COVID-19 FAQs

  • What do I do if my student tests positive for COVID?

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    Keep your student home and notify their school.

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  • If my student has tested positive for COVID, when can they return to school?

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    An individual testing positive for COVID can return to school when the following criteria have been met:

    1. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and
    2. At least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery/resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
    3. The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath).
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  • If my student tested positive, do they need to test negative before returning to school?

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    No

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  • Can a student or employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 return to school/work, if they ...

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    Full question: Can a student or employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 return to school/work, if they feel better and/or test negative for COVID prior to the completion of their 10 day isolation?

    No.  Once an individual has tested positive for COVID-19, they must complete the 10 day isolation period, regardless of a negative test result.

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  • What do I do if my student is sick with COVID-like symptoms?

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    If the individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and is presumed to be positive but wants to return to school before completing the above self-isolation period, the individual should obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis OR obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19.

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  • Can my student go to school while we wait for COVID test results?

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    No.  You must keep your student home until you receive their test results.  

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  • If my student tested positive for COVID and participates in a UIL activity (band, athletics, cheer..

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    Full question: If my student tested positive for COVID and participates in a UIL activity (band, athletics, cheer, drill team,etc…), do I need a dr’s note to return to play?

    Yes. In addition to the criteria and processes described above, a student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must receive clearance from a physician prior to returning to participation in UIL marching band or athletic activities. 

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  • What do I need to do for attendance if I keep my student home?

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    When a student is absent from school, the student—upon arrival or return to school—must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the student, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or older or is an emancipated minor under state law. An email from the parent may be accepted, but the district reserves the right to require a written note.

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  • What do I do if I receive a classroom letter of notification for my student?

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    If the individual has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the individual should:  

    • It is recommended the individual quarantine for 10-14 days after the date of last contact as recommended by the CDC; quarantine may be shortened if the individual tests negative 5-7 days after exposure
    • The individual should closely monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for 14 days after the date of last contact, as recommended by the CDC
    • It is recommended the individual wear a mask/face covering if choosing to return to school prior to the end of the 14-day quarantine period
    • The decision to quarantine due to exposure will be at the discretion of the parent.
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  • Can my student go to school if a member of their household tests positive for COVID?

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    If the individual resides with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the individual should:  

    • It is recommended the individual quarantine for 10-14 days after the date of last contact, as recommended by the CDC; quarantine may be shortened if the individual tests negative 5-7 days after exposure
    • The individual should closely monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for 14 days after the date of last contact, as recommended by the CDC
    • It is recommended the individual wear a mask/face covering if choosing to return to school prior to the end of the 14-day quarantine period
    • The decision to quarantine due to exposure will be at the discretion of the parent.
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  • How does my student makeup school work while they are absent?

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    • Email to the class teacher
    • Check Canvas daily
    • Submit assignments in Canvas

    If a student is absent, he/she has one (1) day for each day absent to turn in the work.

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  • What is the district doing to keep my student safe at school?

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    • Parents and staff are notified weekly via email and reminded daily via signage, of the self screening protocols which include:  maintain social distancing, wash your hands often, be mindful of cough and sneeze etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation. 
    • Limiting visitors to campus (no parents at breakfast or lunch)
    • Limiting parent volunteers on campus
    • Hand sanitizing stations in all high traffic areas and in centralized location on secondary floors (Front office, gyms, cafeterias, student/staff parking lot entryways, near elevator or main stairways
    • Scheduled hand washing breaks or hand sanitizing breaks - Elementary (before and after lunch; upon returning from specials and recess) 
    • Hand sanitizer in all classrooms (encourage use upon entering each morning and throughout the day)
    • Cleaning supplies provided for each classroom
    • Increased routine cleaning/disinfecting in high traffic areas throughout the day (front office, clinic, cafeterias, gyms) 
    • Nightly deep cleaning of all areas of district facilities
    • Enforcing temporary area shutdown for cleaning when notified by the campus nurse 
    • Cleaning/disinfecting of buses daily, before and after all routes
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