2021-2022 COVID-19 Protocols
Life School | Back to School 2021
TEA Legal Notice Regarding District or Campus Plans
Neither this summary document nor any local school systems’ reopening plans are subject to approval by any governmental entity.
This guidance document is being provided based on the public health situation as we understand it today and takes effect upon board approval.
Changes to the public health situation in the coming months may necessitate changes to this guidance.
This guidance addresses:
- On campus
- Any activities by teachers, staff, or students that occur on school campuses
- Visits by parents and the general public
Safety protocols for Life School campuses and administration buildings should be followed by all staff, students, and parents. Since this is an ever-changing situation, the district may need to change protocols at any time to address specific needs and circumstances in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and the community. Life School will continue to seek guidance from local, state, and federal officials.
- What to do if your child has a positive COVID test (action flowchart)
- What to do if you believe your child has been in close contact with someone who has COVID (action flowchart)
Public Health Considerations
The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, and school leaders should do everything feasible to keep students, teachers, staff, and our communities safe. That said, research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among others, has found that while children do get infected by COVID-19 and some severe outcomes have been reported in children, relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized or have severe symptoms. Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that COVID-19 risks must be balanced with the need for children to attend school in person, given that lack of physical access to school leads to a number of negative consequences, placing “children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity, and in some case, mortality.”
While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, the current science suggests there are many steps schools can take to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff, and their families significantly. This guidance document contains information on four sets of practices that minimize the likelihood of viral spread:ii
- PROVIDE NOTICE: Requirements for parental and public notices
- PREVENT: Required practices to prevent the virus from entering the school
- RESPOND: Required practices to respond to a test-confirmed case in the school
- MITIGATE: Recommended and required practices to reduce likely spread inside the school
The prevention and mitigation practices outlined in this document are designed to significantly reduce the likelihood that a coronavirus outbreak occurs on campus. Consistently implementing recommendations to the extent feasible is the best way to reduce the potential negative impact of infection on students’ educational experiences. Additionally, campuses should consider applying recommended practices to adults on campuses, even when it might not be feasible to do so for students, to more fully protect adult teachers and staff who are generally at greater risk from COVID-19 than students.
- Make available to parents and the general public a summary of the Life School plan for Face to Face return one week prior to the resumption of face to face school including posting plan to website.
Campus Implementation of Protocols
- It is recommended that after-school providers and other programs that operate in conjunction with campuses follow this guidance in coordination with the campus(es) they serve.
- Because of variance in facilities, some campuses may be approved for modifications to the protocols listed below.