Protocols for Screening & Isolation

  • BISD will follow the advice and recommendations required by TEA, the CDC, and the local health authority. These guidelines are fluid, and may change based on guidance from these entities. The requirements for school are as follows: 

    CDC Guidelines

    TEA Public Health Guidelines

    Screening Protocols Screening Questions for COVID-19 Before Campus Access

    Screening Questions for COVID-19 Before Campus Access

    • School systems must require teachers and staff to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. The self-screening should include teachers and staff taking their own temperature. Teachers and staff must report to the school system if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or are test-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry.  Additionally, they must report to the school system if they have had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19, as defined at the end of this document, and, if so, must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
    • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms: fever (100.4°F or higher) or chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, or diarrhea; or is test-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met. Parents may also opt to have their students receive virtual instruction if their child has had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19 until they have completed the recommended 14-day quarantine period.

     

    Isolation Protocols

    • Staff and students should not enter campuses or district buildings if any of the following apply. The individual:
      • Has symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC as: fever (100.4°F or higher) or chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, or diarrhea.
      • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority. CDC and local public health recommend a 14-day quarantine period.  
      • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.
    • 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.
    • Schools should clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as is feasible. 
    • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must 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 in any on campus activities.
    • Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols including isolation from students and other staff members.
    • Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 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.);
      • 10 days have passed since symptoms began.

     

    Close Contact

    This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is test-confirmed to have COVID-19.

    The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as:

    1. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
    2. being within 6 feet for a largely uninterrupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day of approximately 15 minutes; 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.

    Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as 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 lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test.

     

Protocols for Personal Protective Equipment

  • Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks. We encourage all students to wear facial coverings, but students 10 years of age and older, will be required to wear face coverings during school hours. This requirement is subject to change.

    • Masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings because of a lack of evidence of their effectiveness for source control.CDC on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools
    • Staff and students will appropriately wear face coverings at all times. 
    • It may be impractical for students to wear masks or facial coverings while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities.
    • Students will not be required to wear face coverings while eating but will be socially distanced.
    • Individual needs regarding face coverings will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to campus administration. 
    • Additional protective equipment will be provided to school nurses for use in the clinic. 
    • Students and staff will be provided with a reusable face covering. Families will be responsible for daily cleaning and requested to supply a student face covering should the one provided by the school become unusable or lost.

Protocols for Campus Visitors

  • Campus staff should consider utilizing virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.

    Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements

    • Visitors to the campuses must follow the Burleson ISD protocols and be approved by administration prior to coming onto a campus.   (including mentors, college representatives, guest speakers, etc.).
    • Virtual tools will be used to conduct meetings such as PTO meetings, ARDs, LPAC, etc.
    • All visitors will be subject to screening by way of a symptom screening form before entering any Burleson ISD facility. 
    • If visitors have COVID-19 symptoms or are test-confirmed with COVID-19, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry. 
    • All individuals entering the building will be required to wear face coverings based on the current executive order.
    • Visitors will not be permitted for anything other than required activities.  To provide social distancing and spacing, visitors will not be permitted to eat breakfast or lunch with their children at school. 

Protocols for Hand Sanitizing

  • Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations

    • Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria, and in common areas throughout the campus.
    • Staff and students will be expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.
    • Requirement for hand washing and/or use of Burleson ISD-provided hand sanitizer:

    Elementary & Secondary

      • Provide hand sanitizer upon entry to classroom and periodic teacher reminders during instructional day.
      • Habitual and thorough hand washing after recess, before eating, and following restroom breaks.

Protocols for Campus Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Frequent cleaning and disinfection will support a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff. 

    Daily Campus Cleaning

    • Each classroom and restroom will be cleaned and disinfected.
    • All high-touch areas will be disinfected throughout the day. 
    • Custodians will be expected to wear PPE (masks and gloves) during work hours.
    • Cafeterias will be disinfected between lunch periods.
    • Staff will have access to disinfecting items to sanitize working surfaces, shared objects, and high-touch areas after use and during breaks in instruction.

     

    Restrooms

    • Staff should supervise and limit the number of students that enter the bathroom at one time to comply with health agency recommendations and social distancing.  Each campus has a different configuration, and bathroom limits will be set based on the campus. Please see campus information for further details about your child’s campus.  
    • Increased disinfecting will occur throughout the school day. Staff and students must wash hands with soap and water prior to exiting the bathroom. Proper handwashing techniques will be taught to all students and consistently reinforced.

     

    Enhanced Cleaning Measures

    • Increasing electrostatic misting (“e-mist”) sprayers to disinfect all campuses nightly.
    • Additional custodial staff at each campus focused on continuous cleaning, especially high-touch surfaces and heavily trafficked spaces.
    • Increasing the indoor fresh air intake for our heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems in accordance with industry and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, and all filters have been changed districtwide.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms for students and staff to sanitize their hands. 
    • Reviewing facility layouts with campus leadership teams to determine the best use of the space to implement social distancing.

Protocols for Positive COVID-19 Cases on Campuses

    • If an individual who has been in a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its 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).
    • Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the test-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) 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.
    • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must 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.