Clarity on COVID Policies

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Greetings Titan family,

I hope this message finds you well. This week, I want to provide some additional clarity on our COVID policies. My hope is that this additional information is helpful in building the important partnership between school and home.

Children get sick. We all know this. However, many of the symptoms of “regular” illnesses are similar to those present with COVID. At school, teachers have been asked to observe any signs of illness and report what they see as potential symptoms of a child getting sick. When this happens, the family is contacted by the school and asked to take necessary precautions.

Given the nature of the pandemic we are all trying to manage; in-person visits, calls, or video visits to your pediatrician may be more frequent than if we were not in the middle of a pandemic. Essentially, seeking medical advice and guidance that takes COVID into account seems like a prudent course of action when a child presents with COVID symptoms. Specifically, COVID testing a child who is presenting COVID symptoms in order to rule out or diagnose COVID is important for your family. It is also important for us in trying to keep COVID from spreading in school.

I would ask everyone to please make sure you have read our COVID policies. They are found on our website. If your child has been exposed to a positive case, please have your child tested and begin the necessary quarantine per our policies. We also ask that you inform us of the results of that test. The results determine a course of action on our part to keep people safe. A positive test requires us to trace for potential exposure by other children and adults. A negative test helps us prepare for your child’s required quarantine.

If a student tests positive, we will contact trace for close contact exposure and send communication to families of students who are determined to have been exposed. This communication will not include the name of the COVID positive student. Details about when/how students exposed can return to school will be provided.

We will not send a message when a student tests negative, even if that student is having to quarantine due to close contact exposure.

Again, our COVID policies explain in great detail how we are managing this challenge. If you have not read it, you are encouraged to do so.

Thank you again for your support.

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

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