As the COVID-19 health crisis continues, and the true impact on our school is still being identified, our Board of Trustees has established an Emergency Fund. This TMS community-wide relief effort will help address the expenses that our school will face over the coming months.
In addition to providing support for our staff and faculty, this fund will be available for the costs associated with bringing our students, staff and faculty safely back on campus.
We recognize the impact the current environment has on TMS families but at the same time, it’s critical that we name the need for our school and ask for your consideration.
Here are some examples of how the COVID-19 Emergency Fund may be utilized.
- Financial Aid - We want to keep TMS' community together and hope not to lose students due to financial hardship faced by their family.
- Substitute Costs - As we start to bring people together again physically we may see outbreaks of coronavirus that will require some of our teachers to be quarantined or to be home with their children who may be quarantined. This means we will need to be flexible to adapt to these changes which will require us to use more substitute teachers than we have had in the past, an additional cost related to the virus.
- Transportation Costs - We may need to be more flexible with our transportation, depending on the restrictions we are given regarding the size of groups that can be together. That might require an additional smaller vehicle and additional drivers.
- Cleaning Costs - We may be required to change the protocol around our cleaning of our physical space, both in terms of the products used and the amount of time needed to clean properly.
- PPE and Other Medical Equipment - We will most likely need to purchase daily masks for teachers and students as well as many quick scan thermometers that will allow us to monitor temperatures, etc.
- Teacher Salaries - We really don't know what school will look like next year or how it will impact our enrollment, and so as a result we don't know if there will be a negative impact on our teacher workloads and salaries. We are trying to avoid any major changes for our great faculty and staff, but obviously we think that taking a cautious and conservative approach to planning for next year is the right way to go. Having additional funding to address this issue will help us keep staff and faculty morale high, and help us to meet this challenging issue head on.
- Miscellaneous - Other related areas where the funds are needed during these unprecedented times.
We look forward to when we can open our campus and welcome everyone back to school. Until then, we wish you and your family good health.
We will get through this, together.