COVID-19 Response Plan 2022-23
Under the guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Rockwall ISD has developed a COVID-19 Response Plan for the 2022-2023 school year. The following health related protocols will be in place to help us create a safe school environment and respond to the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Prevention Strategies
- Frequent hand hygiene throughout the school day is expected of all students, employees and visitors. All campuses have hand sanitizer and handwashing areas readily available.
- The district uses cleaning products that are effective against common viruses and bacteria, including the COVID-19 virus. Custodial staff clean frequently touched surfaces daily. Extra sanitizing measures are implemented in areas where illness is increasing. Buses are cleaned daily.
- Any person may choose to wear a mask. Per GA-38, school districts cannot require students or staff to wear a mask.
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 administrator or their supervisor.
- Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is test-positive with COVID-19, until the conditions for re-entry are met. Texas DSHS requirements are for readmission to school are:
If symptomatic, exclude until at least 5 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free*, and other symptoms have improved. Children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 5 days after the day they were tested.
*Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.
- A medical note will be requested for illness-related absences.