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Last Updated- 02.12.21
 
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Health and Safety

Particularly at the younger grades, if a student or teacher tests positive, the entire class may be quarantined as our default response.  If contact tracing indicates a student was not within 6 feet of the positive individual within the last 48 hours, they may not need to quarantine.  At secondary, contact tracing determines the individuals quarantined.  This may include the entire class.  The campus nurse, campus administrator, and district administrator makes the final determination.

This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is test-confirmed to have COVID-19. The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as:

  1. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
  2. being within 6 feet for a largely uninterrupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day of approximately 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, presence of dividers, 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 test-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming test.

Schools will ensure maximum social distancing possible in common areas and classrooms to avoid quarantines due to exposure.  Adjustments to lunch seating will be necessary.  Additionally, masks and hand sanitizing will be enforced throughout the school day.

Yes, all staff members will be required to wear masks when on campus. All students will be required to wear masks in order to protect staff and students. We will also comply with all mandates regarding social distancing, as well as health and hygiene protocols.
A person that has medical documentation of being previously COVID-19 positive within the last 90 days does not need to quarantine, unless they exhibit symptoms.

If a family member tests positive, members of the household must be quarantined for 14 days.  This is a reduction from the previous 24 day rule.

All staff are required to submit a self-screener and temperature check prior to entering work.  When temperature scans show concerns, the temperature is verified with the campus nurse through an oral thermometer.  This is because temperature scan tools are sometimes inaccurate.
 
Campus administration is responsible for enforcing and verifying self-screeners and temperature checks daily.
 
In addition to temperature checks, families must self-screen their children to protect the safety of our schools. Daily self-screenings are an important part of minimizing the viral spread for in-person learning. 
 
As a reminder, symptoms for COVID-19 include at least one of the following:
 
  • Fever of 100F or above,
  • cough
  • sore throat,
  • shortness of breath/trouble breathing,
  • chills,
  • muscle aches,
  • loss of taste or smell,
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea,
  • and new headache.
 

If you or your student are symptomatic, please stay home. 

A vaccinated person with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is not required to quarantine if they:
  • Are fully vaccinated by being at least two weeks since the date of their 2nd vaccination dose.
  • Are within three months following the last dose.
  • Have remained asymptomatic.
Parents will be allowed to drop off a lunchbox for a student.  The lunch will need to be in a sealed ziploc or a lunchbox.  We still will not be accepting any fast food options. 
Anyone exposed to an individual that has tested positive (within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes) must quarantine for 14 days total.
Educator Needs

If the principal determines a staff member can reasonably perform their essential job duties from home that do not require the use of a sub, the use of sick/personal leave may be avoided.  Staff members should place their personal health and the health of their family as a priority when deciding to teach from home.

Taylor ISD is continuing to engage in conversations to address the needs of staff members during this challenging year for educators.

Student Learning

A student in online learning may choose to be in person at the conclusion of the grading period.  A student that is in-person may choose to be in online learning at any time, provided the student has successfully maintained passing performance.  Students that are unengaged in learning or underperforming academically may be required to attend in-person.  This is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that if a student switches between on campus learning and online learning, then that student may not have the same teacher(s) or course schedule, as teachers may or may not be teaching both an online and an on campus class.

Taylor ISD plans to provide devices specifically for families who do not have access to a device to access online instruction in grades 4-12. Alternative options will be provided for families in grades PK-3. For students in Grades PreK-3, an electronic means, such as a personal mobile phone with a camera, video, and email capability, will be sufficient to return daily assignments to the school.

Upon need and request, the district will issue electronic devices to students in Grades 4-12.  Parents and students will be required to sign a lending agreement which may require a deposit.  Students who are issued such devices must adhere to the district’s acceptable use policy throughout the period of use.

This will be based on several variables to include how many students select remote or in person instruction .

An ongoing effort by the district and campus will be needed to address the learning needs of children throughout the district.  Parents with concerns about their child's learning should contact their campus teacher or principal for responses.  Please allow 24-48 hours for an adequate response time during this incredibly challenging time for our teachers.