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 January 14, 2022

Updated Information for COVID-19 Procedures

I would like to provide corrected and updated information to you concerning COVID-19 procedures as we understand them today.  In my last letter, I stated that students would need to provide proof of a negative COVID test before they are allowed back in school.  This was only partially correct information and I apologize.

The guidelines below will be followed for quarantine and isolation for unvaccinated individuals:

 Quarantine – close contact with someone with COVID-19

·               Quarantine for 5 days: stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.

·               Within 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4˚F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.

·               If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.

·               If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Once negative test results are provided to the nurse, the child may return to campus. Note: home test kits will be accepted if you bring them on campus and test together with the nurse for clearance.

·               If test results are not provided, the child may not return on campus until 10 days of quarantine are complete.

·               Mask wear must continue for 5 days after leaving quarantine.

·               Children under 2 years and others who cannot wear a mask must quarantine for 10 days

Isolation – positive COVID test or develop COVID-19 symptoms

·               Isolate for 5 days from the date tested regardless of vaccine status.

·               The child/staff member may return to campus after at least 5 days since testing and improvement of symptoms.

·               Mask wearing must continue for 5 days after leaving isolation.

·               Children under two years and others who cannot wear a mask will isolate for 10 days.

If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine during the 5 days but do still need to be tested on day 5 and be negative to remain on campus:

·               You are ages 18 or older and are considered fully vaccinated.

·               You are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

*In both of these scenarios the nurse will need a copy of vaccination card to be on campus during quarantine.

Upload COVID Vaccine Card- Student

Upload COVID Vaccine Card- staff

We are still experiencing a shortage of COVID test kits.  If you can obtain a home COVID test kit, we ask that you bring the unopened test kit to the nurse so that the test can be completed with the nurse in the Isolation Clinic or other designated area.  If the test is negative, the student will be allowed to go to class.  If the test is positive for COVID, you will be asked to take your child home and they will be required to quarantine for five days as recommended by the CDC.

If you are interested in additional information regarding COVID-19 and the recommendations for schools by the CDC, you may read more here.

As a reminder, parents may utilize other testing sites here on the installation or in the city to get your child(ren) tested and then bring the testing result(s) to the nurse for verification. Testing locations in Bexar County can be found at this link: Testing - City of San Antonio.

We realize that this is a stressful time for you and your children and the District is doing everything we can to keep our students safe each day. Our nurses are working hard to make the best decisions possible to keep students safe and in school.  We ask that you be patient as we maneuver this ever-changing landscape.

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