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Covid Updates – January 2022

COVID Updates

Please continue to communicate with the administration  about any positive cases, family positives or symptomatic students that parents communicate to you. Administration or our nurses will communicate with families as to next steps.

 

AISD COVID Protocols:  CDC Quarantine – Updated 1/27

Fully COVID-19-vaccinated people (two weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna or single dose of Johnson & Johnson) per CDC guidelines will not need to quarantine if they come in close contact with someone who tests positive.

Students do not have to quarantine if they were at least three feet away from another student with COVID-19 while everyone was correctly and consistently wearing masks. The masks must have fully covered the nose and mouth at all times during contact.

Students or unvaccinated adults who were within six feet of an adult with COVID-19 will need to quarantine, regardless if masks were worn.

There are now two options for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people who are a close contact to a positive COVID case.

  1. The close contact can “test to stay” at school, meaning they don’t have to quarantine, but they do have to test on day five after the exposure.
    • If it’s negative — Grab your backpack! We’re going back to school.
    • If it’s positive — Grab the Chromebook! The 5-day isolation starts.
  2. The close contact can quarantine for four days and return on day five with a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result. For test-to-stay protocol, please visit one of our 11 testing hubs or any approved testing provider. 

 

AISD COVID-19 Hub Testing Sites

Students and staff have access to a free rapid antigen testing program through a new partnership with Concentric by Ginkgo

Why it matters: Research shows that the more people get tested, the safer everyone is from the spread of COVID-19. 

You’ll be able to access rapid antigen or PCR tests (when available) at 11 sites across Austin. Currently, PCR tests are unavailable as we are awaiting the shipment to arrive. 

  • Students and staff can get a test at will for any reason, whether you’ve been exposed or are just looking for peace of mind.
  • Sites include:
    • Travis ECHS, 1211 E. Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
    • Northeast ECHS, 7104 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78752
    • Akins HS, 10701 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78748
    • Norman-Sims ES, 4001 Tannehill Ln, Austin, TX 78721
    • Pillow ES, 3025 Crosscreek Dr, Austin, TX 78757
    • Kiker ES, 5913 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
    • Eastside ECHS, 900 Thompson St, Austin, TX 78702
    • Cunningham ES, 2200 Berkeley Ave, Austin, TX 78745
    • Navarro ECHS, 1201 Payton Gin Rd, Austin, TX 78758
    • Blazier Intermediate, 8801 Vertex Blvd, Austin, TX 78747
    • McCallum HS, 5600 Sunshine Dr, Austin, TX 78756
  • Testing will run 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Yes, but: Only individuals with completed consent forms can get a test. 

  • This is an opt-in program, so no one will participate if they don’t want to.

Completing the consent form takes about five minutes on a computer or smartphone.

Dive deeper: For more information, visit Concentric by Ginkgo’s website, reach out to our Let’s Talk portal or send a text to 512-886-6434.

 

Testing at Burger Athletic Complex

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing by Nomi Health is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday at Burger Athletic Complex (3200 Jones Rd).

Please complete the consent form prior to arriving: https://testing.nomihealth.com/easy_registration/151/signup?location=BACAISD

Update – New hours:

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 26, free drive-thru COVID-19 testing by Nomi Health at Burger Athletic Complex will be open 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

COVID-19 Testing Community Resources

https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/covid-19/rapid-testing

 

COVID Reminder–Updated 1/5

Sick Individuals – Updated 1/5

If you or your child are feeling sick, regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not, please stay home and contact your physician and campus as soon as possible.

Those who show COVID-related symptoms can return if they become asymptomatic, and/or receive a doctor’s note stating they do not have COVID-19, and/or receive a negative result from a PCR or antigen test.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 need to stay home and isolate for five-days while they await return to campus guidance. Those who test positive will need to wait five days and have markedly improved symptoms (and fever-free for 24 hours) to return to school or work. Families should report the positive result by calling the front office and asking for the COVID-19 designee. Staff should report the COVID-19 positive result to their supervisor. 

 

Quarantine – Updated 1/5

Fully COVID-19-vaccinated people (two weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna or single dose of Johnson & Johnson) per CDC guidelines will not need to quarantine if they come in close contact with someone who tests positive.

Students do not have to quarantine if they were at least three feet away from another student with COVID-19 while everyone was correctly and consistently wearing masks. The masks must have fully covered the nose and mouth at all times during contact.

Students or unvaccinated adults who were within six feet of an adult with COVID-19 will need to quarantine, regardless if masks were worn.

There are now two options for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people who are a close contact to a positive COVID case.

  1. The close contact can “test to stay” at school, meaning they don’t have to quarantine, but they do have to test on day five after the exposure.
    • If it’s negative — Grab your backpack! We’re going back to school.
    • If it’s positive — Grab the Chromebook! The 5-day isolation starts.
  2. The close contact can quarantine for four days and return on day five with a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result. For test-to-stay protocol, please visit one of our 11 testing hubs or any approved testing provider. 

 

Home Exposures

  • Are not part of the test to stay protocol.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must quarantine from the test date of the positive person.
  • After the 5th day of quarantine, and asymptomatic they may return to school, no further testing required.

 

Classrooms

Frequent cleaning will take place. There will be assigned seating to assist with contact tracing. Physical distancing of 3 feet or more will take place when feasible, per CDC guidelines. Plexiglas will be placed in classrooms and across campuses. In addition, we will be providing a HEPA air filtration system within each classroom.

 

Masks

We know that the number one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is masking. Masks work. Everyone on AISD grounds — including students, staff and visitors — is required to wear a mask.

Wearing a face mask that covers the mouth and nose will be required for ALL students, staff, and visitors while on Austin ISD grounds and in AISD buildings.

  • Face masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of the face.
  • Face shields, bandanas, and gaiters may be worn as an additive, but not as the only form of a face mask. Masks with air valves are not allowed. 
  • Face masks will be provided for any student, staff, or visitor who arrives without a mask.
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