COVID-19 Information

Fall 2021

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus for the fall semester. Please know that while we cannot predict what the semester may hold, we will do our best to adapt as needed while keeping the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our decision-making. We depend on a strong partnership with you to accomplish this. We are all in this together and are grateful for your support.

In light of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Meridian Technology Center District, the following has been developed for the start of the 2021-22 school year. We have a team that is meeting regularly and closely monitoring local, state and national COVID-19 related information.

Precautions

Meridian has implemented the following practices to limit exposure to COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Encouraging the wearing of masks (especially on buses)
  • Encouraging at least 3 feet of social distancing if masked and six if unmasked
  • Modified bus drop-off/pick-up locations
  • Modified break schedules in the Skywalk
  • Discouraging students from gathering in common areas
  • Encouraging frequent hand washing/use of hand sanitizer
  • Enhanced cleaning/sanitation practices

Masks

Students, staff and guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Masks are provided at our entrances, or you may wear your own. If you are not feeling well, have a cough or shortness of breath, fever, sore throat or chills, please protect yourself and others by staying home.

Guidance on Isolation, Quarantine and Testing

Meridian’s policy on Contagious/Communicable Diseases will be followed, which will require:

COVID-19 Positive or Believe You’re COVID-19 Positive

Students who know or think they have COVID-19 must:

  • Isolate for 10 days from the first onset of symptoms.
  • If, after 10 days from the first onset of symptoms, symptoms are improving and the student is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, they may return to school.

Note:  Students who are required to isolate will be provided the opportunity for virtual learning.

Close Contact

Students who are identified as a close contact as a result of contact with someone positive for COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines for quarantine:

  • Stay home for 10 days after their last exposure.

However, students who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and meet the following criteria do NOT need to quarantine:

  • Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. It is, however, recommended that fully vaccinated people get tested 3-5 days after their exposure even if they don’t have symptoms and that they wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative, or
  • Someone who had COVID-19 within the previous 3 months, has recovered, and remains free of COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath).

Note:  Students who quarantine will be provided the opportunity for virtual learning.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information:

Notification

Meridian will notify students and their guardians anytime there is a positive case on campus. In addition, we will notify students and their guardians if we believe a student had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to share the CDC guidelines for quarantine listed above.