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Safety continues to be a top priority and we will follow CDC guidance in our efforts to keep students, staff, and families safe. Below are the procedures SAISD will be taking to ensure a safe school start.

  • Spring 2022 Update:

    As your children return to school for our spring semester, we want to assure you that we remain steadfast in our commitment to the health and well-being of our students, staff and families. We currently have in place sound strategies and best practices around mask wearing, weekly COVID-19 testing, vaccination clinics, physical distancing, upgraded air filtration units and air cleaners, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, and contact tracing. We are following new recommendations from the CDC and Metro Health, outlined here:

    Isolation:

    • Applies to anyone who is infected regardless of vaccination status
    • Timelines – At least 5 days unless individual has fever or symptoms are not resolving
    • Day “0” is the day that the symptoms began OR the day that the test was taken, whichever comes first.
    • Should wear masks for an additional 5 days after isolation period ends
    • Individuals with symptoms should isolate for at least 5 days even if they are awaiting testing results

    Quarantine:

    • Applies to anyone who was exposed to someone with COVID-19
    • If boosted or completed the primary series within 6 months (2 months for J&J)
    Wear a mask for 10 days
    Test on Day 5
    If symptoms develop, test and quarantine
    • If the primary series was completed over 6 months ago without being boosted (2 months for J&J) OR if unvaccinated:
    Quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for 5 additional days
    Test on Day 5
    If symptoms develop, get a test and continue to quarantine

    Rationale for shortened timelines:

    The majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. 

    Testing Following Isolation:

    • Metro Health in accordance with the CDC guidance does not require a test at the end of isolation.
    • Some people may remain positive by PCR test beyond the period of expected infectiousness.
    • The importance of a positive antigen test late in the course of illness is unclear and does not necessarily mean a person can easily spread the virus.

Safety Procedures

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All SAISD students and staff members are encouraged to wear a mask while at school and work.

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Students and staff should remain home when they have any infectious illness. We will follow basic guidelines recommended by CDC & Metro Health. This may include conducting temperature checks and screening upon entry into the building. 

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Frequent hand washing, disinfecting, proper ventilation, and physical distancing of 3 feet will continue to be used as prevention strategies to the maximum extent possible.

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In partnership with AccuReference, we will continue to offer free weekly COVID testing to our students and staff. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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We will continue to provide opportunities for all eligible students (ages 5 and older), families and staff to get vaccinated. To learn more, please visit our vaccines and immunizations page.

 

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We will align with CDC guidelines to determine when individuals are identified as close contacts and are required to quarantine. Notices will be sent to parents of enrolled students and staff when a lab-confirmed case is identified for the campus.

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The district mask mandate will be implemented on the bus. Students will be seated two to a seat, hand sanitizer stations will be available, every other window and roof hatches will be open (weather permitting).

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Plexiglass barriers have been provided to schools to use in public areas where three feet of social distancing might be a challenge (e.g., reception desks, cafeterias).

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All water fountains will be converted to water bottle filling stations. Students and staff will be asked to bring water bottles daily. 

 

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