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Eanes ISD

Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services (RIPICS) Plan

COVID Protocols 2021 - 2022

As of May 16, 2022*
* we will continually update this website as conditions warrant

The purpose of this plan is to outline specific areas impacting how the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff will be maintained during the COVID 19 Pandemic.  

Positive Case
If a student of staff member tests 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.

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.

COVID-19 Testing
At this time, the District is not offering COVID-19 testing. If you need to get tested, please reach out to your local health authority, physician or pharmacy. For more information visit https://www.austintexas.gov/covid-testinfo.  

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. 

For those seeking a vaccination, please reach out to your local health authority, physician, or pharmacy for information on where to find vaccinations and eligibility critieria.

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;  
  • Notifications will be sent to riders on the bus who are identified as close contacts.

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. 

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/Mitigation Measures
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.

Staff, students and visitors are encouraged to wash their hands frequently with soap and water following CDC guidelines and to cover their mouths and noses when sneezing or coughing.  These hygiene routines will continue to be reinforced for our students, especially for our younger students learning these skills and for students with disabilities who may require additional support. 

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.

At this time, Eanes ISD is not enforcing and social distancing requirements in our buildings or on buses. 

Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities
All extra- and co-curricular activities will resume with no capacity or participation restrictions. 

Continuity of Services
Eanes ISD is committed to supporting our students and staff in their learning and working environments. 

The Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department continues to work with campus staff to identify any areas of learning loss and help support students academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally. 

For academic concerns, please contact your child’s teacher, school administrator or counselor. 

For social-emotional support, please contact your school counselor or visit the Healthy Chaps Website for additional information and resources.

Food services have resumed normal pre-COVID operations.  

If a family is experiencing financial hardship and needs to apply for the federal lunch program for free or reduced cost meals, please visit Child Nutrition.

Any health-related issues should be addressed with the school nurse.

Students with disabilities should reach out to the campus §504 coordinator or special education case manager to discuss needed accommodations for COVID or non-COVID related issues.