• ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES WITHIN VAN ISD


    In an effort to keep our parents, staff, and community informed, the dashboard below will be updated by 6:00 pm daily to reflect active cases in Van ISD. In accordance with TEA guidelines, this dashboard serves as a written notification of active COVID-19 cases within our district for our school community and our community at large. Due to privacy laws, we will not share the names or any identifying details of students or staff members who test positive for COVID-19. Current positive cases are those individuals who have received a lab-positive COVID-19 test result. 
     

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    Response to a Positive Case
    If a student begins displaying symptoms during the day, they must immediately be separated until they can be picked up by their parent or guardian; staff members will be asked to leave the building immediately. The areas used by that individual will be cleaned and disinfected. 
     
    Cleaning Response
    The district has a trained response team and protocols in place to deploy as needed for large-scale cleaning.
     

     

    QUARANTINE PROTOCOL

    • COVID POSITIVE STUDENT - 10 DAY QUARANTINE
      • Students may complete work at home through Google Classroom; however, attendance credit cannot be given. If assignments are not completed during the quarantine period, students have 10 days after their return to school to complete and submit assignments.
    • SYMPTOMATIC STUDENT - 10 DAY QUARANTINE
      • Symptomatic students are subject to a 10 day quarantine period unless:
        • Students may return before the end of their 10 day quarantine period with a negative PCR test result. PCR tests can be taken 72 hours after the onset of symptoms.
        • Students may return before the end of the 10 day quarantine period if given an alternative diagnosis by a healthcare provider AND are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.
          • SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
            • Fever (100 or above) or chills
            • Cough
            • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
            • Fatigue
            • Muscle or body aches
            • Headache
            • New loss of taste or smell
            • Sore throat
            • Congestion or runny nose
            • Nausea or vomiting
            • Diarrhea
            • *This list does not include all possible symptoms. Reference CDC website.
    • CLOSE CONTACT STUDENT - QUARANTINE OPTIONAL
      • Close contact protocols do not apply to those persons who have been vaccinated.
      • Parent may allow student to remain in school.
      • Parent may choose an optional 10-day quarantine. If the optional quarantine is selected, the student must remain at home for the full 10 days. However, if during this period, the parent would like their child to return to school before the 10 days have passed, the student may return after receiving a negative PCR test no sooner than 72 hours since their initial exposure to the COVID positive individual. The negative test result must be provided to the school before the child will be admitted back on campus. All absences, excused or unexcused, may be held against a student’s attendance requirement.

    To help us reduce the spread of illness in our school community, please keep the following things in mind:

    • If your child develops a fever or other flu-like symptoms, please see a medical professional immediately and do not bring your child to school.
    • As a reminder, Per GA-38, school systems cannot require students or staff to wear a mask. While the state of Texas no longer requires wearing masks, we want all students and staff to feel comfortable if they choose to wear a mask; therefore, masks are optional for students and staff.

    To see additional policies and procedures in place within our district to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please see www.vanisd.org/COVID19 for complete details.

    Thank you again for trusting us with your child and for extending us grace and flexibility as we navigate a very fluid situation and school year unlike any other.

    Respectfully,

    dunn
    Don Dunn, Superintendent