Creating a safe learning environment
Thank you for your patience and trust as we continue to support the efforts being made by our local and state health authorities to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As many of you are aware, the Texas Education Agency released guidelines on how school districts should reopen their schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The TEA guidelines include protocols for instruction, health & safety, child nutrition, assessment, and many other important variables that will determine the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while providing high-quality learning.
To return to work, the employee must either (1) meet all three of the following conditions: 24 hours with no fever without medication; symptoms improved; and 10 days since onset of initial symptoms, (2) or obtain a negative test result for COVID-19 and provide results to Employee Services, (3) or provide a doctor’s note indicating an alternate diagnosis explaining symptoms to Employee Services.
TEA Guidance on Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19:
Any individuals who themselves either:
- are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or
- experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met
In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:
- at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
- the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
- at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Or in the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.
Or If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID-19 via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.
What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person.
Know how COVID-19 is spread
- You can become infected by coming into close contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20-seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Practice social distancing
- Buy groceries and medicine, go to the doctor, and complete banking activities online when possible.
- If you must go in person, stay at least 6 feet away from others and disinfect items you must touch.
- Get deliveries and takeout, and limit in-person contact as much as possible.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Separate yourself from other people and pets in your home.
- There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, but you can seek medical care to help relieve your symptoms.
- If you need medical attention, call ahead.
Know your risk for severe illness
- Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19.
- Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness.
Covid-19 Information Website (CDC)
Covid-19 Factsheet (CDC)
Wear a Mask
Wash Your Hands
Holiday Celebration (CDC)
No-cost Vaccine Information (TRS)
Public Health Guidance (TEA)
Education Rights & Responsibilities (TEA)
Derechos y Responsabilidades (TEA)
Remote Instruction Requirements (TEA)
City Resources (San Antonio)