COVID-19 Information for COCISD Staff

  • This is going to be a challenging year for all of us, but our first priority is the health and safety of our staff and students. COVID-19 has created a lot of changes to our workplace and workplace procedures. To learn the new guidelines, please carefully read the following information. If you have questions or concerns contact Human Resources Coordinator Candy Yeager at 936-653-1102 or email

    COCISD COVID-19 Employee Handbook and Forms

    Employee Self-Screening Acknowledgment Form

Staff Protocols

  • Evolving 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. Symptoms to watch for: PLEASE SEE LIST OF COVID-19 SYMPTOMS ABOVE
      • 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 isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician. 
      • Have a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results. 
      • Have 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 fill out and return the following STAFF COVID-19 REPORTING FORM and report to their supervisor if COVID-19 symptoms (described above) are noted, or if the employee has tested positive for COVID-19. (This form is to assist local health authorities in proper contact tracing. Your information will be maintained in the Health Director’s office and will be destroyed after resolution of the case to ensure confidentiality.)
    • 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 Covering Requirements

  • These requirements have been amended based on the advisement of the Texas Department of State Health Services and CDC guidance, as follows:

    • A face shield is primarily used for eye protection for the person wearing it. CDC does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for a mask as there is not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields for source control.
    • Masks with exhalation valves or vents should NOT be worn to help prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading COVID-19 to others (source control).

    All COCISD staff are required to wear masks inside district facilities. 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 that permit respiratory vapor from being emitted.

    Masks are not required under the following specific circumstances:

    • Outside of district buildings and able to meet social distancing requirements (at least six feet apart)
    • Alone in a classroom or an individual enclosed office
    • A classroom or conference room with a limited number of room occupants who are satisfying social distancing requirements 
      • Occupancy of the space by multiple parties for periods exceeding 15 minutes warrants mask wearing
      • Common areas such as hallways, cafeterias, and offices with traffic flows warrants mask wearing
    • Medical certification prohibiting or restricting the wearing of a mask has been accepted by Human Resources
    Campuses have been provided with disposable and cloth masks from district stockpiles. If you do not have a mask available, or if your existing mask has vents or exhalation valves that do not meet CDC guidelines, please obtain an appropriate mask from your campus office and initiate wearing it immediately.
    Employees not wearing masks shall be considered to be in violation of district dress code and addressed accordingly.

Isolation Protocols

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

    • 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).
    • 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 14-day incubation 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 Work

  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to school or 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.  



    • A doctor's note indicates an alternative diagnosis.

    Questions? Contact COCISD Health Services Director Kristi Benestante, B.S.N., R.N. at