The health and well-being of our entire community is always our first priority at TCS. We are continuing to monitor international and national COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus and novel coronavirus) advisories from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and following the recommendations of the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Because this situation is fluid and information about the virus changes quickly, we have set up this update page where we will post links to all of our COVID-19 communications, prevention tips, and more.
What Can You Do to Help?
If you have traveled to or come into close contact with someone who has traveled to a Level 2, 3, or 4 country, we ask that you self-quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of return. The same would apply to any individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or individuals who come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Please let us know if your family fits these criteria. You will need a doctor’s note before returning to campus.
What is TCS Doing?
TCS is consulting with the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health, as well as with other school heads and associations locally and nationally.
- Nurse Sharon visited every classroom to tell kids about COVID-19, review prevention techniques, and answer their questions
- We are also doubling down on our efforts to clean and sanitize our campus. This weekend, our facilities team did another deep clean of our campus, including handrails, doorknobs, bathrooms, chair backs, tables, carpet and upholstery. We will continue to do this as an additional precaution to prioritize the health and wellness of our community.
- We have restricted all non-essential business travel for faculty and staff and anyone coming to visit TCS on business from places with a COVID-19 outbreak.
- For all day, extended day, and overnight camping trips, we are actively monitoring the situation and working with our partners on the ground at those locations to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone.
- The Children’s School Leadership Team is meeting daily to develop contingency and continuity plans in the event we have to operate remotely.
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Health guidelines for schools
- Follow the recommendations and considerations for schools shared by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
Feb. 28, 2020 – Monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
March 3, 2020 – COVID-19 Coronavirus Update
March 8, 2020 – Please Read for an Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
March 12, 2020 – COVID-19 Campus Closure
March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 Update: Campus Closed Through April 13
March 31, 2020 – COVID-19 Update: Campus Closed Through April 24 + FREE Virtual Spring Break Camp
You can help prevent the spread of the virus by reminding your child(ren) to:
- Cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash their hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds and using friction, especially after coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching their face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late!
It is very important for you to:
- Keep your child(ren) at home if they are sick
- Contact Nishant if your family or someone in your family is traveling to one of the countries the CDC has identified as having widespread sustained transmission
- Alert Nurse Sharon if your child or someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19
COVID-19 Coronavirus Reference Materials
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 website
- World Health Organization COVID-19 website
- Georgia Department of Health COVID-19 website
How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19
It is our utmost desire to foster a sense of normalcy and continuity for our students. Since students take their emotional cues from the adults, we encourage you to monitor your child’s engagement and help them understand what they are seeing and hearing to avoid anxiety. Being prepared is not a cause for panic or alarm.
Here are articles that might be helpful in talking to your children about the coronavirus outbreak:
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak (TIME magazine)
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Times)
- Nurse Sharon’s Coronavirus Comic for Kids
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus Without Scaring Them (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (PBS)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Tips for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19 Coronavirus by Dr. Anita Grover
- Supporting Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak by TCS Counselor Dr. Natalie Grubbs