West ISD Return to Learn Instruction and Safety Plan


All West ISD Health Alert information, news, and reminders relating to COVID-19 and the District's "Return to Learn" and "Return to Play" information are posted on this website. The District will also publish all updates to the West ISD Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 
 
West ISD Coronavirus News and Updates

During a Special Called Board Meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the West ISD Board of Trustees approved Version #6 of the 2020-2021 Scholastic Calendar with a start date of Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The calendar is posted at the bottom of this web page. 
 
During the months of July and August, the District also reviewed and crafted the "2020-2021 Return to Learn" plan for all Prekindergarten through Grade 12 students. This plan includes an overview of the On-Campus and Remote Instruction and Health and Safety plans.
 
On Thursday, November 5, 2020, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) updated their "Public Health Guidance" guidelines with the following information:
  • Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19:
    • If an asymptomatic individual has received a positive COVID-19 test result, they may not return to campus until ten days have passed since a positive test.
    • An alternative diagnosis is not required on the medical professional’s note which clears an individual that has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school.
    • If an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 but believes the result is a false positive, and wants to return to school before completing the stay at home period, they must either obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them based on an alternative diagnosis, or obtain two PCR acute infection tests at least 24 hours apart that come back negative for COVID-19.
  • Close Contact:
    • A portion of the definition of “close contact” has been modified from being within 6 feet for a largely uninterrupted contact period to being within 6 feet for a total of approximately 15 minutes throughout the course of a day.
On Thursday, December 3, 2020, the Waco Health Authority updated their "Public Health Guidance" guidelines with the following information:
  • Quarantine Period:
    • The Waco Health Department still recommends the 14-day quarantine period as the best way to decrease spread, however, the following options to shorten quarantine were approved as acceptable alternatives.
      • The quarantine period can end after Day 10 without a test and if no symptoms have been reported.
      • The quarantine period can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic (PCR or Antigen) specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported. For testing, the diagnostic specimen must be collected up to 48-hours prior to the proposed end of quarantine. For example, for a quarantine that would end on Day 7, the diagnostic specimen must be collected starting on Day 5 or thereafter.
      • In both cases, additional criteria (e.g., continued symptom monitoring and masking through Day 14 [even for Grades 2 and below]) must be met. Students can discontinue quarantine at these time points only if the following criteria are also met:
        • No clinical evidence of COVID-19 has been elicited during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which quarantine is discontinued; AND,
        • Self-monitoring of symptoms continues through quarantine Day 14; AND,
        • Students are counseled regarding the need to adhere strictly through quarantine Day 14 to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (*mitigation strategies). They should be advised that if any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the school nurse, local public health authority, or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status.
Later at the end of August, the District finally created the "2020-2021 Return to Play" plan in response to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Risk Mitigation Guidelines. Note: The "Return to Play" plan now includes the basketball game guidelines. 
 
Please note the "Return to Learn" and "Return to Play" plans are both posted or linked to this page. The "Return to Learn" plan is posted at the bottom of this web page. While the "Return to Play" plan is posted on the web page linked to the bar on the right-side of this page titled, "West ISD Return to Play Ticket Sales and Game Plan". 
 

West ISD Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Notification Letters

Coronavirus Information Links
For questions or additional information, please contact David Truitt, Superintendent, at (254) 981-2000.