False information can spread quickly, causing fear and confusion in our community. During a time of so much uncertainty, it can be easy for misinformation to proliferate on social media. Whether it is about a school having to shut down or hearsay about a potential case of COVID-19, these speculations remain a constant challenge as we strive to keep our TCHS campuses open for students who feel comfortable participating in the hybrid in-person instruction model.
To combat this, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our families that TCHS is working closely with the Chester County Health Department (CCHD) to provide transparent and timely communication and will continue to follow the CCHD’s guidance regarding notifications of positive and presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, more information about which can be found in the CCIU Health & Safety plan.
When a person receives a positive COVID-19 test or has symptoms indicating a probable positive, the CCHD is alerted. The CCHD investigates all suspected or confirmed reports of COVID-19. This helps the CCHD give guidance to the individuals involved and to TCHS. Should a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19, TCHS will send an email to the staff and families of the impacted building only indicating a potential exposure. It is a violation of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to indicate the name of the individual.
Further, should TCHS need to be shut down temporarily, following the guidance of the CCHD, parents and families will be directly and immediately notified by both an email and a phone call from your TCHS administrative team. If you have any questions about this procedure, these policies, or the current opening status of TCHS, we encourage you to reach out to your TCHS administrative team who will be able to provide you with more information.
It’s more important now than ever that we work together to make sure that we share accurate information so as not to cause undue panic or anxiety for our students or families. TCHS is committed to protecting the safety of our students, staff and families through transparent communication. We thank you in advance for your support in assisting us to help stop the spread of false information.