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?

If you suspect your child or someone in your household as COVID-19, please notify TMA and remain out of school. You can choose to remain out for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, OR provide a negative COVID-19 test result, OR provide medical clearance to return from a physician.

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.  Linda is the main point of contact for reporting suspected cases and results of testing.

We tested positive! Now what do I do?

Oh no! Hopefully, your family’s case will be mild. Please email  Linda as soon as possible and she will provide more information.

How long do we need to isolate if a household member tests positive?

Generally, the answer is 10 days since the onset of symptoms, as long as symptoms have improved, and the household is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medicine. An important factor to keep in mind is to ensure that it has been 10 days since the most recent symptomatic person began experiencing symptoms or tests positive, so the quarantine period may be longer for some families if more than one family member is symptomatic or tests positive.

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 and wider community if there is a positive student or staff case and complete contract tracing within the TMA community.

Do you require masks?

Indoors

Masks are required indoors for staff, teachers, elementary students, and all visitors elementary aged or older. 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.

Outdoors

The CDC doesn’t recommend outdoor masking unless there is a large gathering or individuals will be in sustained close contact. Teachers and staff are not required to wear masks outdoors, but if you see a staff member wearing one, it is for their own comfort.

How do masks help keep our classrooms open?

Students in the Elementary program are excluded from the close contact definition if they are wearing well-fitting masks, correctly and consistently. We confirmed with the Tarrant County Health Department that the same holds true for our Early Childhood students.

We will consider students in the Early Childhood and Elementary programs who wear a mask to not be considered a close contact and would not need to quarantine for the 10 day period if a masked student in the classroom were to test positive.

Please note, both the infected student and the non-infected student must both be wearing masks for this exception to apply. If parents want their children to attend without having to quarantine, Early Childhood students should wear a mask. If the infected student is not wearing a mask, then the whole class must quarantine.

We will continue to inform the affected classroom and the wider community of positive cases, but we will no longer need to automatically quarantine an entire Early Childhood or Elementary class for 10 days. For those who wear masks, parents are still free to choose to keep their children home during the 10 day quarantine period.

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. 

Can we shorten the time of the quarantine to 7 days if we test between days 5-7?

Unfortunately, after speaking with the Tarrant County Health Department, we were informed that shortened quarantine periods do not apply to schools or childcare.

Will I receive a refund for classroom closures?

We cannot offer refunds or discounts for classroom closures. Our teachers are still paid during closures and we cannot do so without continuing to collect tuition and Extended Day fees. 

Can I observe my child during the school day?

Parents are welcome to observe their child’s class from the hallway through the window, though we require parents to contact the front desk to make arrangements prior to arriving so we can ensure COVID-19 safety protocols are observed.