COVID-19 Case Protocols


For purposes of this document, the following definitions apply:

  • Asymptomatic: without symptoms
  • Symptomatic: with symptoms
  • Presumptive Positive: An individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19, but has not received an alternative diagnosis from a doctor and has not been tested for COVID-19
  • Lab Confirmed Diagnosis: An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Close Contact: Close contact as defined by TEA:
    • a) being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
    • b) 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 determination.
  • Incubation period: The period between exposure to an infection and the appearance of the first symptoms. COVID-19 is reported to have a 14-day incubation period.
  • Infectious period: The period during which an individual can transmit the disease to others.
    • a) Symptomatic individuals are reported to be infectious two days prior to symptom onset and 10 days after symptom onset.
    • b) Asymptomatic COVID positive individuals are assumed to be infectious two days prior to the testing date and 10 days after the testing date.

Notification to Health Services

All students/parents or employees must notify the health services staff via email at if any of the following situations occur at any time during the school year:

  • They have a lab-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19
  • They have symptoms consistent with a presumptive positive case of COVID-19
  • They have come into close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19

Lab-Confirmed Diagnosis

Any individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school screens the individual to determine if the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

  1. At least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications
    • AND
  2. The individual has improvement in symptoms
    • AND
  3. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared 

The health services staff, with guidance from the health department, will perform contact tracing to the extent possible following a lab-confirmed case on campus. A determination about closing campus or a classroom will be made in conjunction with the health department and based on the extent of the exposure and outbreak.

Presumptive Positive 

Anyone who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19 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.

Employees are required to be evaluated by a medical professional or obtain a COVID-19 test once symptomatic. Anyone who is awaiting evaluation by a medical professional or testing for COVID-19 is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until they contact health services for further guidance.

Return to School/Work 

There are three options to return to school/work once you have become symptomatic or had a lab-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19:

  1. Obtain a doctor’s alternative diagnosis with a release back to school.
  2. Obtain a negative COVID-19 test via nasopharyngeal swab gathered by a healthcare professional.
  3. Complete the 3 steps listed under Lab-Confirmed Diagnosis above.

Close Contact  

Anyone who has had close contact with someone who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 must stay at home through the 14-day incubation period and will not be allowed on campus. The incubation period begins from the last date of exposure to the lab-confirmed COVID-19 individual or the last day of the lab-confirmed individual’s infectious period.