Current Status: GREEN

Leander ISD will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our LISD community and implement prevention strategies to the largest extent practical. Throughout the past year of this Global Pandemic, the number of students and staff contracted and exposed to COVID-19 has varied from day to day and month to month. Currently, our LISD district data has shown a relatively stable environment with low infection and exposure rates. Leander ISD recognizes that the situation surrounding COVID-19 can change rapidly. Therefore, LISD will use multiple indicators and strategies to determine our COVID-19 protocols and practices, to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our students, staff, and community.

Indicators

Average of New Infections: Rate of New Infections per 100k Population” shows the daily rates of new infections of COVID-19 over time. Each dot represents the average rate of new infections for the past seven days. Each colored line represents the infection rate over time for each county (Williamson and Travis). WCCHD Dashboard

Situation in the Area and State – ex. hospital rate rising and infection and exposure rates rising in multiple schools or departments.

Vaccination Rate and access for students and staff.

NOTE: This is not a comprehensive list of the indicators the district will use to make decisions on COVID protocols, but a list of the items the district may use. Not one indicator will be used, and the district will weigh all factors before any decisions are made to change protocols.  

GREEN

COVID Protocols and Strategies if the indicators listed in the dropdowns below are low or improving.

RED

COVID Protocols and Strategies if the indicators listed in the dropdowns below are high or worsening.

Prevention & Mitigation Strategies by Transmission Level

Masks

GREEN

Masks optional for staff and students

RED

Masks recommended for staff and students.

Physical Distance

GREEN

Desks may be arranged as needed Students may move between classrooms and teachers.

RED

3- 6 feet between students and staff or to the greatest extent possible

Cohorting

Turn desks to face one direction

Floor markings or signs may be placed in hallways & common areas to identify where students will line up

Handwashing

GREEN

Practice thorough hand washing and remind students to wash their hands as often as possible for 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not feasible.

RED

Schedule 20 second hand washing for students a minimum of twice per day

Use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the classroom and/or building.

Visitors

GREEN

All visitors will be asked to show their ID to be checked into the Raptor Visitor Management system if needing to enter the school.  

RED

Screen all visitors using Raptor’s embedded health questions.

  • Only essential visitors on campus:
  • Guest Educators
  • Student Teachers, Interns, Observers
  • Contractors
  • Emergency personnel
  • Brinks Security
  • Food Service vendors/deliveries
  • Mail delivery (front office only)
  • Others as determined by Campus Administration

Restrooms

GREEN

Normal restroom procedures

RED

Restrooms will be marked so that sinks/stalls utilized are of the proper distance. 

If there are students waiting for a stall, students must wait outside in the hallway until a student leaves.

Water Fountains

GREEN

Normal water fountain use

RED

Cover and close water fountains and use water bottle fillers

Athletics, Fine Arts & Other Extracurricular Activities

GREEN

No limit on audience/spectators

Try to play/practice/rehearse outside

RED

Limit audience/spectators to 25%; masks and social distancing required

Try to play/practice/rehearse outside

Consider virtual practice/play

Screen all athletes/fine arts/extracurricular students prior to practicing/rehearsing or playing/performing.

Masks recommended for students unless playing or performing in an extracurricular event.

3 – 6 feet between students and staff when possible

School Arrival

GREEN

Follow normal school protocols

RED

Staff and students must conduct each morning  COVID Assessment Screening

Screenings will not be submitted to the campus daily. Signs will be posted on campus, and district facility entrances with screening expectations.  

Bring child(ren) as close to the beginning of the school day as possible to reduce the number of people waiting for the school doors to open.

Ventilation

GREEN

Normal ventilation protocols

RED

Improve ventilation to the extent possible to increase circulation of outdoor air, increase the delivery of clean air, and dilute potential contaminants. This can be achieved through several actions.

  • Bring in as much outdoor air as possible.
  • Ensure Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) settings are maximizing ventilation.
  • Filter and/or clean the air in the school by improving the level of filtration as much as possible.
  • Use exhaust fans in restrooms and kitchens.
  • Open windows in buses and other transportation, if doing so does not pose a safety risk. Even just cracking windows open a few inches improves air circulation.

Additional protocols may be used to clean air ducts, etc

Food Service

GREEN

Normal cafeteria service. Students go through the service line to pick up lunch and milk themself.

RED

Avoid offering any self-serve food or drink options such as hot and cold food bars, salad or condiment bars, and drink stations.

Students  go through the line, and the Food Services Employee  will plate the student selections and  provide them  with a to-go box.

Students should check out by scanning their student ID when possible

Students should follow 6-ft. social distancing guidelines when coming through the line and sitting at the cafeteria tables, in their cohort or classroom.

Students should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering the cafeteria.

Large Group Gatherings  (Faculty Meetings, Field Days, etc.)

GREEN

Yes

RED

No

Field Trips

GREEN

Yes

RED

No

Out-of-District Travel

GREEN

Yes

RED

No. Exceptions could include travel for UIL events.

Library

GREEN

Normal library procedures

RED

7 day waiting period on checked out books

Check out books prior and pick up books

Clinic Isolation Rooms

GREEN

Not needed

RED

May need to create a separate space.

Isolation & Quarantine Timeframes

Positive Case

  • Are required to be reported to the local health department
  • The positive individual will isolate for 10 days starting on the day of symptom onset and at least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without medication, and other symptoms have improved.

Close Contact/Quarantine

GREEN

Contact tracing: If required will be handled by the local health department.

Quarantine: If required will be handled by local health departments.

Communication: Leander ISD will follow the guidance from our local health department regarding communication to the impacted campus community. 

RED

Contact tracing will be done by the local health departments.

Quarantine: 7 – 10 days

  • Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
  • Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. 
    • The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.

Additional criteria (e.g., continued symptom monitoring and masking through Day 14) must be met in both cases.

Communication: Leander ISD will follow the guidance from our local health department regarding communication to the impacted campus community.

Case Reviews

Case reviews will be done for each reported positive case. When in the RED they will also be done for each symptomatic, positive, or close contact case. 

Quarantine Exemptions: for any student or staff member that has been FULLY vaccinated (14 days since received last recommended dose) and remains asymptomatic 14 days after exposure. 

Cluster: 3 or more UNLINKED cases no common classes, friend group(s), teammates or household members, 

Outbreak: 3 or more LINKED cases that have common classes, friend group(s) or teammates.