TFS Reopening

Dear Tallulah Falls School Parents, Guardians and Students,

As you can imagine, planning for the new academic year has been a difficult task given the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with the challenges we have faced, I want to assure you that we remain committed to providing a high-quality college-preparatory education for all TFS students. And, we will face this challenge as a united learning community. At the onset of the pandemic, I established a Risk Management Committee consisting of key campus leaders with Assistant Head of School, David Chester as Chairman. Their planning continues to reflect our highest priorities:

  • Ensuring the health and safety of all TFS students, faculty and staff
  • Maintaining the TFS mission of preparing students for life by elevating character and intellect
  • Ensuring TFS continues to make financially responsible decisions

The plan outlines issues we are facing during this challenging time such as life on campus, transportation plans, athletic events, use of face coverings, etc. This plan also provides an option for students who are in a high-risk category which would require an alternative learning approach (Blended Learning). 

We continue to be guided by our mission and plan on a successful school year with an in-class experience for all students beginning August 24. However, one of the lessons we have learned over the course of the past few months is the importance of flexibility. As information concerning COVID-19 continues to become available, we will update our plan accordingly. This may include changes to our school calendar based on recommendations from the CDC, the Governor and State of Georgia health officials. We will keep you posted.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Larry A. Peevy  
President and Head of School

Campus Reopening Plan 2020-21

Daily morning screenings 

To ensure a safe environment for all members of the TFS community, we will conduct daily health screenings. We are asking parents to partner with us in this effort. 

Any student who has a fever or is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should not come to school until 48 hours have passed since the resolution of the issue without the use of fever/symptom reducing medication.

Prior to the start of each academic day, parents/guardians must complete the questionnaire available through the TFS Magnus App before students report to school or the shuttle location. All boarding students will be screened by a dorm counselor prior to going to breakfast. Any boarding student who does not clear screening will be isolated and checked by a school nurse. Any student who does not clear screening will not be allowed to attend school.

Instructions for downloading the TFS Magnus App can be accessed here

We've also put together a Magnus Health App Tutorial.


Students exhibiting symptoms on campus

High-risk symptoms of COVID-19 [those that are common and relatively specific for COVID-19] include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/increased work of breathing
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

Low-risk symptoms of COVID-19 [those that are more common and alone do not necessarily indicate COVID-19] include:

  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion/nasal discharge
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Myalgias [muscle aches]
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Any student that has one high-risk or two low-risk symptoms will be isolated and assessed by a school nurse and a parent/guardian will be notified that they are to be picked up within an hour. Any student running a fever will be sent home.

Any student that has one low-risk symptom will be assessed by a school nurse, and if necessary, a parent/guardian will be notified that they are to be picked up within an hour.

Any sibling of a student identified as having a Covid-like illness will be required to leave the school as well and isolate at home.

The school nurse will follow up individually with each student who is sent home from school to determine when the child is cleared to return to the classroom setting. Any student that is sent home from school with COVID-like symptoms must remain at home until 48 hours have passed since the resolution of the issue without the use of fever/symptom reducing medication.

These students will participate in the TFS Blended Learning program. 


Employees exhibiting symptoms on campus

Employees who exhibit symptoms while on campus will report to an immediate supervisor and will leave campus immediately. 

The employee must remain at home until 48 hours have passed since the resolution of the issue without the use of fever/symptom reducing medication.


Vendors, contractors, etc. exhibiting symptoms on campus

Vendors and contractors who exhibit symptoms while on campus will report to an immediate supervisor and will leave campus immediately. The supervisor of the vendors and contractors will immediately report this information to a TFS administrator. Contractors will be responsible for communicating with TFS regarding the health of their employees.


Positive COVID-19 test/close contact exposure reporting requirements

Within 48 hours of a parent receiving confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test result for their student, or a positive test result of an immediate family member who lives with the student, a report must be made to the school.

This report can be accessed on the TFS Magnus App.

If a student has been exposed (exposure is defined as 15 minutes or greater within a distance of six feet or less) to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, the student must stay at home and follow the Return to School Strategy listed below. A report of this exposure should be made to the school via the school's TFS Magnus App. 

If an employee has been exposed (exposure is defined as 15 minutes or greater within a distance of six feet or less) to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, the employee must stay at home and follow the Return to School Strategy listed below. All positive results must be immediately reported to the employee's supervisor.

Instructions for downloading the TFS Magnus App can be accessed here


Notification protocol 

TFS will communicate to its families in the event of any student or employee testing positive for COVID-19. Additionally, TFS will contact the Department of Public Health. Students who have been identified as being in close contact with the person testing positive will receive appropriate communication from the school and public health officials.

Please understand the school is not permitted to release private health care information.


Contact tracing

In the event a student, faculty or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will follow contact tracing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

If the infected individual was in close contact with any other person at the school (defined as within six feet or less for a period of 15 minutes or longer), those individuals will be contacted individually and confidentially by a school representative and health department personnel to receive instructions for next steps.

Due to the complexities of contact tracing associated with COVID-19 exposure, incubation periods, testing windows in relation to exposure and symptomatic/asymptomatic indicators, each report of a positive COVID-19 test or report of “exposure” (six feet or less for a period of 15 minutes or longer), will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

The variety of COVID-19 infection scenarios requires individualized response plans to promote the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. A “one-size-fits-all” approach to contact tracing as it relates to COVID-19 infections is less effective.


Return to school strategy following a COVID-19 illness or exposure to COVID-19 through a second party

TFS’ strategy for students returning to school following a COVID-19 diagnosis is based on guidelines provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Symptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 (positive test result) cannot return to school until all of the following have occurred: 
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
    • At least 48 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).
    • TFS will require written clearance from a physician to return to campus learning.
  • Asymptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 can return to school after: 
    • At least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and the person remains asymptomatic.
    • Note, asymptomatic persons who test positive and later develop symptoms should follow the guidance for symptomatic persons above.
    • TFS will require written clearance from a physician to return to campus learning.
  • Persons with known close contact exposure ("close contact exposure" is defined as 15 minutes or greater at a distance of six feet or less) to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may return to school after a 14-day shelter in place period has ended.
    • This means that if a parent or sibling has COVID-19, the student living with that parent or sibling must shelter in place for 14 days.
    • The person must produce a note from their doctor clearing them to return to a traditional school environment.

Campus areas exposed to COVID-19

Affected areas will be immediately closed and appropriate signage will be posted in order to restrict access. 

Plant Services personnel will clean and sanitize the affected area.


Last updated August 12, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TFS Covid-19 Contacts

General Inquiries

David Chester

Assistant Head of School
Middle School Academic Dean

david.chester@tallulahfalls.org

706-754-0400

Enrollment

Kelly Woodall

Dean of Enrollment Management

kelly.woodall@tallulahfalls.org

706-754-0400

Middle School

Carol Madden

MS Director

carol.madden@tallulahfalls.org

706-839-2045

Upper School

Kim Popham

US Academic Dean

kim.popham@tallulahfalls.org

706-839-2001

Boarding

Jimmy Franklin

Dean of Students

jimmy.franklin@tallulahfalls.org

706-839-2022

IT

Bryan Freeman

Director of Technology

bryan.freeman@tallulahfalls.org

706-839-2020

Upper School Technology Support

706-839-2050

Middle School Technology Support

706-839-2033