TCS DURING COVID

What to Expect?

We will be strictly following the CDC's recommendations along with first hand guidance from the Pima County Health Department's school administration program.

 

To ensure a safe, in-person learning environment, we will be hyper focused on the best mitigation practices that align with our program and philosophy. Layered mitigation strategies are highly recommended and will continue to be in place as long as we continue serve young children's who may not be eligible for vaccination or able to wear masks consistently. 

To monitor Pima County's Community Level visit PCHD COVID-19 Progress Report

as of 04/1/2021 Pima County Community Levels are LOW  

Community Trust 

The school community must be willing to follow public health guidance and COVID mitigation strategies. The ultimate goal at TCS is to keep the children, families, and staff safe and healthy -- both physically and emotionally. This means we all have to do our part and  implement best practice at home so that we can play safely together at school. We are also committing to keeping mitigation strategies in place during future off-campus TCS events. We are stronger and better together!

How is TCS working effectively towards the goal of zero transmission?
  • Universal masking. All persons on campus MUST be masked indoors and outdoors unless napping and eating. We ask that our community wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently. 

  • Staying home when sick. Staying home when sick. Persons who have a fever of 100 or above or other signs of illness, such as: sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea - will not be allowed to enter the facility. Additionally, if your child presents these symptoms during the school day, you will be asked to pick them up. As a reminder, our goal is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as all common preventable illnesses, if your child is sick - even though they do not have COVID - they should not be at school. Children who present contagious symptoms such as diarrhea, fevers, etc. must remain home for 24 hours. 

  • Modified practices to our program. We will continue with such as pausing family style meals, increasing outdoor time and ventilation/filtration in the classroom, and social distancing during nap/rest time. 

  • Communication. TCS will continue to share information about all potential and confirmed COVID-19 cases on our campus.

  • Travel considerations. Although no quarantine will be required, children MUST be symptom free before returning to school. If a child is symptomatic, a quarantine of 5 days and a COVID test is required before returning. 

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What happens if someone gets sick?

If there is evidence that COVID transmission occurred at TCS, TCS will close (the classroom or school) for a minimum of ONE week to for contact tracing and possible disinfection. We will reopen for staff and families as soon as we can be released from quarantine and isolation guidelines. **Please note that we may be open, and programs may still be affected if we are short staffed. ​

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines 

updated 3/15/2022 per the Pima County Health Department Sanitary Measure 2021-01 

If you test positive for COVID-19: (Everyone (staff, children, & families) regardless of vaccination status) 

  • stay home (isolate) for 5 days. 

  • Day of the positive test is considered day 0. 

  • Individual may return to the facility on day 6 if they have been fever free for 24 hours, symptoms have improved, and they are able to consistently and correctly wear a mask, and must distance during meal times. *

*Children who nap at TCS must be picked up at 12:00 PM and not permitted to nap at school. **Children who are unable to consistently and correctly wear a mask when around others will be asked to continue their isolation for 10 full days. 

If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19: 

1) Persons who have been boosted OR completed the series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months OR have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. 

  • No quarantine. 

  • Individuals must wear an adequate mask around others for 10 days.

  • Test on the 5th day, post exposure. 

  • If a person develops symptoms they must get a test, and stay home. 

​2) Persons who have completed the series of Pfizer or Moderna over 6 months ago and are NOT boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine over 2 months ago and are NOT boosted, OR are unvaccinated:

 

  • Stay home (quarantine for 10 days) 

  • Test on days 5 post exposure. If the test result is negative, child may return to facility on day 6.

  • If the child is too young to test, or tests are unavailable, stay home for the full 10 day quarantine.

Testing 

Rapid antigen tests (either done at home or a medical facility) can be used as a screening tool. If your child presents any COVID like symptoms, you will be asked to test your child, in order to attend school. 

 

As of 1/23/2022 - Per the PCHD, If a test determines a positive result, there is no need to follow up with additional testing (antigen or molecular) - once a person has tested positive - we MUST follow through with quarantine and isolation guidelines. See Above.

 

A person may be asked to follow up with a PCR if they have COVID like symptoms and have tested negative on an antigen test. This is especially true if there is known exposure.

 links to testing sites 

Vaccinations 
  • ALL of TCS staff are vaccinated. As part of our licensing  requirements we ask staff to provide an affidavit of their vaccination status (including all vaccines, not only COVID-19).

  • Staff is also required to provide proof that they do not have active TB or any other preventable infectious diseases BEFORE they begin work.

  • Family volunteers who choose to volunteer during school hours MUST show proof of their vaccination status to be eligible to be on campus. Please discuss any exemptions with the director. 

As of 1/23/2022 - the Board of Directors have determined that all staff and volunteers must be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations as defined by the CDC:

  • Persons who have been boosted OR 

  • Persons completed the series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last 6 months OR 

  • Persons completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

Close Contacts  (Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Close Contact through proximity and duration of exposure: Someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). 

 

Staff will report to the director the nature of each close contact to determine eligibility and the school will follow up with the contact traction requirements. The child's information will be reported to the Pima County Health department and the family may received a phone call for further information. 

 Links to testing sites:

Additional Resources 

  • LOCAL: To stay up to date on the latest data regarding COVID-19 in our community, including safety recommendations. COVID Act Now

  • LOCAL: For information on guidance that Pima County Health Department is providing schools. Pima County Healthy School & Child Care

  • STATE: For information on guidance the Arizona Health Department is providing schools. Schools (K-12) & Childcare - Guidance

  • NATIONAL: Review the Center for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs. CDC - COVID 19