Update on procedures for staff while district remains closed


Dallas ISD considers the health and safety of our staff and students our top priority. The district has been closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak. Pending board approval, beginning March 23, 2020, the Dallas ISD has suspended standard district operations due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. This emergency has resulted in a districtwide closure resulting in a districtwide Extended Emergency Leave..
To slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in our community, all Dallas ISD schools will close indefinitely. This action follows advice from the Dallas County Health and Human Services department (DCHHS).
We recognize the significant impact this extended closure will have on the entire community, especially for families who depend on the district for critical services.
While our classrooms are empty, our work on behalf of children continues. We have activated at-home learning, our teachers are prepared to begin distance instruction, and Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) will distribute meals at select campus locations. These sites will become central locations for family and student resource distribution in the coming weeks. Please expect phone messages with updates and visit www.dallasisd.org/COVID19 for more information.
Thank you for working with us as we unite with organizations across the community to respond to COVID-19.
Teams from disinfection contractors–Germ Blast and Disinfect–are working in schools and other district facilities using anti-bacterial/anti-viral disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to help ensure a healthy learning environment.
The disinfectant, which is applied via electrostatic mist sprayers, has a positive charge, attracts and kills germs it comes in contact with for 90 days after it is sprayed. The cleaning and disinfection work will continue during the rest of spring break.

While we are on spring break, regular updates will continue to be posted on this website each day. Staff are also encouraged to regularly check emails for additional staff information.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its Level 3 Health Travel Alerts to include the United Kingdom and Ireland because of the widespread and ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in those territories. This means that travel to these countries is not recommended and that those returning will be screened at airports and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days from the day they departed the affected country. All other travel outside the United States falls under the CDC’s Level 2 alert, which means travelers must exercise enhanced precautions when visiting those countries. Visit the travel notices page at CDC for updates.

To help keep students and staff safe and to plan for any eventuality, Dallas ISD is asking staff who traveled to Level 3 and Level 2 countries during spring break to fill out the travel form found at https://records.dallasisd.org/Forms/CoronavirusSelfReportingForm. Families are also asked to fill out a form at https://www.dallasisd.org/studenttravelform if they traveled to any of the Level 3 or Level 2 countries.

If a person exhibits
COVID-19 symptoms

As a reminder, COVID-19 symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees, cough, and/or difficulty breathing. If a person exhibits these symptoms, they should contact their physician or healthcare provider, immediately.

DCHHS quarantine

Who should self-quarantine?

Self-quarantine means staying at home and away from others and self-monitoring for symptoms, including doing daily temperature checks. Individuals in the following categories should self-quarantine for 14 days per the CDC:
Recent travelers of areas to countries with widespread or ongoing community spread.(opens in a new window)
Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
For example, Sally’s spouse, Robert was recently confirmed to have COVID-19. Sally should self-quarantine for 14 days per the CDC, monitor symptom, and notify her healthcare provider and Public Health if she becomes ill.

Who does not need
to self-quarantine?

Close contacts, such as family members or roommates, of people who have had close contact with a confirmed case do not need to self-quarantine.
For example, John is a healthcare provider who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case at work. He does not have any respiratory symptoms. His son, Joe, does not need to self-quarantine and does not need evaluation or testing for COVID-19. However, if John becomes sick with COVID-19, Joe will need to self-quarantine.

Procedures for staff at
work or students at school

If the CDC requires quarantine of a staff person or student who is not ill but may have been exposed and has been to a school or district facility, the district will do the following:

Remove the individual from the school/district location
Contact the school community – staff, families, and partners
Cancel all school/facility events on day of CDC notice
Activate specialized and extensive cleaning of the school

If a staff person exhibits symptoms, they will be asked to leave school and call their healthcare provider immediately. We will monitor the staff person’s health conditions as appropriate.

When students return
to school after spring break

If a student presents these symptoms while at school, they will be immediately moved to a quarantined space in the school, while continuing to be monitored by an adult. A family member or emergency contact will be called to pick them up. They will be unable to ride the school bus or public transportation home.
Please keep in mind this is new territory for all of us. We are working with local and state officials, including Dallas County Health and Human Services to navigate this evolving situation and provide inclusive supports. Thank you for working with us in our community’s collective response to COVID-19. We appreciate you.