2021-22 Return to School Plan
How will schools protect staff and students from COVID-19 risks?
Social distancing to the greatest extent possible (up to three feet) will be implemented throughout classrooms and common areas. Extra sanitation precautions will continue throughout the year to protect students and staff. Protective barriers may still be used in classrooms and office areas.
Who gets quarantined when a positive case occurs in a classroom?
If contact tracing indicates a student was beyond 3 feet of the positive individual within the last 48 hours, they may not need to quarantine. The campus administrator, in coordination with a district supervisor, makes the final determination.
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.
Will the district require the use of masks for on-campus instruction?
If someone already had COVID-19 and was exposed to another individual with a positive case, do they need to quarantine?
What happens if the family member of a teacher or student tests positive?
If a family member tests positive, members of the household must quarantine for 10 days. The family member may return to school after 7 calendar days if they have a negative COVID test on Day 5 or 6 of quarantine.
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 I am vaccinated and exposed to a positive case, do I still need to quarantine?
- Are fully vaccinated by being at least two weeks since the date of their 2nd vaccination dose.
- Have remained asymptomatic.
Can I bring my student's lunch to school if they forget it?
How long does someone need to be quarantined?
How do I prove that I've been vaccinated to avoid a potential quarantine?
Will social distancing on busses continue?
If a teacher/staff member is quarantined, are they required to use personal/sick leave?
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.
Will virtual learning be offered for students?
The Texas Education Agency has not extended the ability for school districts to provide remote instruction to students since the Texas Legislature did not pass any bills supporting it. Due to this, all students will be returning to in-person instruction in August. Students that are "medically compromised" may qualify for homebound instruction by contacting their campus with qualifying documentation.
Will Taylor ISD provide technology for students participating in remote learning?
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.
How will teachers address any potential learning needs from the school closure last spring?
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.