Important COVID Guideline Update

December 8, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced a recent change in guidance for quarantined individuals, providing options that Brownsboro ISD will implement beginning on December 8, 2020. Campuses will be contacting those individuals currently in quarantine to apply the new guidelines and do so retroactively. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding of the complexity of this situation.

INDIVIDUAL IS IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT:

For individuals identified as a close contact, the stay at home period from school can be:

  • 10 calendar days after the last close contact, so long as the individual continues to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take proper precautions through day 14 OR

  • 7 calendar days after the last close contact and after receiving a negative test result (administered at least 5 days after the last close contact), so long as the individual continues to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take appropriate precautions through day 14 OR

  • 14 calendar days after the last close contact

  • To return to school from this stay-at-home period, the individual should monitor themselves for symptoms to ensure they remain symptom-free and take appropriate precautions for the duration of the 14 day incubation period.  Students 10 years of age and under are highly encouraged to wear a mask for their own protection as well as the protection of others.

  • Close contact is defined as either a) being directly exposed to infectious secretions such as a cough or b) being within 6 feet of an infected individual for a total of approximately 15 minutes; however, additional factors such as both people wearing a mask, ventilation, presence of dividers, etc. may affect determination. The infectious period is defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset.

INDIVIDUAL HAS SYMPTOMS:

If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the 10 day stay at home period, the individual must either:

  • Obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return OR

  • Obtain a negative test result (at a doctor’s office, approved testing location, or other site) after the 5th day of symptoms in order for the stay at home order to end after the 7th day

  • To return to school from these stay-at-home orders, the individual should monitor themselves for symptoms to ensure they remain symptom-free and take appropriate precautions for the duration of the 14 day incubation period.  Students 10 years of age and under are highly encouraged to wear a mask for their own protection as well as the protection of others.

INDIVIDUAL HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID:

Any individual who has been determined to be positive for COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the conditions below have been met:

  1. At least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  2. The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  3. At least 10 calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared 

In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three step set of criteria listed above.

HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF ACTIVE CASES ON CAMPUS?

BISD has created a COVID Dashboard so families can keep track of active cases per campus as well as overall rates in the district. Please know that we do not report close contact numbers, only active cases and overall cases that have been lab confirmed. Please click the Dashboard below for additional Information:

BISD COVID Dashboard

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