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Clarification on COVID-19 Protocols - Jan. 8, 2022

January 8, 2022

Wimberley ISD Family,
 
I'm writing to clear up the conflicting recommendations and guidance that have been released recently in regards to readmission to school for students that have tested positive for COVID. The CDC modified its guidelines earlier in the week, but prior to changing any of our guidelines we awaited guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
 
Late Friday afternoon TEA commissioner Mike Morath held a superintendent's call and later in the evening the TEA released its latest Public Health Guidance - dated January 7, 2022. You can see that document here.
 
In the document, TEA makes no changes to its requirements for "Students Who Have COVID-19". They continue to reference the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Readmission Criteria from September 20, 2021. That can be viewed online here. That criteria states that:
"If symptomatic, exclude until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free, and other symptoms have improved. 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."
This criteria is in line with Wimberley ISD's protocols since the beginning of the year. All positive student cases require 10 days of exclusion from campus. If your student is exhibiting symptoms related to COVID we encourage you to contact your child's physician. Please provide a note from your child's physician upon return to campus. If your child does test positive for COVID please contact your campus nurse for further guidance and recommendations.
 
I hope your family has had a great start to the second semester!
 
Dwain York
WISD Superintendent