PfISD COVID-19 Prevention, Mitigation, and Response Procedures
As we plan for returning to school at Pflugerville ISD, we recognize that this will be an unusual school year, but we remain committed to supporting your student’s learning, as well as his or her safety.
This document outlines the procedures our campuses will have in place to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to respond if a positive case is identified. We hope this transparency helps you to make a decision about your student’s on-campus attendance at PfISD.
The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages. That said, research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among others, has found that while children do get infected by COVID-19 and some severe outcomes have been reported in children, relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized or have severe symptoms. For many children, there are distinct benefits to attending school in person, including instructional, social, and safety benefits. For these reasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics has made a statement supporting on-campus instruction for students in the coming year.
While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, the current science suggests there are many steps schools can take to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff, and their families significantly. The PfISD strategy for opening and operating is outlined below. More details about our Return to Learn plan can be found here.
To prevent COVID-positive individuals from entering our campuses, your student’s school will have the following COVID-19 symptom screening procedures in place:
- All staff will be required to self-screen daily.
- All visitors will be restricted to essential school activity only. Those that are essential will be required to screen upon arrival.
- Parents are asked to screen their student daily and proactively identify when their student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed and to keep them home.
Criteria for Return to School
Conditions for return to school after an individual shows symptoms or gets a positive test result: Either:
- 24 hours with no fever, without the use of fever reducing medications; and
- Respiratory Symptoms have improved; and
- 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
- An acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for COVID-19
- A doctor’s note indicating an alternate diagnosis
Our district will be taking the following steps across each of our campuses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
- All adults in the building will wear masks.
- All students in all grades will be required to wear masks, particularly when they are within six feet of one another, except when participating in activities that cannot be conducted with a mask on, such as eating, or unless it is not developmentally appropriate for the student to wear a mask.
- Communicate restrictions for non-essential campus visitor practices.
- Develop unique protocols for those over 60, pregnant, or immuno-compromised, as feasible per district protocols.
- All staff and students will wear face coverings while on school busses, upon arrival and dismissal from school, during transitions and any time students leave the classrooms, as feasible when social distancing is difficult.
- No visitors are permitted on district facilities.
- School nurses utilize appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when in close contact with an individual with COVID-19 symptoms
- Staff will practice standard universal precautions when coming into contact with blood, body fluids, secretions, and excretions.
In the event of a lab confirmed COVID-positive case on campus, the campus will take the following steps:
- All teachers, staff, and families of all students who have come into close contact with the lab confirmed individual in that school will be notified.
- The local health department will be notified.
- Persons who came in close contact with an individual with a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 will be contacted and advised to follow CDC health guidelines.
- Contact tracing will be enacted for lab confirmed COVID-19 cases.
- The affected area is closed for deep cleaning, as soon as feasible.
- Self-health monitoring, prevention information are shared with staff, students and parents.
- Stay home orders are sent to affected personnel, as per district policy, following guidance from CDC and Tx DSHS.
- Communication is sent to all persons that possibly had contact with a lab confirmed COVID-19 person per https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/notification-of-exposure.html, maintaining HIPAA
- Report and monitor student and staff illnesses with Health Departments.
We hope that this information gives you confidence in our systems and our ability to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Covid19HRSupoort@pfisd.net. While this will be a challenging year, we believe it can also be a great one, and we look forward to supporting your student in their learning journey.
Dr. Douglas Killian, Superintendent