Back-to-School Health & Safety Plan

As a school district committed to teaching and modeling civic responsibility for our students, Klein ISD will continue to follow the law and the requirements set forth by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) this school year, just as we did last school year.

Health and Safety Updates

September 3, 2021

In this update, we are reminding everyone of how we are maintaining a safe learning and work environment through the following:

  • New COVID Dashboard Charts & Views

  • 10-Day Quarantine Period for Positive COVID Individuals 

  • Temporary Remote Virtual Conferencing

  • Hospital-Grade Aerosol Disinfectant System

  • Sanitizing Stations

  • Touchless Contact Points

  • Upgraded Air Filtration Systems

  • Masking in Schools

New COVID Dashboard Charts & Views
As we did last school year, we continue to update our COVID Dashboard each school day by 6 PM. Our COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated with an historical “NEW Daily Cases by Campus” view. With this new view, you’ll be able to track new cases for just the campus or campuses you’re interested in viewing. In addition, we have added a mobile view to make browsing the dashboard easier via mobile phone. As a reminder, you can also subscribe to COVID-19 Dashboard email updates from the link above. 

10-Day Quarantine Period for Positive COVID-19 Individuals
As a reminder, any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to quarantine at home for 10 days from symptom onset. Return to work and school criteria set by TEA and DSHS include the 10-day quarantine or a note from their doctor indicating they are symptom-free of any communicable illness. As always, any staff member or student who is sick should stay home. 

Temporary Remote Virtual Conferencing for COVID-19 Positive Students

To support our students who are required to stay at home due to a positive COVID-19 test, Klein ISD is providing temporary remote virtual conferencing. Students who meet these criteria have access to a teacher to help support their learning while they are required to be at home. Campus administrators, in cooperation with school nurses, coordinate this temporary remote virtual conferencing option for students who qualify. As always, students who are home sick will work with their teachers to make up classwork upon their return to school. 

Hospital-Grade Aerosol Disinfectant System
In the Fall of 2019, Klein ISD became one of the first districts in the nation to start using the Protexus electrostatic spraying system in our schools and buses. Each Klein ISD campus is equipped with a Protexus system to ensure a safe, affordable, and highly effective approach to disinfecting surfaces. Just like last school year, every classroom, high-traffic area, and bus is sprayed nightly with the Protexus system.  

Sanitizing Stations
Students and staff have access to hand sanitizer stations on campuses, facilities, and buses. 

Touchless Contact Points
Students and staff use touchless contact points in our schools to limit exposure to communicable illnesses on surfaces. These touchless contact points include card scanning for lunch and library transactions.

Upgraded Air Filtration Systems
All district facilities continue to utilize upgraded MERV 11 air filters in HVAC systems as well as increased run times to filter more airflow in buildings. Beginning next week, additional extended run times for air conditioning systems will be in effect to further maximize air exchange and filtration of indoor air.

Masking in Schools
Klein ISD continues to adhere to Texas Executive Order GA-38 regarding optional masking. We encourage you to consult with your healthcare providers and follow their advice regarding masking in schools.

We appreciate your continued support in working together to keep our students, staff, and community healthy and safe. We know this continues to be a challenging time and express our sincerest gratitude to each of you as we work together to provide an excellent learning experience for our students.



August 20, 2021

COVID-19 Dashboard

Klein ISD will publish daily updates to our COVID-19 dashboard beginning today, August 20, 2021, on the Klein ISD website under our 2021-2022 Back to School Health & Safety Plan. 

This dashboard will be updated by 6 p.m. each school day, indicating all positive COVID-19 cases reported to Klein ISD. The following information will be available daily for all campuses:

  • Total number of COVID-19 positive students

  • Total number of COVID-19 positive staff

  • Number of new cases each day

  • Percentage of total cases on each campus 

In addition to linking the Klein ISD COVID-19 Dashboard to our district website, we are also providing a link to sign up for email notifications when the Dashboard is updated. If you are interested in receiving the email notification, please click the signup link located at the top of the Klein ISD COVID-19 Dashboard

As communicated previously, if a student tests positive for COVID-19, the individual should contact the campus nurse or clinic staff to inform them of this information. If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the individual should contact their supervisor. Klein ISD Health Services will then report this information to the local and state health authorities who will work with Klein ISD regarding any appropriate measures (contact tracing, etc.). We will update our Klein ISD dashboard daily as we receive new data.


We appreciate your support in working together to keep our community healthy and safe. As always, please contact us if you have a specific question not addressed here.


August 13, 2021
As a school district committed to teaching and modeling civic responsibility for our students, Klein ISD will continue to follow the law and the requirements set forth by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) this school year, just as we did last school year.

