Protocols for Screening, Symptomatic, and COVID Positive Individuals
Lake Travis ISD may need to change protocols at any time to address specific needs and circumstances in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees and the community. Please note, health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. As a result, LTISD will continue to consult available guidance through governmental and public health agencies and other information deemed relevant to monitor the situation. The district will comply with applicable federal and state employment and disability laws, workplace safety standards and accessibility standards to address individual needs.
Protocols for Screening
All students and staff are required to self-screen for COVID-19 related symptoms daily prior to arrival at school/work. All visitors will be screened by district staff prior to accessing any district facility.
- Has the individual recently begun experiencing any of the following symptoms in a way that is not normal for them?
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Shaking or exaggerated shivering
- Muscle or body aches
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Has the individual had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19?
- Has the individual been tested for COVID-19 and is the individual currently awaiting test results?
Self-screening Protocols for Staff and Students
- Staff will be required to complete a self-screening process, including performing a temperature check, prior to entering any LTISD facility, and the district may require further screening of employees at any time based on current state and federal guidelines.
- Any employee experiencing any of these symptoms, or is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19 must stay home and contact his/her supervisor and Human Resource Services immediately regarding the absence and appropriate next steps.
- A parent or guardian will be required to screen children for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending them to school. Parents are asked to take their child’s temperature daily. Additional screening may be conducted during the school day as warranted.
- Any parent dropping off or picking up their child from a school office must also self-screen for symptoms prior to entering any LTISD facility.
- Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document), is awaiting COVID-19 test results, is test-confirmed with COVID-19, or has had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead must participate in remote instruction as student’s health allows until the conditions for re-entry are met.
- Teachers will monitor students and refer them to the nurse if symptoms are present.
Screening Protocols for Visitors
- Schools will only require a “Yes” or “No” response to the overall statement in each screening question
- Screenings will not collect specific health information of an individual beyond that they are symptomatic.
- If a visitor indicates he/she is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or has had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19, the visitor will not be allowed to access any district facility and must leave promptly.
- Once it is determined that an individual who responded “Yes” to the questions has met the criteria for re-entry, schools will destroy the individual’s responses.
Protocols for Symptomatic Individuals
- LTISD will immediately separate any student, staff member, or visitor who shows one or more COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the individual can be screened by school staff and advised whether the individual must go home. Sick individuals will wear a mask, as appropriate.
- For students displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling feverish, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home.
- Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must stay home through the infection period and cannot return to campus until the school determines the conditions for re-entry have been met. See the Protocols for Re-entry below.
- Staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must stay home through the infection period and cannot return to campus until the supervisor and HR determines the conditions for re-entry have been met. See the Protocols for Re-entry below.
Protocols for COVID-19 Positive Individuals
- Confirmed COVID-19 positive tests must be reported to LTISD by an individual who has been in school facilities within two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are test-confirmed with COVID-19, within two days prior to the confirming test.
- A staff member must report a test-confirmed positive result to their supervisor and HR.
- A student, parent or other visitor must report a test-confirmed positive result to the campus nurse.
- If an individual who has been in a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the district must notify its local health department and the Texas Education Agency, in accordance with applicable laws.
- LTISD will close off areas on campus that are heavily used by the individual with the test-confirmed case until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 7 days have already passed since that person was on campus. In all cases the high touch surfaces in those areas will be cleaned.
- Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, LTISD schools will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a test-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate on any on campus activities.
- Additional district communication will be provided to students and staff members who came in close contact with an individual who has been test-confirmed to have COVID-19.
- Close contact refers to an individual who is test-confirmed to have COVID-19 and is defined as:
- being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
- being within 6 feet for a total of approximately 15 minutes throughout the course of a day; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination if either occurred during the infectious period of the case.
- Individuals are presumed infectious two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are test-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming test.
Protocols for Re-entry After Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19
- Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are test-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed in this document) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine the conditions for re-entry have been met
- In the case of an individual who is symptomatic and is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual will be permitted to return to school when:
- They are 1 day (24 hours) fever-free without using fever-reducing medication;
- Improved symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- In the case of an individual that is asymptomatic but has received a positive COVID-19 test result, the individual may not return to school until 10 days have passed since a positive test.
- In addition to the criteria and processes described above, a student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must receive clearance from a physician prior to returning to participation in UIL activities.
- In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.
- If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either:
- obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, though for health privacy reasons the note does not need to indicate what the alternative diagnosis is; or
- obtain an acute infection test (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) that comes back negative for COVID-19. A negative rapid antigen test is not sufficient to rule out COVID-19 infection.
- If the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 and believes the test was a false positive, and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, though for health privacy reasons the note does not need to indicate what the alternative diagnosis is, or (b) obtain two PCR acute infection tests (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) at least 24 hours apart that come back negative for COVID-19.
Protocols for Re-entry After Coming into Close Contact with an Individual Test-Confirmed to Have COVID-19
- Teachers and staff must report to their supervisor and the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources if they have had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19, as defined in this document, and if so, must remain off campus for 14 days after their last contact with a test-confirmed individual.
- Parents should self-screen students for close contact as a part of the LTISD self-screening process. Students who have had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19 must remain off campus and receive remote instruction until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
- Visitors who have had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19 must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
- Individuals who reside in the same residence will be considered a close contact if any person within the home is test-confirmed to have COVID-19.
- Individuals should follow CDC guidelines to isolate if the COVID-19 positive individual is in the home.
- Household residents should begin the 14-day incubation period for the student on the last date of contact with the COVID-19 positive individual (i.e. date of isolation, if in the home).
- If the COVID-19 positive individual is unable to avoid close contact with the student, then the student’s 14-day quarantine will begin after the family member’s 10-day self-isolation period ends.
- For on campus close contact cases:
- All students in the classroom will be notified and may elect to quarantine for the 14-day incubation period.