Return to Learn 2021-2022
We continue to monitor the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and encourage a multi-layered approach to minimize spread during the Spring 2022 Semester.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated their health protocols, shortening quarantine periods and testing guidance. But we still need to operate under the protocols by the Texas Health and Human Services Department, requiring a 10-day isolation period for students. We anticipate the state will align with the new CDC guidelines in the coming weeks and we will provide communication if there are any changes to the state guidance and district protocols.
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our students, teachers, staff, and families safe, we encourage:
- wearing double-layered masks when inside and social distancing is not possible;
- getting vaccinations and boosters for anyone who qualifies (free vaccination clinics for Travis County and Williamson County);
- staying home if you are feeling sick or symptomatic;
- moving large gatherings to outdoor settings, when possible;
- testing if you feel sick and following isolation guidelines if you are COVID-19 positive; and
- maintaining hygiene protocols like washing your hands, using sanitizer, and avoiding touching your face.
Our district has invested in Bipolar Ionization units in all of our campuses to combat the COVID-19 virus and improve indoor air quality throughout our campuses. We will continue to partner with our community health partners to offer vaccine clinics as their availability allows.
Considerations for our Return to School
While we see rising case counts for COVID-19 due to the Omicron variant, we feel confident in our approach and the lessons we’ve learned from operating in-person learning these past 18 months.
- This is our first return from a long break where students and staff ages 5 and up can get vaccinated.
- The scientific evidence shows the impact of the booster shot, increasing your immunity from the Omicron variant to 75.5%, up from 34.2%.
- While the Omicron variant is more transmissible, early reports indicate it is less severe, especially for those who are vaccinated.
We are committed to assuring our campuses are as safe as possible for staff, students, and visitors during the 2021-22 school year. The protocols and procedures below have been designed for use in all PfISD facilities.