On August 12, 2021, the Harris County local health authority shared information contradicting Executive Order GA-38 issued by Governor Abbott, which currently prohibits school districts from issuing mask mandates. We are aware that this contradicting guidance is currently being litigated in the courts. Klein ISD will continue to seek legal advice and to follow the previously communicated health and safety plan, which includes an option, but not a mandate, to wear masks on campus.

We appreciate your support in adhering to our health and safety plan, and we look forward to welcoming our students back on Wednesday, August 18.






Information and Guidelines

Klein ISD is required by law to follow Texas Education Agency (TEA) Public Health guidance and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requirements. 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the parent/guardian should contact the campus nurse/clinic staff to inform them of this information. Klein ISD Health Services will then report this information to the local and state health department, as required by TEA, who will take appropriate measures. TEA has returned the responsibility for any contact tracing and identification of close contacts from local school districts to the local health department. Data regarding positive COVID-19 cases may be viewed through the Harris County Public Health Dashboard

Student Absence Guidance

Student Absence Guidance Chart (PDF)

Under Texas Department of Health Services regulations for excludable illnesses, students with a positive COVID-19 test result WITH symptoms of COVID-19 may return to school when:

  • Ten (10) days have passed since the onset of symptoms (Note: the 10-day period begins the day the student became symptomatic with COVID-19) AND
  • Symptoms have improved, including being fever-free for 24 hours without medication. A “fever” is considered a temperature 100.0 a higher OR
  • The student has a note from their doctor, nurse, or physician's assistant indicating they are symptom-free of any communicable illness.

Under Texas Department of Health Services regulations for excludable illnesses, students with a positive COVID-19 test result WITHOUT symptoms of COVID-19 may return to school when:

  • Ten (10) days have passed since the date of the positive COVID-19 test OR
  • The student has a note from their doctor, nurse, or physician's assistant indicating they are symptom-free of any communicable illness.
COVID-19 Testing

Should you determine your child needs a COVID-19 test, the following information is available to assist you in acquiring access to COVID-19 tests. Antibody tests do not indicate active or inactive infection.  Only PCR or antigen tests will be accepted. 

Cleaning of Campuses, Buses, and Facilities
Klein ISD will continue to use enhanced cleaning protocols and hospital-grade/EPA-registered disinfectant products to clean classrooms, highly-used spaces, and buses daily. In addition, we will continue to provide hand sanitizer stations on campuses, facilities, and buses and continue to promote touchless contact points. HVAC systems will also continue to use upgraded MERV 11 air filters. 

Masks/Face Coverings

Klein ISD continues to adhere to Texas Executive Order GA-38 regarding optional masking. We encourage you to consult with your healthcare providers and follow their advice regarding masking in schools.

We appreciate your continued support in working together to keep our students, staff, and community healthy and safe. We know this continues to be a challenging time and express our sincerest gratitude to each of you as we work together to provide an excellent learning experience for our students.

Vaccinations
Texas immunization requirements for school districts are set by the Texas Department of State Health Services, not by local school districts. Executive Order GA-38 states “no governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization.” As such, Klein ISD does not require students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Klein ISD will continue to communicate vaccination opportunities for eligible persons who wish to become vaccinated.

Campus Visitors

Klein ISD allows all approved volunteers, visitors, and mentors on campus for the 2021-2022 school year. This includes group events on campus. As always, please contact your campus principal for information and campus-specific procedures for attending on-campus events. 

All visitors must present a valid photo ID at the front office when signing in prior to being approved to access the learning environment. In order to enter elementary and intermediate campuses, visitors must show a valid ID at the front door prior to entry. We expect that all visitors follow the same health and safety guidelines as staff and students to maintain a healthy learning environment.

Communicable Illnesses

Klein ISD has always prioritized student and staff health and wellness as we work together to minimize the spread of communicable illnesses in our schools and community. As always:

  • It is expected that if a student or staff member feels unwell or has a fever of 100.0 or higher, they should stay home until they are well, or cleared by a medical health professional. 
  • Students who show atypical symptoms of being ill at school will be evaluated by the nurse. The nurse will determine whether the child can remain at school or will consult with the parent/guardian on appropriate actions. 
  • Procedures for obtaining make-up work for any missed school days should be handled directly with the student’s teacher.

Communication
If you are not currently receiving emails and text messages from Klein ISD, please contact your campus registrar to confirm your contact information is correct.

Mental Health & Wellness Supports
The academic success of students is strongly linked to their overall well-being. Klein ISD has many resources to support students. Please view our resources or contact your counselor to learn more.

Questions?

Please contact us if you have a specific question not addressed here.

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