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Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Schools

General Information

When an individual at a school either:

  1. is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or

  2. experiences the symptoms of COVID-19

The individual 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:

  1. 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 three days (72 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

    3. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

  2.  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.

  3. 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

    1. Obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or

    2. Receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/ (Opens in new window)

When a school identifies a possible COVID-19 case:

  1. The school will immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.

  2. The school will immediately clean the areas used by the individual (student, teacher or staff) who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school as soon as feasible.

  3. Students who report feeling feverish should be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

When a school identifies a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case:

  1. If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school will notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

  2. The school will immediately close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus.

  3. Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate in any on-campus activities.

  4. When appropriate, Amarillo ISD will work with the local health department for Contact Tracing for any individual with a positive COVID-19 test.

    For contact tracing, the District will assume that an individual is infectious two (2) days prior to showing symptoms or two (2) days prior to an asymptomatic positive COVID-19 test.

  5. Each campus or facility will create an isolation room for individuals who are suspected to have COVID-19 symptoms. Isolation room must have sink or hand sanitizer available.

The campus re-entry chart for students and staff (PDF opens in new window) outlines the steps involved, protocols to be followed, and absence/pay guidelines for staff.

NOTE: We are updating this chart and will upload the revised document soon.