November 28, 2021 - Policy Update
We have seen a steady decline in cases and our recent data continues to show almost all of our exposure-turned-positive cases are family-related, not from the classroom or student activities. As a result of our data, we are modifying our current sick guidelines.
- Parents and staff are expected to continue to screen themselves and their children for COVID symptoms prior to coming to school/work each day. We will no longer be sending weekly emails. Please continue to contact the FWC medical team (email@example.com) if your child has COVID symptoms, is positive, or if you have a positive in your household.
- Students and staff are allowed to be absent from school due to illness ONE day without intervention and must notify a division office if they are taking a sick day. If they are out TWO consecutive days someone from the medical team will contact them. Please continue to contact the appropriate front office to notify them of any absence for documentation purposes.
- All students and staff must be free of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
- We will continue to encourage good hand hygiene.
- Any student or staff member who is in close contact with a confirmed positive COVID person living in the same household is required to be quarantined for 10 days.
August 28, 2021
- We continue to seek guidance from our local health officials about implementing any new mitigation strategies that best fit our school's needs while offering an exceptional school experience.
- Our campus allows us to isolate quickly and effectively, as shown by our numbers last year and limited spread in school.
- We are still implementing plans to use outdoor space and encourage social distancing and masks indoors (just not requiring it).
- We are still following through with contact tracing/quarantining where appropriate.
Therefore, the policies and procedures are as follows.
- PS-12, masks are optional for students, staff, and visitors.
- Great hygiene practices (handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, etc.) will continue to be taught and expected.
- Student, faculty/staff, and even family monitoring of individual health status will be essential (as it was last year) to a successful year. If your child or someone in your close contacts is exhibiting potential COVID infection symptoms, please stay home.
- Parents and staff are expected to continue to screen themselves and their children for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to school/work each day.
- Quarantine procedures are as follows:
- Isolation is required for students and staff who are presumed to have COVID-19 or who have tested positive. A letter is sent to families in Lower School when there is exposure in a homeroom classroom. A separate letter is sent to both Lower and Middle School/Upper School families when close contact has been identified.
- If your child has COVID symptoms, please contact the FWC medical team. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If a student or staff member is exposed to a COVID-positive person at school, per TEA/TPSA guidelines, those in close contact will be notified and given the option to quarantine. Vaccination status, and status of recovery from a positive result, should be considered in the quarantine protocol. Students and faculty/staff who have a positive person at home will need to quarantine for 10 days from the confirmed positive.
- All positive results are reported to the Tarrant County Health Department.
- Also, our policy requiring students who do not attend school or leave school early due to illness will be required to have a doctor's note with a diagnosis of a non-contagious disease, a negative COVID test, and be fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours.
- Vaccinations have shown to be the most effective measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you are interested in obtaining a vaccine for yourself or your child, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has current information on where to get a free vaccine, as well as current guidelines. Visit the DSHS site at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus, scroll down the right side of the page, choose Vaccine Information, and select Find Vaccine. Several options will appear in the drop-down list there. You can then click on Retail Pharmacy and scroll down to Texas for a list of sites/pharmacies that provide the vaccine.