Classes will start on October 4, 2021 and all classes will be virtual.
We remain hopeful about welcoming students, families and our staff back for in-person activities at our facilities for spring semester, but will reassess the safety conditions throughout the year and keep families and students updated.
Minimizing the Risk of COVID-19
In preparation for the return to in-person learning, TPMS has taken several steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19, including but not limited to:
- Requiring that all teachers and staff be fully vaccinated.
- Requiring masks for anybody who is inside the building.
- Investing several thousand dollars in a new HVAC and air filtration system for the Uptown Academy building.
- Requiring that anybody entering the building verify that they have no symptoms
- Requiring hand sanitizer and frequent hand-washing of all people inside the building
- Putting in place enhanced surface cleaning procedures.
In-Person Protocols & Guidelines
For any in-person events or interactions, we have provided several protocols and guidelines that all families will be expected to follow and implement, which are based on CDC and local public health agency guidelines:
- Parents and students will follow all building health and safety protocols, including completing sign-in sheets if requested, wearing a mask at all times, and frequent hand-washing and sanitizing.
In the event of return to in-person classes, protocols & guidelines will be as follows:
- If a student needs to be absent for any reason, the parent will notify their teacher and site Program Manager of the absence whether it is due to COVID-19, general sickness or any other reason.
- If a student is showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or any other sickness, the parent will immediately notify their teacher and keep the student at home. If possible, the student will continue to participate in class through Zoom if they are feeling well enough.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the parent will immediately notify the school (specifically the teacher and site Program Manager) and provide details on when and for how long the student was at a TPMS facility and when they received a positive test result.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the parent will isolate the student in line with the most up to date medical guidance, and the student will not return to class unless they have been symptom free for 24 hours without using any medicine and after it has been at least 10 days since they first got sick or from when they received a positive COVID-19 test (whichever came first). TPMS may require a negative test result before resuming in-person instruction.
- If a student is asked to quarantine after being exposed to another person that has COVID-19, the parent will follow medical guidelines and not return the student to school until the 10-day (if student has no symptoms) or 14-day quarantine period has passed.
- If another person in a family tests positive for COVID-19, the parent will not send their student to school during the quarantine period (10-14 days). TPMS may require a negative test result before resuming in-person instruction.
- Parents will not come inside the building unless they are there for approved service hours or otherwise asked to do so by TPMS staff.
What should I do if my child has any COVID-19 symptoms?
The student should not come to school, and you should notify your teacher why your child is absent. The student will be provided a Zoom link so that they can still participate in class.
What happens if my child shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school?
Your child will be removed from the class and isolated until you pick them up. We will immediately contact you to pick them up from school.
What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
Your child should isolate for 10 days from when they started to get sick or from the time when they received a positive COVID-19 test (whichever came first). Your child cannot return to class unless they have been symptom free for 24 hours without using any medicine and after it has been at least 10 days since they first got sick.
What if somebody in the school tests positive for COVID-19?
You will receive an email notice that there has been a positive COVID-19 test in the school. Unless you receive notice that the Covid-19 positive case was in your child’s classroom and/or that your child was exposed, you can assume that your child was not exposed to the infected student.
What if somebody in my child’s classroom tests positive for COVID-19?
You will receive a second more specific email alerting you that a child in your classroom tested positive for COVID-19. The email will detail whether your child will need to quarantine based on the exposure.
When does my child need to quarantine?
Any student who has come into “close contact” with a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine. “Close contact” means someone was closer than 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) to a person who has COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer in a 24 hour period while they were infectious. If both the “infected” and other student were wearing properly fitting masks and at least 3 feet away from each other, no quarantine may be needed. The school will let you know if your student needs to quarantine. TPMS may require a negative test result before resuming in-person instruction.
How long does my child need to be quarantined if they are in “close contact” with an infected person?
They can return after a 10-day quarantine as long as they remained symptom free during the period (otherwise it is a 14-day quarantine). TPMS may require a negative test result before resuming in-person instruction.
Are parents allowed to come inside the building?
Given the current risk of COVID-19, no parents will be allowed inside the buildings unless they are there for approved service hours.