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KISD Staff

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

To help ensure this back to school plan, KISD has set the following priorities to serve as our 2020-21 foundational core: 

  1. KISD will ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our Bulldog students, staff members, and visitors,
  2. KISD will continue our educational environment goal of providing maximum instructional delivery with an emphasis on face-to-face learning, and
  3. KISD will provide flexibility for continuity of learning should the learning environment or ultimate configuration need to change. 

EMPLOYEE SCREENING AND PROTOCOLS (CDC,TEA)

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our employees and students, we will be requiring employees to complete daily self-screening which includes a temperature reading and answering a set of questions related to COVID-19 symptoms including: (TEA recommends self-screening, CDC recommends employer screening)

 

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19

All employees will be required to electronically submit the COVID Screening survey at the beginning of each week. For the remainder of the week employees will only submit the screening results if they answer yes to any of the screening questions. All screening information will be kept confidential.  

EMPLOYEE HEALTH PROTOCOL

























  • If an employee becomes ill at work or COVID-19 symptomatic, they may be asked to leave work, go home or to the nearest health center, depending on the severity of symptoms.(CDC,TEA)
  • Employees returning to work from an approved medical leave should contact their immediate supervisor.  You may be asked to submit a healthcare provider’s note before returning to work.

(LEA)

** Note: Any employee missing days due to COVID19 may be eligible for additional leave under FFCRA.   


Indication of possible symptoms


  1. If an employee is exhibiting ONE of the following “High Priority” symptoms of COVID19 he/she should contact their immediate supervisor. They will be asked to leave work and go home or to the nearest health center. (CDC,TEA)
        1. Fever over 100 (LEA requirement; CDC recommendation = 100.4)
        2. Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
        3. Constant Cough
    1. Prior to returning to campus, the following requirements must be met
      1. Get medical clearance
        1. Be fever free for 24 hours (w/o use of meds) 

AND one of the following


        1. Dr. diagnosis--Bring documentation back to your immediate supervisor (TEA)
        2. 2 negative COVID test results (24 hours apart) (TEA)

      1. If you choose to not seek medical clearance (TEA)
        1. Quarantine 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms
        2. Must be symptom-free for 72 hours

  1. If an employee has at least 3 of the following symptoms he/she should report to the nurse for further monitoring (LEA)

Symptoms:

*Runny Nose/Sneezing

*Sore throat

*Headache/Muscle Aches

*Chills

*Fatigue

*Lost of taste and/or smell

*Diarrhea

*Chest Pain

    1. Nurse will conduct a secondary screener and either monitor staff member or ask them to leave work and go home or to the nearest health center
    2. If symptoms arise before arriving to work, staff should contact your immediate supervisor before entering their classroom or duty location (BEFORE YOUR ASSIGNED DUTY TIME)
    3. If symptoms arise while at work, staff should notify supervisor and/or nurse ASAP
      1. Campuses: Campus Nurse
      2. Administration Building: KPS Nurse
      3. Maintenance: KIS Nurse
      4. Transportation: KHS Nurse

  1. If you have been diagnosed with COVID19, you may return to work when all 3 criteria are met:(CDC,TEA)
  1.  At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); 

AND

  1. You have improved in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc); 

AND

  1. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first occurred

  • If you have symptoms that could be COVID19 and do not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID19, it is assumed that you have COVID19 and may not return to work until the three criteria listed above have been met.

EMPLOYEE GUIDANCE IF EXPOSED

While we all hope to avoid exposure to illness from COVID19, we need to be prepared for that possibility.  If you or someone you’ve been in contact with has been exposed to the virus, our first concern is for your health and safety and those around you.  In this rapidly changing situation, healthcare providers should have the most up-to-date information from the CDC. 

For clarity, CDC defines “close contact” as:

  1. Directly exposed to infectious secretions (ex: being coughed on while not wearing a mask or a shield); or
  2. Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield.

Please do the following:

  1. Quarantine yourself in a specific room away from others in your home for the 14 day incubation period (CDC,TEA)
  2. Contact the following (in order of priority), let them know you have been exposed to COVID19, then follow their instructions.
    1. Your healthcare provider
    2. Your immediate supervisor
  3. Your supervisor will work with HR to determine appropriate next steps. 
  4. In case of an emergency, call 911 and let them know you have been exposed to COVID19, then follow their instructions.

EMPLOYEE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

In order to minimize exposure to COVID-19, PPE may be needed to prevent certain exposures. Kilgore ISD, following CDC recommendations, encourages employees to wear PPE as appropriate. 


PPE includes:


Face Coverings: Employees will wear face coverings in high traffic public areas of our campuses.

Such as, but not limited to:


  • Duty Stations: Bus, Common Areas, Hallways, etc.
  • Shared Work Spaces
  • Meetings both with visitors and with other staff members if social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Teacher’s Lounges, Main Office Areas, Copy Rooms
  • Any area where social distancing is not feasible 

Employees should wear masks in KISD classrooms.  Please understand, government mandates will supersede LEA requirements.  


Health and Hygiene Practices: Masks/Face Coverings (TEA)

1. For the purposes of this document, masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth. Face shields may be superior to cloth face coverings in many circumstances, given improved ability to see mouth movements and improved air circulation. 


2. KISD will comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks. 


3. In addition to the executive order, KISD may require the use of masks or face shields for adults or students for whom it is developmentally appropriate. 


4. It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during those activities, KISD will require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. KISD may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. However, KISD will require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.

 

Gloves: Touching your face with contaminated hands, whether gloved or not, poses a significant risk of infection. Wearing gloves does not diminish the need to wash your hands. Please remember to wash your hands properly as it is the number-one defense against any virus. Additionally, the proper removal of gloves reduces the risk of being exposed to contamination. 

 

Please note that social distancing should still be practiced even with the use of gloves and masks.

 

In addition to using PPE, please remember to: 

  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 
  •  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue