covid info hub

Dashboard

In order to keep our school families and the larger community safe and informed about positive COVID cases within our school, we have created a dashboard through which we post up-to-date information regarding the number of positively diagnosed cases, contacts, classrooms impacted, and communications sent. Please note that there is a tab for academic years 2022-2023, and also an archive tab for 2021-2022. Click here for our COVID Dashboard.

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Current Safety Protocols – Last Updated: November 28, 2022

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.

We encourage daily monitoring of your child's general health and wellness, and specifically in terms of possible presenting COVID symptoms. We recommend use of a daily wellness checklist that can be used prior to heading to school, to check on the general wellness of your child, as well as to look for any specific COVID symptoms.


Masking

Mask wearing by students and staff is currently optional at TPS 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). If there would be any significant outbreak of COVID cases at TPS or in the community that warrants transitioning to a mask-required protocol, we will send out a communication. 

Mask wearing is currently required by all visitors, guests, volunteers and service learners while inside our buildings, regardless of the currently masking protocol  in place for the school community.

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


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 reasonable 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 - when available TPS can complete the testing for reentry.


Testing

We may be able to assist with rapid testing if we have permission to test your child at TPS (via our Rapid Test Permission Form), 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. The Project School cannot promise that the testing can take place on site and families may have to pursue other options (home testing, local provider, clinic, etc.). These will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.


Communications

Families receive an email if their child is positive (whether tested at home or at school), to confirm the procedures for virtual learning and the return to school date. 

Class families receive an email if there is a case in their child’s classroom, alerting them to the last day the positive child was present in school.


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.

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How to Register for a COVID Vaccination

All individuals ages 6mo+ are eligible to receive a COVID vaccination, and many are eligible for booster shots. Vaccinations are free, and are happening in virtually all communities. Because navigating the registration system can be a bit challenging, we've put together a step-by-step instruction sheet with graphics, to help walk you through it! 

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.