Mask Protocol Update 3-8-2021
Jacksonville ISD remains committed to protocols that prevent and minimize the spread of COVID-19. JISD Administration reviewed the updated public health guidance provided to Texas school districts by the Texas Education Agency. A review of this guidance indicated that all previous contact tracing, quarantine and isolation requirements associated with positive COVID-19 individuals will continue whether or not a district has a mask policy in place. We also consulted with our local health department and believe a change in our current COVID-19 protocol would have a detrimental effect on face to face instruction for our students and staff for the remainder of this school year. With only 11 weeks left in the current year, face coverings and masks will remain a requirement for access to JISD schools, facilities, activities, and events.
JISD believes that our current practices have kept our school community safe and classrooms open for continuous instruction during this global pandemic. The federal government recently announced that educators are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The District will continue partnering with the Cherokee County Health Department and UT-Health to ensure all JISD staff members who so desire are able to be vaccinated as soon as doses become available.
For the remainder of this school year, wearing masks will continue to be required at JISD. Students and staff must also heed social distancing where possible and practice frequent hand washing, while our custodial staff will continue to sanitize our facilities several times a day on a daily basis
JISD will continue to monitor the pandemic’s trends in our community and will continue our current practices in order to keep our children and employees safe. Thank you for your cooperation as we look forward to finishing out the 20-21 school year with on-campus instruction and with as little disruption as possible.
Back to School Plan 20-21
All JISD staff and students (PK - 12) are required to wear face coverings. Any students using JISD buses for transportation will also be required to wear face-coverings while on a JISD bus.
Learn more about the do’s and don’ts of masking: click here
Hand Washing & Respiratory Etiquette
- Hand hygiene:
- Respiratory Etiquette
- Cleaning and Disinfecting
CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Visit https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx for more information on the new COVID-19 Vaccine.
What’s Next with the COVID‑19 Vaccine in Texas
“All providers that have received COVID-19 vaccine must immediately vaccinate healthcare workers, Texans over the age of 65, and people with medical conditions that put them at a greater risk of severe disease or death from COVID-19. No vaccine should be kept in reserve.”
– DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, M.D.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19
CDC is investigating multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19.
What to do if you think your child is sick with MIS-C
Contact your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic right away if your child is showing symptoms of MIS-C:
- Abdominal pain
- Neck pain
- Bloodshot eyes
- Feeling extra tired
Be aware that not all children will have all the same symptoms.
Seek emergency care right away if your child is showing any of these emergency warning signs of MIS-C or other concerning signs:
- Trouble breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
- Severe abdominal pain
For more information on MIS-C visit: https://www.cdc.gov/mis-c/