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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.


  • Isolation:

    The term isolation applies to individuals, regardless of vaccination status, who have tested positive and must remain out for 10 calendar days at a minimum. Individuals should only return to work / school following their isolation period if their symptoms are improving and they are fever-free without taking fever reducing medications for 24 hours.


    The term quarantine applies to individuals who have been identified as close contacts due to high-risk exposure with someone who has tested positive, and they are required to quarantine for the appropriate period, which is 10 calendar days. Testing for re-entry is not required. Quarantined individual(s) must not have symptoms and must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing mediations for 24 hours. OR

    The quarantined individual may return to work or school after 7 calendar days provided that the individual takes a PCR test on or after the 5th day and obtains negative results. The quarantined student or employee must not be symptomatic during the quarantine period. If these re-entry requirements are met, then the individual can return to school or work on, or after, the 8th day.

    For employees or students who have someone in their household who tests positive, the employee or student’s10-day quarantine period begins after the positive household member’s 10-day isolation period ends. This means that the employee or student may have to remain out and in quarantine for as many as 20 calendar days unless the employee / student can completely isolate from the positive household member which includes using separate restrooms and utensils. This does not apply to fully vaccinated individuals who are not symptomatic as they can continue to work / attend school if they are not symptomatic and do not test positive.

Safety Procedures

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Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 11, all SAISD students and staff members are required to wear a mask while at school and work in compliance with the city and county mask mandate.

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Students and staff should remain home when 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 Community Labs, 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 12 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. Click here to learn more about quarantine and isolation.

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Social distancing will be implemented on buses. Students will be seated two to a seat, every other window, hand sanitizer stations will be available, and roof hatches will be open. 

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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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We will continue to monitor the timeline for students who are 5-11 years of age to receive the vaccine.


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