District to return to Yellow Phase of COVID-19 safety protocols on October 13


Current Status: ** YELLOW

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.

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.

The decision to move from one stage to another will be made in collaboration with our local and state authorities while following the State of Texas’s Executive Order.

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.

YELLOW

COVID Protocols and Strategies if the indicators listed are moderate or worsening.

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 are optional for staff and students.

YELLOW

Masks are recommended for ALL individuals while indoors.

RED

Masks are required for ALL individuals while indoors.

Physical Distance

GREEN

Desks may be arranged as needed. 

Students may move between classrooms and teachers.

YELLOW

3 feet between students if possible.

Cohorting is recommended at all levels if possible and highly recommended at the Elementary level.

Students may move between classrooms and teachers.

Desks may be arranged as needed with 3 feet of distance if possible.

Up-to-date seating charts are recommended for each classroom.

RED

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

Cohorting is recommended at all levels if possible and highly recommended at the Elementary level.

Signs may be placed in hallways & common areas to identify where students will line up.

Up-to-date seating charts are required for each classroom.

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.

YELLOW

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.

At the Elementary Level: It is recommended: a 20-second hand washing session is scheduled for students a minimum of twice per day

RED

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.

At the Elementary Level: It is recommended: a 20-second hand washing session is scheduled for students a minimum of twice per day

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.  

YELLOW

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

All will be asked if they have completed a self-assessment prior to arriving at the school.

RED

Only essential visitors are allowed at campus/district facilities.

Screen all visitors using Raptor’s embedded health questions.

Restrooms

GREEN

Normal restroom procedures.

YELLOW

Normal restroom procedures.

RED

Normal restroom procedures.

Water Fountains

GREEN

Normal water fountain use

YELLOW

Normal water fountain use.

The use of personal water bottles will be encouraged.

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

YELLOW

No limit on audience/spectators.

Social distancing between students and audience/spectators is recommended. 

Try to play/practice/rehearse outside.

RED

May limit capacity for both indoor and outdoor audience/spectators based on current guidance. 

Masks and social distancing are recommended for both indoor and outdoor events. 

School Arrival

GREEN

Follow normal school protocols

YELLOW

Follow normal school protocols.

RED

Signs may 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

YELLOW

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.

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.

YELLOW

Normal cafeteria service. Students go through the service line to pick up lunch and select their desired choices.

Students should check out by scanning their student ID when possible.

Students will be encouraged to space out as much as possible when going through the line and sitting at the cafeteria tables.

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

RED

Normal cafeteria service. Students go through the service line to pick up lunch and select their desired choices.

Students should check out by scanning their student ID when possible

Students should follow 3-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

YELLOW

Yes, it is recommended that these gatherings be hosted outdoors if possible, with masks and social distancing. When indoors, masks and social distancing are highly recommended.

RED

It is recommended that these gatherings be hosted outdoors if possible, with masks and social distancing. When indoors, masks and social distancing are required.

Field Trips

GREEN

Yes

YELLOW

Yes, with masks recommended and social distancing when possible.

RED

Yes, with masks required and social distancing when possible.

Out-of-District Travel

GREEN

Yes

YELLOW

Yes, with masks recommended and social distancing when possible.

RED

Possible with approval.

Exceptions could include travel for UIL events.

Library

GREEN

Normal library procedures.

YELLOW

Normal library procedures.

RED

Normal library procedures.

Clinic Isolation Rooms

GREEN

Not needed.

YELLOW

Not needed.

RED

May need to create a separate space.

School Board & Public Meetings

  • We strongly recommend masks from visitors during indoor, public meetings outside of the school day. 
  • We will try to maintain social distancing during indoor meetings but we may not be able to maintain that spacing based on crowd size. 
  • If we are notified of an attendee in our meeting testing positive for COVID-19, we are required to report the information to the health department. We will not have local controls in place for contact tracing (such as sign-in sheets, assigned seats, etc.) for public gatherings and Board meetings. Contact tracing would be the requirement of the public health agency. 
  • If a student or staff member tests positive, we will report it on our dashboard and send notifications to the impacted school. Students and staff in classroom grades PreK – 6 will receive a close contact notification.

Isolation & Quarantine Timeframes

Positive Case

  • Are required to be reported to the local health department
  • Positive individuals are required to 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

**LISD will be conducting contact tracing for children in PreK-6th grade, as these students have not been provided the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If your child is identified via contact tracing as a close contact to the positive individual, you will receive an additional notification letter.

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. 

YELLOW

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

*LISD will be conducting contact tracing for children in PreK-6th grade, as these students have not been provided the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Close Contact: *If your child is identified via contact tracing as a close contact to the positive individual, you will receive an additional notification letter.

Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms is required 2x/day. 

Quarantine: Quarantining is optional. If an individual chooses not to quarantine, mask use at all times (except eating or drinking) is highly recommended.

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.*

*LISD will be conducting contact tracing for children in PreK-6th grade, as these students have not been provided the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Close Contact: *If your child is identified via contact tracing as a close contact to the positive individual, you will receive an additional notification letter.

Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms is required 2x/day. 

