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COVID Guide for Fall 2021
As we prepare for the first day of school on August 18, we want all of our parents to be aware of the COVID protocols and quarantine procedures which will be in effect until further notice. As you know, the cases of COVID are rising and we want to do everything we can to protect our students and staff and maintain compliance with TEA's guidance and Governor Abbott's executive orders. According to the Texas Health and Human Services dashboard, Cooke County currently has 82 active cases.
Although GISD cannot mandate the wearing of masks, we do highly recommend that our faculty, staff, and students wear masks when on campus. We are continuously gathering details from our health experts and will keep all informed of any changes to our protocols or processes. Until further notice, we will have the following protocols in place to protect our faculty, staff, and students.
Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID will be required to quarantine for 10 days following the date of the positive test. In addition, the student/staff member must be fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication, original symptoms have reduced or lessened over time, and no new symptoms have developed.
If a student or staff member comes into contact with someone who tests positive, the following will take place:
- If the staff or student has been vaccinated, they must provide proof of vaccination to the school nurse or HR and are not required to quarantine. If proof cannot be provided, then quarantine will be required.
- If the staff or student is not vaccinated, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure.
A staff or student would be considered “in contact” if they are without a mask or vaccine and less than 6 feet from the positive person for more than 15 minutes.
- If a student or staff member is wearing and mask at all times and/or has been vaccinated they will not be considered in contact and would not have to quarantine.
- If a student or staff member is NOT wearing a mask or NOT vaccinated and they were in contact with a positive person they will be required to quarantine.
In Texas, the Pfizer vaccine is now available for children 12 years and older. To be fully vaccinated, two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are required three weeks apart.
We will continue to stay in touch with local and state health officials and will inform our staff and parents of any changes in the above protocols. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is top priority.