Student and Staff Health Protocols


  • Following are the current COCISD procedures and protocols in regard to COVID-19. As the situation changes these protocols will be updated accordingly, with the health and safety of students, families and staff as our ultimate goal.

    These guidelines are in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Standards and the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) guidance on public health.

    General

    All students and staff will engage in daily and as-needed screenings for the COVID-19 symptoms listed below. Individuals who show signs of symptoms in a way that is not usual for them prior to coming to school/work should not attend, as advised. Individuals who present with symptoms throughout the day will be separated and sent home.

    Close Contact 

    For the purpose of COVID-19 transmission, COCISD refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 per the current CDC definition. 

    In general, the CDC defines close contact as:
           a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or 
           b. being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
     
    Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case: two days prior to symptom onset up to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is two days prior to the confirming lab test and up to 10 days afterward.

    Screening Protocol

    • All staff will be required to conduct daily self-screenings for COVID-19 symptoms, including temperature checks, prior to reporting to work. 
    • Families are expected to daily screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to school or boarding school transportation. Families need to take their children's temperatures daily. Additional screening may be conducted during the school day. 
    • Teachers/staff will monitor students throughout the day and refer to the campus clinic if symptoms are present.
    • All visitors will sign in at each campus and complete a COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening. 
    • All staff, students and visitors will be required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth while on campus or at any school-related event.

    COVID-19 Symptoms

    In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following question: Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?

    People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    Student Health Protocols

    • All families (returning students and newly enrolled students) affirm that they will adhere to all health and safety expectations developed by COCISD.
    • All families of students who participate in On-Campus (face to face) instruction are expected to affirm to do daily self COVID-19 screenings of their children, including temperature checks, prior to coming to school or before boarding school transportation.
    • A student should not enter district transportation, campuses or district buildings, and should immediately notify school personnel if any of the following situations apply. If the student is: 
      • sick or has been sick in the past 14 days with symptoms with symptoms listed above for COVID-19; OR
      • has a lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or has been in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all COCISD isolation and quarantine procedures. Students will be transitioned to remote asynchronous online learning during the quarantine period; OR
      • has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results; OR
      • Has traveled internationally or on a cruise in the past 14 days. These individuals must follow current CDC self-quarantine recommendations: View current CDC recommendations. 
    • All students will be instructed on methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at school, and will be trained on proper handwashing and hand-sanitizer use techniques.
    • Students should regularly wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer when arriving at school, after using the restroom, as well as before and after all meals.
    • Students should practice appropriate social distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette, and should maintain recommended social distancing from others to the fullest extent possible.

    Face Coverings

    Students in grades 3 through 12 will be required to wear face coverings/masks while on campus and in district transportation. Students in grades PK - 2 are highly encouraged to wear face coverings as tolerated, as part of an ongoing effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 inside the school.

    Face Coverings/Masks shall simultaneously cover both the nose and mouth as recommended in CDC guidelines.

    1. The use of a face shield, if desired for eye protection, must be accompanied by wearing a cloth or disposable mask that simultaneously covers both the nose and mouth as recommended by CDC guidelines.
    2. Masks may not have valves or vents.
     Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

    Employee Health Protocols:

    • All Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD employees will be required to complete daily self COVID-19 screenings including taking their own temperature, prior to reporting work. 
    • Employees should not enter district campuses or district buildings if any of the following apply.  If the individual is:
      • sick or has been sick in the past 14 days with symptoms with symptoms listed above for COVID-19; OR
      • has a lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or has been in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all COCISD isolation and quarantine procedures; OR
      • has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results; OR
      • Has traveled internationally or on a cruise in the past 14 days. These individuals must follow current CDC self-quarantine recommendations: View current CDC recommendations. 
    • Employees should immediately report to their supervisor if COVID-19 symptoms (described above) are noted, or if the employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • All employees should know, understand and practice methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
    • Employees should practice appropriate cleaning and disinfecting practices, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette, including regularly washing their hands and/or use hand sanitizer when reporting to work, after using the restroom, as well as before and after all meals.
    • Employees should maintain recommended social distancing from others. If this is not possible face covering must be used.

    Face Coverings

    All employees are required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth, which may include non-medical grade disposable or cloth face masks, while in indoor common spaces.

    Face Coverings/Masks shall simultaneously cover both the nose and mouth as recommended in CDC guidelines.

    1. The use of a face shield, if desired for eye protection, must be accompanied by wearing a cloth or disposable mask that simultaneously covers both the nose and mouth as recommended by CDC guidelines.
    2. Masks may not have valves or vents.

    For  additional COVID-19 Information for COCISD Staff, click HERE.

    Isolation Protocol

    Individuals who display COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols including isolation/quarantine from students and other staff members.

    When a student has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, the clinic staff will provide a clinical assessment to determine if/when a student needs to be sent home.

    • Students who report feeling feverish will be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
    • Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than 1 hour from the time the campus contacts the student’s family.  
    • Students who have driven themselves to school and who are physically and emotionally able, will be allowed to drive themselves home. This is contingent upon notification and permission from their parent/guardian.
    • If a student is isolated based upon the screening, other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus (e.g. go on a walk outside, move to a different classroom, etc.) so that the classroom may be disinfected quickly. 

    Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, the district will notify teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate in any on campus activities. No names will be released. If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the district must notify the local health department in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

    Quarantine Protocol

    Individuals who were in close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 will be notified of their requirement to quarantine until the stated time period has passed. During the quarantine period, individuals should self-monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19:

    • Check and record their temperature twice a day
    • Contact a healthcare provider immediately if they: 
      1. Feel feverish or develop temperature of 100.4°F or higher 
      2. Develop new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing 
      3. Develop symptoms such as sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain or new onset of severe headache 
    • Avoid contact with high risk individuals

    Criteria for return to school/work after Isolation/Quarantine

    Isolation

    Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to school/work when one of the following criteria is met: 

    • At least one day (24 hours) has passed since resolution of fever (fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; AND
    • the individual has improvement of  symptoms (cough, shortness of breath); AND
    • at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first began.  

    OR:

    OR:

    • A doctor's note indicates an alternative diagnosis.

    Quarantine

    Individuals who have been identified as having been in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to school/work when one of the following criteria have been met:

    • 14 days have passed since the last day of close contact.
    • 10 days have passed since the last day of close contact so long as the individual continues to monitor themselves daily for symptoms through day 14.
    • 7 days after the last close contact and after receiving a negative test result from a COVID-19 test taken at least 6 days after the last close contact so long as the individual continues to monitor themselves daily for symptoms through day 14.

     

    Questions? Email nurse@cocisd.org or contact your child's campus clinic.