Updated BISD Health Protocols
August 10, 2021
BISD has reviewed with Burleson Public Health and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) the implementation requirements issued by TEA last Thursday pursuant to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-38.
BISD has updated its health and safety protocols as follows:
- Students and staff are not required to wear masks. Any student or employee may wear a mask if they choose to do so.
- BISD will notify parents when their child has been identified as a close contact.
- BISD will report positive cases to local public health and DSHS.
- Parents must keep students home who have received a positive test result for COVID-19. Parents should notify the school nurse if their student tests positive. BISD will continue to work with parents and local public health to establish a return date.
We have received feedback from parents concerned about TEA requiring school districts return to near pre-pandemic operation. In particular, many parents are concerned about the Delta variant spike and students not yet eligible for the vaccine. We ask these parents to review the following information to learn about an available option for your student here and respond by Thursday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.
BISD will continue to share updates as available.
August 6, 2021
TEA Public Health Guidance Update
Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued new rules in “Public Health Guidance, August 5, 2021” pursuant to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-38:
Students Who Have COVID-19
School systems must exclude students from attending school in person who are actively sick with COVID-19 or who have received a positive test result for COVID-19. 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. See the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Rule for more details, including the conditions for ending the exclusion period and returning to school.
During the exclusion period, the school system may deliver remote instruction as outlined in the proposed Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH). See here.
Students Who Are Close Contacts
Given the data from 2020-21 showing very low COVID-19 transmission rates in a classroom setting and data demonstrating lower transmission rates among children than adults, school systems are not required to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing. If school systems are made aware that a student is a close contact, the school system should notify the student’s parents. As a reference, close contact determinations are generally based on guidance outlined by the CDC, which notes that individuals who are vaccinated are not considered close contacts.
Per GA-38, school systems cannot require students or staff to wear a mask.
School systems must allow individuals to wear a mask if they choose to do so.
TEA states that because it is issuing these rules pursuant to the Governor’s executive order, the rules have the effect of state law. We are currently working with TEA as well as local public health authorities to assess implementation requirements under these new rules, including those related to employees who have COVID-19. We will let you know if we receive any new information as soon as possible.