An elementary-only independent school located in Atlanta, serving children ages three through Sixth Grade since 1951.

Pandemic Response Plan

Pandemic Response Plan

Trinity’s Pandemic Response Plan (PRP) for the 2021–22 school year is based on the following goals:
 
  • Safeguarding the health and safety of every community member;
  • Providing at-school, in-person learning every day for all our students; and
  • Continuing Trinity’s gradual return to a regular school day/year.
 
While the vast majority of our employees have been vaccinated and the transmission in the Trinity community continues to remain low, our decisions on Trinity’s health and safety protocols for the beginning of the school year are also based on the following:
 
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines;
  • Our students, including most of our Sixth Graders, currently being ineligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Students continuing to have close contact with members of their cohort groups even with mitigation practices in place; and
  • The uncertainty of the virus’s variants and their impact on our school community.
 
Our PRP includes some protocols from last year as well as some significant modifications. I recognize that some will find our health and safety protocols too strict, others will find them too lax, and others will find them just right. Regardless of your position, it is important that we all follow the protocols to better enable us to meet the three goals above.
 
I am grateful that the 2020–21 school year and the recent summer camp programs were highly successful, especially for our students. I look forward to an even better school year this year as we continue to work together to overcome the pandemic.

Sincerely,
Joe

Joseph P. Marshall
Head of School

Flexibility and Updating Protocols

As data, trends, and federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations change around COVID-19, and with the uncertainty around the virus's variants and Trinity students (under 12) not being eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Trinity School will adjust health and safety protocols accordingly throughout the school year, adding and removing restrictions as needed. Please note that the PRP is included as a temporary addendum to Trinity’s Parent Handbook and Employee Handbook. Until communicated otherwise, the rules and guidelines of the PRP control to the extent that there is any inconsistency between it and the existing Parent or Employee Handbook. If you have any questions regarding current policies or procedures, parents should contact their child’s division head and employees should contact their supervisor. 

We will note any updates to the Pandemic Response Plan in this blue section.

  • January 7, 2022: The PRP has been updated to reflect new guidance in the January 5, 2022, Georgia DPH administrative order that employees who are exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status and where the point of exposure occurred, may continue to work as long as they are asymptomatic, wear masks in indoor public spaces, test on day five after the last date of exposure, and comply with all other quarantine requirements for the duration of the 10-day quarantine period. This change is especially apparent in the "Exposure Situations, Notifying the School, and Returning to School;" "Quarantine Guidelines;" and "Additional Information for Employees" sections of the PRP.
  • December 29, 2021: The entire Pandemic Response Plan was updated to reflect the CDC's new shortened quarantine and isolation guidelines for the general public that were released on December 27, 2021. This is especially apparent in the "Exposure Situations, Notifying the School, and Returning to School" and "Quarantine Guidelines" sections. The changes reflect the following: that regardless of vaccination status, if a diagnosed individual has no symptoms or the symptoms have significantly improved five days after they first appeared, with no fever or fever-reducing medicine for at least 24 hours, then the time of isolation has been shortened from 10 days to five days (meaning they can leave their home), followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. That for close contacts who are unvaccinated OR are more than six months out from their second Pfizer or Moderna dose or more than two months after the J&J vaccine and not yet boosted, the quarantine period has been shortened to five days followed by strict mask use for an additional five days. That individuals who have received their booster shot OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months do not need to quarantine following exposure to COVID-19 but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. That anyone exposed to COVID-19 should test for SARS-CoV-2 on day five after exposure. If symptoms occur after exposure, regardless of vaccination status, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
  • November 19, 2021: The "Exposure Situations, Notifying the School, and Returning to School" and "Quarantine Guidelines" sections have been updated to reflect Trinity's updated policy (effective Monday, November 29) that: (i) students and employees, regardless of their vaccination status, who experience close contact ON campus with someone who has COVID-19 will be allowed to continue with on-campus learning/work as long as they remain asymptomatic; (ii) parents in the affected cohort group will have the option to keep their child home and participate in distance learning if they choose to do so; (iii) as with any close contact experience, unvaccinated individuals should self-quarantine when they are off campus and follow CDC guidelines for quarantine; and (iv) the School may require a class to move to distance learning if there is evidence of substantial transmission within that class. The update also reflects that unvaccinated individuals who experience close contact OFF campus with someone who has COVID-19 will still be required to stay off campus for the duration of their quarantine as most cases of COVID-19 transmission occur off campus, especially within an individual’s household. The update also includes a reminder that asymptomatic individuals who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving the last required dose of a vaccine) or have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days (confirmed by a viral test) and recovered are not required to quarantine after either an on-campus or off-campus exposure.
  • November 19, 2021: The "COVID-19 Communications" section reflects the updated communication policy that new COVID cases that result in an on-campus close contact will be reported each week in TTW rather than sending standalone emails to the community.
  • October 20, 2021: The "Vaccinated Individuals"; "Exposure Situations, Notifying the School, and Returning to School"; and "Quarantine Guidelines" sections have been updated to reflect the CDC's new guidance that fully vaccinated individuals should get tested for COVID-19 on or after day 5 of close contact to someone with COVID-19. Previously, the guidance from CDC was on or after day 3.
  • August 24, 2021: The "COVID-19 Communications" section has been updated to reflect the new protocol that the entire community (parents, employees, and Trustees) will be apprised of any positive COVID cases that affect on-campus learning in an email that will be sent after close contacts have been notified.

