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    Safety Protocols
    Updated August 19, 2021

    The district continues practicing enhanced health safety measures in our schools, including specialized cleaning and sanitization protocols and ongoing efforts to encourage proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette. Please review the information below:

     


     

    Possible COVID-19 Cases on Campus

    • Schools must immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.  The parent or guardian is expected to come pick up the student immediately.
    • Schools will clean and sanitize the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as is feasible.
    • Students who report feeling feverish will be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

     


     

    Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19

    Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) 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:
      1. at least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
      2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
      3. at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
    • If a student exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, the parent or guardian must pick up their student immediately and should contact their family physician.
    • 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.
    • 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) obtain an acute infection test (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) that comes back negative for COVID-19. 

     


     

    Required Actions if Individuals with Lab-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School

    • If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, EMS ISD must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
    • Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than seven (7) days have already passed since that person was on campus.

     


     

    Notifications

    1. Grades Pre-K through 5 – When a lab-confirmed positive is reported, a/an letter/email will be sent to the positive student(s), confirmed close contacts, and the school for a general notification. Parents/Guardians will be asked to monitor their student for symptoms. As long as the student remains symptom free, he/she will not be required to quarantine. If close contacts are identified, they will receive a phone call and a/an letter/email. A campus-wide general notification letter will be sent to the campus each day a positive case is reported.
    2. Grades 6-12 – When a lab-confirmed positive is reported, a letter will be sent to the grade level notifying families of potential exposure. Parents/Guardians will be asked to monitor their student for symptoms. As long as the student remains symptom free, he/she will not be required to quarantine. A campus-wide general notification letter will be sent to the campus each day a positive case is reported.
    3. Tracking Dashboard – The district is providing a link to the Tarrant County Public Health dashboard that monitors the COVID impact throughout the county. The district is also providing a dashboard dedicated to reporting the number of current lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases within the district.

     


     

    Quarantine

    Individuals who test positive will be required to quarantine for 10 days. Close contacts will be notified but will not be required to quarantine if they do not have symptoms. Close contact students who choose to voluntarily quarantine will follow the same process as if they are absent for any other illness.

     


     

    Screening

    Staff
    Teachers and staff should self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. Employees must report to the school system if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry.

    Symptoms

    In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following question: Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them? 
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit 
    • Loss of taste or smell 
    • Cough 
    • Difficulty breathing 
    • Shortness of breath 
    • Fatigue or headache 
    • Chills 
    • Sore throat 
    • Congestion or runny nose 
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering 
    • Significant muscle pain or ache 
    • Diarrhea 
    • Nausea or vomiting 

    Close Contact
    This site refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. In general, close contact is defined as:

    (a) being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
    (b) being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, and case symptomology may affect this determination. 

    Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test. 
     

     


     

    Face Masks
     
    Per Executive Order No. GA-38 from the Governor, school districts cannot require masks to be worn. EMS ISD strongly encourages students and staff to consider the use of a mask as part of personal COVID-19 mitigation. The District will ensure that students’ and employees’ choices regarding mask usage will be supported in the District’s schools and facilities. Masks will be readily available at all schools and facilities should an individual request one. The use of double-masking and N-95 respirators may be considered for those individuals seeking additional support. Watch this video titled How to Wear a Mask to learn how to properly fit and wear a mask.

     


     

    COVID-19 Vaccinations

    The CDC has recommended that individuals ages 12+ receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but it is not required. An individual’s vaccination status will not prohibit entrance to EMS ISD facilities. 

     


     

    Social Distancing

    When space and circumstances allow, students and employees are encouraged to maintain distance from others. 

      


     

    Visitors and Deliveries

    Please follow each campus’ procedures related to welcoming visitors and receiving deliveries for staff or students.