December 16, 2021
HOLIDAY GREETINGS! We are delighted to display the artwork of LILA DAVIS on our central office greeting card this year. Congratulations to this talented 4th grader on winning the holiday art contest at CGIS. We feel certain her farmyard scene will bring you joy too!
You may also enjoy the digital version - LINK HERE.
NEW COVID LEGISLATION
The Tennessee General Assembly recently passes new legislation during a special session regarding how schools and government agencies handle COVID. Guidance from the Tennessee Department of Health stemming from the new legislation is as follows:
- Government agencies in Tennessee may not require isolation of cases or quarantine of contacts. We can recommend/suggest/encourage/educate only.
- Schools may not exclude kids specifically due to a COVID diagnosis/test result. However, they can continue existing policies to keep symptomatic ill children out of school. Public Health cannot be part of enforcing that policy.
You can review the impact on MCS COVID protocols as noted below.
- We will end issuing quarantine letters for household contacts and close contacts. When families contact the clinic to notify of a student's close contact or household contact, the school nurse will share that the TDH recommends but does not require quarantine. MCS will continue to honor parent/guardian choice for household contacts and close contacts.
- We will not automatically issue 10-day isolation for positive cases. The school nurse will share the TDH guidance to isolate, but not require it. MCS will continue to provide medical excuses for positive cases whose parent/guardian elects to follow 10-day isolation.
- Students and staff exhibiting symptoms will continue to be excluded from school just as we would for the flu. Refer to our procedures for Illness for additional guidance. LINK HERE