Health and Safety Protocols

As has been the case since the beginning of the COVID-19 health pandemic, our focus is on operating safely and in the best interest of our students, families, and staff, so our planning and protocols are being informed by the recommendations of the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.  As new guidance is issues, TQS will adjust accordingly.  

The Health and Safety protocols at TQS will include:

  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside school buildings.
  • Continued regular handwashing, including training and lessons from Nurse Nicole on effective handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after bathrooming, before eating, after sneezing, coughing or nose-blowing, and after touching your face.
  • Daily wiping of all high-touch surfaces; ongoing sanitizing/cleaning of classrooms and bathrooms.
  • Monthly changing of air filters.
  • 3 feet of physical distancing where possible among students.
  • TQS-provided school supplies can be shared among students; although families are welcome to provide individual supplies for their students, if preferred.

If your student cannot tolerate a mask or cannot safely wear a mask because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please email Nurse Nicole to request an accommodation. Masks will not be required outdoors, although anyone who wishes to wear masks outside will always be welcome to do so. 

To help mitigate the spread of the virus, we will not be planning off-campus trips for faculty or students at this time, and we will limit visitors to campus (defined as those who do not regularly conduct business with TQS) to 20 people per week.

While we will discontinue daily temperature screenings, we do urge you to continue monitoring your students for symptoms at home.  In accordance with Montgomery County’s School Exclusion guidelines, for positive COVID-19 cases, we will require quarantining (both for positive cases and for unvaccinated individuals who develop symptoms after close contact with positive individuals) to mitigate further transmission.

For students who do need to quarantine, asynchronous work, including scheduled check-ins with the student’s homeroom teacher and social worker, will replace in-school time.  At this time, we are not planning for any Hyflex learning or online, live instruction this year, but if either option is needed, please be assured that our faculty and staff are ready to pivot immediately.