TCAPS Safe Start Plan

Public Notice COVID-19 Positive Cases Report

Positive Cases by Building 2021-2022

Building

Today

Total YTD

Blair   1*
Central Grade 1 7
Central High 2 13
Cherry Knoll   8*
Courtade   0
East Middle   11*
Eastern 1 10*
Long Lake   3
Silver Lake   1
Support Buildings   5*
TCAPS Montessori   6
TC High 1 2
Traverse Heights   4*
West Middle 1 13*
West Senior High 1 13
Westwoods   12
Willow Hill    1
     
Total  7 110*

Last Updated: 10.14.2021

*Some cases of COVID-19 have been recorded more than once due to the case being related to multiple buildings.

Public Notice: COVID-19 Exposure Reports for 2021-2022 

PDF Document10.14.21 Central Grade Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.14.21 Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.14.21 Eastern Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.14.21 Traverse City High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.14.21 West Senior High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.14.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.13.21 Long Lake Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.13.21 Silver Lake Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.13.21 Traverse City High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.12.21 Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.12.21 Cherry Knoll Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.12.21 East Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.12.21 Traverse Heights Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.12.21 West Senior High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.11.21 Central Grade Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.11.21 Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.11.21 Cherry Knoll Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.11.21 Eastern Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.11.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.8.21 Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.8.21 Eastern Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.8.21 Long Lake Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.8.21 West Senior High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.7.21 Blair Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.7.21 Central Grade Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.7.21 Cherry Knoll Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.7.21 Eastern Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.7.21 East Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.7.21 Support Buildings Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.7.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.6.21 Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.6.21 Cherry Knoll Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.6.21 Eastern Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.6.21 West Senior High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.6.21 Willow Hill Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.5.21 Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.5.21 Cherry Knoll Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.5.21 East Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.4.21 West Senior High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.4.21 Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.1.21 Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.1.21 East Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.1.21 Eastern Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.1.21 TCAPS Montessori Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.1.21 Traverse Heights Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document10.1.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.30.21 Long Lake Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.29.21 Support Buildings Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.28.21 West Senior High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.27.21 Long Lake Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.27.21 Support Buildings Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.27.21 Cherry Knoll Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.27.21 Westwoods Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.27.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.27.21 West High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.24.21 Central Grade Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.24.21 Cherry Knoll Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.24.21 Silver Lake Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.24.21 Westwoods Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.24.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.24.21 West Senior High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.23.21 Westwoods Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.23.21 Cherry Knoll Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.22.21 Traverse Heights Elementary Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.22.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.21.21 Traverse City High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.21.21 West Senior High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.21.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.21.21 TCAPS Montessori Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.21.21 Westwoods Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.17.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.17.21 Support Building Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.16.21 TCAPS Montessori Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.16.21 East Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.15.21 Traverse Heights Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.15.21 Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.15.21 West High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.15.21 West Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.14.21 East Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.13.21 West Senior High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.13.21 West Middle School Exposure letter
PDF Document9.13.21 Westwoods Elementary School Exposure letter
PDF Document9.10.21 Eastern Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.10.21 East Middle School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.09.21 Westwoods Elementary School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.09.21 Traverse City Central High School Exposure Letter
PDF Document9.08.21 East Middle School Exposure Letter

Most Recent Date of Exposure by Building (2021 - 2022):

Building Name

Last Date of Notification

Blair 10.07.21
Central Grade 10.14.21
Central High 10.14.21
Cherry Knoll 10.12.21
Courtade NA
East Middle 10.12.21
Eastern 10.14.21
Long Lake 10.13.21
Silver Lake 10.13.21
Support Buildings 10.07.21
TCAPS Montessori 10.01.21
TC High 10.14.21
Traverse Heights 10.12.21
West Middle 10.14.21
West Senior High 10.14.21
Westwoods 9.27.21
Willow Hill 10.06.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated 10.14.21

 

Fall Plan 2021

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Important Changes to COVID-19 Communication Process

(posted 9.14.21)

Dear TCAPS Families,

As we continue to adjust our procedures for COVID-19 reporting and communication, Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) will follow an updated communication plan regarding quarantine / close contact notifications and potential exposure notifications. The communication changes, which are outlined below, coincide with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Epidemic Order MCL 333.2253. We encourage all families to read this information closely to understand changes you can expect immediately. 

