Protocols for COVID-19
Frisco Independent School District adopted COVID-19 Disease Mitigation Guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of Frisco ISD employees and students. These guidelines govern the protocols for employees and students to follow while physically present at a Frisco ISD campus. Disease Mitigation Guidelines apply to all Frisco ISD students and staff, including those who have previously tested positive or been vaccinated, unless otherwise stated. Pursuant to those guidelines, Frisco ISD has adopted these protocols for responding to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or an individual with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at a Frisco ISD campus. These guidelines have been developed with input from various campus-based and central office personnel and reviewed and approved by local health officials.
The Campus Principal has designated a Campus Close Contact Review Team (“CCRT”) utilizing existing Crisis Response Team members as appropriate and other relevant personnel. CCRTs will utilize these guidelines, in coordination with the Frisco ISD Nursing Department ("District Nursing"), to respond to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. CCRTs meet regularly to assign roles for Close Contact Reviews and monitor progress of completion of Close Contact Reviews.
Parents are required to notify the campus when their student will be absent because the student is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Parents are also required to notify the campus if their student tests positive for COVID-19. Campuses may also be informed of a positive test result by county health departments.
Staff are expected to monitor students for symptoms of COVID-19 and should send any student experiencing symptoms to the campus nurse for a clinical assessment.
Staff who begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while at work must report to the campus nurse for a clinical assessment and if the campus nurse determines the individual meets the criteria for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the staff member must inform their Principal. Staff are also required to notify their Principal if they test positive for COVID-19.
within 6 feet of a confirmed case for a total of approximately 15 minutes
throughout the course of a day; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination OR being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g. being coughed or sneezed on)
individual receives positive COVID-19 test
48 hours prior to symptom onset or positive test (if no symptoms) until the individual has completed the applicable quarantine period
Symptoms consistent with COVID-19
new onset of at least two of the following symptoms: fever or chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea
new onset of at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
for confirmed case (screening at campus required): at least 10 days have
passed since symptom onset, or positive test if no symptoms, AND symptoms have improved
for symptoms consistent with COVID-19: until the individual’s symptoms have improved and one of the following: 1) at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset (screening at campus required); 2) the individual receives a negative test (no additional screening required); 3) a physician identifies the individual’s symptoms as something other than COVID-19 (doctor’s note confirming that the doctor reached an alternative diagnosis required)
for close contact with confirmed case (no screening at campus required): 10 days after the last day of close contact with the individual during the period of time for which they are under quarantine except people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to the date of close contact do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms OR people who have received all recommended doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (proof of vaccination required) and the close contact occurs between 14-90 days after the last dose was administered do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms
View this slide deck for an explanation of quarantine periods.
When conducting a Close Contact Review, the CCRT will take the following actions:
Upon completion of the Close Contact Review, the campus will notify each staff member and the families of each student who came into close contact with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 directing them to quarantine for 10 days from the last date of close contact.
At the end of each week, and after notifying all close contacts, the campus will notify the staff and families of all students at the campus that one or more individuals in the campus community tested positive for COVID-19.
While the research shows that vaccines are highly effective at preventing individuals from becoming sick with COVID-19, it is unclear how effective they are at preventing individuals from becoming infected with and spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Additionally, while the data shows that reinfection is rare, it is still possible that those who have previously had COVID-19 may still become infected again and begin spreading the virus to others. New variants of SARS-CoV-2 may also be resistant to any immunity from prior infection. As a result, individuals who have been vaccinated or who have previously had COVID-19 are still required to follow all disease mitigation protocols, including required quarantine periods, physical distancing requirements, and face covering requirements. The only exception to this rule is related to quarantine periods. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine as the result of close contact with a confirmed positive case if the close contact occurs within the first 90 days after the individual recovered from COVID-19. Individuals who have received all recommended doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine will not be required to quarantine as the result of close contact with a confirmed positive case if the close contact occurs more than 14 days after the last dose was administered and less than 90 days after the last dose was administered. Proof of vaccination will be required to avoid the quarantine requirement.
Because of the incubation period of COVID-19, it is highly unlikely that a student or staff member who came into close contact with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 while at school would become infectious within two school days of initial notification of the confirmed case. As a result, close contacts may be sent home at the end of the school day they are identified, rather than in the middle of the school day.
Upon receiving notification of a confirmed case, the CCRT will determine an estimated time for completion of each Close Contact Review. This estimate will consider the following factors:
Additionally, priority will be given to Close Contact Reviews for confirmed cases.
Based on the factors above, if it is determined that one or more Close Contact Reviews for confirmed cases cannot be completed within 2 school days of initial notification, the CCRT will initiate the Campus Closure Protocols.
Immediate closure and subsequent reopening of Frisco ISD campuses during periods of peak COVID-19 activity will be necessary throughout the 2020-21 school year in order to maintain healthy school environments for Frisco ISD students and staff. School closures lasting up to five days, in accordance with Texas Education Agency (“TEA”) guidance, will allow for the completion of necessary Close Contact Reviews and implementation of mandatory quarantine procedures.
Campus closure protocols will be initiated whenever Campus Crisis Response Teams (“CRTs”) determine that one or more Close Contact Reviews for confirmed cases cannot be completed within 2 school days of initial notification. This determination is based on factors and circumstances that will vary widely from campus to campus and even from situation to situation.
Campus closure protocols may also be initiated by a Principal if student or staff absenteeism reaches levels such that the Campus Closure Team determines the campus should be closed. If a campus is closed for absenteeism that results in attendance that is less than 10% of the prior year’s overall Average Daily Attendance, Frisco ISD will submit a waiver application to excuse missed instructional days from ADA and Foundation School Program funding calculations.
The Campus Closure Team (“CCT”) will be made up of the following individuals
When Campus Closure Protocols are initiated, the Principal will notify the District Emergency Operations Team (“EOT”). The EOT will assist the CCT in determining whether a campus closure is necessary.
The CCT will determine whether a campus closure is necessary. The CCT will consider the following factors when determining whether a campus closure is necessary:
If, after reviewing all these factors, the CCT determines a campus closure is necessary, the campus will be closed. Each campus closure will be for one day with re-evaluation occurring each day to determine if the closure should be extended, up to a maximum of five days.
A campus that has been closed will be evaluated for reopening each day and a decision whether to reopen the campus or extend the closure will be made each evening. Prior to reopening a campus, all Close Contact Reviews for confirmed cases must be completed and all contacts notified. When evaluating a campus for reopening, the CCT will consider the following factors: