In the Texas Education Agency’s new Covid-19 policy update, Texas school districts were given the option to “choose to require close contact students from home to stay home during the school year. next period of stay at home if they are in an area with high or increasing COVID case rates. This applies specifically to students who have close contacts because a person living in the same household has a positive COVID-19. This information was provided by the TEA Public Health and Guidance published on September 2, 2021.
In response to this regulation provided by TEA, several local districts in Texarkana, Texas, have issued statements to parents notifying them that they have adopted the option of requiring students in close contact, who live in a positive home at COVID-19 , stay in quarantine for period of stay at home according to DSHS. The DSHS-related quarantine period states that anyone who has close or positive contact with COVID-19 must remain in quarantine for a period of 10 days.
While this may surprise those in our area who have problems with COVID-19 at home, this is one of several changes that have already been made in response to COVID-19 problems in the Texarkana area. Changes in TEA and other district COVID-19 policies are expected to change throughout this school year. TXkToday will continue to provide updates on local district policy changes as they are made.
If you are concerned about COVD-19 policies in your own districts, visit the local school district website and search for “Covid-19 Policy” to ensure that you and your family comply with district policies.