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Covid-19 Guidelines

  • Protocols for Screening and Isolation

    All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily and individuals with symptoms will be seperated and sent home. Please help aid in screening your child(ren) each day for symptoms before sending them to school.

     

    Definition of Close Contact

    From the Tolar ISD back to school plan and TEA guidelines

    The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by and appropriate public health agency. 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 of a confirmed COVID-10 infected indiviual for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes while not wearing a mask or face covering without exhalation valves or vent.

    Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the individual was infectious.

     

    Screening Protocols

    Staff will be required to complete a self-screening process prior to entering a Tolar ISD building, and the district may require further screening of employees at any time based on current state and federal guidelines.

    A parent or guardian will be required to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending them to school. Parents will need to take their children's temperature daily. Additional screening may be conducted during the school day (including temperature screenings at arrival for all students).

    Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. Students will receive remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met.

    Staff and students should not enter a campus or district building if any of the following apply. If the individual:

    *is sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 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

    -New Cough

    -Difficulty breathing

    -Shortness of breath

    -Headache

    -Chills

    -Sore throat

    -Body aches

    -Diarrhea

    -Nausea or vomiting

    -Abdominal pain

    *Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.

    *Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

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

     

    Isolation Protocols

     -For students diplaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling feverish, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home.

    -Students who are ill will be seperated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than 1 hour from the time the campus has contacted the parent/guardian.

    -Other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus (go on a walk outside, move to a different classroom, etc.) so that the classroom can be disinfected.

    -If an individual who has been in school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requireents of the ADA and FERPA.

    -Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be thoroughly disinfected.

    -Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools 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.

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