Rockwall ISD Return to School 2021-22 COVID-19 FAQ

  • What should I do if I suspect my child has COVID-19?

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    Keep your child home from school until they can be seen by a healthcare provider, or until they take and receive results from a COVID-19 test. Students and staff may return with a negative COVID-19 test result or with a medical note clearing them to return to school due to an alternative diagnosis. 

    Students who are test-positive or diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain home for the 10-day isolation period. The individual 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.

    A medical note will be requested for illness-related absences.

     

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  • How long does my child have to stay home if they have COVID-19?

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    Students who are test-positive or diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain home for the 10-day isolation period. They 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. 

    School districts are not required to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing. Students will not be required by school staff to quarantine due to a close contact exposure at school. 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. 

    A medical note will be requested for illness-related absences.

     

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  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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

    Per DSHS: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/default.aspx#symptoms

    (updated 8/05/2021)

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  • Are parents required to notify the school if their child tests positive with COVID-19?

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    Yes. Parents are required to report to the District as soon as possible if their child has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19. Parents should contact the school nurse via email or phone call to report a COVID-19 issue. 

    (updated 8/05/2021)

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  • Will Rockwall ISD notify parents if there is a test-positive student or employee?

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    Yes. 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.

    (updated 8/05/2021)

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  • What will be the procedure if someone in my child's class tests positive for COVID-19?

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    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 closely for symptoms of COVID-19. Staff should monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19.

    If their child has any symptoms of COVID-19, keep them home from school until they can be seen by a healthcare provider, or until they take and receive results from a COVID-19 test. Students and staff may return with a negative COVID-19 test result or with a medical note clearing them to return to school due to an alternative diagnosis. Students 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. 

    A medical note will be requested for illness-related absences.


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  • When a parent is notified of a possible close contact in their class, may a parent opt to keep their child home during the recommended stay-at-home period (10 days)?

    Yes, per Rockwall ISD’s Response to COVID-19 Close Contact Exposures, “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.” When you are notified of a possible close contact, it is recommended that you opt to keep your child at home during the recommended stay-at-home period. 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.

    During this time of self-quarantine, we ask that you watch for symptoms of COVID-19. As a reminder, the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:

    • Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
    • Chills, shaking or exaggerated shivering
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Significant muscle pain or ache, fatigue

    Should your student experience any of the symptoms, seek medical attention from your healthcare provider.

    (updated 9/3/2021)

    When a parent is notified of a possible close contact in their student’s class, will the student be counted absent if a parent decides to keep their child home during the recommended stay-at-home period (10 days)?

    Yes, your student will be counted absent if you opt to keep your student at home during the recommended stay-at-home period. 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 notification letter.  

    (updated 9/3/2021)

    If a parent was notified of a possible close contact in their child’s class and decides to keep their child home during the recommended stay-at-home- period (10 days), will a student receive synchronous or asynchronous instruction and assignments during the recommended stay-at-home period (10 days)?

    No.  Similar to all excused absences, students are given the number of days absent to make up all work assigned during their absence. Students will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher.

    (updated 9/3/2021)

    If a parent was notified of a possible close contact in their child’s class and decides to keep their child home during the recommended stay-at-home period (10 days), will a student be permitted to complete missed assignments during the stay-at-home period?

    Yes, students will have the opportunity to complete missed assignments. Per Rockwall ISD Grading Guidelines, “Students who are absent will be permitted to make up regular coursework and receive the actual grade earned. Students are given the number of days absent to make up all work assigned during their absence. Students will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher.”

    (updated 9/3/2021)

    What should my student do if someone in my house is test positive for COVID-19 and what parent options should I consider for returning to school?

    Per CDC, close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).  Students who have had close contact with a test-positive/diagnosed person in their household are required to quarantine during the stay-at-home period (10 days). Parents should notify the school nurse and consult with a healthcare provider. A medical note will be requested for stay-at-home related absences.

