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Daily Safety Protocols

General Information

In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, students pre-k through 3rd grade are strongly advised to wear a face mask, and students 4th grade and above must wear a face mask. Parents must verify they will not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. Instead, parents should opt to receive remote instruction until the conditions for re-entry are met. Parents may also opt to have their students receive remote instruction if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed. 

AISD will screen students for COVID-19. Screening will be accomplished by asking questions by phone or other electronic methods and/or in person. Campuses will regularly reinforce screening procedures and educate parents on the critical need for compliance. When it comes to policies and regulations that encourage daily attendance, students who are engaged in virtual attendance will satisfy attendance requirements for initiatives like perfect attendance/semester test exemptions. Daily forehead temperature checks of asymptomatic students is not recommended by the CDC at this time and will not be regularly performed at school.

AISD staff will wear a face mask while at school. Staff will be asked to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. The self-screening should include teachers and staff taking their own temperature. Teachers and staff must report to the school system if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry. Additionally, they must report to the school system if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. 

Following federal, state and local mandates, the use of non-medical grade face coverings will be enforced in all Amarillo ISD facilities. Face coverings will be required for:

  1. All Amarillo ISD staff
  2. All students ages 10 and older (age and health exceptions), per state guidelines
    1. Per CDC recommendations, face masks for students over the age of 2 (except for exemptions) are strongly encouraged
  3. Any individual coming to campus during the instructional day will be required to wear a face covering for building access

For the purposes of this document, masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks or cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth).

It may be impractical for students to wear masks while participating in some UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks during those activities, the District will require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities.

  • For example, students who are actively exercising may remove masks as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks. However, schools must require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.

As the Governor revisits the Executive Order [No. GA-29] relating to the use of face coverings, AISD will reexamine its expectation related to face coverings.