Published April 23, 2020

(Updated March 8, 2021)

The Tenney School will be following an Hybrid Flexible approach to school for the 2020-2021 school year.  We believe this approach will allow for the most productive environment for student learning while still keeping students and staff healthy.  Our Hybrid-Flexible approach will allow students the opportunity to switch daily between in-person and online learning as dictated by personal or community health concerns.

Click here for a detailed video describing how the Hybrid-Flexible model will work at our school.

As a small school featuring one-to-one classes, we will be able to operate school in our facility much sooner than larger schools. Our size and format of learning make The Tenney School less susceptible to person-to-person spread.  In addition, our low student density will allow us to institute additional procedures to minimize the possibility of COVID-19 spread.  We opened our facility for in-person operations for our 2020 Interim & Summer School Sessions beginning on May 18, 2020.  The below procedures will be followed to mitigate the possibility of person-to-person spread in the facility.

Facility Access:

Screening will be performed on all students and staff prior to entering the facility. To enter the facility, individuals will confirm they do not have one of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

In addition to a screening for symptoms, students and teachers will not come to the facility who have:

  • Close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • Under investigation for COVID-19
  • Is ill with a respiratory illness

Anyone not able to enter The Tenney School facility, will automatically be transitioned to Tenney School Live for the day. If it becomes necessary based on community health information or positive cases in The Tenney School community, all or some of our students and staff can be transitioned to Tenney School Live.

* Staff and students (or their parent) must notify The Tenney School if they have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab confirmed positive for COVID-19. In these cases, staff and students will remain on Tenney School Live until they meet the criteria for reentry to school.

COVID 19 Prevention Procedures:

  • Students and teachers must be fever free for at least 24 hours (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); show an improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • Students and teachers will wear masks and/or maintain 6 feet of separation while in building.  If they do not have a mask, masks will be provided for them.  We will provide a tutorial to all staff and students on proper mask procedure and hygiene. (Note: Faculty and students will be allowed to remove masks when they are separated more than six feet from everyone else)
  • Students and teachers will be required to wash their hands or use alcohol based sanitizer on a regular basis throughout the day. Hand sanitizers will we provided at every point of contact.
  • Students will remain 6 feet apart while in study hall; both homeroom classrooms and the library will be used to spread students out.
  • The campus will be disinfected on a daily basis.  Disinfection will also occur during the school day for high use surfaces. Any surfaces used by teachers or students will be wiped down with disinfectant each afternoon after school or each morning before school.
  • Dismissal will be staggered; students will not be all released at the same time.  Students will remain in homeroom and will be called down one by one when their ride arrives.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in the building and parents will not be allowed in the lobby area unless a meeting has been scheduled.
  • No deliveries will be allowed. Lunches and snacks need to be brought from home or purchased from the vending machines on campus.

COVID-19 Positive:

If we are aware that someone testing COVID-19 positive has been in our facility

  • That day, we will clean and disinfect all area the individual was known to spend time.
  • We will notify all parents, students and faculty of a positive case in our facility.
  • We will identify all students and faculty who spent more than 15 minutes within six feet of the COVID-19 positive individual and request they quarantine and/or get tested.
  • We will notify public health.

Close Contact:

Some actions in the TEA Guidelines recommend action be taken for staff and students coming in “close contact” with someone infected by COVID-19.  TEA Guidelines define close contact as:

  • Directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
  • Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like
    case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have
    been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case
    symptomology may affect this determination

* Individuals who are vaccinated or have already recovered from COVID will not have to quarantine as a result of close contact.

Return to School:

Return to school decisions will be evaluated case-by-case.   Some self-quarantine situations will require the student or staff member to get tested and/or provide a doctor’s note prior to return.

* These procedures may be revised as more information becomes available.