Varnett's Revised COVID Procedures

January 7, 2022

The Varnett Public School is adopting the following guidelines based on rules established by the Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

*All students are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

*All staff are strongly encouraged to wear masks and shields.

*Rapid tests at Varnett will be available to staff and students, but students must have their parent’s written consent.

*Outside visitors without an appointment will not be allowed on district grounds until further notice.

*If someone in the classroom tests positive for COVID, the parent of the child who had close contact may decide whether to send the child to school. It is recommended that the child be tested if he or she shows any symptoms.

                                             
         Students who have COVID, effective Wednesday, January 19, 2022
 
If symptomatic, children must be excluded from school until at least ten (10) days have passed since the symptom onset, and fever free*, and other symptoms have improved. Children who test positive for COVID but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least ten (10) days after the day they were tested.

*Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.

     Staff Who Have COVID or Who are Close Contacts

Similar to students, school systems must exclude staff from attending school in person who are
actively sick with COVID, who are suspected of being actively sick with COVID-19, or who
have received a positive test result for COVID. Based on recent updates from the CDC, staff
may return when:
  •  If symptomatic, at least 5 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free*, and
     other symptoms have improved.
  •  For those with no symptoms, at least 5 days after the day they tested positive.
Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a
temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.
                       
                     
If  Staff Tests Positive for COVID (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay at home for  5 days
  • You may return to school only after receiving a negative test or a written notice from your doctor.

If you have a fever, continue to stay at home until your fever resolves

                                If Staff is exposed to Someone with COVID (Quarantine)

If you have been boosted

OR

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months

OR

Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Test on day 5, if possible

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than 6 months ago and are not boosted

OR

Completed the primary series of J&J more than 2 months ago and are not boosted

OR

Are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • You may return to school only after receiving a negative test or a written notice from your doctor.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

 As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizers containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Use Lysol to clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.                                                   

 

 

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