Return to School Guidelines for 2021-2022 School Year
Following the advice of officials at Denton County Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), face coverings or masks will be recommended for students, employees, and visitors inside all Denton ISD buildings where physical distancing is not possible. This temporary recommendation will remain in place until local hospitalization access and community spread of COVID-19 slows.
Denton ISD is in constant communication with Denton County Health Services (DCHS) who monitor the health status and that of Denton County residents, daily. If COVID-19 or other infectious diseases become prevalent in our community, the district will partner with DCHS, operating under their guidance, and adjust our protocols. The latest public health guidance from Texas Education Agency can be found here.
Self-monitoring and self-health awareness are key for a safe return to benefit all students and staff for the 2021-2022 School Year. Currently, the wearing of a face covering or mask will be recommended inside the district's facilities, for your protection and for the protection of others.
Parents and staff are expected to continue to screen themselves and their children for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to work/school each day. In addition, please adopt the following healthy practices.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if sick, especially if there is a fever.
- If unvaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, notify your supervisor/campus, and follow quarantine protocols as recommended by your physician.
- Keep a physical distance from others and where distancing is not possible, wear a face-covering/mask.
Denton ISD will continue to stay in touch with our local health department to monitor the health status in the community. If COVID-19 numbers increase in our community, under the guidance of Denton County Health Services, we will adjust our protocols.
Vaccinations have shown to be an effective measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you are interested in vaccinating yourself or your child, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services has current information on where to get a free vaccine as well as current guidelines. Go to this site, choose vaccine info, find vaccine. Several options are listed. You can then click on retail pharmacy and scroll down to Texas for a list of sites/pharmacies that provide the vaccine.
In situations where an unvaccinated individual is exposed to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, quarantine protocols will be followed. In alignment with updated Centers for Disease Control guidance, the following will be considered in the K–12 indoor classroom setting:
The close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where
- both students were engaged in the consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks; and
- other K–12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the K–12 school setting