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Last Updated: August 23, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Melissa ISD 2021-2022 COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Outlined below are the Melissa ISD COVID-19 safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year. These guidelines are based on recommendations and requirements provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Governor of Texas, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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General COVID-19 Safety Protocols

In an effort to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 at Melissa Schools, the district will continue to:

  1. require self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms for all students and employees prior to each day of school/work;

  2. offer free rapid onsite COVID-19 testing for students and employees who wish to get tested (See Also: Onsite COVID-19 Testing Program);

  3. encourage all individuals to practice social distancing in district facilities, whenever possible; 

  4. follow already-established cleaning and sanitation practices in district facilities and on school buses, including offering routine hand-washing opportunities for elementary students; and

  5. limit the number of visitors allowed on campus.

Additional mitigation recommendations for individuals who feel it is appropriate for them:

  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Wear a face mask* while riding on a school bus.

  • Wear a face mask* in schools and other district facilities.

*Per Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-36, school systems cannot require students or staff to wear a mask. GA-36 addresses government-mandated face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other authority to require protective equipment, including masks, in an employment setting is not necessarily affected by GA-36. School systems must allow individuals to wear a mask if they choose to do so.

COVID-19 Notifications, Flow Charts & Contact Tracing

Melissa ISD will notify employees and/or parents and guardians if a test-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified in a particular classroom or program cohort. In addition, the district maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard to provide even more transparency regarding active COVID-19 cases in the Melissa ISD community.

Regarding close contact tracing, our school nurses will communicate with parents and guardians of students, as well as employees, who may have been in close contact with COVID-19 while at school/work. Close contact tracing is dependent upon a number of factors and will vary for each case. 

The Melissa ISD COVID-19 Flow Charts have been updated to reflect the current steps that are to be taken if a student or employee tests positive or is symptomatic for COVID-19. Click here to access the flow charts.

Required Actions if Individuals with Test-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School:

  1. If an individual who has been in a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

  2. Upon receipt of information that any teacher, staff member, student, or visitor at a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must submit a report to the Texas Department of State Health Services via an online form. The report must be submitted each Monday for the prior seven days (Monday-Sunday).

  3. Per the UIL: If a test-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers, or staff who participated in a UIL competition against another school, the school must notify the opposing school and the officials/contest judges who also participated in the competition.

Students Who Have COVID-19 or Have Symptoms

Parents and guardians must screen students in their household for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to school each day.

  • As provided in this Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Rule, school systems must exclude students from attending school in person who are actively sick with COVID-19 or who have received a positive test result for COVID-19.

  • Students who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at school will be immediately separated from other students and sent home.

  • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is test-confirmed with COVID-19, until the conditions for re-entry are met.

  • Click here for the most updated list of COVID-19 symptoms from the CDC.

  • If a student who has been in a school receives a test-confirmed diagnosis for COVID-19, a parent or guardian must report the COVID-19 diagnosis to the school nurse and provide documentation of the positive test result.

  • A school administrator shall exclude from attendance any child having or suspected of having COVID-19. Exclusion shall continue until the readmission criteria for the conditions are met.

  • The STUDENT readmission criteria for COVID-19 is as follows:

    • If symptomatic, exclude until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free*, and other symptoms have improved.

    • If asymptomatic, children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.

    • *Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.

  • Per the UIL: In addition to the criteria and processes described above, a student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must receive clearance from a physician prior to returning to participation in UIL marching band or athletic activities.

Student Attendance & Absences Related to COVID-19

Each school website has an absence reporting form, which can be accessed at the top of each page by clicking on “Menu” and locating the “School Procedures, Forms & Expectations” heading (“Report Student Absence”).

Per the Texas Education Code, students must attend 90 percent of a course in order to be awarded credit, with some exceptions.

  • Students must be at school in order to be marked present that day.

  • Students who are absent from school due to a medical reason will have an opportunity to complete assignments from home, but will receive a medically-excused absence as long as medical documentation is provided.

    • If your student is currently in quarantine for COVID-19, please turn in medical documentation to the school and your student will begin to receive medically-excused absences as early as the second day of school.

    • Please work with your student’s school if you believe that an abundance of absences may take place, and/or if truancy is a concern, due to conditions surrounding COVID-19.

    • Pre-K and ECSE students will utilize SeeSaw to access assignments online.

    • K-5 students will either use Schoology or will be given a paper packet.

    • 6-12 students will utilize Schoology to access assignments online.

    • For assistance with Schoology (Kindergarten through 12th grade), visit the Schoology Help Center.

  • In the event that an unexpected in-person school closure is needed, all students and employees will transition to remote instruction until it is considered safe to return to the school building.

Employees Who Have COVID-19 or Have Symptoms

Employees must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to work each day.

  • Employees who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must immediately report to the school nurse.

  • If an employee who has been in a school receives a test-confirmed diagnosis for COVID-19, they must report the COVID-19 diagnosis to the school nurse and provide documentation of the positive test result.

  • The EMPLOYEE readmission criteria for COVID-19 is as follows: Employees may return to work if: 1) they have been symptom-free for 24 hours and have received a negative test result for COVID-19, and/or 2) if they have received clearance from their physician.

First Day of School Walk-ins

We understand that the first day of school is a landmark event each year. For parents and guardians who plan to join their elementary or Pre-K/ECSE students as they walk into school on the first day, we encourage you to practice social distancing and limit your time inside the building.

As a reminder, for individuals who feel it is appropriate for them, per the CDC, it is recommended to wear a face mask in schools and other district facilities.

Campus Visitors & Volunteer Opportunities

Until further notice, visitors are not permitted on campus during the school day unless they have made an appointment with the school. The PTO of each school will organize scheduled on-campus volunteer opportunities.

We understand that there will be special circumstances that require unplanned school visits; in this case, please coordinate with the school office and/or the campus principal.

Indoor Facility Rentals on Pause

Indoor facility rentals at Melissa ISD will remain closed to the public until further notice. The district will reevaluate the facility rental procedures in the fall and will publish an update online when an open date is determined. Rentals for outdoor spaces are expected to open in September. (See Also: Community Facility Rentals)

New Student Information System: Monitoring Absences & Grades

Melissa ISD is upgrading its student information system. For parents and guardians, this will impact:

  1. how you can view your student’s grades and daily attendance online,

  2. the alerts you may receive regarding your students grades and daily attendance, and

  3. the student registration process for future school years.

Beginning Sept. 8, 2021, your student’s grades, daily attendance, and registration information can be viewed and managed online by their primary parent or guardian through the Home Access Center online parent portal. Once live, the portal will be accessible from the district and school websites.

Please be advised that we are still in the process of migrating to this new student information system; we ask for and appreciate your continued patience, should any technical issues arise along the way.

Questions?

Please contact your student’s school if you have questions regarding COVID-19. In addition, COVID-19 questions can be directed to connect@melissaisd.org or submitted through our Contact Form and will be rerouted accordingly.