Health and Safety FAQ for 2022-2023 School Year
What do I do if my child has signs and/or symptoms of general illness or symptoms of COVID-19 before the school day starts?
Notify your campus nurse and stay home if you have:
Fever of 100.0 or greater (general illness)
Diarrhea (general illness)
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 compatible illness:
At least two of the following:
Fever (subjective or measured), chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, or runny nose OR
At least one of the following:
Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder AND
No alternative is more likely
When does my child return to school after an illness?
Your child may return to school after general illness if they are:
Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
Diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of diarrhea suppression medication
Your child may return to school after COVID-19 compatible symptoms when they:
Receive a negative molecular COVID-19 lab test OR
Five days have passed since symptom onset and 24 hours fever free without fever suppressing medication and symptoms have improved OR
Submit a Healthcare Provider note outlining the illness is not related to COVID-19 with an alternate diagnosis and you are allowed to return to work.
When can my child return to school after a COVID-19 diagnosis or confirmation of COVID-19?
Per DSHS guidance on communicable diseases, your child may return to school after COVID-19 when all three of the following have been met:
5 days have passed since symptom onset
The individual has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medication
Symptoms have improved
What do I do if my child has been exposed to a case of COVID-19?
If your child is fully vaccinated > than 2 weeks after your second vaccination of a 2-dose series OR > 2 weeks after a one-dose vaccination, your child may return to school.
If your child has had COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and has recovered, your child may return to school.
If your child is not fully vaccinated, and you are exposed, talk to your Healthcare Provider for further guidance.
What do I do if my child will miss an extended number of days due to COVID-19 illness?
Please notify your child’s teacher(s) so they may work with you on class assignments.
What about face coverings?
Per Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Executive Order GA-36, school systems may not require students or staff to wear a face covering.
You may wear a mask if you choose to do so.
Also, Per Gov. Abbott’s order, face coverings are optional for students, staff, and visitors. In determining individual preference, families may refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for current guidelines and recommendations regarding face coverings.
What can I do to mitigate infectious disease?
- Monitor your and your child’s health.
- Practice frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing:
- Rub hands vigorously with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Use 60 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trashcan:
- If no tissue is available, cough/sneeze into the crook of your arm and wash your hands.
- Consider wearing a face-covering when inside and around large groups.
- Stay away from others who are sick.
- Socially distance as feasible.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Report any concerns of illness to the campus nurse immediately.
Do I need to report a positive COVID-19 test to the school district?
Yes – Please let your child’s School Nurse know if your child is positive for COVID-19.
Will parents be notified of a teacher or staff vaccination status?
No – Allen ISD does not require teachers or staff to share their vaccination status. COVID-19 vaccination is considered personal and protected health information.