2021-2022 Covid Plan

Question and Answer

After carefully reviewing the guidance released from the Lucas County Health Department, the Toledo Junior Academy School Board has adopted the following plan to continue to combat Covid-19 throughout the 2021-2022 school year. Your child(ren)’s safety is our top priority, and we will adjust our policies as needed to maintain a high level of vigilance this school year. We are unable to maintain a simultaneous in-person/online presence this school year, so there are some adjustments we will have to make when handling Covid-19 quarantine/isolation. 

Our biggest request this school year is simple: If your child is sick (with even minor illnesses such as colds/etc.), please keep him/her at home. We know that consistency is key for student success, and we believe that we can have a great, learning-filled school year if we all take the proper precautions. Will situations arise that are out of our control? Absolutely. However, we are excited for the opportunity to pack in as much learning as possible this school year and give all of our amazing TJA students the academic foundation they deserve. 

Masks

  • Masks are optional but strongly recommended for all students/staff, no matter vaccination status, unless Lucas County reaches a 7% test positivity rate; masks will be mandatory until numbers improve if that happens. 

  • Lucas County is above the 7% rate at this time (Updated Sept. 23, 2021) so a face covering is now mandatory for all students and staff. 

Quarantine Guidelines: What happens if my child was exposed to a Covid-19 positive case outside of school?

  • If your child has been exposed to Covid-19 outside of the classroom, a 14 day quarantine period away from school will be required. The quarantine period begins from last contact with the infected person. 

  • You must notify the school immediately. 

  • Work/a school computer will be placed in your child’s labeled bin in the school foyer by 3:00pm the day after you alerted the school about your child’s exposure. 

  • Assignments will be completed by your child independently at home throughout the school day as the situation allows. We understand that child care may be difficult and the health of your child may be in question, so while we ask that your child put forth a reasonable effort to complete work, we also do not want to put undue stress on you and your child during a difficult situation. 

  • Your child’s teacher will be available on Zoom from 3:15pm-4:15pm to answer questions you or your child may have regarding the assigned work. Please let your child’s teacher know by 12:00pm that day if you will be utilizing them as a resource so they know how to plan their after-school time. 

Quarantine Guidelines: What happens if my child was exposed to a Covid-19 positive case inside of school?

  • If your child has been exposed to Covid-19 inside the classroom, a 14 day quarantine period away from school will be required for all students in the classroom of the affected child from the date of last exposure of the Covid-19 positive individual. Please monitor symptoms closely during this time and have your child tested if you suspect a Covid-19 positive diagnosis. 

  • The Lucas County Health Department will be notified via secure spreadsheet that your child was exposed. They may contact you for contact tracing regardless of TJA notifying you of the close contact. 

  • There will be no class for the individual classroom the day after a positive case occurs in the classroom to allow time for the classroom teacher to prepare materials for the class. Work/a school computer will be available for pickup in the school foyer by 3:00pm the day after the school is notified that the classroom will be closed for cleaning/quarantine. 

  • Zoom learning/help sessions will be held as follows Monday-Thursday. There will be no class on Friday for the individual class affected.  

Kindergarten: 9:00-9:45am Daily

First Grade: 9:00-9:45am Daily

Second Grade: 10:00-10:45am Daily

Third Grade: 11:00-12:00pm Daily

Fourth Grade: 9:00-9:45am Daily

Fifth Grade: 10:00-10:45am Daily

Sixth Grade: 9:00-9:45am Daily

Seventh Grade: 10:00-10:45am Daily

Eighth Grade: 11:00-12:00pm Daily

Quarantine Guidelines: What happens if my child is quarantined because of Covid-19 in the classroom and I have other students that live in the same household and attend TJA? 

  • Contacts of exposed students do not need to be quarantined, and they may still attend school, but you should monitor for possible symptoms for 14 days. If your child develops any Covid-19 symptoms, do not send them to school and please take the appropriate steps for testing. 

  • The same rule applies if another member of your household is undergoing a quarantine for Covid-19 exposure; your child can attend school, but you should continue to monitor for possible symptoms for at least 14 days during the quarantine period of the exposed individual. If the quarantined individual develops symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19, your child should quarantine for 14 days away from school following the guidelines previously outlined above. 

Isolation Guidelines: What happens if my child is diagnosed with Covid-19?

  • If your child is diagnosed with Covid-19, we ask that you immediately notify the school so we can take appropriate, swift action. We will be as discreet as possible when informing parents/guardians of the other students in the class regarding the situation. 

  • An isolation period of at least 10 days followed by 4 days of symptom monitoring is mandatory. In addition: 

    • Your child must be fever free 48 hours and be completely free of the known Covid-19 symptoms to return to school: 

  • Fever or chills (TJA considers a temperature of 99.5 degrees to be a fever)

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Work/a school computer will be placed in your child’s labeled bin in the school foyer by 3:00pm the day after you alerted the school about your child’s exposure. 

  • Your child’s teacher will be available on Zoom from 3:15pm-4:15pm to answer questions you or your child may have on the assigned work. Please let your child’s teacher know by 12:00pm that day if you will be utilizing them as a resource so they know how to plan their after-school time. 

Additional Sickness Guidelines: What happens if my child has allergies or a cold? 

  • Please let us know if your child has known seasonal allergies. We may ask that they wear a mask or keep tissues close at hand to sneeze in for sanitary purposes, but we can work with you to continue in-class learning throughout the peak allergy seasons.  

  • A student diagnosed with another illness other than Covid-19 should attend school only if a doctor’s note has been presented confirming that the sickness is not Covid-19, Influenza, Strep throat, or any other infectious disease that could seriously jeopardize the well-being of their fellow students. The best rule of thumb is: keep your child home if they are sick, even if they do not have a fever. TJA reserves the right to ask you to pick up your child from school if they are physically unwell. 

Closing

TJA’s students were not immune to the effects of the loss of in-person class time last year. The information presented above is difficult to deliver, but the desire we have to provide our students with the highest quality, safest learning environment far surpasses the small discomfort that comes with sharing strict policy information. We will make sure to communicate with you regarding any situations that arise, not just those pertaining to Covid-19. The TJA team values strong communication between home and school, and we want you to know that we are here with you, walking alongside you each step of the way.  We pray that God will continue to allow us to work with your children each and every day this year, and we are putting Toledo Junior Academy in His hands. We are grateful for the teamwork between home and school that we experienced last year, and we are looking forward to a wonderful 2021-2022 school year filled with fun and friends! 

Warmly,

Mrs. Natalie Hood

Principal, Toledo Junior Academy