ROUND ROCK, TX — Round Rock ISD officials outlined safety measures for students and staff members during the winter break.
On the district’s website, officials wrote they want everyone to remain safe during the vacation period. District offices and campuses are closed from next Friday (Dec. 18) through Jan. 5 (staff return Monday, Jan. 4, classes resume Wednesday, Jan. 6).
“If you or a member of your family demonstrate symptoms of COVID-19, please see your physician and get tested,” district officials wrote. “It may take up to two days to receive your results. If you have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive, please quarantine for 14 days and notify your campus nurse.”
En español: Round Rock ISD Da Consejos De Seguridad Durante Las Vacaciones
COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms, from mild symptoms to severe illness, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea and bluish lips or face. Those experiencing such symptoms are urged to call their medical provider for any symptoms that are severe or concerning.
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While school is in session, the Round Rock ISD COVID dashboard is updated daily, officials noted. Over school breaks, district personnel continue to receive positive COVID-19 cases and close contact reports as a result. Cases reported during winter break will be updated on the COVID-19 dashboard on Monday, Jan. 4, officials added.
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Suppose you need to report a positive or close contact case while District offices and campuses are closed between Dec. 18 and January 5. In that case, a centralized online tool to report cases through the Round Rock ISD website will be available before winter break, district officials said. Once the reporting tool is live, the district will notify families through email, text, and the district’s mobile app.
RETURNING TO SCHOOL
Classes for all students resume on Wednesday, Jan. 6. On-campus students have the option to go virtual from Jan. 6 – 8 without losing their on-campus spot, officials stressed. If this is the best option for a student, parents/guardians are asked to inform the child’s campus by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4.
Parents of on-campus elementary students are urged to contact the student’s teacher if they elect for the pupil to participate in virtual learning Wednesday, Jan. 6 – Friday, Jan. 8. Parents of on-campus middle and high school students are urged to contact their campus attendance specialist if a student is taking virtual learning Wednesday, Jan. 6 – Friday, Jan. 8.
Visit the Round Rock ISD Reimagining Education website for an overview of the district’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, instructional guidelines, FAQ’s, videos, and more.
HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE
The safest option for celebrating the holidays is to remain with members of one’s immediate household while having virtual experiences with extended family and friends. Those gathering with others outside their household are strongly urged to consider the health and safety guidelines issued from Austin Public Health.
Do not attend in-person celebrations if you:
Have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19;
have symptoms of COVID-19;
are awaiting test results;
may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
are a household member who is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
The following activities should include masking and physical distancing measures:
Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities —avoid crowded, poorly ventilated and fully enclosed indoor spaces.
Bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy (i.e. extra masks and hand sanitizer).
Consider avoiding contact with people outside one’s household for 14 days before the gathering.
Minimize gestures that promote close contact (i.e. hugs and handshakes).
Maintain physical distancing and masking around people with whom you don’t share a household.
Avoid singing, chanting, or shouting, especially when not masking or physical distancing.
Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items, such as serving utensils, between uses.
If you plan on traveling over the break, please consider these recommendations from the CDC: Considering Travel.
For more information about COVID-19 in the community, visit the Austin Public Health COVID-19 or Williamson County & Cities Health District websites.
This article originally appeared on the Round Rock Patch