HOW IS KISD HELPING TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?
- All staff, students, and parents will be expected to self-monitor daily and if not feeling well, please stay home.
- Campuses will promote and encourage social distancing where feasible.
- Staff and students will be expected to wash their hands frequently throughout the day and hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the campuses for this purpose.
- Electrostatic spraying of buildings and cleaning protocols will continue.
WILL KISD REQUIRE SCREENING?
- All staff and visitors are required to screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily.
- Families are required to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms daily.
- Badge swiping upon entering a KISD campus or facility indicates the absence of symptoms.
- Students & staff should not enter campuses or district buildings if any of the following apply:
- Exhibiting symptoms that could be COVID-19 such as a fever of 100°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, or the loss of taste or smell.
- Has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Is awaiting their own PCR test results.
WILL KISD REQUIRE STUDENTS, STAFF, AND VISITORS TO WEAR MASKS?
On Thursday, August 26 the Kennedale ISD Board of Trustees voted to transition the KISD Operating Status to level YELLOW which requires indoor masking at all KISD schools, facilities, and district-provided transportation effective Monday, August 30.
WHAT IS A "CLOSE CONTACT"?
- Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
- Exception | In the K–12 classroom setting, the definition of close contact excludes students who were within3 to 6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
PLEASE NOTE | Negative COVID-19 results from rapid tests will not be accepted.
- Per TEA Public Health Guidance | September 17, 2021
- Vaccinated individuals are not considered close contacts.
- Given the data from 2020-21 showing very low COVID-19 transmission rates in a classroom setting and data demonstrating lower transmission rates among children than adults, school systems are not required to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing.
- If school systems are made aware that a student is a close contact, the school system will notify the student’s parents.
- Parents of students determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may choose to:
- Keep their child at home during the recommended stay-at-home period.
- Send their child to school in the two weeks following the exposure but are encouraged to closely monitor their children for symptoms.
- For individuals who are determined to be a close contact, the stay-at-home period can end for students experiencing no symptoms on Day 10 after close contact exposure, if no subsequent COVID-19 testing is performed.
- Students can end the stay-at-home period if they receive a negative result from a PCR acute infection test after the close contact exposure ends.
WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF THERE IS A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE IN MY CHILD'S SCHOOL?
- The COVID-19 dashboard will be updated to reflect active and recovered positive cases in our school community daily, Monday – Friday by 6 P.M.
- If an individual who has been in a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, KISD will notify the Tarrant County Health Department, 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).
- KISD will submit a report to the Texas Department of State Health Services via an online form. The report must be submitted each Monday for the prior seven days (Monday-Sunday).
- Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, KISD will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a classroom, extracurricular or after-school program cohort if a test-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participated in those classrooms or cohorts.
I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, WHO DO I TELL?
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the individual must NOT report to campus but must notify the appropriate campus COVID coordinator as soon as possible. Campus COVID Coordinators are listed below:
- Kennedale High School
Jerrel Hyde, Assistant Principal
Teresa Vasquez, Nurse
Kennedale Junior High
Angela Bruce, Assistant Principal
Araceli Chavez, Nurse
James A. Arthur Intermediate
Trisha Poore, Assistant Principal
Sarah Brockett, Nurse
R.F. Patterson Elementary
Courtney Spitzer, Principal
Katharine Hooper, Nurse
J.F. Delaney Elementary
Angela Rash, Assistant Principal
Kimberly Knotts, Nurse
Wildcat Success Center + DAEP
Frankie Bryson, Principal
MY CHILD TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. WILL THEIR ABSENCES BE EXCUSED?
- Student attendance accounting will be based on state law TEC §25.092, as well as KISD Policy FEC LOCAL/LEGAL. Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit.
- For an absence to be considered excused, a signed parent or doctor’s note must be provided to the campus immediately upon return.
- Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will receive excused absences upon providing documentation of the positive test case.
- Illness-related absences lasting more than five consecutive days require a note from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness/condition that caused the extended absence or the student’s absence may be considered unexcused.
- Voluntary quarantines may be excused with a written notice from a physician.
WILL MY CHILD BE PROVIDED MAKE-UP WORK?
- Make-up work will be provided to all students via Google classroom.
- Per KISD grading guidelines, all students can make up any missed work once they return to school. They will have time equal to the days absent from class to complete all missed assignments. For example, if a student misses three days of instruction, they will have three days to make up their work once they return to school.
IF I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID, WHEN CAN I RETURN TO SCHOOL?
Students or staff, vaccinated or non-vaccinated, who test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, will be permitted to return to school when:
- They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; AND
- Have improved symptoms; AND
- 10 days have passed since symptoms began, OR
- 10 days have passed since the test date, if not experiencing symptoms.
MY CHILD TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 WHEN WILL THEY BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN UIL ACTIVITIES?
A student who has tested positive for COVID-19 must receive clearance from a physician prior to returning to participation in UIL marching or athletic activities. The physician clearance will need to be sent to the appropriate campus COVID-19 Coordinator and:
- Mr. Erol Oktay | Band | email@example.com
- Ms. Patti Bostad | All Athletes & Trainers | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms. Kerri Allen | Cheerleaders | email@example.com
HOW WILL KISD ADDRESS THE IMPACT COVID-19 HAS HAD ON THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING OF STUDENTS?
Kennedale ISD is dedicated to supporting student's social and emotional needs through evidence-based SEL resources and strategies. When planning instruction, assessments, and activities, student wellness must be a priority, taking into consideration workload, increased anxiety due to the ramifications of COVID-19, and the continued importance of positive classroom relationships.
- Through Kennedale ISD’s Parent U educational program students, parents and families will have opportunities to acquire knowledge and strategies to support the social, emotional, and academic needs of their children.
- Kennedale ISD recognizes that all students and families have been affected in some way and has developed a wide range of parent resources that can be accessed through the Counseling at Home web page.
ARE VISITORS ALLOWED IN KISD SCHOOLS?
Visitors are allowed by appointment only.
HOW WILL KISD MONITOR COVID-19?
- KISD will continue to monitor our school community transmission levels of all students and staff and will coordinate with the local health authority for guidance and recommendations.
- Campus nurses and Covid Coordinators will notify district administration in the event of increased absences related to illness, including COVID-19.
- Additional mitigation measures will be considered and implemented where appropriate.
*Operating status level, restrictions, and guidelines throughout the school year will continue to be dependent on health-related circumstances in Tarrant County and our community as we continue to follow the guidance from our local, state, and national agencies.