Testing and Travel Quarantine – Updated 9/25/2021

Since our students are too young to be vaccinated at this time, we have added the following policies to keep our community and students as safe as possible:

  • Required Monthly Student Covid Testing

  • Quarantine and testing for travel and acceptance back into school.

  • Guidance for families who have children in, or work in public schools with modified quarantine policies.

General Testing for Children and Staff
  • All staff are required to test every two weeks.

  • All children are required to test monthly or after major breaks (fall weekend, winter break).

  • All children and staff must test after travel (see travel definitions below)

Note: This can be an at-home test (available at several CVS, Walgreens or Safeway stores) OR at school (done by the laboratory that sends a nurse every two weeks to the Taylor campus).

Travel Quarantine and Testing: Vaccinated or Unvaccinated

Local Travel by car with household:

Any overnight stay at another location, and in close contact with individuals outside of one’s household, masked or unmasked.

  • Close Contact: Within 6 feet of someone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period

  • Exception: Individuals outside of the household, who are 1) vaccinated and 2) have negative test results 12 to 24 hours prior to visit.

For situations other than the exception listed above:
After travel away, children or staff must quarantine for three (3) days and then test with a negative result before returning to school. If the test is positive, follow required isolation protocol.

Travel by Public Transportation:

  • If vaccinated, children or staff must quarantine for three (3) days and then test with a negative result before returning to school. If the test is positive, follow required isolation protocol.

  • If unvaccinated, any travel on bus, plane or train requires seven (7) day quarantine per CDC recommendations, testing on day 3-5, and then test with a negative result before returning to school. If the test is positive, follow required isolation protocol.

International Travel:

After international travel, children or staff must quarantine for seven (7) days and then test with a negative result before returning to school. If the test is  positive, follow required isolation protocol.

Visit Quarantine and Testing: Vaccinated or Unvaccinated

NOTE: Visit definition: Overnight stay at your home by someone outside of your household

  1. In-home visitation (vaccinated visitor): If the visitor tests negative upon arrival, the child may attend school, and should test when the visitor leaves.  There is no need to quarantine

  2. In-home visitation (unvaccinated visitor):  If the visitor tests negative upon arrival:

    • The child should remain home during the visit.

    • The child should quarantine for three (3) days following the visit.

    • The child should test negative the morning prior to return to school.

Higher Risk Social Situation Quarantine

NOTE: Higher Risk Social definition: Unmasked group gatherings outside of your household; Close contact with an infected person

After all higher-risk situations, children or staff must quarantine for three (3) days and then test with a negative result before returning to school. If the test is positive, follow the required isolation protocol.

Children with Siblings or Parents Working in Schools with Modified or No Quarantine

Modified quarantine (allowing children who may have been exposed, to attend school, testing every three days over a ten-day period) is not an acceptable practice for our covid protocol at TCU/MEISA.

In order to reduce risk to our students, if a sibling or teacher/parent is in a class in which a student has tested positive, the TCU/MEISA student must stay home for seven days, and after the third test has been done by the sibling/teacher, the TCU/MEISA student will be required to test before returning to TCU/MEISA.

This includes children or adults who participate in after-school activities in which someone in their group tests positive or if any member of the TCU student’s household is exposed to another individual who has tested positive.