updated covid protocols

The best protection from severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19 continues to be an approved vaccine. If you haven’t yet, please have your child vaccinated. If your child is vaccinated and is now eligible for the booster, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

Protocol Last Updated: May 20, 2022


Masking

Universal mask wearing is currently required at TPS. All students and staff should continue to wear an effective and clean mask to school each day, while at the entrances or inside the buildings. Masking is not required by individuals while outside, except in the instance of days 6-10 after a positive diagnosis or days 6-10 of close contact status in the home (see explanation below).

When needed, TPS can provide masks as long as supplies are available.

If there would be a decrease of COVID cases at TPS or in the community that warrants transitioning to a mask-optional protocol, we will send out a communication.

 

Positive COVID Diagnoses of Students or Staff

If your child receives a positive diagnosis, your family should contact the school asap to report the following: (1) the positive result, (2) the first day of symptoms, and (3) the day the individual was tested.

A positive individual may return day six (6) or later IF they:

  • can mask effectively (interpreted by staff discretion); AND
  • has improving COVID symptoms; AND
  • is fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours; AND
  • agrees to mask at all times except while eating, and agrees to eat in an accommodated space that creates distance from others until day 11. 

The count day for a positive diagnosis begins on the first full day after the onset of symptoms or the first full day after the positive test result, whichever came first. You can calculate your child’s return date at the link below, based on the first day of symptoms or the positive test date: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/quarantine-and-isolation-guidance-center/.

Testing will not be required for a student to return to school following isolation.


Other Positive Cases in Households

If there is a positive individual in the household who is able to isolate separately, and/or if everyone in the household is able to be masked and distanced when in the shared spaces, your non-positive TPS child may return to school immediately assuming the following:

  • the student can wear a mask effectively and consistently (interpreted by staff discretion); AND
  • the student is asymptomatic (including fever-free); AND
  • the student has a negative test to re-enter; AND
  • TPS has permission to complete ongoing mitigation testing.


Testing

We can assist with rapid testing if we have permission to test your child at TPS, if we have additional test kits available, and if they are any of the following:

  • symptomatic.
  • a close contact who struggles to mask.
  • returning from a home where there has been someone positive for COVID.

In some situations, your child may need a COVID test to be in class if they have COVID-like symptoms. These will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

PCR testing continues to be the gold standard for diagnosing COVID. TPS will continue to provide a mailed out PCR testing program for students and staff Mondays-Wednesdays each school week, as long as individuals have been enrolled in the program. Results are returned typically within 48 hours of the testing day. For families who have not taken advantage of the opportunity to sign up for the program, please contact us so that we can help get this set up.


Communications & Contact Tracing

TPS will no longer conduct contact tracing and will no longer send individualized communication to each family of a student who has been in proximity to a positive case. There will be two exceptions:

(1)   Once a teacher is notified by the Health Aide of a positive student, they will – in response – then notify the Health Aide of any close contacts who struggle to mask effectively and/or consistently. If TPS has permission to test these close contact students, we will do so. If not, we will call the parent/guardian to pick up to have their child tested. Families of these students will be notified through an email that they are a close contact and need to be watched more closely for symptoms. 

(2)   If your TPS child or a member of your household is medically fragile and you need to know if your TPS child is a close contact (regardless of their ability to effectively mask), please email our Health Aide. We will then work to contact you any time your child is a close contact.

Families will receive an email if their child is positive, to confirm the procedures for virtual learning and the return to school. 

Class families will continue to receive an email if there is a case in their child’s classroom.


Visitors to the Building

Currently, no visitors (including family members) are allowed in our buildings during school hours.

 

Possible Future Protocol Changes

Changes to these protocols may take place at any time based on shifting COVID data and/or Indiana Department of Health or Monroe County Health Department guidance.


Check updated COVID-19 case numbers on the TPS COVID Dashboard.

Read past communications about COVID-19 shared by the school in our COVID-19 Drive.