Quarantine: Quarantining is optional. If an individual chooses not to quarantine, mask use at all times (except eating or drinking) is required.

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.

Cluster: 3 or more LINKED cases that have common classes, friend groups(s), or teammates
Outbreak: 3-4 UNLINKED clusters on one campus/facility

For any student or staff member who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, we ask parents/guardians/staff members to complete the appropriate form below to notify the district.

POSITIVE STAFF REPORTING
Email: employeecovid@leanderisd.org

Quick Reference Guide

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should:

  • Students: Submit a Positive Student Reporting form.
  • Employees: Notify their campus/department admin and email employeecovid@leanderisd.org
  • Isolate for ten days after the date of symptom onset or test date if asymptomatic, which ever occurred first.
  • Individuals must be free of fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before returning to school/work.
  • Regardless of vaccination status individuals who test positive are required to Isolate for 10 days.

Leander ISD will notify the appropriate local health department of probable or lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive as required by the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 81. Communicable Diseases.

Individuals who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should:

  • Consider isolating to prevent the unintended transmission of the virus to others as recommended by the CDC.
  • Consider seeking medical guidance from your health care provider.
  • Consider testing as recommended by the CDC.
  • Consider wearing a mask/face covering if respiratory symptoms are present and you choose not to test for COVID-19 to prevent the unintended transmission of the virus to others.

Individuals who have been identified as a close contact or has had known close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 should:

  • Consider quarantining for 14 days after the date of last contact as recommended by the CDC.
  • Monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for 14 days after the date of last contact as recommended by the CDC.
  • Consider wearing a mask if choosing to return to work/school prior to the end of the 14-day quarantine period.
  • Consider testing between day 5 and day 7 after exposure and if symptoms develop.

COVID-19 Positive Case Notifications:

  • Leander ISD will notify the appropriate local health department of any probable or lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive as required.
  • Leander ISD will send a notification to staff and families of the impacted campus/department.
  • Leander ISD will utilize the District’s COVID-19 Dashboard as a way to provide transparency to our COVID-19 positive cases with the district facilities.

Masks/Face Coverings:

COVID-19 Vaccines:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are not required for students or employees.
  • Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the CDC, promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
  • According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and recommended for all eligible individuals.

    * If you have questions or concerns about receiving the vaccine you are encouraged to reach out to your healthcare provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to submit a daily COVID-19 screener?

  • No.
  • Students and staff are asked to do a self screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving to school each day.
  • Parents/Guardians: Per the Leander ISD Student & Parent Handbook By sending your child to school, you are attesting that your child has a very low risk of carrying or spreading any disease. We appreciate you partnering with Leander ISD to ensure a healthy environment for all our students and staff.
  • Staff: By coming to work the employee is attesting that they are free of illness or any symptom/s of a communicable disease.

Can I come to school/work if I have symptoms from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

Some individuals report experiencing mild symptoms 24-48 hours after receiving the vaccine. If you have not had close contact with a known positive case in the previous 14 days, you may come to work with mild symptoms of low-grade fever (below 100.0F), fatigue, headache, chills, and/or muscle or body aches, which is common during the first 48 hours. If symptoms persist for more than 2 days, the employee should isolate and consider testing.

Symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell are NOT consistent with post-vaccination symptoms, and employees with these symptoms or fever >100.0F should isolate and consider testing.

Will I be notified if my child or I (staff) am a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual?

  • Leander ISD will notify the appropriate local health department of a probable or lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive as required by the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 81. Communicable Diseases.
  • Once the case is reported it will be the responsibility of the local health department to contact trace, identify and contact those individuals that are considered a close contact.
  • Leander ISD will send a notification to staff and families of the impacted campus/department.
  • Leander ISD will utilize the District’s COVID-19 Dashboard as a way to provide transparency to our COVID-19 positive cases within district facilities.

What do I do if I choose to quarantine?

If you choose to quarantine please consider following the CDC guidance on how to quarantine.

  • Student:
    • A virtual learning environment will not be available
    • Student will be responsible for missed work
    • Student may not participate in any Leander ISD sponsored UIL/extra-curricular activities, this includes being a spectator.
      • Example: sporting/fine arts practices, games, or performances
  • Staff:

Is there a virtual learning option available?

  • The state announced it will not fund virtual learning this school year.
  • LISD is offering a remote learning option, capacity is currently full, with a wait list that closed on Aug. 8
  • LISD could consider increasing the capacity for this program, but we need the state to take action and give our families choice within our public schools.

Do employees have to use personal leave if they are diagnosed with COVID-19? **Update: 8/24/21

  • **Staff members have 8 COVID days available to them if they test positive or are presumed positive. ~ Updated 8/24/21
  • See the Employee Handbook for more information about available leaves.

Do employees have to use personal leave if they are a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual? ~ Update: 8/27/21

  • If a person is a close contact of someone that tests positive, we highly recommend they quarantine.
  • If an employee chooses to quarantine, they will use their personal leave time.
  • **Under TEA guidelines, you may continue working so long as rapid testing is performed at the start of the day, at least once every other day until the end of day 10. This is up to the employee to perform and does not need to be reported. ~ Updated 8/27/21