Health & Safety

Protocols for Screening and Isolation on Campus

All students should be screened by their parents daily before coming to school. Staff will screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Individuals who present with symptoms on campus will be separated and sent home. For guidance on what to do when a student has become ill or exposed to COVID-19,  see the COVID-19 Student Response Flow Chart.

COVID-19 Symptoms

In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider if the individual is experiencing any of the following symptoms in a way that is not usual for them.(Please note that students with fever will always be required to remain at home.)

Symptoms

o Temperature of 100.0 or greater
o Loss of taste or smell o Cough
o Difficulty breathing o Shortness of breath
o Fatigue          
o Headache

o Chills o Sore throat
o Congestion or runny nose
o Shaking or exaggerated shivering
o Significant muscle pain or ache
o Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting 

Health and Hygiene Practices: Face Coverings

Face mask

All students, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks--non-medical grade disposable face masks or cloth face coverings--over the nose and mouth when waiting for the bus and riding the bus. Students who are in pre K - 2nd grade may opt to wear a face shield in the classroom, to be provided by the district and stored in the classroom; however, parents must ensure the students are masked as they ride the bus or walk into school to their classrooms. Face shields may be used in cases whenever the education context may benefit from the ability to see an individual’s full face, and those cases must be approved by the campus principal.  Please note the CDC recommends the use of masks rather than face shields.  

Any individual with unique medical considerations, substantiated in writing by a medical doctor, can present concerns to the campus principal for individual consideration.

It may be impractical for students to wear masks while participating in some UIL, non-UIL athletic, or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks during those activities, schools must require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. Schools may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks.

However, schools must require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.


Close Contact

According to the Texas Education Agency and state health officials, the definition of "close contact,” in relation to one’s proximity or exposure to an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, is defined as:

  • Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or

  • Being within 6 feet for a sustained duration of at least 15 minutes (However, mitigating factors such as the use of masks and quality ventilation may be considered.)

If either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at that same time the infected individual was contagious*.   

*Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, a two-day period to a confirmed lab test.  

Social Distancing

Social distancing is the practice of keeping people physically separated with the goal of limiting virus spread between individuals.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that schools “space seating/desks at least 6 feet apart when possible.”

Screening Protocols  

  1. All staff are required daily to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. Symptoms are listed above. The self-screening should include staff taking their own temperature. Teachers and staff must report to their immediate supervisor if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms in a way that is not usual to them or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below.  Additionally, they must report to their supervisor if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, as defined at the end of this document, and, if so, must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.

  2. Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to participate in distance learning until the below conditions for re-entry are met. Parents may also opt to have their students receive remote instruction if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed. 

  3. Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present. 

  4. Before visitors are allowed on campuses, all visitors must be screened to determine if the visitors have COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below.  Additionally, schools  must screen to determine if visitors have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. Part of the screening process for all adult visitors will include temperature checks. 

Screening Questionnaire Information

  1. When asking individuals if they have symptoms for COVID-19, campus must only require the individual to provide a “Yes” or “No” to the overall statement that they are symptomatic for COVID-19, as opposed to asking the individual for specific symptom confirmation.  Campus staff are not entitled to collect information during screening on the specific health information of an individual beyond that they are symptomatic.

  2. Once it is determined that individuals who responded “yes” to either of these questions have met the criteria for re-entry, campus staff must destroy those individuals’ responses.

Isolation Protocols for Student or Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms on Campus

  1. When a student has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, a determination will be made if and when a student needs to be sent home based on current medical guidance.

  2. Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than 1 hour from the time the campus contacted the student’s parent/guardian.  

  3. Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols including isolation from students and other staff members. 

  4. If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the district must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  

  5. Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (students, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected.

  6. Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, school must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate in any on campus activities.  



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