**UPDATED Aug. 30, 2021**
Princeton ISD wants to address the calls and concerns being expressed over the current spike in positive COVID-19 cases within the district. First and foremost, the health and safety of students and staff remain the top priority. With this in mind, the district wants to be transparent when it comes to the number of cases, as well as the steps being taken to keep everyone healthy.
The district will strive to notify parents within 24 hours when their child has potentially come in contact with a positive case in their classroom. With this measure, the district is moving to a classroom notification approach, so parents will receive direct notification if a student in their child’s class has tested positive for COVID-19. This notification method now applies to all grade levels.
Previously, PISD was following TEA guidance regarding notification, which led to the broad, campus-wide letters. However, as parents make decisions for their family, PISD teachers and administrators want them to have a better idea of when their child may have been in close contact with another student who tested positive.
In addition, the district COVID-19 dashboard will continue to be updated weekly by Tuesday afternoons. These numbers reflect positive cases reported the previous week between Monday and Sunday, since that is the time frame outlined as part of TEA’s reporting requirements. The only numbers posted will be students or staff who have been on campus. If a student has not been on campus, they will not be included in dashboard updates.
Additional protocols the district is taking:
- Temperature checks upon arrival on campus.
- Continue frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
- Continue daily classroom cleaning.
- More frequent cleaning of common spaces, including the areas where equipment is shared, such as computer labs.
- Continue use of deep-cleaning methods using electrostatic sprayers filled with disinfectant solution on a weekly basis for each facility, as well as after a positive case has been identified in a certain area of a building.
- Increase free COVID-19 testing availability for staff and students showing symptoms or 48 hours after possible exposure with a positive case. Staff has been added to increase the number of appointments available per day and extend the testing appointment times to include after-school hours. Contact school nurses to schedule this free service.
- When a classroom meets the definition of community spread, quarantines for the rest of the class will be recommended.
- If a student or staff member shows symptoms that we suspect are COVID-19, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days or until they get negative test results.
- The district asks that parents join the effort by monitoring for symptoms at home and keep children at home when they have symptoms (reminder that students should be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication).
- Parents have their children tested, either with their doctor or through the district-provided test site, when they exhibit COVID-like symptoms or if they know they have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
- Frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
- Use of personal water bottles vs. using public water fountains.
- Wearing a mask or other PPE as parents deem appropriate.