After the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) amended its guidance for individuals who are close contacts to a COVID-19 positive individual, Eanes ISD stated it would hold on any changes until further review and discussion with local health authorities. Since then, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) aligned with CDC’s recommendation late last week and today, Austin Public Health (APH) announced it will follow the CDC’s guidelines and added the quarantine length will be determined based on exposure risk.
As of December 8, 2020, Eanes ISD will follow CDC’s and APH’s new guidance, which potentially shortens the quarantine time for those who have had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
- If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and were not wearing a mask OR you live with or work in a setting with people who are at high risk for severe disease, you should quarantine the full 14 days.
- If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and were wearing a mask and do not live with or work in a setting with people who are at high risk for severe disease, you may return to school:
- after Day 10 following close contact exposure without testing or
- after Day 7 following close contact exposure and after receiving a negative test result (administered at least 5 days after the last close contact).
APH has provided a flowchart to show the above quarantine guidance.
Our campuses will communicate with currently quarantined families regarding the revised return-to-school date and the importance of regularly monitoring for symptoms to ensure they remain symptom-free the duration of the 14-day incubation period. Our Human Resources team will contact staff who are currently quarantined.
We ask for patience as we update our documents and plans on the website to reflect the new guidance. We have added some general FAQs for reference.
This is an ever-evolving situation we are all navigating. We have all learned how important it is to quickly adjust, pivot and adapt. We appreciate the efforts of our amazing students, staff and families to keep our schools safe and operational.