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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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:
- At least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications
- The individual has improvement in symptoms
- 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.
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:
- Obtain a doctor’s alternative diagnosis with a release back to school.
- Obtain a negative COVID-19 test via nasopharyngeal swab gathered by a healthcare professional.
- Complete the 3 steps listed under Lab-Confirmed Diagnosis above.
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.