COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

2021-22 Information and Guidelines

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.

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

Klein ISD is adhering to new guidance from medical professionals regarding a shorter isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

Student Absence Guidance Chart (PDF)

Effective January 3, 2022, individuals with a positive COVID-19 test result may return to school when:

  • Five (5) days have passed since a positive COVID-19 test result or symptom onset, AND
  • The individual’s symptoms have improved, AND
  • The individual is fever-free for 24 hours without medication. A “fever” is considered a temperature 100.0 a higher.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the parent/guardian should contact the campus nurse/clinic staff to inform them of this information. As always, any individual who is sick should stay home and get well.

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. 


Notifying Classrooms of COVID-19 Cases

Klein ISD sends automated messages to families notifying them that an individual in one of their child’s classes has tested positive for COVID-19. These emails will be delivered from our announcements email address ([email protected]) with the subject line “Klein ISD - COVID Notification.” These automated exposure notifications are in addition to the regular daily updates to our COVID-19 Dashboard.

Absence Guidance for High School Final Exams

In an extension of our practice from last year, attendance will not be one of the requirements for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 seeking exemptions from second-semester final exams. Students must still meet other requirements to exempt these second-semester final exams.

Excused Absence Guidance

Any absence due to COVID-19 is excused. As always, students need to bring a signed note from their parent, doctor, or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s absence from school. 

Perfect Attendance Awards


During the 2021-2022 school year, Klein ISD will not award Perfect Attendance certificates. This may be reviewed in future years.

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.

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.

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.

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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