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HAPPY NEW YEAR & WELCOME BACK BOBCATS !!!
We are so excited to be back and to see your smiling eyes tomorrow! The Bobcat Staff has worked really hard the past two days preparing for your return to campus.
When we return tomorrow with an additional 60+ students and three remote teachers, we ask that everyone be patient as we work through the growth, ie. transitional times (arrival and dismissal), traffic, and additional consistency with procedures. We will however, diligently support our new to/returning to campus students and staff with the COVID and campus protocols. Remember, along with what we do here at school to stay healthy, staying healthy at home, coming to school healthy, and notifying us if your child has symptoms is key to keeping the school healthy. Please take the time to review the LTISD COVID handbook and reach out to us if you have any questions.
Also, our district calendar has been updated for the remainder of this school year, to include additional staff development days/student holidays (included in the list of dates below). Please take the time to review this as well.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support with the implementation of our COVID protocols. We work hard every day to keep the students masked, sanitized and at a safe distance.
Take care and stay well,
1/8/21....................."Shining Bright with Goals Neon Dress Up Day?" - Monthly Theme
1/19/21...................Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
2/11,12,15/21.........Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
3/5/21.....................Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
District updates Return to School Protocols for COVID-19, reviews new CDC guidelines for quarantine
As conditions surrounding the pandemic continue to evolve, Lake Travis ISD officials have evaluated and updated the Return to School Protocols for COVID-19. Specific changes can be found in the document as outlined below:
- Self-screening Protocols for Staff and Students (p. 12)
- Close Contact (p. 14)
- Protocols for Re-entry After Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (p. 14-15)
- Protocols for Re-entry After Coming into Close Contact with an Individual Test-Confirmed to Have COVID-19 (p. 15-16)
Additionally, District officials are aware of new guidelines issued December 3rd by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which reduce the number of days close contacts should quarantine following exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. Austin-area school district officials and local health authorities participated in a conference call December 4th to review and discuss the CDC's guidelines. Given the importance of contact tracing and quarantining in our schools, Lake Travis ISD will continue its review of these guidelines and will make a final determination shortly.
"The health and safety of our school community is of utmost importance," said Paul Norton, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools. "Our plans will remain flexible to accommodate potential changes, and guidelines may be further modified as needed. In the interim, we urge our school community to continue the consistent practice of personal hygiene and social distancing."
LTISD Protocols for Screening
***Please remember to screen your children each morning before school.***
If your child has any ONE of the symptoms on the screening list, they should stay home.
★ Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
★ Loss of taste or smell
★ Difficulty breathing
★ Shortness of breath
★ Sore throat
★ Shaking or exaggerated shivering
★ Muscle or body aches
★ Congestion or runny nose
★ Nausea or vomiting
Please know that children who come to school with symptoms will be sent home.
It is important that everyone become familiar with the re-entry protocol
Re-entry protocol applies to students who experience symptoms at home OR if they are sent home from school.
● at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
● the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
● at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
The 10 days must be observed even if symptoms only last a short while and the child did not have fever.
If your student wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, you must either:
● obtain a medical professional’s note (with date) clearing the student for the return based on an alternative diagnosis; or
● obtain an acute infection test (at a physician’s office, approved testing location found at tdem.texas.govc/covid19/, or another site) that comes back negative for COVID-19.
We Are Not Admitting Visitors At This Time
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TEA on Minimum Standard Health Protocols on Visits to Schools During Campus Closureshttps://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/covid/minimum-standard-health-protocols-for-school-employees-in-school-building-during-campus-closures