Coronavirus- TCA Plan and Response

Coronavirus- TCA Plan and Response
Posted on 03/10/2020

Dear TCA Community,

In addition to our message sent on February 3rd, I realize that the recent news about COVID19 (Coronavirus) in El Paso County may result in additional questions or concerns.  TCA continues to follow all recommended health and safety precautions to ensure the well-being of students and staff.  Through District 20, we take direction on health-related issues from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As always, it is our priority to keep students and staff as safe as possible while at school.  

TCA has implemented additional measures to help prevent the spread of illness in our schools. We are collaborating with teachers to encourage students to use hand sanitizer in each of our classrooms, coughs and sneezes are appropriately covered and hands washed, and touching is discouraged (including high-5s, holding hands, shaking hands, fist bumps, etc.).  In addition, students with flu-like symptoms are immediately sent to the health room. 

Our custodial staff is cleaning frequently touched points four times daily:  before school starts, before lunch, after lunch, and after school. This includes all restroom fixtures, doorknobs and push bars, water fountains and handrails. In addition, teachers are routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces in their classrooms (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops, desks, keyboards) throughout the day with disinfectant wipes when students are out of the rooms.

It is important for children and staff to stay home if they are sick. Those with fevers should remain home from school for 48 hours after their fever has resolved, without the use of fever reducing medication.

TCA will remain in close contact with District 20, CDPHE, and CDC and will follow their recommendations going forward.  Such will be the case if a current TCA student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.  In addition, we’re actively reviewing and updating our Health Related Event Standard Operating Procedures, are monitoring absenteeism within our schools and departments, are discussing criteria for holding and/or cancelling large-scale events and gatherings, and are determining plans if school/building closures are needed.  

The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.  Be assured we will communicate immediately as conditions warrant, and thank you for your continued support and flexibility during this time of ever-changing information.      

If you have individual questions or concerns about your child, please contact your school principal.  Additional information pertaining to COVID-19 can be found via the D20 Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources page HERE.     


Russ Sojourner