Covid-19 Protocols

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Covid-19

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.

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