Due to the pandemic, we want to make sure that parents are aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. As a reminder, if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, please consider keeping them home and visiting with your health care provider.
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees F
- Body aches (muscle or bone pain, not related to injury)
- Loss of taste or smell
- For students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline
- Shortness of breath
- New onset of severe Headache, (especially with fever)
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
- Congestion or Runny nose
Screening and Health Protocols for 2021-2022
We ask all students follow campus procedures upon arrival for the school day. Students are encouraged to refrain from entering any GPISD facility if they:
- are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
- have been exposed (within the past 14 days) to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19.
- are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.
COVID-19 POSITIVE STUDENTS
- Students with a lab confirmed positive test result for COVID-19 should follow the guidance of their health care provider.
- A lab confirmed positive test result should be reported to the campus nurse as soon as possible.
- Students with a lab confirmed positive test result for COVID-19 are not permitted to return to campus until the conditions for re-entry are met.
- Teachers and administrators will work with students who are absent due to a stay-at-home period to keep the student on track and help complete their make-up work.
Conditions for Re-entry
Coronavirus disease 2019 commonly referred to as COVID-19 is a disease requiring exclusion from school under 25 Tex. Admin. Code § 97.7.
A school administrator shall exclude from attendance any child having COVID-19. Exclusion shall continue until the readmission criteria for the conditions are met. The readmission criteria for COVID-19 is as follows:
- Children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.
- Children who test positive for COVID-19 and are symptomatic must stay at home until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free*, and other symptoms have improved.
*Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.
STUDENTS DISPLAYING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS ON CAMPUS
- When a student is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on campus, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if it is necessary to send the student home.
- Students who are ill should be picked up within 30-60 minutes from the time the campus contacts the student’s parent/guardian.
STUDENTS AWAITING TEST RESULTS, SYMPTOMATIC FOR COVID-19, AND/OR IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT
- Students who are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test should follow the recommendations of their health care provider.
- Students who are symptomatic prior to the start of the school day should follow the recommendations of their health care provider.
- Students who are knowingly exposed (within the past 14 days) to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 should follow the recommendations of their health care provider.
Students Identified as a Close Contact:
Parents of students who are determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may opt to keep their students at home during the recommended stay at home period.
For students who are determined to be close contacts, the stay-at-home period can end for students experiencing no symptoms on Day 10 after close contact exposure, if no subsequent COVID-19 testing is performed.
Alternately, students who are determined to be close contacts can end the stay-at-home period if they receive a negative result from a PCR acute infection test after the close contact exposure ends.
Teachers and administrators will work with students who are absent due to a stay-at-home period to keep the student on track and help complete their make-up work.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
The following link will provide up-to-date information about COVID-19 Test Collection Sites in Texas. The link is managed by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
The following link will provide up-to-date COVID-19 Vaccination Information. The link is managed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The vaccine is not required. This information is being made available for those interested in learning more about the vaccine.