Staff who begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately contact their supervisor and/or manager who will guide their next steps. Managers are responsible for notifying Emergency Management and School Safety by completing and submitting an exposure form.
Staff Protocols for COVID-19
*NOTE: The district’s participation in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on June 30, 2021. Any employees who become ill with COVID-19 will need to use their own leave banks. After the staff member expends five days of sick or leave due to testing positive for COVID, he or she may present documentation of their positive test and receive up to an additional five days from the district to convalesce.Staff should contact their benefits manager to determine how to proceed.
Confirmed Positive Case
- Upon learning that a staff member has a confirmed case of COVID-19, immediately notify Emergency Management and School Safety by filling out the appropriate form and phoning 281-891-SAFE (7233).
- Direct the staff member to complete the leave form for any necessary leave. Staff should contact the benefits manager with questions regarding leave.
- Determine the date of symptom onset or the positive test, if no symptoms are present. Inform the staff member of the appropriate quarantine period.
- The staff member may return to work at any time with a doctor’s release or a negative test result. All staff absent for 5 or more days are required by district policy to provide a doctor's release.
- Upon return, the staff member’s supervisor will contact the COVID Team and send the doctor’s release or negative test results to the COVID team for tracking purposes; no further action is required.
Symptoms of COVID-19 Without a Positive Test
- Upon learning that a staff member is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the supervisor will direct the staff member to the nurse for a clinical assessment.
- If the nurse determines the staff member meets the criteria for symptoms likely to be COVID-19, the nurse must immediately notify Emergency Management and School Safety.
- If the staff member does not meet the criteria for symptoms likely to be COVID-19, the staff member should go home until symptom-free for 24 hours.
- The supervisor will direct the staff member to complete a leave form for any necessary leave. Employees may contact the benefits manager with questions regarding leave.
Close Contacts and Testing
- The staff member’s supervisor will notify other staff members who have been in close contact with the positive staff member to seek testing if they wish to do so. Those staff members may seek testing at the Rayford Rd. site* or the Inspire mobile testing clinics that will be on two of the Spring ISD campuses starting Aug. 16 (Westfield HS and Spring HS, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). To expedite testing, staff members may pre-register beforehand through the link that will be available on myspringisd.org (but pre-registration is not required). There is no need to notify the Emergency Management and School Safety COVID Team prior to testing, however if a staff member needs more information on the testing locations, they may contact the Emergency Management and School Safety COVID Team at x107233.
- Close contact is defined by the CDC as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.” The CDC further advises “If someone who is vaccinated has come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID, they should get tested within 3-5 days after the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.”
If the staff member has a confirmed case and is involved in University Interscholastic League (UIL) activities, the relevant campus personnel must work with the appropriate central department (e.g., athletics, fine arts, etc.) to notify the opposing school and sports/contest officials for any game or contest the staff member participated in during the infectious period.
Spring ISD Human Resources will utilize the provided campus case dashboard to track the quarantine period for the staff member to ensure the individual does not return to work before the end of the quarantine period.
Upon completing the appropriate quarantine period, the staff member must provide a letter of good health from a physician to human resources before returning to school.
Upon receiving the letter of good health, human resources will upload the document to the staff member’s quarantine report in Laserfiche and indicate the staff member’s return to work date.
If the campus is notified that a staff member who previously reported only symptoms, but had not yet tested positive, has now received a positive test result, the campus will notify Spring ISD Nursing. Nursing will report the confirmed case to the appropriate county health department.
Signs and Symptoms
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body-aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Signs of COVID-19 that Constitute a Medical Emergency
If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish or darker colored lips or face