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ELKHART I.S.D. STAFF RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Scenario 1: A staff member tests positive for COVID-19:
● The staff member will fill out a form located on EISD website under
the “STAFF” tab.
● The staff member will share this completed form with the
principal/director, Dr. Smith,Tana Herring, Beverly Holliday and Mrs.
● The staff member will be quarantined for 10 days, starting with
Scenario 2: A staff member is exposed to a lab-confirmed positive case
● IF the staff member has been in close proximity with the positive
case, AND has NOT worn a mask/face shield during that proximity,
the staff member will be quarantined for 10 days, IF NO SYMPTOMS
ARE PRESENT. If the staff member shows no symptoms, and
received a NEGATIVE test, he/she may return in 7 days. The
Negative test must be shown to supervisor.(CDC update- 1/4/2021)
● The staff member will fill out the form on EISD website under
“STAFF” tab, and share with the principal/director, Dr. Smith, Tana
Herring, and Beverly Holliday.
Scenario 3: A staff member has symptoms of fever at 100 degrees or
higher, OR one other symptom out of the ordinary for COVID-19:
● The staff member will fill out a form on Elkhart ISD website under
“STAFF” tab on the website.
● The staff member is required to take a COVID-19 test.
● The staff member will be required to stay quarantined until test results
are returned or another diagnosis is given by a doctor.
(FROM T.E.A.’s Website):
Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19
1. Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19;or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19, (see separate document ofsymptoms) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot returnto campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of thebelow conditions for campus re-entry have been met:a. In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, theindividual may return to school when all three of the following criteria aremet:i. At least one day, (24 hours) has passed since recovery(resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);ii. The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough,shortness of breath); andiii. At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appearedb. In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested forCOVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and theindividual may not return to the campus until the individual has completedthe same three-step set of criteria listed above.c. If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants toreturn to school before completing the above stay at home period, theindividual must either (1) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing theindividual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, or (2) obtain anacute infection test at an approved testing locationhttp://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/ that comes back negative for COVID-19.
Definition of “CLOSE CONTACT” (From TEA’s website)
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: a. being directly exposed to infectious
secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or b. 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 symptomatology 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
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 confirmation lab test.