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Eanes ISD

COVID Protocols 2021-22

As of Jan. 17, 2022*
* we will continually update this website as conditions warrant

Please see updated FAQs regarding isolation and testing.

 

We know Austin-Travis County officials have moved Austin to Stage 5 as cases and hospitalizations have risen. At this time, Eanes ISD will not implement a mask mandate but will strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask while indoors at all grade levels. We will continue to assess local conditions or directives from health authorities before adjusting protocols in Eanes ISD. 

We will follow the recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation to shorten the time for isolation from 10 days for people with a positive COVID-19 test result to five days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. 

If you test positive for COVID 19, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should follow the CDC’s guidelines:

  • Stay home for five days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, you may end isolation.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

Should you meet the criteria to end isolation after five days but not wish to wear a mask at school for the next five days, you will need to remain home for the 10-day isolation period. If you have a fever, stay home until your fever resolves. Of course, if you or your child feel ill, please stay home and do not return to school until you are well. Keeping our schools as safe as possible for all will allow us our best chance to keep our classrooms and schools open.

In addition, while we understand tests are becoming difficult to obtain, we would encourage all traveling recently to get tested, if possible. The District is currently out of testing supplies and has been working to secure more, but TEA’s vendor is also experiencing supply shortages.  

Vaccinations
Per Gov. Abbott's order, Eanes ISD cannot require students or staff to get vaccinated. At this time, the State of Texas has not added the COVID-19 vaccination to the required immunization list for students. Further, Eanes ISD cannot require students or staff to report vaccination status. 
 
COVID-19 Reporting/Tracking
As partners working together to maintain a healthy school environment, we ask parents and employees to report confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to the school district. Parents should report positive cases to the school nurse; employees should report to HR.

At this time, the District will administer a COVID-19 Dashboard showing cases that are reported. The District is required to report positive cases to Austin Public Health. 

Contact Tracing
Recently the Eanes ISD Board recommended campuses resume contact tracing to the extent possible following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. TEA does not allow school districts to quarantine students; however, Eanes ISD will inform families of possible exposure and if/when we can determine if a student or staff member is a close contact (per the CDC’s definition).
 
Once a positive case is reported to Eanes ISD, the campus COVID team will identify and send notification to suspected close contacts.

  • For a positive case at the elementary level, students assigned to the same homeroom will be considered a possible close contact due to the nature of recess, transitions, collaborative work and movement in the elementary setting;
  • Secondary school COVID teams will identify close contacts when possible and send notifications to individuals where a positive case is confirmed in a classroom and/or extra-curricular group. When it is not possible to confidently determine a close contact, we will notify the whole class;  
  • Now that bus seating charts have been assigned, notifications will be sent to riders on the bus who are identified as close contacts.

COVID-19 Positive Cases
If a student has a confirmed case of COVID, please contact the school nurse. Please refrain from sending symptomatic or sick students to school. If staff have a confirmed case of COVID, please contact Human Resources. Staff should not report to work if they are sick or symptomatic.
 
The recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation is to shorten the time for isolation from 10 days for people with a positive COVID-19 test result to five days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. 

If you test positive for COVID 19, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should follow the CDC’s guidelines:

  • Stay home for five days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, you may end isolation.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

Should you meet the criteria to end isolation after five days but not wish to wear a mask at school for the next five days, you will need to remain home for the 10-day isolation period.

 See “Absences” below.
 
Eanes ISD school nurses will continue to send students home who have a fever, diarrhea, are vomiting, lose sense of taste or smell, or display significant symptoms of illness. Please refer to the EISD Health Website
 
If an individual has tested positive for COVID and believes the test was a false positive and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must obtain two PCR acute infection tests (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) at least 24 hours apart that come back negative for COVID.
 
Absences
If a student must isolate after testing positive for COVID, the school/teacher will implement the following:

  • The teacher will work with the student and parent to provide make-up work to the student, understanding there is not a remote instruction option available
  • Teachers will utilize the appropriate LMS (Seesaw, Showbie or Google Classroom) to provide students with work to be completed
  • The student will submit make-up work as noted in the student handbook (one school day per day of absence) after returning to school
  • iPads will be sent home with isolating elementary students

Employees must use personal leave time or comp time while they are isolating. 

COVID-19 Testing
At this time, the District is not offering COVID-19 testing. Please contact your health care provider or visit https://www.austintexas.gov/covid-testinfo
 
Visitors & Meetings
Beginning in Nov. 2021, at elementary schools, visitors will be welcomed back on campus including during lunchtime and schools will begin grade-level staggered assemblies. 

Booster Club/PTO meetings may resume on campus while district committees composed of staff and community members will resume in-person meetings, with a virtual option if requested and feasible.

The regular series of performing arts concerts for middle school and high school will resume in October.

Cleaning/Sanitation Protocols
Frequent cleaning and disinfection will support a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff. Eanes ISD will continue with cleaning and sanitization protocols in its buildings and campuses. Sanitization stations (Including disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer) will remain throughout all buildings.

The District has Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available for students or staff upon request. Throughout the last school year, upgrades were made to facility HVAC systems including increasing air filter efficiency and installing iWave air treatment units, which helps clean the building air.
 
Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities
All extra- and co-curricular activities will resume with no capacity or participation restrictions. 
 
Resources & Support
Eanes ISD is committed to supporting our students and staff in their learning and working environments. 
 
For social-emotional support, please contact your school counselor
 
If a student has a health-related issue, please contact the school nurse or Molly May, Chief Student Support Officer, at mmay@eanesisd.net. Employees should contact HR.