COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
School Year 2021-2022
Update Aug. 26 with updated quarantine guidance.
We know that the number one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is masking. Masks work. Everyone on AISD grounds, including students, staff and visitors, are required to wear a mask.
Screening and Temperature Checks
We strongly encourage all individuals to screen for symptoms per CDC guidelines before coming to campus. The COVID-19 Screen & Go on the AISD mobile app can still be used as a screening option for students and staff. AISD will no longer be performing temperature checks or asking screening questions upon entry to facilities, as the CDC recommends screening should happen before leaving home. Anyone who is sick should stay home and contact their campus immediately.
AISD will follow the CDC’s recommended cleaning guidelines for schools. We’ll clean and disinfect highly-touched surfaces and areas frequently, and will do so immediately if a sick individual has been in the room.
If you or your child are feeling sick, regardless of whether you’re vaccinated or not, please stay home and contact your physician and campus as soon as possible. Anyone who is sick will need to isolate for 10 days. Those who show symptoms can return early if they receive a doctor’s note stating they do not have COVID-19 or receive a negative result from a PCR test. Rapid antigen testing will still be available in campus health rooms at the start of the school year.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 need to stay home and isolate for 10-days while they await return to campus guidance. They should report the positive test result to their campus administration or supervisor immediately to initiate any needed contact tracing.
Quarantine – Updated 08/26
Fully COVID-19-vaccinated people (two weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna or single dose of Johnson & Johnson) per CDC guidelines will not need to quarantine if they come in close contact with someone who tests positive.
Students do not have to quarantine if they were at least three feet away from another student with COVID-19 while everyone was correctly and consistently wearing masks. The masks must have fully covered the nose and mouth at all times during contact.
Students or unvaccinated adults who were within six feet of an adult with COVID-19 will need to quarantine, regardless if masks were worn.
A quarantine may last 10 days (14 days for high-risk individuals) without a test. Someone who is quarantining can come back on the eighth day if the person has been symptom-free and receives a negative result. The test with the negative result must have happened on or after the fifth day.
Frequent cleaning will take place. There will be assigned seating to assist with contact tracing. Physical distancing of 3 feet or more will take place when feasible, per CDC guidelines. Plexiglas will be placed in classrooms and across campuses. In addition, we will be providing a HEPA air filtration system within each classroom.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine helps to lower your chances of getting COVID-19, spreading it to others, and ending up in the hospital. The district is partnering with local organizations to provide COVID-19 vaccine opportunities to students, staff, families, and the community. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is not required, but strongly encouraged. You can view our vaccine clinic opportunities HERE.
COVID-19 Rapid Testing
COVID-19 rapid antigen testing will still be available in campus health rooms at the start of the school year for those needing it. Testing is not a requirement. Please contact your school nurse for more information.
Buses will go back to operating at full capacity. However, seating charts will be required, hand sanitizer will be readily available, students in the same household will sit together, and daily cleaning will continue. We will require students to wear masks while on the bus.
All students will go back to eating breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, unless your school was a Breakfast in the Classroom campus pre-pandemic. There will be assigned seating and students will follow physical distancing as space permits. Hand washing or using hand sanitizer will be required before going through the food line and eating areas will be cleaned between students.
If you have any questions, please reach out through Let’s Talk.
Please note that while we do not expect many or any changes to the above protocols, we will continue to adjust protocols and communicate any changes as new governmental mandates and health authority recommendations are given