Resources and Responsibilities

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  • + Guiding Entities

    Trinity’s Pandemic Response Plan is guided by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) federal standards related to COVID-19. Our health and safety protocols are adaptable and will be updated based on our students' vaccination eligibility, the level of COVID transmission in our school community and Atlanta, and other relevant information, including data on the COVID-19 variants.

  • + A Community Effort

    To be effective, Trinity’s PRP requires the full cooperation of all our community members, and everyone is responsible for implementing and complying with the School’s plan to mitigate COVID-19 contagion. 

    This PRP includes:

    • prevention procedures, including mask usage, physical distancing, hygiene, and respiratory etiquette;
    • cleaning, sanitizing, and ventilation information;
    • policies for anyone who tests positive for or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19; and
    • protocols for contact tracing and quarantine.
  • + Social-Emotional Support

    Supporting our students’ social-emotional development is more important than ever during these times of constant change. 

    In addition to your child’s teachers or division head, Consulting Psychologist Carli Reis and School Counselor Erica Pendleton (Ms. P) will be available to help parents regarding concerns they have about their children. Please contact your child’s division head with questions (Sheree Du Preez for Early Elementary or Ira Dawson for Upper Elementary). 

    Ms. P will be available to meet with children individually once school resumes. Ms. P and Carli will continue to support teachers and to help facilitate morning meetings, as needed.

    Considerations for Parents
    Once parents read through the School’s PRP and understand more about the 2021–22 school year, they are encouraged to communicate clearly with their children about the return to school to begin to prepare them for how things are going to look this school year.

    Parents are encouraged to reinforce the idea that children have agency in keeping themselves safe and healthy rather than emphasizing the many unknowns. It is important that children feel a sense of comfort knowing that there are specific things they can do (e.g., hand washing and maintaining a safe distance) to help keep themselves and others healthy.
     
    Ample evidence shows that maintaining balanced nutrition, getting moderate exercise, practicing mindfulness, establishing good sleep habits, and having adequate social support are the best ways to counteract the effects of stress on children (and adults). Little things can help to make big improvements in the reduction of stress!

    Parents can help the School by communicating with their children that although every family has dealt with COVID-19 differently, the Trinity community supports each other. There will be a different set of expectations at school, and we hope that everyone will respect differences in how families have approached dealing with the virus.

Building and Facilities

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  • + Air Quality and Ventilation

    The School’s HVAC system allows for the maximum amount of incoming fresh air, air recirculation is being limited, and ventilation systems are being properly used and maintained. In addition to the well-maintained systems throughout the School, the HVAC system was upgraded in the Dining Hall over the summer. Trinity also maintains an aggressive filter replacement schedule to support the best air quality.

