Return to Learn Plan: 2021-2022
HEB ISD will return to traditional, in-person learning and will not offer an online option for the 2021-2022 school year.
HEB ISD will return to the robust curriculum and expectations in place prior to the COVID closure. Below are the additional public health protocols in place for the 2021-2022 school year.
Return to Learn Protocols
- Masks are optional for students, staff, and visitors on all district facilities and on district buses.
- All staff and students will receive training related to proper hygiene practices.
- All classroom teachers will maintain a current seating chart. The seating chart must be on file with the home campus per Tarrant County Public Health.
- Quarantining of staff and students due to close contacts will not be required.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Personal Hygiene
- The wearing of masks is optional in HEB ISD.
- In compliance with the Governor's Executive Order 36 , HEB ISD staff will be unable to accommodate individual parent requests related to the monitoring of student mask use.
- A student suspected of having a communicable illness (such as flu, COVID-19, Pertussis, etc.) will be provided a mask to wear until the student is picked up by a parent/guardian.
- The Texas Education Agency’s School Health Operations Requirements state that school systems must allow individuals to wear a mask if they choose to do so.
- Students, staff, or visitors may not enter a district facility if any of the following apply:
- Diagnosed with COVID-19
- Exhibiting one major or two minor COVID-19 symptoms
- Major symptoms of COVID-19 (1 symptom)
- Fever (100.0 or greater) and/or chills
- Persistent cough
- Shortness or breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Minor symptoms of COVID-19 (2 or more symptoms)
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Sudden onset of persistent headache
- Waiting for results from a COVID-19 test
- Major symptoms of COVID-19 (1 symptom)
- Parents and/or guardians must screen their students’ health condition daily using the criteria listed above.
- A “yes” response to any of the above criteria requires the individual to remain at home. The parent/guardian should contact the campus nurse for further guidance on the student’s return to school.
- An individual diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to school when all three of the CDC symptom-based criteria are met:
- 10 days since the start of symptoms
- 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications
- Improved symptoms
- “Close contact” is defined as coming into contact in one of the following ways with an individual who has a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis:
- Direct exposure to infectious secretions
- Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes
- Either of the above occurred in the past 10 days, while the infected individual was infectious
- Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.
- Any individual identified as a close contact to a COVID positive case should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for the next 10 days and seek medical advice and/or COVID testing if symptoms develop.
Responding to Possible COVID-19 Cases on Campus
- Campuses must immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian. The school nurse will provide the parent with the criteria for their return to school.
- Asymptomatic siblings or household contacts of the symptomatic person may remain on campus.
- District staff 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.
- Students who report feeling feverish should be sent to the clinic for nurse assessment to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
Required Actions if Individuals with Lab-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a District Facility
- If an individual has been in a district facility and is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the Coordinator of Health Services will notify the Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPH), 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).
- Potential close contacts will be notified and instructed to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
- Notification will be sent to impacted staff and families if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified within a district facility.
Cleaning and Sanitization
- HEB ISD has developed a targeted cleaning process that specifically addresses COVID-19.
- Each district facility will be cleaned daily with EPA approved products in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- HEB ISD custodial employees have been trained on COVID-19 safety protocols.
- Restrooms, cafeterias, and computer labs will undergo extensive cleaning after each day's use.
- If a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 case occurs within a district facility, additional cleaning measures will be taken, as appropriate.
These recommendations may be subject to change, as mandated.