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Gladewater ISD COVID-19 Health Protocol (Updated December 4, 2020)

Gladewater ISD will follow guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and state and local health agencies.  This document will be updated as the situation evolves and guidance changes.  Our priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community.


  • Teachers and staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day including checking their own temperature. Teachers and staff must report to their principal/director if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below.  Additionally, they must report to their principal/director if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, as defined in this document, and, if so, must remain off campus until the incubation period has passed. 
  • Students will have temperatures taken upon entry into school each day and anytime COVID-19 symptoms are suspected.
  • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the conditions for re-entry are met.
  • Students quarantined due to exposure will be placed on remote learning during the incubation period.
  • GISD will immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by the parent or guardian.
  • GISD will clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as is feasible.
  • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, GISD will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate on any on campus activities. 


Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19:
1. Any individuals who themselves either: 
(a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:


  • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met: 
    • at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
    • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
    • at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 
  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above. 
  • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either
    • (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or 
    • (b) receive two separate COVID tests that are 24 hours apart with negative results


COVID-19 Symptoms:


  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 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 document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as: 


  • a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or 
  • b. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes


  • For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person with COVID-19:
    • Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing if no symptoms are reported with daily monitoring  
    • When diagnostic resources are available, quarantine can end after day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and no symptoms are reported with daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the planned quarantine discontinuation, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than day 7.
    • Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 will be placed on remote learning during the quarantine period.
    • If a student develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID during the quarantine period, notify the school immediately, and the quarantine time will be extended for 10 days from when symptoms began 
    • All students that have been quarantined must contact the school the day before they plan to return AND be assessed by the school nurse prior to attending class



  • Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who developed COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and has recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) does not need to quarantine.

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