The CDC and GPISD
The CDC recommends the universal and correct wearing of masks. As of August 16, 2021, GPISD strongly encourages the wearing of masks for all GPISD students, staff, and visitors in all district campuses and facilities.
The CDC recommends modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing. GPISD has modified classrooms and common areas to allow for the CDC recommended three feet of social distancing where feasible.
Hand Washing & Respiratory Etiquette
The CDC recommends handwashing and respiratory etiquette. GPISD teaches and encourages proper handwashing techniques and respiratory etiquette.
Cleaning & Ventilation
The CDC recommends the cleaning and maintaining of healthy facilities, including improving ventilation. GPISD will continue its heightened cleaning and maintenance efforts to the extent feasible. Additionally, GPISD is committed to improving air quality throughout the district in the classrooms, common areas, and offices.
Contact Tracing, Isolation, & Quarantine
The CDC recommends contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine in collaboration with State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments.
Contact Tracing: The local health authority will conduct case investigations and contact tracing. If an infected individual was on campus during the infectious period, campus nurses and the GPISD COVID Support Team will provide appropriate information to aid in the case investigation and contact tracing process.
Isolation & Quarantine: GPISD will follow the Texas Department of State Health Services rule regarding COVID-19 readmission criteria.
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 or suspected of having COVID-19. Exclusion shall continue until the readmission criteria for the conditions are met. The readmission criteria for COVID-19 is as follows:
If symptomatic, exclude until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free*, and other symptoms have improved.
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.
*Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.
The CDC recommends diagnostic and screening testing. All GPISD campus nurses will provide information for available diagnostic and screening testing to students and staff members who request it. The following link is managed by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services and provides up-to-date information about COVID-19 Test Collection Sites in Texas.
The CDC recommends efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities. GPISD will communicate information regarding available vaccination locations and vaccination clinics utilizing our standard communication methods. 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.
Students with Disabilities
The CDC recommends appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies. GPISD actively monitors and evaluates students with special needs through individualized education/accommodation plans. These plans make concessions for all needed accommodations to provide equity in student achievement and student health.
The CDC recommends coordination with State and local health officials. The GPISD Health Services department and COVID Support Team communicates as needed with State and local health officials.
Updated August 16, 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.