    In addition to Trinity’s HVAC filtration system, we have HEPA air purifiers placed in every classroom and strategically placed to cover every office space. The HEPA technology removes 95 percent of all airborne viruses, as small as 0.1 microns, and air purifiers are effective in removing most airborne viruses.
  • + Routine Cleaning and Disinfecting

    Trinity uses CDC-approved, eco-friendly medical-grade disinfectants and follows strict cleaning and disinfecting practices. This includes routine cleaning and disinfecting throughout the campus and frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas and items, such as toys, manipulatives, door handles, elevator panels, railings, copy machines, and water fountains.

    If someone on campus contracts COVID-19, contact tracing will be used to determine the exposed areas and equipment within the building. These areas and equipment will be disinfected per CDC guidelines.

Safety Protocols for Students and Employees

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  • + Symptom Assessment Before Arriving on Campus; Reporting Illness and Absences

    Trinity has implemented the following policies and procedures to assess a person’s health status prior to entering the School and to provide a process for families to report when they are sick, experiencing symptoms, or if they or anyone in their household have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

    Daily Symptom Assessment Before Arriving On Campus
    We will continue to encourage families and employees to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

    Parents should take their children’s temperature and employees should take their temperature before arriving on campus.

    Students and employees should stay home and isolate and the School should be contacted if a student or employee:

    • Is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0°F or above.
    • Has COVID-19.
    • Is symptomatic and awaiting COVID-19 test results.
    • Has had close contact* with someone off campus who is positive or symptomatic of COVID-19 AND is unvaccinated OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago and is not boosted, OR completed the primary series of J&J more than two months ago and is not boosted. An individual does not need to isolate if he or she tests positive within 90 days of a positive test unless the individual develops new symptoms.

    In addition, parents and employees should communicate with the School—using the methods listed below—if a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19, experiences symptoms of COVID-19, or has close contact with someone who is positive or symptomatic of COVID-19.

    Parents should report student absences via studentout@trinityatl.org. Employees should notify their supervisor of any absences AND email the School at employeeattendance@trinityatl.org to report all absences. The reports for both students and employees should include specific symptoms, close contacts with COVID-19, and, if available, COVID-19 diagnoses.

    According to the Georgia DPH, individuals with COVID-19 may have any of the following symptoms, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus:

    • Fever (100.0°F or above)
    • Chills
    • 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
    This list of symptoms does not include all possible symptoms. Please contact your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
     
    *CDC currently defines “close contact” as “someone who was less than six 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. An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from two days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, two days before the positive specimen collection date) until they meet the criteria for ending isolation.”
  • + Masks

    Students should have at least two clean masks available each day at school.

    When Outdoors

    Masks are optional for everyone outdoors EXCEPT during student drop-off and pickup when all students and employees will be required to wear masks.

    When Indoors

    For groups that include participants who have not yet had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated:

    • Masks are required. 
    • Exceptions may be made with consideration for eating and drinking and for teachers during instructional time when physical distancing can be maintained.

    For groups that are composed of participants who have had the opportunity to become fully vaccinated:

    • Masks are optional when individuals maintain at least three feet of distance.

    For common areas:

    • Masks and physical distancing are required in common areas used by those who have not yet had the opportunity to become fully vaccinated, e.g., hallways.

    Masks do not have to be worn by employees when they are alone in their classroom, office, or in settings where everyone has had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated and three feet of distance between individuals can be maintained.

    Individuals should follow CDC's guidelines for masks. See the summary below, and click here for full guidance for face coverings and how to wear your masks correctly:

    • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
    • Do NOT use masks that have a valve or vent or other perforations that allow virus particles to escape.
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
    • Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head.
    • If you have to continually adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand.
    • Make sure you can breathe easily.
  • + Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer

    Frequent handwashing is critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Everyone on campus is instructed to frequently wash their hands throughout the day for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, but especially at the beginning and end of their time on campus, before and after eating, and after using the restroom.

