Screening and Health Protocols

  • VISITORS

    We ask that all visitors check in through the main office and be prepared with proper ID for the Raptor System.  Visitors 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.
    • have received (within the past 10 days) a confirmed positive test result.

    STUDENTS

    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.

    EMPLOYEES

    All employees are expected to follow the GPISD Employee COVID Protocol.

    EMPLOYEES WITH A LAB CONFIRMED POSITIVE TEST RESULT

    -Step One:  Employees will report their absences following their campus/department procedures. 

    -Step Two:  Employees with a lab confirmed positive test result should complete the health survey (and upload a copy of their positive test result.  Employees with a positive result will need to follow the recommendations of their health care provider.  Following DEC(LOCAL), documentation for absences may be required. 

    In alignment with the rules of the Texas Department of State Health Services, employees 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.  Staff who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19 may access their available sick, personal, or vacation leave as applicable under district policy.  Documentation may be required.

    Conditions for Re-entry:

    The readmission criteria for COVID-19 is as follows:

    • Employees 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.
    • Employees 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.

    Employee Leave

    The Board of Trustees of the Grand Prairie Independent School District has authorized additional leave for employees of up to 5 days of paid emergency leave for COVID-19, for employees instructed to self-isolate after having a lab-confirmed positive test of COVID-19. This leave is effective for the dates July 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022. Documentation may be required.

    CLOSE CONTACT EMPLOYEES (AS DETERMINED BY PUBLIC HEALTH/HEALTH CARE PROVIDER)

    Close contact employees, as determined by public health/health care provider, may opt to observe the recommended stay at home period.  Employees determined to be close contacts who opt to observe the recommended stay at home period may access their available sick, personal, or vacation leave as applicable under district policy.  Following DEC(LOCAL), documentation for absences may be required.

    For employees who are determined to be close contacts and are experiencing no symptoms, the optional stay-at-home period can end on Day 10 after close contact exposure, if no subsequent COVID-19 testing is performed.  Documentation for absences may be required.

    Alternately, employees who are determined to be close contacts and opt to observe the optional stay-at-home period may end the stay-at-home period if they receive a negative result from a PCR acute infection test after the close contact exposure ends.  Documentation for absences may be required.

    Employee Leave

    The Board of Trustees of the Grand Prairie Independent School District has authorized additional leave for employees of up to 5 days of paid emergency leave for COVID-19, for employees instructed to self-isolate after having a lab-confirmed positive test of COVID-19. This leave is effective for the dates July 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022. Documentation may be required.

    EMPLOYEES WITH SYMPTOMS OR AWAITING TEST RESULTS

    • Employees who are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test should follow the recommendations of their health care provider. Documentation may be required.
    • Employees who are symptomatic prior to the start of the workday should follow the recommendations of their health care provider. Documentation may be required.

    Employee Leave

    The Board of Trustees of the Grand Prairie Independent School District has authorized additional leave for employees of up to 5 days of paid emergency leave for COVID-19, for employees instructed to self-isolate after having a lab-confirmed positive test of COVID-19. This leave is effective for the dates July 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022. Documentation may be required.

    PROTOCOLS FOR HAND WASHING AND HAND SANITIZING

    Frequent use of hand sanitizer and sanitation practices will be encouraged.

    PROTOCOLS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

    Protective measures, including the use of face coverings, will be determined by the level of COVID-19 activity.  The district will rely on recommendations from state and local governments as well as the Texas Education Agency.  As of August 16, 2021, masks are strongly encouraged for all GPISD students, staff, and visitors in all district campuses and facilities.

    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.

    https://tdem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1e91fb79fa44417898738e5bff31a3d8

    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.

    https://dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine/

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  • Updated September 22, 2021
    *Some protocols may be subject to change based on updated guidance from the state of Texas, public health authorities, or changing conditions in Dallas County and/or Tarrant County.
    *Algunos protocolos pueden estar sujetos a cambios con base de recomendaciones actualizadas del estado de Texas, autoridades de salud pública, o condiciones cambiantes en el condado de Dallas y/o Tarrant.