COVID-19 Safety Plan FAQ
SWISD 2021-2022 Safe School Protocol
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
SWISD understands that you may have many questions about what returning to school this fall may look like. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below:
- Will my student be required to wear a mask to school?
The Office of the Governor has issued an executive order prohibiting governmental entities, including public schools, from requiring masks to be worn by staff, students, or visitors.
The CDC recommends the continued use of masks among unvaccinated individuals in school settings, and in all individuals, despite vaccination status in areas of substantial or high COVID-19 transmission.
Bexar County is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 infections with a positivity rate of 19.9% currently. In order to be “...Better Together, Stronger than Ever,” and to protect each other, SWISD recommends that masks be worn appropriately and consistently, especially inside our campus facilities.
- Will the campus continue to enforce social distancing?
Physical distancing is a strategy that contributes to the effectiveness of SWISD’s layered approach against COVID-19, and SWISD will continue to promote physical distancing of at least 3 feet to the fullest extent possible when feasible.
- Will there be hand sanitizing stations available throughout the school?
We will continue to offer hand sanitizer stations throughout our school buildings. In addition to this, we will provide students with multiple opportunities to wash their hands throughout the day as well.
- Will the district be conducting temperature checks?
There are currently no plans to require temperature checks for students or staff, however if your child is running a fever or exhibiting other symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home from school and take them to the doctor if possible.
- What type of cleaning and disinfecting will the district be doing?
SWISD will provide daily and weekly routines to clean and disinfect District facilities and campuses with a concentration on frequently touched surfaces. All campuses will be equipped with one electrostatic applicator for disinfection purposes.
Employees and students are encouraged to disinfect their own personal workspace throughout the day, giving special attention to commonly touched surfaces.
SWISD will clean and disinfect areas that a COVID-19 positive case occupied within the last 24 hours.
- Will guests be allowed to enter the building during the instructional day?
Visitors are welcomed on SWISD campuses for meetings, and conferences by appointment only at this time.
- What precautions are going to be made to ensure safety on school buses?
Buses will operate at full capacity during the 2021-22 school year. Parents should screen children daily prior to boarding the bus, and students who are sick should stay home. Masks are recommended to be worn during bus transportation. SWISD buses will require seating charts, encourage the use of hand sanitizer upon boarding, open windows to allow for airflow mitigating the spread of COVID-19, and siblings will sit together. Buses will be cleaned routinely after each run.
- Will remote learning be an option for my student for the 2021-2022 school year?
We currently do not have plans to offer remote learning at SWISD.
- My child has an underlying medical condition, what options do I have if I want to homeschool?
Please contact your campus administration to discuss what this option might look like for your student. There may be an opportunity for General Homebound Education Services to be part of the support your student can qualify for temporarily.
- What will “Meet the Teacher Events” look like this year?
We are going to hold these events at our campuses, but are working with them to ensure that we limit capacity as much as possible to keep everyone safe.
- How will the campus hold meetings/events?
Currently we plan to offer options for our parents to communicate with staff, this will include email, phone calls, virtual and in person by appointment.
- Will students who are of age be required to get the vaccine?
Vaccination is the leading public health strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine helps to lower the risk of contracting COVID-19, spreading it to others, and it has been shown to be effective in preventing severe illness. SWISD strongly encourages staff and eligible students to get their COVID vaccine. However, we are not requiring students or staff to be vaccinated to come to school.
- Will the district provide opportunities for students to get the vaccine?
SWISD has worked to bring numerous opportunities for the SWISD community to receive the vaccine and will continue to work with local community organizations to provide more opportunities. Click here to find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer the COVID-19 vaccines.
- Will students continue to be tested at school?
Screening testing helps to identify pre-symptomatic (before the development of symptoms) or asymptomatic (without symptoms) cases who may be contagious so that further transmission of COVID-19 can be prevented.
SWISD is currently in the planning stages to hold weekly asymptomatic testing in our campuses. Asymptomatic testing will be performed on a voluntary basis and in collaboration with Community Labs. Those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to participate. More information will be available soon.
Parents, students, and staff will be referred to community locations for diagnostic testing if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Protocol for Positives
- How is the district going to handle contact tracing, quarantine, and those who test positive?
Per TEA Public Health Guidance:
Close contact determinations are generally based on guidance outlined by the CDC.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated may not need to follow the stay-at-home period.
• School Systems are not required to conduct contact tracing.
• If school systems are made aware that a student is a close contact, the school system must notify the student’s parents.
RE-ENTRY CONDITIONS: Southwest ISD reviews guidance from national and local health organizations to make determinations on which health protocols to amend for the safety of all students and staff.Symptomatic:
• At least 5 days have passed since symptom on set and you must wear a mask until day 10
• Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100 F or higher
• And other symptoms have improved
• At least 5 days have passed since the date of the test and you must wear a mask until day 10.
SWISD will authorize the return of the symptomatic student (prior to the 5-day exclusion) if the following conditions are met:
• The student has obtained medical consultation on/after the start of current symptoms
• Medical documentation or a negative COVID PCR result is provided to the school nurse PRIOR to the student return allowing the student to return
based on alternate diagnosis
• The student has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100 F or higher.