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Refugio ISD COVID-19 Information

 Refugio ISD is monitoring the recent rise in COVID-19 positive cases and close contacts in the community. We are asking that we all take precautionary measures for the health and safety of our district and community. 

CDC Guidance on Isolation due to being COVID Positive

  • Stay home- do not leave your home, except to receive medical care. Do not visit public areas (stores, games, school, etc.)

  • Stay hydrated and get proper nutrition and rest

  • Stay in touch with your doctor

  • Separate yourself from other people, stay in one location in your house away from others if at all possible

CDC Guidance on Quarantine due to Close Contact with Positive Case

  • Stay home for 10 days after your last contact with the positive COVID-19 case, 7 days if you get a negative COVID-19 test result

    • We recommend you wait 5 days from exposure to get tested to ensure more accurate results

  • Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other COVID-19 symptoms

  • Stay away from people, especially those at high risk for severe COVID illness

COVID Symptoms

  • Fever/chills - Cough -Nausea or vomiting

  • Muscle or body aches           - Loss of taste or smell -Headache

  • Congestion or runny nose - Sore throat - Fatigue

  • Shortness of breath - Diarrhea

****Please do not send your child to school if they present with any of the symptoms listed above. Call the campus administration or district nurse to report illness/symptoms so we can go over proper protocol.

CDC Guidance on When to Get Tested

  • Anyone who presents with COVID symptoms

  • People who have had close contact with a positive case (recommend you wait 5 days from close contact to get tested to increase accuracy of results)

  • People who have been referred to get tested by their healthcare provider

  • Those who are awaiting test results should quarantine in their homes as if they are positive.

Close Contact Information

The CDC definition of close contact is someone who is within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes from 2 days prior to illness (for those who are asymptomatic anyone who they were in contact with 2 days prior to a positive test).

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to any person without a mask on. 

  • If an individual has symptoms there is an increased risk of exposure if you are closer than 6 feet for any amount of time. 

COVID Positives in Your Home

If someone in your home tests positive, you should keep all members of your household home for close contact quarantine. Do not send your students to school if you have a member of the family home due to a positive COVID test. Notify the school if you are keeping your child home due to a close contact or a positive test so we may arrange remote work for your child.

Face Mask Order

Consistent and correct use of masks over the nose and mouth is required. One of the ways to slow the spread of the virus is to wear a mask properly, covering the nose and mouth, anytime you are around another person not in your household. Masks are mandatory for all staff and students grade PreK-12th.

Preventative Actions

  • Wash your hands frequently 

    • Before eating and preparing food, after using restroom, after leaving a public place, after blowing your nose, after coughing or sneezing, after handling your mask, after caring for the sick, after touching animals or pets  

    • Use hand sanitizer when washing is not available - at least 60% alcohol  

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands  

  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from other people  

  • Stay home when you are sick  

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands  

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces  

  • Wear a mask at all times in public

Attendance Requirements for all Students 

During the 10 day quarantine due to close contact or a COVID positive, students are required to attend remote learning. The Texas Education Agency and Texas Education Code 25.092 requires that truancy laws still be in effect when schools go to remote instruction. “Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and to be promoted.” 

Additional Mitigation Measures

  • Students, teachers and custodial staff will be cleaning the surfaces of desks after a single use  

  • All students, teachers and staff members who enter a building or a room will use hand sanitizer upon entry and exit of every classroom  

  • All students and staff are required to wear a mask at all times  

  • Social distancing is to be observed when masks cannot be worn. (ie- physical activity, lunch)

The Refugio Independent School District is committed to providing an appropriate learning experience for every child in the district, designed to motivate and assist each child in the attainment of his or her maximum potential intellectually, physically, socially, economically, and morally.

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