In an effort to expedite the reporting of student COVID cases we ask that you use the link below to report all COVID-related matters such as a confirmed COVID case, positive test results, COVID exposure, COVID symptoms, and etc.
COVID REPORTING FORM: https://tinyurl.com/2ymcdfzd
We have also attached the latest isolation and quarantine recommendations to help assist you in knowing what to do in regards to COVID-related matters.
So again, if you have to report a COVID related matter such as a positive case, exposure, test results, symptoms, please use the link. Our nursing staff is continually monitoring submissions and responding to our families. It is extremely important that we get this information as soon as possible. Once the information is received, a daily link will be sent to you so your student can access the District’s remote conferencing system, which will help their attendance.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath/difficulty
- New loss of taste or smell breathing
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
How do I communicate with the school if my child has seasonal allergies, chronic migraines, gastrointestinal issues, asthma, etc.?
- If there is a medical history of these symptoms, please provide a doctor’s note to the school nurse for documentation. Students will be assessed by the school nurse to determine if there is a change in the student’s normal baseline.
What procedure will be followed if my student shows symptoms of COVID-19 while at school?
- Students showing symptoms of illness will be assessed by the school nurse and monitored until they can be picked up by their parent/guardian.
- School nurses have the ability to perform COVID-19 rapid testing for students whose parents/guardians have given consent to do so.
- Students with symptoms who are not wearing a mask at the time of arrival to the clinic will be offered a mask to wear and the parent/guardian will be notified.
What do I do if my student is at home or is sent home from school with a fever (100.0 degrees or greater) and/or any other symptoms of COVID-19 but has not been exposed to COVID 19?
- Contact your healthcare provider for guidance.
- If the student has symptoms of COVID-19, and is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, the student should not return to school until after at least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Additionally, at least 24 hours must have passed since the student had a fever (without fever reducing medications) and the student has had improvement of additional symptoms (cough, etc.). These three criteria should be met for readmittance on campus.
- If the student is evaluated and is diagnosed with another condition, the student may return to school prior to 5 days with a healthcare provider’s note. The student must also be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. A COVID-19 test is not required if an alternate diagnosis is received from the provider.
- Without an alternative diagnosis, a negative PCR test would be necessary for the student to return to school prior to 5 days.
When can my student return to school after being diagnosed with, and/or testing positive for COVID-19?
- Three criteria need to be met for readmittance on campus: 1) at least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, 2) at least 24 hours have passed since the student had a fever (without fever reducing medication), 3) the student has had improvement of additional symptoms (cough, etc.).
- If the student has tested positive or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but has not had any symptoms they can return when 5 days have passed since the date of the positive test/diagnosis (return on the 6th day).
What do I do if my student is a close contact to a person with COVID-19 and has not been vaccinated?
- Contact your healthcare provider for testing and symptom guidance.
- --If the student is asymptomatic, parents may choose to quarantine their child but are not required to do so if the exposure occurred outside of the household .
- Quarantine is necessary for a student who is a household member of someone who has tested positive. Quarantine may also be necessary for a student who is a household member of someone having symptoms following an exposure and is awaiting test results. Please contact your school nurse for any questions. According to CDC recommendations people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection at least 5 days after they last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. The date of the last close contact is considered day 0.
- It is important to monitor for symptoms to include checking temperature twice a day.
Updated Guidelines to define fully vaccinated include:
- Fully vaccinated students ages 5 years - 17 years: Completion of the 2 dose series and at least 2 weeks have passed since receipt of the second dose.
- Fully vaccinated students ages 18 years or older: Have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months and at least 2 weeks have passed since the second dose OR completed the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months and at least 2 weeks have passed since getting the dose.
Fully vaccinated individuals exposed to a positive case do not need to quarantine as long as they are not having any symptoms. If the individual is having symptoms, they will need to complete a 5-day isolation period with 24 hours fever free and improvement of symptoms.
QUARANTINE ZOOM ASSISTANCE CONTACT 210-397-0020
We continue to offer community COVID testing at three sites adjacent to both Gus and Farris stadiums. We have also stood up a staff testing site at the Northside Activity Center. Since vaccinations became available, we have offered hundreds of clinics - some for the community at large and some just open for our students, staff and family members. These clinics continue weekly. If you are not vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to investigate the vaccines. Clinics are set up for the week of Jan 25-27.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in NISD:
The HEB clinics require registration in advance to arriving at the clinic. All other providers are walk-in clinics, no registration is required.
Tuesday, Jan. 25
- 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Stevenson MS, Cafeteria – 8403 Tezel Rd, 78254 (Provider is HEB)
Wednesday, Jan. 26
- 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Jordan MS, Cafeteria – 1725 Richland Hills Dr, 78251 (Provider is HEB)
- 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Zachry MS, Cafeteria – 9410 Timber Path, 78250 (Provider is HEB)
Thursday, Jan. 27
- 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Vale MS, Cafeteria – 2120 N Ellison Dr, 78251 (Provider is HEB)
The COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone 5 years and older.
- Ages 5-11 may receive the Pfizer vaccine either 1st or 2nd dose, 21 days or more apart
- Ages 12-15 may receive the Pfizer vaccine either 1st or 2nd dose, 21 days or more apart – boosters approved for this group five months after the second dose.
- Ages 16 and older may receive the Pfizer vaccine either 1st or 2nd dose, 21 days or more apart – boosters are approved five months after the second dose.