How will RCISD respond to COVID-19 on Campus?

  • Royse City ISD is taking action to keep students, teachers, staff, and our community safe. While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, the current science suggests there are many steps schools can take to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff, and their families significantly. TEA recommends that all school districts follow key practices to minimize the viral spread including prevention, response, and mitigation.

Mitigation

  • Royse City ISD has implemented mitigation strategies described in the below chart. In addition, Royse CIty ISD has partnered with Rockwall County, Hunt County and Collin County to monitor new active COVID-19 identified cases. In addition, Royse City ISD has formed a contact tracing team of nurses and administrators who will let individuals know when they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Notified individuals should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and self-quarantine if they are a close contact. Per CDC, contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and our faculty and students.

    Mitigation Chart

Prevention

  • PREVENTION THROUGH STUDENT WELLNESS REPORTING
    Families may report to RCISD that their child is either experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 in their Family Access accounts. This formally notifies the campus nursing team to contact the family for further instructions. 


    PREVENTION THROUGH CLOSE CONTACT TRACING
    There are several factors that our Health Services team would have to consider in reviewing a situation regarding an individual who has tested positive or been diagnosed by a healthcare provider with COVID-19. These factors include the following TEA definitions and considerations. Per TEA SY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance released August 4, 2020, in general, close contact is defined as:

    1. Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or 
    2. Being within 6 feet for a largely uninterrupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day of approximately 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination.

    Note 1: Either (1) or (2) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. 
    Note 2: In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirmed lab test.


    PREVENTION THROUGH STAFF WELLNESS REPORTING
    All staff are required to report if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have come into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or has recieved a COVID-19 lab-confirmed diagnosis. 


    PREVENTION THROUGH SANITIZATION

    • Each classroom will be sanitized frequently and throughout the day by custodians.
    • All high touch areas will be disinfected frequently and throughout the day.
    • Classroom staff will have access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize high-touch and working surfaces and shared objects regularly.
    • Classroom staff will limit the use of shared supplies when possible.
    • Commonly touched surfaces will be disinfected between groups of students.

    Additional cleaning measures for COVID-19 Positive Cases in Classroom or Other Space:

    • If a classroom or facility is closed due to COVID-19 spread, electrostatic sprayers and aerosol disinfectant foggers will be used to fog and disinfect. 
    • Custodial staff will fog and disinfect classrooms, restrooms, athletic spaces and all affected areas in the building.

Contact Tracing

  • In the event that RCISD learns of a positive case on campus, we will immediately begin contact tracing. 

    • Completed by campus nurse & administration
    • Dates traced include 2 days prior to symptoms or positive test date
    • Includes interviewing & walking their schedule to review settings
    • Contacts include being within 6 feet for more that 15 minutes
    • Contacts receive a separate notification with required action

Communications Response

  • In addition to the decision-making protocols in school operations when a positive case is identified, Royse City ISD will send notification to parents and staff of the affected campus per Texas Education Agency. Should the number of cases warrant an intermittent closure of a school, a notification will be sent to all District families and staff.  

    In partnership with Rockwall County, Royse City ISD has created a COVID-19 dashboard on the District website. RCISD provides this data for all families, staff, and community members as a summary of all positive COVID-19 cases in our schools and support areas. The dashboard, organized by campus, includes the number of lab-positive cases for both staff and students as well as the number of individuals who have completed a minimum 10-day stay at home requirement. This data, compiled and maintained by the District Student Services Department, is updated daily. The dashboard is an additional communication created by Royse City ISD beyond the Texas Education Agency requirement of positive case notification to staff and parents of the affected campus. The dashboard is posted to the District website homepage here:

    Dashboard

Confirmed or Suspected Cases

  • Individuals Confirmed Or Suspected with COVID-19
    Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) 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: o 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:
    •  i. at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
    •  ii. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and 
    • iii. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 
    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. 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 (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for COVID-19.