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Thanksgiving Break: HEB ISD’s COVID-19 Protocols

(This information was also emailed to parents on November 20, 2020.)

Thanksgiving Break: HEB ISD’s COVID-19 Protocols

HEB ISD will be closed Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving Break. During this week, HEB ISD will not be collecting, tracing or reporting student and staff COVID cases. Our school nurses and staff need the break physically and mentally to rest and spend time with their families. Tarrant County Public Health has agreed they will handle contact tracing during school closures. If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact the Tarrant County COVID-19 Hotline at 817-248-6299.

 

Positive COVID-19 Case Reporting

During the break, as well as the weekends before and after, all staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to report it to Tarrant County Public Health at www.tarrantcounty.com/schoolreport . Tarrant County Public Health will be handling all contact tracing directly with families during the school holiday.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during the Thanksgiving break, please do not return to school on Monday, November 30. Instead, notify your campus principal and school nurse (or supervisor) by email of your positive case. An HEB ISD nurse or staff member will be in contact with you for further information and direction when school reopens.

 

Holiday Travel

HEB ISD follows the travel recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To learn more about travel requirements following your Thanksgiving break trip, visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

 

Health Screening & Case/Symptom Notifications - November 29

Before returning to any HEB ISD facility, all staff and families should self-screen to verify they:

  • are symptom free,
  • are not a household contact of a person with COVID symptoms, and
  • have not tested positive or been a close contact to anyone with COVID-19 before returning to any HEB ISD facility.

In addition to the health screening questionnaire, HEB ISD is asking for all student or staff lab-positive COVID cases to be emailed directly to your campus principal and school nurse (or supervisor) on Sunday, November 29. 

 

HEB ISD will be recording any staff and student cases from over the break on the COVID-19 dashboard when schools reopen on Monday, November 30. 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms on Sunday, November 29, and will not be coming to school/work on Monday, November 30, please also email your campus principal and school nurse (or supervisor). 

 

Extracurricular Participation During Break

There are a number of extracurricular activities that are scheduled during the Thanksgiving break. For students who participate in extracurricular activities, please notify your coach or director and stay at home if you have been exposed to COVID-19, if you COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have tested positive. These cases will be updated in the dashboard when HEB ISD reopens. You must also contact the Tarrant County Health Department at www.tarrantcounty.com/schoolreport to report your case.

 

What to Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19 Over the Break 

  1. Report your case to the Tarrant County Health Department at www.tarrantcounty.com/schoolreport.
  2. Email your campus principal and school nurse on Sunday, November 29, notifying them of your lab-positive case and do not return to school on Monday, November 30. (HEB ISD Employees, please notify your supervisor.)

 

What to Do If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19 or Have COVID-19 Symptoms Before Returning to School

  1. Email your campus principal and school nurse notifying them that you have been exposed or have COVID-19 symptoms and will not be at school on Monday, November 30. (HEB ISD Employees, please notify your supervisor.)