Covid-19 Protocols - August 27, 2021

27 August 2021


Dear Trinity Families,

    I am writing to update you on how Trinity Catholic School is faring regarding COVID-19 and describe our path forward for the next few weeks. As you know, Tallahassee and Leon County are experiencing tremendous challenges with the current surge in COVID cases.
Trinity’s current COVID procedures have allowed us to avoid County Health Departments closures of any classes. In this sense, our procedures have been successful. Nonetheless, since the semester began we have had two teachers and 16 students test COVID positive. After Leon County directed contact-tracing, 18 students have had to quarantine due to exposure to COVID positive students.
    We have also had students directed to quarantine due to positive cases in their families. These cases are reflective of the overall situation in Leon County with COVID hospitalizations now including children and teens. Tragically, a five year old child and a third grade Leon County student have died in the last two weeks. Due to these circumstances, Trinity will tighten some of our COVID-19 safety protocols. Effective Monday, August 30th the following will go into effect:

  • Faculty, Staff, and students in Kindergarten-8th Grade will wear masks when indoors. We will continue to conduct all our other safety protocols, including social distancing. PreK3 and PreK4 students will wear face shields, already provided by the school, whenever practical and necessary.
  • Parents will be able to choose Distance Learning for their children (Grades 1-8) until the current surge of COVID-19 subsides. Trinity’s Distance Learning is synchronized to match the material in-class students receive. Please contact Jane Kynoch, our school counselor, (kynochj@trinityknights.org) if you would like your child to receive Distance Learning. *Please note: The State of Florida does not permit the Distance Learning option for students who are recipients of a State scholarship, i.e., Step Up for Students, HOPE, McKay, Family Empowerment). In the event your child must quarantine because of exposure to a positive student on campus, he/she will immediately be offered Distance Learning to prevent any interruption to their education. (This includes State Scholarship recipients for the period of quarantine).
  • Air purification systems are being installed in every classroom. These should be in place early next week.

    These adjustments are necessary due to the very real threat our community is experiencing and will assist the goal of keeping our students, faculty, staff, and families as safe as possible. Our adjustments give the maximum chance of avoiding classroom closures and align with the guidance of the Leon County Health Department and the CDC. We will monitor the situation and adjust these protocols as needed based on information we receive from medical experts.
   Your patience and support have been very helpful as we work toward the common goal of keeping our Trinity family safe and our children learning. Please continue to pray for our community and schools as we confidently move forward through our current challenges.

Tommy Bridges
Principal