On a daily basis, TCAPS will:

  • Update the TCAPS Safe Start website with building exposure notifications.
  • Update the TCAPS Safe Start website with daily positive case reports.
    (We recommend bookmarking the Safe Start website for future reference.)
  • Provide contact information to the Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) to assist in their efforts to notify individuals who may be considered close contacts.
  • Require all students or staff who have been identified as positive for COVID-19 to complete their isolation period and be symptom free before returning to school.
  • In alignment with recommended guidance from the GTCHD, TCAPS highly recommends COVID-19 close contacts complete their quarantine as recommended by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). 

Based on District communication with Grand Traverse County Administrators, the Grand Traverse County Health Department on a daily basis will:

  • Update TCAPS with positive COVID-19 cases that are reported and confirmed by the GTCHD.
  • Provide individualized letters to those identified as close contacts and recommend quarantine after an investigation with each individual who has tested positive for  COVID-19.  
  • Assist TCAPS staff and families with general questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 quarantines, isolations, investigations, and testing information. The GTCHD can be reached at 231-995-6803.

It is imperative to review the preventative measures associated with COVID-19 and understand the new guidance related to COVID-19 exposure. An updated chart from MDHHS is available to clarify the various quarantine and isolation timelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. TCAPS continues to urge anyone with symptoms associated with COVID-19 to stay home until medical guidance and testing can be completed. Parents must continue to report COVID-19 related absences to the school attendance line to ensure the absences are excused. 

For your reference, anyone needing a COVID-19 test can seek local testing at:

  • Grand Traverse County Health Department, 2600 LaFrainer, Traverse City.
    Testing by appointment only. No doctor's order required. Follow signs to the back parking lot drive-through.
  • Northwest Michigan Health Services, Traverse City
    Testing by appointment only.  Please call 231.642.5292 and leave a voicemail. Your call will be returned.
  • Rite Aid, multiple locations available
    No doctor’s order required.  Online scheduling is required: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing 
  • Foster Family Community Health Center, 550 Munson Avenue, Traverse City
    Rapid antigen and PCR testing available. Testing is billed to insurance and the patient is responsible for any remaining balance.
  • Munson Walk-In Clinic, 3074 US 31 South, Traverse City  
    Testing is offered regardless of symptoms.
  • Walgreens, 1029 M-37 South, Traverse City
    No doctor’s order required.  Schedule online: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing/consent
  • Crystal Lake Clinic, 5191 Rosewood Dr., Traverse City
    Telehealth visit required. Same day appointments for testing with results usually within 48-72 hours. Insurance billable or $55 if no insurance. 
  • The Walk-In Clinic, 3074 US-31, Traverse City
    Schedule online www.thewalkinclinic.biz
  • TC Rapid Testing, 3301 Veterans Drive, Traverse City 
    Testing is $125. Please remain in your car. Learn more at 231-252-FAST.

As a reminder, the TCAPS Board of Education made the determination to require masks in school buildings based on recommendations for universal indoor masking from both the CDC and MDHHS. The TCAPS Board of Education will reevaluate the decision at their meeting on Monday, September 27. Medical waivers must be completed by a certified physician. Masks are required on all buses, per CDC order.  

 

Important Reminder Regarding Enrollment Deadline

(posted 8/24/21)

TCAPS Families,

This email serves as a reminder that the registration deadline for alternative
learning options is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 25. Options include:

UpNorth Virtual On Demand
The “On Demand” program offers a full-time, virtual 24/7 self-paced learning opportunity utilizing Lincoln Learning (K-5) and Edgenuity (6-12) taught by Michigan certified teachers with TCAPS staff support. To enroll in this program, please contact your student’s home school building principal or administrative assistant by Wednesday, August 25.

