Student/Staff Confirmed or Suspected of COVID-19

  • Student Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Cases

    Judson ISD will take all safety precautions for our students.

    Confirmed Cases: If a student tests positive, the entire student cohort/class will shift to remote learning for 10 days, including weekends (this may include more than one class and a bus cohort).  Communication from campus administration will be provided to the parents of students who came in contact with a person with a positive COVID-19 test result.  Students who have tested positive will not be permitted to return to school until they have completed the 10-day quarantine and are fever-free for 24 hours without medication or are cleared by a medical professional. While this may cause an added burden on families, our goal is health and safety for all students.

    Exposure: If it has been determined by the school nurse that a student or staff member has been in close and/or prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive, the student or staff member will move to remote instruction for a minimum of three days. Students who were directly exposed should not return to school if they experience COVID-19 symptoms. Students will be given medical/safety information from the school nurse which must be followed before he/she is allowed to return to school.  The school nurse may provide a clinical screening assessment upon return to campus.

    Displaying Symptoms: If a student displays any symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, the school nurse will provide a clinical screening assessment to determine if a student needs to be sent home.  Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up by the student’s parent/guardian.  Students will be given medical/safety information from the school nurse which must be followed before he/she is allowed to return to school.  The school nurse may provide a clinical screening assessment upon return to campus.  Other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus so that the classroom can be disinfected. 

    Staff Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Cases

    Judson ISD will take all safety precautions for our staff.

     Confirmed Cases: If a staff member tests positive, the staff member must notify their direct supervisor and the Employee Services department immediately. The employee will be isolated at home for 10 days, will be contacted by a designated nurse (employed by Judson ISD), must complete a COVID-19 employee questionnaire, provide any test result and medical documentation to the Employee Services department, and continue to report any updates.  Available leave will be charged unless it is determined that the employee is eligible for the FFCRA Leave (see Employee Leave below).  

    To return to work, the employee must either (1) meet all three of the following conditions: 24 hours with no fever without medication; symptoms improved; and 10 days since onset of initial symptoms, (2) or obtain a negative test result for COVID-19 and provide results to Employee Services, (3) or provide a doctor’s note indicating an alternate diagnosis explaining symptoms to Employee Services. 

    Exposure: If a staff member has been in close and/or prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive, the staff member must notify their direct supervisor and the Employee Services department immediately.  The designated nurse (employed by Judson ISD) will determine whether the employee meets the criteria for “exposure”. If it is determined that exposure has occurred, then the employee will be asked to self-quarantine at home for 10 days from the last close contact with confirmed positive COVID-19 individual, continue to check temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and report any updates to the Employee Services department. The employee will be provided with remote work and/or placed on applicable leave unless it is determined that the employee is eligible for the FFCRA Leave (see Employee Leave below).  

    To return to work, the employee must complete their isolation period and confirm 24 hours with no fever, experiencing no symptoms.

    Displaying Symptoms: If a staff member displays symptoms, the staff member must notify their direct supervisor and the Employee Services department immediately. The employee will be isolated at home for 10 days, will be contacted by a designated nurse (employed by Judson ISD), and must complete a COVID-19 employee questionnaire. The staff member will also be encouraged to contact their primary care physician and complete a COVID-19 test if advised to do so by the medical provider, notify the Employee Services department of the test results, provide any medical documentation, and continue to report any updates.  Available leave will be charged unless it is determined that the employee is eligible for the FFCRA Leave (see Employee Leave below).  

    To return to work, the employee must either (1) meet all three of the following conditions: 24 hours with no fever without medication; symptoms improved; and 10 days since onset of initial symptoms, (2) or obtain a negative test result for COVID-19 and provide results to Employee Services, (3) or provide a doctor’s note indicating an alternative diagnosis to Employee Services.

    Employee Leave: There will be no additional days added to the current allotted leave days if a staff member or family member tests positive for Covid-19. However, FFCRA Leave may be available if one of 3 criteria below is met: 

    1. Employee is subject to quarantine or isolation order, advised to self-quarantine by a health care provider, or experiencing symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis. 
    2. Employee is caring for an individual subject or advised to quarantine or isolate. 
    3. Employee is caring for a son or daughter if school or place of care is closed or the childcare provider is unavailable.

    The employee services department can assist any staff member in determining eligibility for FFCRA leave.  Please note documentation will be required to meet eligibility.

    TEA Guidance on Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19:

    Any individuals who themselves either:

    1. are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or
    2. experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

    In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

    1. at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
    2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
    • at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

    Or in the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.

    Or If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID-19 via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.