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Fort Bend ISD Health and Safety Reminders for Parents, Students and Staff for the 2021-2022 School Year (7/30/21)

Dear Fort Bend ISD Parents, Students and Staff,

 

With the return to in-person instruction on Wednesday, August 11, please know the District is moving forward with student and staff safety as our top priority. Below is a quick guide to major health and safety protocols the District has in place. Please take a moment to review them. We look forward to working with you to ensure a safe and productive school year for our students, staff and families.

 

Fort Bend ISD Health and Safety Reminders for Parents and Students for the 2021-2022 School Year

 

Fort Bend ISD will follow the Texas Education Agency’s health and safety guidelines for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The FBISD 2021-22 Health & Safety Protocols can be viewed in the FBISD Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity Services Plan.

 

Daily Wellness Screening

Families will no longer be required to submit the self-health screening daily.  Beginning Saturday, July 31, families will only complete the FBISD Wellness Survey to report their child testing positive for COVID-19.  

 

Positive Case Reporting

Families will self-report a positive COVID-19 test, via the FBISD Wellness Survey.  The Student Wellness Survey will be a button located at the bottom of each campus webpage and in Skyward Family Access as well as through the link above.  If an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, Fort Bend ISD will notify Fort Bend County Health & Human Services at 281-633-7795 and the Texas Department of State Health Services, 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).

 

Cleaning of Campuses and Facilities

Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in schools. Following CDC, TEA, OSHA, and other public health guidelines, Fort Bend ISD has established protocols to keep buildings safe and clean. When a situation warrants, the district will close all or part of a building for disinfection, notifying the occupants of that building in advance, as appropriate. Fort Bend ISD will align cleaning protocols with guidance from national, state, and local authorities to help ensure students and staff are provided safe and healthy learning and working environments. Fort Bend ISD’s approach to providing a safe learning environment for all students and staff involves frequent and ongoing cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of campuses and District buildings.

 

Campus Visitors

Fort Bend ISD will allow all visitors on campus for the 2021-22 school year. Campuses will communicate their visitor guidelines to their school community.  Visitor guidelines may vary per campus due to campus utilization and uniqueness. Please contact your campus principal for information and procedures about attending on-campus events.

 

All visitors must present a valid photo ID at the front office when signing in prior to being approved to access the learning environment. 

By entering a District facility, all visitors will confirm they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last ten days.

 

Masks/Face Coverings

In accordance with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-36, effective June 5, 2021, students, staff, parents, and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in schools or in District buildings. However, any individual may wear a mask if they choose to do so. Personal choice about mask wearing is always to be respected by all staff, students, parents, and visitors. Face coverings protect not only the wearer, but also significantly reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Guidance from the CDC, as well as local and state health agencies, recommends that people who are unvaccinated wear facial coverings.

 

As a public health agency, Fort Bend County Health and Human Services is strongly encouraging families to send their children to school with masks for the start of the 2021-22 school year. 

 

Vaccinations

Texas school and child-care facility immunization requirements are determined by the state legislature and set by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency. Fort Bend ISD does not require students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19.  Families are welcome to submit their child's vaccination record to the school nurse.

 

Quarantine

An unvaccinated individual that has come in “close contact” with a lab confirmed positive case, can return to work or school:

  1. After day 10 without testing - Quarantine for 10 days from their last day of exposure to the positive COVID-19 case. The person must be symptom free for the entire 10 days to return to campus and/or work. If the person starts to have COVID symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, then they must meet the three criteria for a positive COVID case to return to campus listed above.
  2. After day 7 with a negative COVID-19 test result done on day 5 or after being last exposed to the positive COVID-19 case.

 

An unvaccinated individual that has traveled internationally can return to work or school:

  1. After day 10 without testing - Quarantine for 10 days from the day they return into the United States. The person must be symptom free for the entire 10 days to return to campus and/or work. If the person starts to have COVID symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, then they must meet the three criteria for a positive COVID case to return to campus listed above.
  2. After day 7 with a negative COVID-19 test result done on day 3 of returning into the United States

 

Individuals who are “fully vaccinated” or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days are not required to quarantine if exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. Proof of vaccination or testing positive in the last 90 days must be provided to Fort Bend County Health & Human Services at 281-633-7795.

 

People are considered “fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after a single-does vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • 2 weeks after their second does in a 2-does series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines

 

Communicable Illnesses

The safety of students, teachers and staff is the District’s foremost priority and we must work together to minimize the spread of any communicable disease. As always:

  • If an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either:
    • Obtain a medical professional’s documentation clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis and at least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication; OR,
    • Obtain a Negative PCR test for COVID at an approved COVID testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/, and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication.
  • Students at school who show symptoms of being ill will be evaluated by the nurse. The nurse will determine whether that child can remain at school. Everything is symptoms-driven.

Mental Health & Wellness Supports
Whole Child Health, is aligned with the FBISD’s Profile of a Graduate, is committed to supporting and developing the mental, behavioral, social, emotional, and physical health of all students in FBISD.  Students are best equipped and inspired to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine when these needs and skills are met and developed. The purpose of the Whole Child Health campaign is to increase awareness of FBISD’s diverse and robust health services and supports and to decrease the stigma around mental health. Our commitment to Whole Child Health includes making sure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Communication
Effective and responsive communication with parents and the communities served by Fort Bend ISD is essential to provide critical information and guidance when students return to school.  Fort Bend ISD will provide responsive communication which includes contact tracing, communication methods, and resources.