2021-22 COVID-19 FAQ
- Carefully consider the social and emotional well-being of students and staff.
- To the greatest extent possible, keep students in school in a safe learning environment.
- Establish a community of clear, honest communication
Our decisions are driven by local health conditions. You can find those here.
Will the campus provide rapid testing to close contact or symptomatic students?
Will there be a point when the district may consider temporarily closing a classroom or campus?
Will the district require the use of masks for on-campus instruction?
When there are positive cases in a classroom, how is the school preventing the spread of the virus?
How will classrooms and schools be cleaned to ensure a healthy environment?
Cleaning protocols will be maintained by school and custodial staff. This includes wiping down commonly used surfaces. All areas will be sprayed with disinfectant and deep cleaned each afternoon. Routines will be established to ensure students use hand sanitizer and wash their hands.
Who gets quarantined when a positive case occurs in a classroom?
Only those that are close contacts, within 3 feet of the positive individual within the last 48 hours, may need to quarantine. The campus administrator, in coordination with a district supervisor, makes the final recommendation to the parent. Those vaccinated and those wearing a mask will not need to quarantine.
How is "close contact" with an infectious individual defined?
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:
- being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
- being within 3 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.
How will schools screen for student and staff wellness before they enter school?
- Fever of 100F or above,
- sore throat,
- shortness of breath/trouble breathing,
- muscle aches,
- loss of taste or smell,
- nausea, vomiting or diarrhea,
- and new headache.
If you or your student are symptomatic, please stay home.
If someone already had COVID-19 or was vaccinated and was exposed to another individual with a positive case, do they need to quarantine?
- Are fully vaccinated by being at least two weeks since the date of their 2nd vaccination dose.
- Have remained asymptomatic.
What happens if the family member of a teacher or student tests positive?
If a family member tests positive, members of the household are recommended to quarantine for 7 days IF they exhibit symptoms. Those without symptoms and those vaccinated do not need to quarantine.
How do I prove that I've been vaccinated to avoid a potential quarantine?
Will social distancing on busses continue?
Will parents be notified of positive cases at the schools?
If a student is quarantined, how will their absence be recorded?
Will visitors be allowed to enter the building?
Can I bring my student's lunch to school if they forget it?
If a teacher/staff member is quarantined, are they required to use personal/sick leave?
Staff members that are quarantined due to COVID-19 will be required to use their personal/sick leave. Up to six days of personal leave will be covered by the district if the employee provides documentation of a positive test result. The employee is responsible for initiating the request to Human Resources.
If a staff member is a close contact, can they still report to work?
How will the campus respond if there are multiple cases within a classroom?
Will virtual learning be offered for students?
Virtual learning is being offered on a limited basis for grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Please contact your school's principal for more details.
Will Taylor ISD provide technology for students quarantined?
Taylor ISD is providing every student an IPad or laptop this year. Upon need and request, the district will issue electronic devices to students.
How will my child learn at home if they are quarantined?
How are we addressing student reconnection and social skill needs?