Based on the most recent guidance from the CDC and from local health officials, we have created a flowchart
to simplify our community’s understanding of protocols related to symptoms, exposure to Covid-19, and positive cases.
Currently, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 seem to be upper respiratory and gastrointestinal. Please be watchful for such symptoms and stay home when unwell. Additionally, we offer these updates and reminders:
Properly fitted masks are our best means of protection, and we will continue to expect full compliance with TJ’s universal masking policy.
Since lunch periods create the greatest risk of exposure, students must sit in their assigned seats and at the proper distance from other diners.
Students may only consume food or drink in the dining hall—never in classrooms or other public spaces.
Day students are only allowed in the dorm room to which they are assigned, and day and boarding students must remain masked when in their shared dorm rooms together.
For the time being, boarding students may not ride in cars or visit the homes of day students.
Athletic competitions are cancelled through January 31 (or later if local conditions dictate).
- SAC optional events may continue on a case by case basis, depending on safety protocols in place at particular venues (e.g., vaccination requirements, size of venue).
- We will only switch to virtual learning in the event of staffing shortages.
The meeting with Dr. Rachel Orscheln, Director of Ambulatory Pediatric Infectious Diseases at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Sheyda Namazie, the Executive Director of Clinical Value Programs at BJC HealthCare on January 6 served as positive reinforcement that TJ has the recommended protocols in place. Moreover, a community as vaccinated as ours (98%) is highly protected against severe outcomes. The doctors described this moment as a “gray zone time,” meaning that guidance will continue to change. We will be nimble in incorporating new recommendations into our policies and practices, and we remain—as always—committed to creating the safest possible learning environment for our students.View the symptom decision tree flowchart.