UpNorth Virtual Elementary LIVE
The “Elementary LIVE” offers virtual programming utilizing TCAPS teachers for students in grades K-5.  This program must have sufficient enrollment to run and classes may be blended (multiple grade levels in one class with a certified teacher). To begin the enrollment process in this program, please complete the Elementary LIVE enrollment form by 5pm on Wednesday, August 25.  TCAPS will announce if sufficient enrollment supports Elementary LIVE programming on Thursday, August 26. For general questions, please contact Kim Bails at bailski@tcaps.net or 231.933.1779.

Face-to-Face: K-5 – Interlochen Early Childhood and Innovation Center
In response to preliminary interest by some parents for a mask optional face to face program and after reviewing available classroom space, the Board approved offering (depending on enrollment) a K-5, mask optional, face-to-face learning option at the Interlochen Early Childhood and Innovation Center located at 3113 J Maddy Parkway, Interlochen. Parents choosing this option must provide transportation for their student/s to Interlochen, as TCAPS transportation will not be provided.  This program must have sufficient enrollment to run and classes may be blended (multiple grade levels in one classroom with a certified teacher). To begin the enrollment process in this program, please complete the Interlochen K-5 enrollment form by 5pm on Wednesday, August 25. TCAPS will announce if sufficient enrollment supports K-5 programming at the Interlochen Early Childhood and Innovation Center on Thursday, August 26. For general questions, please contact Mandy Ford at fordma@tcaps.net or (231) 933-3501.

TCAPS Fall 2021 COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Procedures

Procedures for COVID-19 Positive Cases and Close Contacts

Students and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 through the Grand Traverse County Health Department’s contact tracing efforts will be released to return to school or work, once they have completed their quarantine or self-isolation period. The school district receives information directly from the Grand Traverse County Health Department about when students and staff members who are under a Health Department quarantine or self-isolation period may return to school or work. Updated release information is provided to the school district daily.

Procedures for Students Pending COVID-19 Test Results

Students who have been directed by their primary care physician or health clinic to quarantine pending the results of a COVID-19 test are asked to provide a doctor’s note prior to returning to school. The school district is collaborating with area doctors’ offices, school districts, and Health Departments to help create consistency across medical practices. Many doctors’ offices plan to directly provide the school district a note clearing a patient to return to school as well as provide a copy of the note to the parent/guardian. While not required, providing a doctor’s note before a student returns to school is strongly recommended.

Procedures for Student-Athletes

Per guidance from the Michigan High School Athletic Association, student-athletes are required to provide a doctor’s note prior to returning to play. External LinkClick here for additional information.

Student/Staff Member Privacy and Confidentiality

Please remember that there are many reasons that students or staff members may not be at school or may return to school after being out. We must all do our part to avoid gossip and speculation to ensure that all students and staff members feel welcomed and supported, especially those who may be absent or who are returning to school after an absence. 

Reminder About COVID-19 in the Community

Additionally, parents are asked to continue to reinforce with students the importance of the additional cleaning and safety procedures TCAPS has implemented this school year, including mask wearing and frequent hand washing/sanitizing, as each adds an additional layer of protection against the virus. Because there continues to be COVID-19 present in the community, parents should assume that at any time there could be a student or staff member in their school community who may be quarantining or self-isolating. Families should take all precautions deemed necessary on a daily basis. 

 

Quick Links

PDF DocumentQuarantine & Close Contact Tracing Guidelines (09.2021)

PDF DocumentDaily Student Health Screening Tool

PDF DocumentWhen Is It Safe to Leave Home

Important Information Regarding Masks and Enrollment

(posted 08/21/21)

TCAPS Families,

Traverse City Area Public Schools held a special board meeting on Friday, August 20th to discuss the start of school and whether or not the district would require masks given the current transmission status in Grand Traverse County. After much discussion, the board passed a motion 5-1 to begin the 2021/2022 school year requiring masks for all students and staff. The board intends to review local data and guidance at its September 27th board meeting in order to determine if universal mask requirements will continue.

Parents desiring a student learning platform other than face-to-face (masks required) have several options, including:

UpNorth Virtual Program.  Two options are available - “On Demand” or “Elementary LIVE” (depending upon sufficient enrollment).

