Tybee Island Maritime Academy discussing ways to revamp COVID-19 protocols

Tybee Island Maritime Academy discussing ways to revamp COVID-19 protocols

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - Tybee Island Maritime Academy is discussing ways to revamp some of its COVID-19 protocols to keep schools open and students inside the classroom safely.

Principal Peter Ulrich says since they opened their doors in October, a lot of new data has come out and he wants to make sure they update policies to keep up with changes in the pandemic.

On Wednesday, TIMA had their first positive COVID-19 case on campus. That positive test sent 48 students into quarantine.

However, since in person learning started, Ulrich says they’ve done very well with keeping students and faculty safe. Now, heading into the remainder of the year the school is taking a look back at some of their initial protocols.

Ulrich says initially the school told families if they traveled to a hot spot or red zone they’d have to quarantine, but with the current COVID-19 numbers locally, Ulrich says the governing board is looking at making a change to this.

“Chatham County is now a red zone and has been for a while so it seems odd to have to ask families to, when they’ve traveled some place that is not as severe as Chatham County, for them to still do that. So instead we’re looking now at when you travel as a family or for work what are the things you’re doing while you’re traveling to still safeguard,” Ulrich said.

Ulrich says the school’s governing board wants to review proposed changes to then decide what is the best way to keep everyone safe.

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