Midlothian Independent School District

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Health and Safety Protocols

COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation and the below information is subject to change based upon additional guidance from TEA and state officials.

Health and Hygiene Practices

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be at the entrances of each facility.  Other hand hygiene stations will be provided where feasible.
  • Campuses will have structured times for student hand washing.
  • Students and staff will be instructed in proper hand washing techniques.
  • Students and staff will be trained in proper health hygiene and disease transmission prevention measures.
  • Signage for proper hygiene practices will be posted throughout the buildings, in the restrooms, and at the entrances.
     

Campus cleaning plan

  • Campuses will provide  additional cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that are touched in common throughout the day. This would include objects such as door handles, common tables/desks, shared supplies such as art supplies, and high touch devices such as shared laptops or tablets. 
  • Custodial staffing will be realigned to allow for ongoing cleaning of touch surfaces during the instructional day.
  • Classrooms will be equipped for cleaning between changing student groups.
  • Cleaning products will be properly stored when not in use.
  • Campuses will be cleaned thoroughly each night 
     

Daily Screening

  • Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms (listed below) prior to reporting to work each day.
  • Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms (listed below) each day prior to sending their student to school.
  • Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present.
     

Visitors on Campus 

  • Visits to campus will be restricted to those essential to school operations.
  • Before allowed on campuses, all visitors will be screened to determine if the visitors have COVID-19 symptoms (as listed below) or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry. Additionally, school systems must screen to determine if visitors have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
  • When practical, screening questions could be supplemented with temperature checks of adults.
     

Use of Masks

  • TEA is operating under the Governor’s current Executive Order regarding masks. Midlothian ISD will continue to evaluate the use of masks with the consultation of our health professionals that served on the Task Force to make a final recommendation to bring before the school board.


COVID-19 Symptoms 

In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Midlothian ISD will consider the following question:

Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?

  • Loss of taste or smell 
  • Cough 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache 
  • Chills
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering 
  • Significant muscle pain or ache 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Nausea or vomiting

Close Contact
This website refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. 

Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency and provided to local districts by TEA.. 

For clarity, close contact is defined as: 

  • being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or 
  • being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes
  • if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious. 

Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.