The “On Demand” program offers a full-time, virtual 24/7 self-paced learning opportunity utilizing Lincoln Learning (K-5) and Edgenuity (6-12) taught by Michigan certified teachers with TCAPS staff support. To enroll in this program, please contact your student’s home school building principal or administrative assistant. 

The “Elementary LIVE” offers virtual programming utilizing TCAPS teachers for students in grades K-5. This program must have sufficient enrollment to run and classes may be blended (multiple grade levels in one class with a certified teacher).  To begin the enrollment process in this program, please complete the Elementary LIVE enrollment form by 5pm on Wednesday, August 25.  TCAPS will announce if sufficient enrollment supports Elementary LIVE programming on Thursday, August 26. For general questions, please contact Kim Bails at bailski@tcaps.net or 231.933.1779.

Face-to-Face (masks strongly recommended but optional) program at the Interlochen Early Childhood and Innovation Center (former Interlochen Community School), for students in grades K-5.  In response to preliminary interest by some parents for a mask optional face to face program and after reviewing available classroom space, the Board approved offering (depending on enrollment) a K-5, mask optional, face-to-face learning option at the Interlochen Early Childhood and Innovation Center located at 3113 J Maddy Parkway, Interlochen.  Parents choosing this option must provide transportation for their student/s to Interlochen, as TCAPS transportation will not be provided.  This program must have sufficient enrollment to run and classes may be blended (multiple grade levels in one classroom with a certified teacher).  To begin the enrollment process in this program, please complete the Interlochen K-5 enrollment form by 5pm on Wednesday, August 25.  TCAPS will announce if sufficient enrollment supports K-5 programming at the Interlochen Early Childhood and Innovation Center on Thursday, August 26. For general questions, please contact Mandy Ford at fordma@tcaps.net or (231) 933-3501.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our priority, and we remain committed to providing high quality educational opportunities for our families. Thank you for your patience as we continue our preparations for the start of the new school year.  

Families can expect more information from the district on Tuesday, August 24th.

Sincerely,

Dr. John R. VanWagoner II, Ph.D
Superintendent, Traverse City Area Public Schools

Building New Cases Cumulative Cases Date last Notified by Health Dept.*
Blair          0                   5 04/28/21
Central Grade          0                   4 02/12/21
Central High          0                  78 08/19/21
Cherry Knoll          0                   6 04/15/21
Courtade          0                   7 04/21/21
East Middle          1                   31 09/14/21
Eastern          0                   8 09/10/21
Long Lake          0                   8 06/01/21
Silver Lake          0                   9 06/02/21
Support Buildings          0                   6 05/14/21
TCAPS Montessori          0                   7 05/05/21
TC High          0                   5 09/14/21
Traverse Heights          0                   6 07/19/21
West Middle          0                   27 09/13/21
West Senior          0                   66 09/13/21
Westwoods          0                   5 09/13/21
Willow Hill          0                   4 05/12/21
       
       
TCAPS District  1                   284**  

chart last updated (09/14/21)
* This column represents the last date the school received notification from the health department of a new school-associated case. Per
PDF DocumentMDHHS Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253, a school-associated case is defined as a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case among students, teachers, school staff members, or any other person who was present on school property or at a school function under circumstances that may result in the transmission or contraction of COVID-19 during their infectious period. ** New cases are added to the cumulative column on the same day they are posted. Some cases of COVID-19 may have been recorded more than once due to the case being related to multiple buildings.

Google DocCOVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information & FAQs

External LinkTBAISD COVID-19 Case Reporting & Information

MDHHS School Outbreak Reporting

In its September 14, 2020 press release, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) announced it will begin reporting outbreak information by school building. Data will be collected from 45 local health departments across the state weekly. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside of a household. 

The information will be posted on External LinkMichigan's Coronavirus website each Monday at 3 p.m., and will include K-12, college and university school name, address, number of cases and if the cases involved staff, students or both. Students or staff exposed to COVID-19 outside the school building and are not thought to have spread the virus in the school due to quarantine or self-isolation are not included in the data. PDF DocumentView full MDHHS press release.