Melissa ISD announces updated COVID-19 guidelines
In response to new guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Melissa ISD announced updated COVID-19 protocols on Aug. 23.
First and foremost among them, the district will notify employees and parents or guardians if a confirmed COVID case is identified in a particular classroom or program. Updated contact tracing guidelines now require school nurses to communicate with parents and guardians, as well as employees who may have been in close contact with a COVID-19 case.
A flow chart has also been updated to show the steps that will be taken if a student or employee tests positive or has COVID-19 symptoms.
Per Texas Education Agency guidelines, school administrators will exclude children from attendance who have, or are suspected of having, COVID-19. They can only return to school if one of the following criteria are met:
If symptomatic, at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, fevers have ended, and other symptoms have improved.
If asymptomatic, children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.
Fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.
Those participating in UIL marching band or athletic activities must also receive clearance from a doctor before returning to those activities.
More options for those home sick
The district also released a plan for dealing with students forced to stay home due to COVID-19. With approval from a doctor, they will receive a medically excused absence and the opportunity to complete assignments from home. Elementary students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade will either use Schoolology or be given a paper packet. Students in grades 6- 12 will use Schoology to access assignments online. If an unexpected school closure is necessitated, all students and employees will transition to remote learning until it is safe to return.
School visitors will not be allowed for the time being unless an appointment has been made with the school. If special circumstances necessitate a school visit, arrangements must be coordinated with the campus principal.
Indoor facility rentals at Melissa ISD have also been suspended until further notice. This district will reevaluate the policy late in the fall and update the community with an open date is determined. Rentals four outdoor spaces are expected to resume in September.