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Current COVID-19 Updates

Current Situation:

Please see the district webpage/COVID-19, for current case counts per campus.

The CDC has updated guidance from March 8, 2021, to indicate that:
     •A vaccinated individual does not need to quarantine followng close contact with a test-confirmed positive individual:
             a)  if the exposed individual is fully vaccinated (received both doses of a 2-dose vaccine) and
             b)  at least 2 weeks have passed since the final dose was received.  

     •Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and are no longer symptomatic, do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. 

QUARANTINE is used to keep someone who has had CLOSE CONTACT with a person who has tested positive, away from others to help prevent the spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick.  Rains ISD complies with the COVID guidelines set forth by the CDC and TEA.  If a student or staff member is required to quarantine the following steps are to be followed::

      ♦ Stay home 
      ♦ Immediately contact your campus nurse/nurse aide
      ♦ Separate from others
      ♦ Monitor your health
      ♦ Follow directions from the school clinic

What counts as CLOSE CONTACT?

    ♦ You were within 6 feet of someone who currently has COVID for a total of 15 minutes or more without wearing a mask.
    ♦ You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID.
    ♦ You had direct physical contact with a positive person (hugged, kissed, was sneezed or coughed on, or shared eating/drinking utensils).

OPTIONS TO REDUCE QUARANTINE:

The CDC found that the likelyhood of developing symptoms after 7 days in quarantine was significantly low, so the following CDC guidelines have been put in place to allow students and staff the opportunity to safely return to school sooner.

Contact your campus nurse/nurse aide, then you can return to school:
     ♦ After 10 days (on day 11) from the onset of symptoms if living in the same household with the positive person or
     ♦ After 10 days (on day 11) from the last day of contact with a positive person NOT living in the same household.
     ♦ After day 7 (on day 8) after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. (the test must occur on or after day 5 of the quarantine).

If you have have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 3 months, or have been FULLY vaccinated, and have no symptoms, you do not have to quarantine after exposure.  

After stopping quarantine, you should

     ♦ Continue to watch for symptoms
     ♦ If you develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your clinic nurse/nurse aide
     ♦ Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands often, and avoid crowds

The CDC coninues to evaluate new information and new practices and update their recommendations as needed.  This site will be updated as CDC recommendations change.  

 

Janice Rouse, R.N.
RISD Director of Health Services
903-473-2222 #2154
rousejk@rainsisd.org

 

rev: 3/23/2021