As we return to school next week, we will strongly encourage masks indoors on all our campuses but will not require them.
Following recent updates to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, we want to share the changing landscape of the Omicron variant concerning isolation following a positive COVID-19 case. With these changes and ongoing research, the CDC recommends shortening 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.
As we return from winter break, we know Austin-Travis County officials have moved Austin to Stage 4 as cases and hospitalizations have risen. During Stage 4, Travis County and Austin Public Health officials recommend individuals take precautions and wear masks during all activities. 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.
Please stay up to date by checking the Eanes ISD website, https://www.eanesisd.net/covid, regarding COVID-19 protocols in our district.