This page will be updated regularly with the most current information regarding COVID-19 guidance provided by the Texas Education Agency.
Current Texas Agency Guidance for the 21-22 School Year
Released June 5, 2021
The guidance below is authorized by Executive Order GA-34, which has the effect of state law under Section 418.012 of the Texas Government Code. Executive Order GA-34 provides TEA with the legal authority to publish requirements for the operation of public school systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Required Actions if Individuals with Test-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School
1. If an individual who has been in a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local 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).
2. Upon receipt of information that any teacher, staff member, student, or visitor at a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must 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).
Health and Hygiene Practices: Masks
Per GA-36, school systems cannot require students or staff to wear a mask. GA-36 addresses government-mandated face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other authority to require protective equipment, including masks, in an employment setting is not necessarily affected by GA-36.
School systems must allow individuals to wear a mask if they choose to do so.
Additionally, as a reference for practices recommended by the CDC, see here.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority. To continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the following efforts will continue in the 2021-2022 school year.
FISD Mitigation Efforts
Electrostatic sprayers will be used each evening to disinfect buses, classrooms, common areas and high touch areas.
2. Hand Washing/Sanitizing
Proper handwashing procedures will be taught and students and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently. Hand sanitizer stations will be located at each main campus entrance and in all classrooms.