    Hand sanitizer dispensers (that use sanitizers of greater than 60 percent alcohol) are at entrances and other locations throughout the school. Students and employees may bring their own hand sanitizer to use but not to share.
  • + Physical Distancing

    Students in a classroom setting (where mask use is universal) will maintain a minimum distance of three feet between themselves as feasible. Unmasked vaccinated adults will maintain at least six feet of distance from students.
  • + Respiratory Etiquette

    Everyone should cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose, and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette signage will be displayed throughout the School.
  • + Water Bottles

    Students and employees should bring and use a refillable water bottle and use the water bottle refilling stations as well as faucets in classrooms. Please label your child’s water bottle. Water fountains will be available for refilling bottles only.

Exposure, Quarantine, and Testing Protocols; Contact Tracing; Communications

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  • + Vaccinated Individuals

    Trinity School strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated against COVID. As of December 16, 2021, the CDC recommends that individuals receive an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine instead of the J&J vaccine.

    According to the CDC, in guidance updated on December 27, 2021, the following quarantine protocols should be followed by vaccinated individuals who experience a COVID-19 exposure:

    If you have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months:
    • You do not need to quarantine.
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    • Test on day five.
    • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

    If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J more than two months ago and are not boosted:

    • Stay home for five days (for COVID-19 exposures that occur on campus, students and employees may continue to come on campus during their quarantine period; please see the Exposure Situations section for complete details).
    • After your five-day quarantine, continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.
    • If you can’t quarantine, you should wear a mask for 10 days.
    • Test on day five.
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

    Regardless of vaccination status, individuals should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 10 days following a suspected or confirmed exposure.
  • + Contact Tracing: Close Contact versus Proximate Contact

    Contact tracing is part of the process of mitigating the spread of infection. Trinity School has a plan to work with public health officials if a community member tests positive for COVID-19. The Trinity contact tracing team and/or local public health officials will work with the infected person to identify close contacts and proximate/low-risk contacts and will notify community members who may be close contacts.

    CDC currently defines close contact as “someone who was less than six 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. An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from two days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, two days before the positive specimen collection date) until they meet the criteria for ending isolation.” Proximate/low-risk contact is defined as being in the same environment, such as a classroom or office, but greater than six feet from an infected person.

    Patient confidentiality will be maintained throughout the contact tracing process. Instructions that follow current CDC and Georgia DPH guidance will be provided to the infected person and all close contacts regarding isolation and quarantine. If you have any questions about the plan, please contact the School Nurse.
  • + Policies for Individuals Exhibiting Symptoms at School

    If a student is sick or experiencing symptoms at school, the teacher or other designated adult will escort the student directly to the isolation room and report to the school nurse. Both escort and student should wear masks.

    Parents or other visitors who become sick or experience symptoms while at Trinity should notify the school nurse and leave the building immediately or report to the designated isolation room until able to leave the School.

    Trinity School promotes everyone staying at home when they are sick or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, when household members are sick or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or when required by a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household.
  • + Exposure Situations, Notifying the School, and Returning to School

    Please note the following for all exposure situations:

    • CDC currently defines close contact as “someone who was less than six 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. An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from two days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, two days before the positive specimen collection date) until they meet the criteria for ending isolation.” Proximate/low-risk contact is defined as being in the same environment, such as a classroom or office, but greater than six feet from an infected person.
    • Asymptomatic individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact.
    • Asymptomatic individuals who have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months are not required to quarantine after close contact. HOWEVER, even if they're not showing symptoms, these individuals should get tested on day 5 after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days after exposure.
    • Employees who are exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status and where the point of exposure occurred, may continue to work as long as they are asymptomatic, wear masks in indoor public spaces, test on day five after the last date of exposure, and comply with all other quarantine requirements for the duration of the 10-day quarantine period.
    • ALL individuals who are close contacts should watch out for symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 10 days since the last date of exposure. Any individual who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 after close contact should isolate themselves from others and be clinically evaluated/tested for COVID-19. Parents should report student absences via studentout@trinityatl.org. Employees should notify their supervisor of any absences AND email the School at employeeattendance@trinityatl.org to report all absences. The reports for both students and employees should include specific symptoms and test results, exposure to COVID-19, and, if available, COVID-19 diagnoses.
    • Household members of a person who is required to quarantine due to close contact do NOT need to quarantine unless the household member who had close contact begins displaying symptoms or is diagnosed with COVID-19. Example: Siblings of any child who is in quarantine for close contact with a diagnosed individual can continue to attend school as long as the child who had close contact does not display any symptoms.
    • Anyone who is required to be off campus due to a COVID-19-related concern must consult and receive clearance from the school nurse before being allowed back on campus.
    Sick with symptoms of COVID-19? Isolate at home.
    The sick individual may return to school after consulting with the School Nurse AND after at least 24 hours without fever of 100.0°F or above (without fever-reducing medication) AND symptoms have improved significantly.
     
