SOMERVILLE ISD HEALTH GUIDANCE

HS Active Student COVID-19 Cases

1

HS Active Staff COVID-19 Cases

0

Total = 1

Total Reported HS Student and Staff Cases Since 9-27-21

Total = 7

Intermediate Active Student COVID-19 Cases

1

Intermediate Active Staff COVID-19 Cases

0

Total = 1

Total Reported Intermediate Student and Staff Cases Since 9-27-21

Total = 4

Elementary Active Student COVID-19 Cases

2

Elementary Active Staff COVID-19 Cases

0

Total = 2

Total Reported Elementary Student and Staff Cases Since 9-27-21

Total = 3

Update 10-01-2021

September 7, 2021

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

 In Somerville ISD, we are committed to doing all we can to keep staff and students healthy and safe. If your child needs to have a COVID-19 test performed, below are some options for testing locally:

  • The state has an interactive map that is updated daily and lists statewide COVID-19 testing sites.

  • Health Point of Somerville

This link will also help you identify vaccine availability, as well as therapeutic providers throughout Texas, should those be necessary. 

 We encourage you not to use your local hospital emergency room for this purpose, which can cause additional burdens on the hospital system during a challenging time, and instead use one of the local options listed above. 

 Thank you again for helping keep our students and community safe.

Sincerely, 

Karla Sparks

Superintendent

 TEA REQUIREMENTS 2021-2022

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced requirements for the 2021-2022 school year, and SISD will comply with TEA and the Governor’s orders. Masks are optional. SISD respects the rights of our parents to choose what is best for their children.

SISD wants to remind parents and staff that with any virus, the best way to prevent the spread of illness in our schools is by staying home when you are ill. The district will continue to follow the same everyday procedures used to help prevent the spread of viruses:

  • cleaning and sanitation procedures in all of our classrooms,

  • washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer,

  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and

  • staying at home when you are sick.

 Lab Confirmed Positive Case

Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed below) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. Students who do receive a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result are required to stay home for 10 days. These 10 days are counted as excused absences. The campus will assist with makeup assignments.

 SISD will not do contact tracing. Parents may opt to keep their child home if the child was in close contact with anyone who tested positive. Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a classroom or extracurricular or after-school program cohort if a test-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participated in those classrooms or cohorts.

 COVID Symptoms

Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit 

  • Loss of taste or smell 

  • Cough 

  • Difficulty breathing  

  • Shortness of breath 

  • Headache 

  • Chills   

  • Sore throat 

  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering 

  • Significant muscle pain or ache  

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or Vomiting

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Abdominal Pain

 Vaccine Information

The COVID-19 vaccines are not required for students or employees but are a safe and effective recommendation for eligible individuals, including children over 12 years. There are currently three vaccines available (Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) which are available at B & B Pharmacy, or Health Point of Somerville. The vaccine is covered by insurance or free to those without insurance.

Cleaning and Maintaining Healthy Facilities

  • Each classroom and restroom will be disinfected daily.

  • All high touch areas will be disinfected daily.

  • Cleaning cloths will be changed daily for each classroom and common area to maximize room to room cleanliness.

  • Staff will have access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize working surfaces and shared objects after each use and during breaks in instruction.

  • Cafeteria tables will be cleaned between lunches

  • Playground equipment will be sanitized in between classes

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria and in common areas throughout the campus.

  • Thorough hand washing will continue upon return from outdoors, before eating, and following restroom breaks.

New TEA Public Health Guidance Released 8-19-2021

Stay informed by doing the following:

PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

Parent/Guardians,

It is important for all parents and guardians to keep their contact information current to receive important notices from the school via text or emails.  Please use the following form to update your cell phone number and email address if you have never received a notice from the district this year.

Parent Contact Information