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Pandemic Protocols

This page outlines our plans and procedures for conducting school during the
COVID-19 pandemic. As new information becomes available, this page will be updated.

Updated: September 3, 2021

Summary of 2021-2022 Pandemic Protocols

  • We require all Middle and Upper School students to report their vaccination status to the school nurse.
  • We will practice universal masking for everyone on campus when indoors.
  • Daily health screenings through Ascend will be required.
  • Classrooms are arranged to maintain 3-foot distancing (in most cases).
  • We will prioritize outdoor spaces for snacks and meals, weather permitting.
  • We require regular handwashing and maintain hand-sanitizing stations around campus.
  • As a school we follow the most current guidelines of the Durham County Health Department, NCDHHS, and CDC. This includes following their guidance for student and employee quarantines as any cases or possible exposures occur. As pediatric vaccines become widely available, a student’s vaccination status will determine his/her specific quarantine requirements.

Handling Possible, Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Positive Cases of Covid-19

Symptoms: Students, teachers, and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care. Staying home when sick is essential to keep infections out of schools and prevent spread to others.

Occurrence of any of the symptoms below while a student, teacher, or staff member is at school suggests the person may be referred for diagnostic COVID-19 testing or evaluation:

  • Fever (temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
  • Sore throat
  • Cough (for people with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Difficulty breathing (for people with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Diagnosed: People who are presumed to have or who are diagnosed with COVID-19 must stay home until they meet the criteria for return to school. Staying home when sick with COVID-19 is essential to keeping COVID-19 infections out of schools and preventing spread to others.

Exposed: It is also essential for people who are not fully vaccinated to quarantine after a recent close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

NOTE: As of 7/9/21, CDC has added an exception to the need to quarantine in the close contact definition, excluding students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) when

  • Both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting face masks; and
  • Other K–12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, and increased ventilation) were in place in the school setting.

This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Communication: In the event of a positive case of Covid among faculty or students, Trinity School will communicate as follows to parents:

  • If in the Lower School, to all parents in the grade level involved;
  • If in the Middle School, to all parents in that division;
  • If in the Upper School, to all parents in that division.

Trinity will not disclose the identity of the person with a confirmed positive case of Covid.

The school's nurses will conduct contact tracing and communicate to anyone in close contact about how a positive case impacts them.

Encouraging Vaccination

Achieving high levels of Covid-19 vaccination among eligible students, as well as teachers, staff, and household members, is one of the most critical strategies to help schools safely resume full operations.

Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end theCovid-19 pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are at low risk of symptomatic or severe illness, including hospitalization or death. A growing body of evidence suggests that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are also less likely to have an asymptomatic infection or transmit Covid-19 to others than are people who are not fully vaccinated. In most settings, people who are fully vaccinated can safely resume activities they did before the pandemic.

Trinity's policy is that faculty and staff are not required to share protected health information. In order to protect the privacy of those who choose not to share this information, all faculty and staff have been asked not to share their vaccination status.

StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12)

Last updated Updated August 26, 2021.

Trinity School follows the most current guidelines of the Durham County Health Department, NCDHHS, and CDC. The StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit informs our policies and procedures related to the pandemic.

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Find up-to-date articles, studies, news, and more about COVID-19 vaccines at the UNC Health COVID-19 Vaccine Hub.

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