Health Protocol

  • If an employee becomes ill at work or if another person is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at work, they may be asked to leave work and go home or to the nearest health center.

    Employees returning to work from an approved medical leave should contact HR.  You may be asked to submit a healthcare provider’s note before returning to work.

    Guidance if Exposed

    While we all hope to avoid exposure to illness from COVID-19, we need to be prepared for that possibility.  If you or someone you’ve been in contact with has been exposed to the virus, our first concern is for your health and safety and those around you.  In this rapidly changing situation, healthcare providers should have the most up-to-date information from the CDC.

    All persons who have a close exposure are to be sent home for quarantine and self-monitor for 10 days from exposure without testing or 7 days after receiving a negative test result performed 5 days or more after being exposed. The virus has a 2-13 day incubation period. After quarantine ends, people should watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure. If they become ill, they are then a suspect and must follow the guidelines.

    Please do the following:

    1. Quarantine yourself in a specific room away from others in your home
    2. Contact the following (in order of priority), let them know you have been exposed to COVID19, then follow their instructions.
    3. Your healthcare provider
    4. SISDs HR department
    5. Your supervisor
    6. Your supervisor will work with HR to determine appropriate next steps.
    7.  In case of an emergency, call 911 and let them know you have been exposed to COVID-19, then follow their instructions.

    SISD recommends the student, teacher, staff, or visitor should stay at home through the 14-day quarantine period and not be allowed on campus. If the individual experiences symptoms, they must stay at home until the conditions outlined below have been met.

    • At least 24 hours have passed fever free without the use of fever reducing medication, and;
    • At least 24 hours improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and;
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first occurred

    Someone In Household Tests Positive with COVID-19

    All persons who have had close exposure with a COVID positive person should quarantine as detailed above.

    The COVID positive person should isolate until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

    If COVID positive person cannot isolate from others in the home, the exposed persons 7-10 days of quarantine will begin on the last day of the COVID positive person’s isolation time. The exposed employee or student’s timeline to return to campus will be extended. The date to return will be determined on a case by case basis.

    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 (listed below) 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 the following three criteria are met:

    1. At least 24 hours have passed fever free without the use of fever reducing medication, and;
    2. At least 24 hours improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and;
    3. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

    If an individual is confirmed with COVID-19, then a release is needed from the Hardin County Health Department to return to school.

    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 steps 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 obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis. Students confirmed must get release from physician before participating in UIL activities.

    Identifying 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.
    • Schools should clean 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 should be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic 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, the school 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 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus.
    • 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.

    Social-Emotional Well-Being of Students and Staff

    The district/campus counselors will provide resources for parents and teachers to access.  The counselors will work with students individually or in small groups to address any well-being needs.  The counselors will develop a student and staff survey.  This survey will allow for individuals to give feedback on how to develop a stronger outreach program and support their needs.

    COVID-19 Symptoms

    In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following questions:

    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
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
    • Significant muscle pain or ache
    • Diarrhea

    Close Contact

    This refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as:

    1. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or
    2. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period, while not wearing a mask or face shield;

    If either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious.

    Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.