    EXCEPTIONS:  Parent Options for Determining Return to School or a Stay-At-Home Period of 10 Days per Texas Education Agency Public Health Guidance: 

    1. A child(ren) may return to school, if the parent determines that their child(ren) did not meet CDC’s close contact definition. Please monitor your child(ren) for symptoms of COVID-19 and if your child(ren) shows symptoms of COVID-19 contact the school nurse or your child’s healthcare provider; or 
    2. Per CDC, individuals who are fully vaccinated may not need to follow the stay-at-home period and may return to school. Please monitor your child(ren) for symptoms of COVID-19 and if your child(ren) shows symptoms of COVID-19 contact the school nurse or your child’s healthcare provider; or 
    3. A child(ren) may return to school if the child(ren) receives a negative result from an acute infection test.  Please know Rockwall ISD in partnership with Telehealth may only administer a COVID-19 test if a student has a COVID-19 symptom(s).  Parents may provide a negative COVID-19 test for a non-symptomatic child(ren). Note: See parent option 4 below; or

    EXCEPTIONS:  Additional Parent Options for Determining Return to School or a Stay-At-Home Period of 10 Days per CDC:

    1. A child(ren) may return to school if the child(ren) receives a negative result from an “at-home test.” If a child(ren) needs to be tested for COVID-19 and can’t get tested by a healthcare provider which is preferred, a parent may consider using a self-test that can be performed at home or anywhere else. Sometimes a self-test is also called an “at-home test.” FDA provides information on self-tests. These at-home tests may be available either by prescription or over the counter, without a prescription, in a pharmacy or retail store. At present, at-home tests are used for the detection of current infection. For a child(ren) who has a negative at-home test, please monitor your child(ren) for symptoms of COVID-19 and if your child(ren) shows symptoms of COVID-19 contact the school nurse or your child’s healthcare provider; or
    2. A child may return to school if the child has tested positive within the previous 90 days and has subsequently recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.

    (updated 9/24/2021)

  • Are students or employees required to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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    No. COVID-19 vaccine is not required for students or employees. COVID-19 vaccines are not required for any enrolling student. For more information about school immunization requirements, visit Health Services Immunization Information or TDSHS Immunization Branch.

    (updated 8/05/2021)

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  • Where can my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?

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    Many local pharmacies and healthcare providers currently offer the COVID-19 vaccine. To find a nearby vaccine provider, visit GetTheVaccine.dshs.texas.gov or call 833.832.7067. Parents are encouraged to discuss COVID-19 vaccination for their child(ren) with their healthcare provider.

    (updated 8/05/2021)

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  • Are students required to wear a mask?

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    No. Per the June 29, 2021 Executive Order GA-38 from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, school districts cannot require masks for students, parents, or visitors.

    (updated 7/30/2021)

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  • How will students complete assignments missed due to absences?

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    Students who are absent will be permitted to make up regular coursework and receive the actual grade earned. Students are given the number of days absent to make up all work assigned in their absence. Students will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher.

    (updated 8/05/2021)

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  • What are the general campus/building safety precautions?

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    • Hand sanitizing dispensers throughout Rockwall ISD facilities are available. Students and teachers will be encouraged to sanitize and or wash hands (20 seconds) frequently especially after they have touched something another person has touched.
    • Plastic barriers are available upon request.
    • Schools will create procedures to limit the sharing of supplies between students.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting will occur nightly in every classroom, commons area and on high-touch surfaces, including but not limited to:
    • All horizontal touchable surfaces to be wiped down with a towel and an EPA-approved disinfectant.
    • Examples of horizontal touchable surfaces and other vertical materials include, but are not limited to, tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, chairs, phones, keyboards, touch screens, interactive white boards, chalk trays, faucets, toilets, and sinks.
    • Should it be required, the District’s custodial program also includes best practices for “deep cleaning” and the disinfecting of horizontal surfaces and other vertical surfaces in spaces such as classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, corridors, restrooms, athletic areas, administrative areas, flooring and furnishings.


    (updated 8/05/2021)

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  • What are the school health clinic procedures?

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    • Rockwall ISD Registered Nurses and substitute nurses are trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • School Health Clinics will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
    • Procedures will be in place to reduce exposure in the school health clinic for students who need to visit the campus RN for non-illness care such as an injury or a scheduled medication.

    (updated 8/05/2021)

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  • Will campuses take daily attendance?

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    Campuses will be required to take daily attendance. Students must attend 90 percent of a course in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade.

    (updated 8/05/2021)

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