Here you will find important and relevant information regularly shared with the TCGIS community by the IRT.
The IRT tracks COVID cases in this dashboard which will be shared weekly.
COVID-19 Confirmed Case: Quarantine & Information Procedure
Consistent with Recommendations for Handling a Confirmed Case of COVID-19, any known positive Covid-19 case with potential for exposure onsite will be communicated to all known close-contacts, all faculty and staff, and the entire school community. Depending on the grade level or specific cases, we might quarantine close contacts or a whole classroom.
TCGIS will send out an email to concerned families with details about date of exposure, length of quarantine and other information followed up with a phone call. Depending on when we are informed about a positive result and the details, we call as early as possible. To give families the most time for necessary arrangements, that might include evenings and weekends.
Travel during COVID-19 Pandemic
As the Delta Variant continues to spread throughout the country, we ask that any unvaccinated individual traveling out of state or country provide a negative PCR or Molecular Covid-19 test before returning to school. We highly suggest using the Community Vault Testing sites as their turn-around-time is currently averaging 24 hours.
Test Weekly and Keep Sick Kids Home
TCGIS strongly encourages all students to test weekly for Covid-19 throughout the school year. TCGIS is still determining the feasibility of providing school supported testing. You can access more information about Covid-19 testing here.
Consider Using FREE Vault At-Home Tests through the State
Minnesota and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for everyone who lives in Minnesota, with or without symptoms, at no cost. These tests come to your home, you complete them at your house with a supervisor over zoom, and are mailed through UPS. Learn more here.
Please keep your student(s) home if they are feeling sick or show any symptoms. Together we can help keep our school healthy and safe!
Please check your student(s) for Covid-19 symptoms before sending them to school. Please keep your student home if they are sick. You can refer to the decision tree from MDH for details of how the school will respond to close contacts or individuals with symptoms.
Check for the following symptoms every morning:
COVID-19 Vaccines for 12-15 Year Olds
How youth and families can get their free shot:
The IRT would also like to take this opportunity to underscore the role of privacy in all conversations regarding COVID. Please remember employers are not allowed to divulge personal health information and details. Holding the balance between individual privacy rights and transparency with regard to community communication presents an on-going challenge. We are thankful for the patience and understanding shown by our community members with regard to this matter.
Incident Reponse Team (IRT) Members
Julie Alkatout, Board Chair
Kirsten Christensen, Executive Director
Ashley Weston Miller, Director of Operations and HR
Monika Avery, Health Services Associate
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