Recent Changes to School Guidelines

Masks are not mandatory in Texas public schools.  Students and school employees who choose to wear a mask may still do so.

If symptomatic, the individual must be excluded from school until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free*, and other symptoms have improved. Children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.

Parents of students who are determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may opt to keep their students at home during the recommended stay-at-home period which has been changed to 10 days without symptoms (formerly 14 days).  

Alternately, students can end the stay-at-home period if they receive a negative result from a PCR acute infection test after the close contact exposure occurred.  (Excludes the rapid antibody test done at school and requires a medical note regarding results.)

See the "Updated TEA Guidance" below for details.

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