    Diagnosed with/Tests positive for COVID-19? Isolate at home.
    Regardless of vaccination status, if a diagnosed individual has no symptoms or the symptoms have significantly improved five days after they first appeared, with no fever or fever-reducing medicine for at least 24 hours, then the individual may return to school on day six AFTER they receive clearance from the School Nurse. This isolation period will be followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others.
     
    Experience OFF-campus close contact (within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset) with a person who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19? Quarantine at home.
    The individual* who was exposed OFF campus may return to school after completing five full days of quarantine and no symptoms from the LAST date of exposure AND, regardless of vaccination status, take a COVID-19 diagnostic test on day five after the last date of exposure and receive a negative result. Individuals should continue to closely monitor for symptoms and strictly adhere to mitigation measures, including mask usage, for at least 10 days after the last date of close contact.

    *Employees who are exposed, regardless of vaccination status and where the point of exposure occurred, may continue to work as long as they are asymptomatic, wear masks in indoor public spaces, test on day five after the last date of exposure, and comply with all other quarantine requirements for the duration of the 10-day quarantine period.
     
    Experience ON-campus close contact (within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset) with a person who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19? Students and employees may continue with on-campus learning/work but should quarantine at home while off campus.
    The student or employee who was exposed ON campus may continue with on-campus learning/work but should quarantine at home while off campus. The exposed individual can leave quarantine after five full days with no symptoms from the LAST date of exposure. Regardless of vaccination status, close contacts should test on day five after the last date of exposure. Individuals should continue to closely monitor for symptoms and strictly adhere to mitigation measures, including mask usage, for at least 10 days after the last date of close contact. 

    Has a household member with COVID-19 and cannot avoid continued close contact? Quarantine at home.
    The exposed individual may return to school after a quarantine (which begins when the household member tests positive or has his or her first symptom and continues for five days after the sick person has completed five-day isolation with no or resolving symptoms) AND, regardless of vaccination status, takes a test on day five after the last date of exposure and receives a negative test result. Individuals should continue to closely monitor for symptoms and strictly adhere to mitigation measures, including mask usage, for at least 10 days after the last date of close contact.
     
    Please note that anyone who is absent or sent home due to any other illness shall not be permitted back in school again until they have:
    • Been fever and fever medication free for at least 24 hours, AND
    • Other symptoms have improved
    • Please consult your family’s healthcare provider if you have specific concerns about your or your child’s health or would like further medical evaluation
  • + Quarantine Guidelines

    Who needs to quarantine after a close contact?
     
    Asymptomatic individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact.

    Asymptomatic individuals who have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months are not required to quarantine after an on-campus or off-campus exposure to COVID-19. HOWEVER, even if they're not showing symptoms, these individuals should get tested on day five after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days after exposure.
    Any individual who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 after a close contact exposure should isolate themselves from others and be clinically evaluated/tested for COVID-19.
     
    After a Close Contact that Occurs ON Campus
    Students and employees, regardless of their vaccination status, who are a *close contact of someone ON campus who has COVID-19 will be allowed to continue with on-campus learning/work as long as they remain asymptomatic. As with any close contact experience, unvaccinated individuals OR individuals who completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine more than two months ago and are not boosted should self-quarantine when they are off campus and follow CDC guidelines for quarantine. Parents in the affected cohort group will have the option to keep their child home and participate in distance learning if they choose to do so. We may require a class to move to distance learning if there is evidence of substantial transmission within that class. Also, even if they're not showing symptoms, all exposed individuals should get tested on day five after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days after exposure. Any individual who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 after a close contact exposure should isolate themselves from others and be clinically evaluated/tested for COVID-19.

    Send test results to the School Nurse immediately.
     
