What if there is a case of COVID-19?
Will staff be told if someone on the campus tests positive for COVID-19?
Yes. Notices will be sent but the identity of the person will not be included:
- to staff and parents of students who have been identified as a close contact of the person who tested positive; and
- to all staff and parents in the school.
The first priority will be identifying and notifying close contacts. Then, the notice to all staff and parents will be sent after the school completes contact identification and contact notification with individuals. Parents and staff should expect to receive any mass notifications if necessary between 4 and 6 p.m. that same day.
If an employee is in close contact with a student, staff member, or visitor on campus who tests positive, will the employee need to quarantine?
Yes. The State prohibits adults, including staff and visitors, identified as close contacts from being on campus until 14-days from the last exposure. If an employee meets the TEA definition of a Close Contact based on a contact at work, the supervisor will direct the employee to work from home (if possible) for 14 calendar days to self-quarantine. Humble ISD offers free COVID-19 testing to employees with symptoms or close contact by requesting a test at Employee COVID-19 Test Request Form.
If I am a close contact, do I have to use my personal/sick days when I am sent home?
Not if the employee was acting in good faith within the scope of his/her duties and the close contact occurred at work. Some quarantined employees, who are well, may be required to work from home. These employees will not be required to use personal or sick days while they are working remotely or during quarantine.
Please note that TEA has provided school districts with a specific definition of who constitutes a “close contact.” Humble ISD will identify contacts based upon the TEA guidance that is in place at the time. As of July 17, 2020, TEA defines a close contact as someone who has been in contact in the last 14 calendar days with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 while the individual is infectious. An individual is presumed infectious at least 2 days prior to the start of their symptoms, or 2 days prior to the lab test. Contact occurs by: (1) being within 6 feet without wearing a mask or face shield for 15 minutes cumulatively; or (2) exposure to “infectious secretions” (for example being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield).
Please note, the Governor has issued an order requiring masks and face shields inside public spaces and outside when social distancing is not possible. While the Governor’s order is in place, employees will be expected to wear a mask or face shield when in an indoor public space with others present. This will greatly minimize the opportunities for an employee to be within 6 feet of another person without a mask or face shield while at work, reducing the possibility of being deemed a TEA “close contact.” Employees who are not able to wear a mask or face shield indoors due to a medical condition or disability should contact their supervisor and work with HR to ensure appropriate accommodations will be provided to all staff who need them.
Will students who are identified as contacts be required to stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days?
Parents will be encouraged and will have the option to opt for online immediately if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed. TEA does not allow districts to prohibit students identified as contacts from attending school on campus unless the student shows symptoms or tests positive.
If a student or staff member on campus tests positive for COVID-19, would the building be shut down?
If the person who tested positive has been on campus in the last three days, areas heavily used by the person who tested positive will be closed-off until the area can be cleaned and sanitized. Any person with COVID-19 will stay home until they have met TEA standards for documented recovery. Close contacts will be notified and screened for symptoms. The school could remain open unless there are extenuating circumstances.