From Leander ISD posted July 28, 2021:
We recognize the benefits of having kids in school. As the 2021-2022 school year approaches, we need your help to keep our schools open and our students and staff healthy. These practical recommendations include:
- encouraging all students, staff, and campus visitors to wear masks,
- practicing frequent hand washing,
- self-monitoring for symptoms, and
- staying home when sick.
In addition, while reviewing our current COVID-19 Health Response Protocols we added a new yellow response stage to include recommendations for reducing the viral spread and keeping our schools open for in-person learning. Considering the current status of COVID in our area, we are in stage yellow.
We’ve learned over the past two years that things can change quickly. Please partner with us by encouraging one another and helping our kids find the flexibility and patience necessary as we navigate through any changes that may come our way during this next school year.
What to Expect As We Start School
While we still have many health protocols in place, the 2021-22 school year will look different than 2020-21. Here are some of the changes.
We will be:
- continuing to clean and disinfect,
- using the optimal ventilation system settings for fresh air,
- requiring self-screening for symptoms before entering a facility or campus,
- reporting positive cases on our COVID-19 dashboard, and
- notifying whole campuses and buildings about positive cases in their school or building.
We will not be:
- contact tracing (returning this work to the health department),
- reporting quarantines or close contacts to our dashboard,
- requiring students, parents or staff to complete the self-screen forms each day, or
- restricting volunteers from our building.
The health departments will be recommending any necessary quarantines. LISD will not have the authority to enforce these recommendations.
LISD wishes to ensure that anyone who is eligible for and wishes to receive a vaccine, has access to one. We are hosting our next vaccination clinic on August 5 at the LISD Technology building from 4–8 p.m. Moderna, Pfizer (ages 12 and up), and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available at no charge and no ID or insurance is required.
We are working with our local health authorities to provide more vaccination clinics in the near future. This will be our fourth vaccination clinic for the general public, in addition to the many offerings we had for staff last Spring.