COVID UPDATES 2020
Plano ISD UPDATES (Updated 03/04/21)
Update Regarding Plano ISD COVID-19 Safety Protocols/Masks
On Wednesday, March 3, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released an update to its Public Health Planning Guidance, which is in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34, issued March 2. The updated guidance affirms that the Governor’s new executive order “provides TEA with the legal authority to publish requirements for the operation of public school systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Stating that “the virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, and school system leaders should do everything feasible to keep students, teachers, staff, and our communities safe,” TEA maintains that schools must comply with the following requirement:
“Every student, teacher and staff member shall wear a mask over the nose and mouth when inside a school building, school facility, facility used for school activities, or when in an outdoor space on school property or used for school activities, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.”
Based on the updated guidance provided by the TEA, and considering evidence that current safe practices have been effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, Plano ISD will continue to follow the instructional plans and safety protocols outlined in our Return to School Plan. Wearing face masks (or face shields for students in preK-2nd grade) will continue to be required in all Plano ISD buildings and at all district events.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to keep you informed on the updated public health guidance from the Governor and TEA related to student wellbeing and success.
Plano ISD UPDATES (Updated 03/02/21)
Mask Requirement in Plano ISD
Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced plans to rescind Executive Order GA-29, also known as the mask mandate, effective on Wednesday, March 10. Until additional guidance is received from the Texas Education Agency regarding the specific impact of this new order on schools, face masks are still required to be worn in Plano ISD buildings, facilities and at all district events.
CDC Guidelines for International Travel Reminder
Please monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for international travel as you are making spring break travel plans. The guidelines went into effect January 26, 2021, and will significantly impact the ability to return home and to school. Plano ISD will be following the guidelines regarding quarantine.
We realize some of our families have plans to travel over spring break, and we respectfully request that you please report your travel plans using this online form, with a separate entry for each impacted student.
Plano ISD UPDATES (Updated 12/14/20)
Changes to Close Contact Definition and Quarantine Period - January 1
In collaboration with the Collin County Health Services Department and Dr. Gamber, our Public Health Authority, the definition of a close contact will be revised on January 1, 2021. Additionally, the quarantine period will be revised to align with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) updates. This information will be updated in the Back to School manual, as well as the Administrative Protocols manual on the website by January 4.
- Revised Close Contact Definition: Being within 6 feet of an infectious person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period; additional factors, such as consistent and proper masking, may affect this determination.
- Proper masking - both the infectious individual and potential close contact are wearing a multi-layer face mask that covers the nose and mouth and fits around the nose and chin.
- Revised Quarantine Period (for those considered close contacts): 10 days
Picking Up from School
Parents picking up students during the day will complete the Parent Form dropping off or picking up a student using the QR code posted at the front door. Parents will not be entering the building. Ring the bell after you have complete the QR Survey to notify the office staff that you are on campus and have completed the form.
Office staff will sign the student out, documenting both the time the student left the building, as well as the time the parent requested for early dismissal.
Your child will be brought to you. You will need to provide ID to pick up your child when your child is brought to the front entrance by staff as it may not be Mrs. Tipsword who walks your child to the front door.
How Parents Notify the District
This form should be used to report when a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is having symptoms that may be COVID-19, or if they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Once the report is received, your school nurse will contact you with additional information.
HEALTH SCREENING REMINDER FOR FAMILIES
Now that students are back in buildings for face-to-face instruction, we need your assistance in keeping everyone healthy and safe. Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:
- Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
- 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 or their physician.
- Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.
If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:
- They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; and
- Symptoms improved (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
- 10 days have passed since symptoms began
If a student wants to return to school prior to meeting the above criteria, they must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis or receive a negative PCR or antigen test.
- Tuesday, May 18
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