    Quarantine Guidelines for Unvaccinated Individuals, Individuals Who Completed the Primary Series of Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine More Than Six Months Ago and are Not Boosted, or Completed the Primary Series of J&J Vaccine More Than Two Months Ago and are Not Boosted Who Have an ON-Campus Exposure
    After the last date of close contact that occurs ON campus, an asymptomatic individual who meets the criteria above may continue with on-campus learning but should quarantine at home for FIVE FULL DAYS followed by strict mask use for an additional five days. Alternatively, if a five-day quarantine is not feasible, the exposed person should wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Even if they're not showing symptoms, these individuals should get tested on day five after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days after exposure. Any individual who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 after a close contact exposure should isolate themselves from others and be clinically evaluated/tested for COVID-19.

    Send test results to the School Nurse immediately.
     
    With all quarantine scenarios, individuals should:

    • Closely monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for at least 10 days from their most recent date of exposure and isolate immediately if symptoms develop AND
    • Take a COVID-19 diagnostic test on day five after the last date of exposure AND
    • Strictly adhere to mitigation measures for the entire 10 days, including mask usage.  
    After a Close Contact that Occurs OFF Campus
    Students who have been in *close contact OFF campus with someone who has COVID-19 need to stay home to quarantine, EXCEPT for those who have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months OR have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days (confirmed by a viral test) and recovered. All other students who experience close contact OFF campus with someone who has COVID-19 will still be required to stay off campus for the duration of their quarantine and take a test on day five as most cases of COVID-19 transmission occur off campus, especially within an individual’s household.

    *CDC currently defines close contact as “someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset.”

    Quarantine Guidelines for Individuals Who Have an OFF-Campus Exposure and are Required to Stay Home
    After the last date of close contact that occurs OFF campus, an individual may return to school after FIVE FULL DAYS have passed since the most recent close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual as long as they remain symptom free and they receive a negative test result. Even if they're not showing symptoms, these individuals should get tested on day five after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days after exposure. Any individual who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 after a close contact exposure should isolate themselves from others and be clinically evaluated/tested for COVID-19.

    Send test results to the School Nurse immediately.
     
    Please remember that anyone who is required to be off campus due to a COVID-19-related concern must consult and receive clearance from the School Nurse before being allowed back on campus.
     
    With all quarantine scenarios, individuals should:

    • Closely monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for at least 10 days from their most recent date of exposure and isolate immediately if symptoms develop AND
    • Take a COVID-19 diagnostic test on day five after the last date of exposure AND
    • Strictly adhere to mitigation measures for the entire 10 days, including mask usage.
  • + COVID-19 Communications

    When an on-campus member of our community is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify the employees and parents of students who had close contact with the diagnosed individual, providing them with any necessary action steps. Parents, employees, and Trustees will be apprised of any new COVID cases that result in an on-campus close contact each week in TTW.
  • + Distance Learning During Quarantine or Isolation

    On-campus learning is the only option available for students unless students are in quarantine or isolation for close contact or if we must switch to full distance learning due to a high level of transmission within our on-campus community. 
     
    Each student will have access to his or her own electronic device. The School will continue to utilize a number of digital tools—including Google Educational Tools, IXL, and SeeSaw—for learning, engagement, and assessment.
  • + Full Distance Learning

    If Trinity must move to full distance learning, we will use an online meeting room for synchronous learning sessions, including Morning Meeting, academic lessons, and peer-to-peer connections. Students will have daily synchronous learning in numeracy, literacy, and base classroom (morning meeting) with at least one synchronous Specials class each day. There will also be access to asynchronous material.

