COVID-19 Precautions

Precautions for The Parish School

Updated: 2.3.22

The following guidelines refer to the resumption of face-to-face instruction for the 2021-22 school year during the COVID-19 crisis. As guidelines for the country, state and county continue to develop, these policies will change to reflect current standards. We will monitor the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health and Human Services of Texas (Child Care Licensing) for updates. The Parish School provides this information so families will be aware of precautions we are taking and the risk of their child returning to school. 

Student and Family Procedures

Self-Screening

  • Parents are asked to complete a self-screen at home before coming school. Please do not come to school if your child has any of the symptoms below:
    • Sore throat
    • Running Nose/Congestion outside your normal baseline (i.e. allergies)
    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
    • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
    • Fever over 100.4

If your child is not able to pass this screen and attend school, please alert Angela Burris, school nurse at aburris@parishschool.org.  Decisions regarding failed health screens including determination of a return to school date will be made based on established guidelines.

If your child has failed the health screen and has NOT been diagnosed with COVID or been in close contact with a confirmed case, your child may return to school when: 

  • The student has been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours after respiratory and COVID-19 symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared.
  • OR the student has received a negative Real-time PCR COVID-19 test result.
  • OR you can provide documentation from a healthcare facility of a negative rapid antigen test conducted by a healthcare professional.
  • OR the student has a doctor's release form.
  • OR the student has an alternate diagnosis that has been resolved and COVID-19 has been ruled out. (No pending COVID-19 tests)  

If your child starts to exhibit any of the above symptoms during the school day, your child will be removed from class and placed in a waiting area away from others. The school nurse will supervise your child until a caregiver arrives for pick-up. Activities will be provided for your child as he/she waits, and Student and Family Services will be available if needed.

 

Close Contact

Close contact occurs when you are within 6 feet of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period.  For those who have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case but are not symptomatic, the return to school criteria may be met in one of the following ways:

  • OR If your child is unvaccinated or you are choosing not to share your child’s vaccination status, the student may take a COVID test administered at a medical facility (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) and may return to school if the results are negative. You will need to provide documentation of this before you return to campus to Angela Burris, the school nurse. 
  • OR the student has had a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Youmust supply one of the following to Angela Burris before returning to campus:  
  • A positive PCR test result reflecting the date
  • OR dated documentation from a healthcare facility of a positive rapid antigen test conducted by a healthcare professional.
  • OR 10 days have passed since the student’s last exposure to the positive case of COVID.

 

Diagnosis

For children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, they may return to school when one of the following conditions is met. 

  • Your child has been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours, after respiratory and COVID-19 symptoms have improved, AND at least 5 days after symptoms first appeared. To return on day 6, a negative COVID test administered at a medical facility (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) must be supplied to Angela Burris. 
  • OR 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared or the date the COVID-19 test was administered, whichever is first. In addition, your child must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours, after respiratory and COVID-19 symptoms have improved.  

 The school nurse or program administrator will work with each family to determine the return date.  

 

Other

  • Wearing a mask on campus for all individuals is optional.
  • Visitors are allowed on campus and must sign a visitor agreement form at administration when they check in.
  • Classes will have normal proximity to other classes within the same level in Elementary and in Early Childhood classes will not be mixing during indoor activities.
  • If we are made aware that a faculty/staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, the Health Department and/or Child Care Licensing will be notified, and a notification of potential exposure will be sent to families. Confidentiality will be maintained.
  • Following international travel, self-monitor for symptoms. Isolate and take a COVID test administered at a medical facility (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) if symptoms develop.
  • Please be aware that calls and emails to staff after hours (5:00pm) may not be responded to until the following school day. If you are in need of a response prior to the start of school the next day, please call the office as early as 6:30am at extension 1114, and someone will be available to address your question or concern.
  • Communications will be sent to impacted families regarding credible symptoms and positive cases of COVID-19. A community wide communication will be sent for all positive cases of COVID-19.

Faculty and Staff Procedures

Self-Screening
  • Faculty and staff are asked to complete a self-screen at home before coming school. Please do not come to school if you have any of the symptoms below:

    • Sore throat
    • Running Nose/Congestion outside your normal baseline (i.e. allergies)
    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
    • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
    • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Fever over 100.4

  • If you are not able to pass this screen and attend school, please alert your supervisor as soon as possible.  Decisions regarding failed health screens including determination of a return-to-work date will be made based on established guidelines.
  • If you have failed the health screen and have NOT been diagnosed with COVID or been in close contact with a confirmed case, you may return to campus when: 

    • You have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours after respiratory and COVID-19 symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared.
    • OR you have received a negative Real-time PCR COVID-19 test result.
    • OR you can provide documentation from a healthcare facility of a negative rapid antigen test conducted by a healthcare professional.
    • OR you have a doctor's release form.
    • OR you have an alternate diagnosis that has been resolved and COVID-19 has been ruled out. (No pending COVID-19 tests)  


Close Contact

  •  Close contact occurs when you are within 6 feet of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period.  For those who have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case but are not symptomatic, the return to school criteria may be met in one of the following ways:

    • You have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people. You will need to provide documentation to your supervisor before your return to campus.
    • OR You are unvaccinated or choosing not to share your vaccination statue and take a COVID test administered at a medical facility (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) and these results are negative. You will need to provide documentation of this before you return to campus to your supervisor.
    • OR 10 days have passed since your last exposure to the positive case of COVID.
    • OR if you have had a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days. You must supply one of the following to your supervisor before returning to campus: 
      • A positive PCR test result reflecting the date
      • OR dated documentation from a healthcare facility of a positive rapid antigen test conducted by a healthcare professional.

Diagnosis

  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may return to campus when one of the following conditions is met. 
    • You have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours, after respiratory and COVID-19 symptoms have improved, AND at least 5 days after symptoms first appeared. To return on day 6, a negative COVID test administered at a medical facility (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) must be supplied to Angela Burris. 
    • OR 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared or the date the COVID-19 test was administered, whichever is first. In addition, you must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours, after respiratory and COVID-19 symptoms have improved.  

Your supervisor will work with you to determine a return date.


Other

  • Wearing a mask on campus for all individuals is optional.
  • Classes will have normal proximity to other classes within the same level in Elementary and in Early Childhood classes will not be mixing during indoor activities.
  • If we are made aware that a faculty/staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, the Health Department and/or Child Care Licensing will be notified, and a notification of potential exposure will be sent to families. Confidentiality will be maintained.
  • Following international travel, self-monitor for symptoms. Isolate and take a COVID test administered at a medical facility (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) if symptoms develop.
  • Communications will be sent to impacted families regarding credible symptoms and positive cases of COVID-19. A community wide communication will be sent for all positive cases of COVID-19.
  • Early childhood staff will be required to bring a change of clothes in the event they are exposed to a child’s bodily fluids during the school day.
  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to keep meetings virtual or socially distanced (6 feet apart) if being held face-to-face.

 

 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures

  • Normal cleaning protocols following standard procedures will resume.
  • All buildings will be thoroughly disinfected every 90 days.
  • In the event of exposure, the areas affected will be deep cleaned followed by disinfecting with Bioesque Solutions.