COVID-19 Response and Return to In-Person Learning 2021-22
Rockwall ISD looks forward to the return of all students to in-person learning and general standard school operations for the 2021-22 school year. We have developed our plans with guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and our Local Health Authority (LHA). The following health related protocols will be in place for 2021-22 school year to help us all create a safe school environment and respond to the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Prevention Strategies
- Masks are encouraged for students, staff and visitors. Any person may choose to wear a mask. Per GA-38, school districts cannot require students or staff to wear a mask.
- Frequent hand hygiene throughout the school day is expected of all students, employees and visitors. All campuses have hand sanitizer and hand washing areas readily available.
- Social distancing will be implemented when possible, but it is not feasible in all situations. Campuses will do their best to accommodate parent requests to ensure their student remains socially distanced when possible.
- Continued enhanced facility cleaning, bus cleaning, hand sanitizer stations, notification procedures, and parent-requested desk and table shields.
Response to Positive COVID-19 Cases
- Parents and employees will continue to be required to report test-positive cases of COVID-19 to the school nurse, campus administration or their supervisor.
- Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is test-confirmed with COVID-19, until the conditions for re-entry are met.
- Students and employees who are test-positive or diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain home for the 10-day isolation period. You may return when these conditions for re-entry have been met:
- 10 days have passed since symptoms began, AND
- Fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-suppressing medication. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher, AND
- Other symptoms have improved.
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.
- Visitors will complete screening questions for COVID-19 symptoms during the RAPTOR check-in process and must remain off campus until they meet the above re-entry criteria.
- Parents will be notified when there is a positive case in their student's class/grade who has been on campus. Employees will be notified when there is a positive case in their department/campus.
Response to COVID-19 Close Contact Exposures at School
- Parents will be notified when there is a test-positive case in their student's class/grade who has been on campus.
- Staff will be notified when there is a test-positive case in their department/campus.
- Parents should monitor their child(ren) closely for symptoms of COVID-19.
- Staff should monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19.
- Individuals who have had close contact with a test-positive person should quarantine as required by their healthcare provider or public health authority (LHA, Region 2/3 DSHS, Texas DSHS).
- Parents of students who are determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may opt to keep their students at home during the recommended stay-at-home period. Per TEA Public Health Guidance, the stay-at-home period can end for students experiencing no symptoms on Day 10 after close contact exposure, if no subsequent COVID-19 testing is performed.
- The absences will be excused for the 10-day stay-at-home period. A parent should submit the COVID notification letter received from the campus to the attendance clerk. The student’s name must be on the notification letter. For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Update: Rockwall ISD School Year 2021-22
As the first day of school approaches next Wednesday, August 18, and pandemic dynamics are changing, we know you have some questions. Please read the following Q&A regarding optional masks, Temporary Parent-Led Virtual Option, and health protocols:
Given the latest developments with COVID-19, will Rockwall ISD require masks for the 21-22 school year?
Rockwall ISD remains steadfast to the health and safety of all students while complying with Governor Abbott’s recent Governor’s Executive Order GA-38. The Executive Order, dated July 29, 2021, states, “No governmental entity, including a county, city, school district, and public health authority, and no government official may require any person to wear a face-covering or to mandate that another person wear a face covering.” In April 2021, Rockwall ISD announced optional mask wearing for students and staff beginning June 1 for the 21-22 school year. Rockwall ISD will continue to operate under an optional mask-wearing protocol for all students and staff.
Will Rockwall ISD offer a virtual option for learning?
While our primary focus is in-person learning under regular school operations for students, Rockwall ISD will provide a temporary parent-led Kindergarten through 6th-grade virtual learning option to begin the 2021-22 school year. This option is for parents seeking an alternative experience to in-person learning for their child(ren). The virtual option will begin on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, and will be reviewed prior to Friday, October 15, 2021, for potential continuation. The District will continue to work with local health authorities and monitor Texas Education Agency guidance and future legislative updates. The Rockwall ISD Temporary Parent-Led K-6 option is a self-directed, online experience led by the parent/guardian at home. For more information, click here.
How can I choose the Temporary Parent-Led Virtual Option for my K-6 child(ren)?
Parents of students enrolled in grades K-6 in Rockwall ISD will receive an email message through Skyward on Friday, August 13, 2021, with instructions on choosing the temporary parent-led virtual option for their child. The student must be currently enrolled in Rockwall ISD to make this selection. Please know registration must be completed prior to selecting this virtual option. The window to choose the temporary parent-led virtual option for students in K-6 is open from Friday, August 13th through Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at noon. There will be no opportunity to select the virtual option after the close of the deadline.
Will this virtual option impact in-person learning for those students on campus?
Unlike last year, in-person learning and resources will not be affected to accommodate the virtual platform at any time. Rockwall ISD teachers will not be delivering virtual instruction. The virtual option student will remain enrolled on his/her home campus. The classroom teacher from the student’s home campus will not be responsible for delivering virtual instruction or grading virtual daily work. The classroom teacher will be delivering instruction to in-person learners only.
What health-related protocols is Rockwall ISD following?
We understand current conditions are challenging but we remain committed to providing a safe school environment according to the Texas Education Agency health guidance for all school districts, the Texas Department of State Health Services(DSHS), and local health authority. Read the District’s plan, released August 6, 2021. The plan includes continued enhanced facility cleaning, bus cleaning, hand sanitizer stations, notification procedures, and parent-requested desk and table shields.
How will parents know of COVID-19 cases in schools?
Parents will be notified when there is a test-positive case in their student's class/grade who has been on campus. Similar to last year, the District’s COVID-19 Dashboard will be activated on the District’s website on Thursday, August 19, 2021.