Events, Gatherings, and Visitors

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  • + Parents and Other Visitors on Campus

    • We are opening up parent and visitor access to student learning spaces on a limited basis.
    • Parents will be allowed past reception when they are invited by teachers or staff members for an appointment or classroom, grade-level, or school-wide events.
    • Parents and other visitors are required to wear a mask indoors on campus when around students, in common areas, and at large-group gatherings (e.g., Visitation Day, Back-to-School Night), especially when physical distancing is not feasible.
    • Masks are optional at outdoor events.
    • For indoor events/groups that are composed of participants who have had the opportunity to become fully vaccinated, masks are optional when three feet of distance can be maintained, e.g., New Parent Events, GLR Meetings.
    • If a parent is dropping off an item for a student, they will be required to leave the item at reception.
    • Parents and other visitors must enter through the main reception area. 
    • Parents and other visitors are not allowed to join students for lunch.
  • + Classroom Deliveries

    Parents will not be allowed beyond reception to deliver items to students. We will receive all deliveries at the loading dock or reception.
  • + Classroom Events and Activities

    This year, parents will be invited into classrooms for special events, such as Mornings with Moms and Dad's Days. Eating and drinking will not occur during these events.

    Parents will also be able to participate in classroom activities such as Mystery Reader.

    Everyone, including students, will be required to wear masks indoors during classroom events and activities with parents or other visitors.
  • + School-Wide and Grade-Level Events and Gatherings

    This year, we will reintroduce some in-person school-wide and large group events and performances, e.g., Visitation Day.

    Individuals will be required to wear masks indoors during group events when there are individuals in the group who have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

    Masks will be optional outdoors.

    Trinity Together Times (TTT), our all-school assemblies, will remain virtual.

School Day and Academic Wing Access

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  • + Student Drop-off and Pickup

    • For the health and safety of our community, drivers need to remain in cars and not park and walk up to or through the carpool area, including the dismissal table.
    • Parents will not be able to walk their children into their classrooms. 
    • Students and employees are required to wear masks during student drop-off and pickup.
    • All students, even those being dropped off in the visitor lot, should enter the School through the AWAC or the external corridor next to the AWAC.
  • + Student Cohorts

    During the regular school day, the School will maintain student cohorts. In EED, a cohort is comprised of a student's base classroom. In UED, a cohort is comprised of the two base classrooms on the same side of the hall.
  • + Every Lap Counts: Early Morning Offering

    We will continue to offer Every Lap Counts, Trinity's morning movement program for all grades, from 7:30–7:50 AM on the Trinity Track. Students in Early Learners, Pre-K, and Kindergarten must be accompanied by a guardian.

    Parents may go to the track via an outside route to walk or run with their child.

    Students arriving after 7:40 AM will not be able to participate in Every Lap Counts. Every Lap Counts will be canceled if there is inclement weather.
  • + Field Trips

    We will have off-campus field trips this year; they will be limited and strictly adhere to health and safety protocols.
  • + Lunch

    Kindergarten–Sixth Grade students will have lunch with their cohorts in the dining hall.

    Early Learners who stay for Lunch Bunch will take lunch in the Activity Room and Pre-K students will take lunch in their classrooms like a normal school year.

    If transmission of the virus is high in the community, Flik will begin to deliver individually boxed lunches to all classrooms.

    Parents and visitors are not permitted to join students for lunch.
  • + Specials Classes

    Students will travel in their cohorts to all Specials Classes (Art, Media, Music, P.E., Science, Technology, World Languages) this year.
  • + Extended Programs

    We will continue to offer Extended Programs, both Core and Specials Classes. To maintain the guidelines in this PRP, including physical distancing, the number of openings in Specials Classes will be reduced. Even with modifications, students will enjoy creative, meaningful, and fun offerings.

Employees

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  • + Additional Information for Employees

    Employee Absence Notification
    Employees should notify their supervisor of any absences AND email the School at employeeattendance@trinityatl.org to report any absences, specific symptoms, close contacts* with COVID-19, and COVID-19 diagnoses. 

    *CDC currently defines “close contact” as “someone who was less than six 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. An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from two days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, two days before the positive specimen collection date) until they meet the criteria for ending isolation.”

    Employees Who Become Sick at School
    Employees who become sick or experience symptoms while at Trinity should notify their supervisor and leave the school immediately or report to the designated isolation room until able to leave the School.

    Employees who are Close Contacts
    Per new guidance in the January 5, 2022, Georgia DPH administrative order, employees who are exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status and where the point of exposure occurred, may continue to work as long as they are asymptomatic, wear masks in indoor public spaces, test on day five after the last date of exposure, and comply with all other quarantine requirements for the duration of the 10-day quarantine period.
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