2020-21 school year

Safety Protocols and Mitigation

  • Irving ISD is and committed to creating a safe environment for students who choose in-person learning. There will be a number of safety measures in place, as well as protocols outlined to ensure the safety of our learners and staff.

    For COVID-19 related questions, including reporting of lab confirmed positive cases, please contact Karyn Beauchamp, Director of Clinic Health Services at kbeauchamp@irvingisd.net

COVID-19 Notification Protocols

  • Irving ISD is taking every safety precaution to make sure those students who have chosen in-person learning remain safe.
     
    However, should Irving ISD be made aware of a test-confirmed case on campus, the following notification protocol will be followed by campuses.
     
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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

  • SCREENING

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

    Parents may also opt to have their students receive remote instruction if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed.

    SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE

    All students and staff will have their temperatures taken prior to entering the building. Additional screening is accomplished by asking these questions:

    Do you have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher? Have you had any of the following?

    • 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

    Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

    NOTIFICATION PROCESS

    Any individuals who are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or who experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed above) 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 all three of the following criteria are met:

    • At least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
    • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

    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 three-step set of criteria listed above.

    If the individual wants to return to school before completing the 10 day stay-at-home period, the individual must either:

    • Obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, OR
    • Obtain an FDA approved PCR test for COVID-19 infection that is negative. Documentation of a negative PCR test is required for the return to school. For employees: Contact your supervisor and Human Resources to discuss the return to work protocol. 

    IDENTIFYING POSSIBLE COVID-19 CASES ON CAMPUS

    When a student displays COVID-19 symptoms, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home. Students who are displaying COVID-19 symptoms will be separated from their peers and should be picked up no later than one hour from the time the campus contacted the student’s parent/ guardian. Other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus (e.g, go on a walk outside, move to a different classroom, etc.) so that the classroom can be disinfected. Students who report feeling feverish should be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

    In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the if they have recently begun experiencing any of the symptoms listed on page 28 & 29.

    The following protocol will be put into place should a student or staff member who has been in a school test positive:

    • District will notify the 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 7 days have already passed since that person was on
    • District communication will be provided to the staff and parents of students who came into contact with a COVID-19 positive student or staff
    • Students and staff who come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and may not return to campus during this time and will transition to remote learning during the 14-day waiting
    • Close contact is defined as:
      • Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
      • Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 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

    Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occured 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 lab- confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for the 10 days following the confirming lab test.

    • 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 confirming lab test.

    Face coverings/PPE will be provided by the Texas Education Agency for students and on-campus staff (teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and auxiliary staff). PPE will be distributed to schools by the administration.