SUMMARY OF ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN DSISD
The purpose of this data is to provide our Dripping Springs ISD families and staff with a summary of active COVID-19 cases, updated after notifications are made. Each Monday afternoon the district reports weekly totals to the state. An active case indicates that a student or staff member participating in on-campus activities has tested positive for an active COVID-19 infection. Individuals who test positive will be permitted re-entry to campus once the individual meets the return criteria set by state and local health authorities. Once a case is cleared to return, it is no longer considered an active case and will be removed from the dashboard active count but is still reflected in the cumulative case count. The cumulative count dates back to the first day of school, August 18, 2020.
Updated: May 14, 2021
Total Number of DSISD Employees: 1,026
Total Active Cases: 1
Total Percentage of All Employees: 0.1%
Cumulative Number of Cases (dating to 8/18/20 and including active cases): 101
Total Number of In-Person Learners: 5,733
Total Active Cases: 14
Total Percentage of All In-Person Learners: 0.2%
Cumulative Number of Cases (dating to 8/18/20 and including active cases): 366
[Total Enrollment = 7,459]
COVID CASES BY CAMPUS/WORKSITE
The following protocol adjustments went into effect May 3, 2021:
- Masks will be optional for students engaged in physical activity outside during PE and recess while social distancing. If social distancing cannot be maintained, masks should be worn. At this time, masks will continue to be required indoors.
- PTAs can return to school for meetings (after hours) while following school safety protocols.
- As allowed by CDC and TEA and noted in their guidance, along with case numbers in the county, spacing in classrooms will move to three feet.
- Outdoor event capacity has been increased to 50 percent while maintaining social distance.
- Campuses may allow parent participation in meetings (i.e. ARDS, 504s, New Family Tours, registration appointments), by appointment and following school safety protocols.
- Graduation capacity is being increased to 8 tickets per senior while maintaining social distance.
As of March 8, the district will follow a reduction in the length of the quarantine period for close contacts who do not have COVID symptoms. This change was based on an updated recommendation from Hays County Health Department to match CDC’s amended quarantine timeline allowing for a shorter close-contact quarantine period.
This shortened timeline falls within the CDC guidelines and is also permissible per TEA Public Health Guidance. The isolation period may end for individuals who were identified as close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case but are not experiencing symptoms:
· On Day 10 after close contact without testing; or
· On Day 7 after close contact exposure and after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on Day 5 or later)
If the individuals return to school from these shorter isolation periods, they should regularly monitor themselves for symptoms to ensure they remain symptom-free and take appropriate precautions for the duration of the 14-day incubation period.
DSISD is implementing the above close-contact quarantine timeline beginning tomorrow, March 8, 2021, and we are in the process of updating our district protocols accordingly.
CONTACT TRACING PROCESS:
When the district learns of a positive case of COVID-19, we work through the contact-tracing process in collaboration with health professionals – starting with our campus nurses – and are guided by the Hays County Health Department and its epidemiologist based on the specifics of the case. The process is followed for both student and staff cases. Many factors come into play in identifying close contacts, including the individual's activities, locations, symptoms, etc. DSISD moves through a comprehensive process to research each case. The answers to these questions determine who the close contacts are based on health department protocols. Every individual case has a specific set of conditions/variables that the district provides to the Health Department to make a determination. The Health Department also guides the district on the number of days that must be traced backwards from either the positive test result or the onset of symptoms.
The district takes notification steps to reach out to several groups. Individuals determined to be close contacts are personally called. All staff and parents at a campus are notified via email, which is a required step. In addition, DSISD takes an additional step of emailing parents whose children were in a class or activity with the individual, but not determined to be close contacts; this step is not required but an extra layer DSISD uses to inform parents. In some cases of a group that is asked to quarantine, an email may be used to share this information.