.

Health and Hygiene Practices

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:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow; or cover mouth and nose with a tissue before sneezing or coughing, then immediately discard the tissue.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are ill
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially if someone is sick

Updated 09/18/2021