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Health & Safety Protocols

Click below for information on IDEA's Health & Safety Protocols and the Self-Screening Guide for IDEA Staff and Students for the 2021-22 school year

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While we seek to keep the learning experience as typical as possible, we are balancing the need for increased safety measures. In addition to the items noted above, IDEA’s classroom sizes are in line with CDC guidelines to allow for proper social distancing.

Our schools are staffed with Registered Nurses and/or health support staff who have been thoroughly trained to protect each and every IDEA student.

 

 

 

Immunization

The Health Services team provides basic first aid to students with minor injuries and illnesses. 

The clinic staff members tend to students’ medical needs, maintain student medical records, conduct state-mandated health screenings, and communicate regularly with parents and staff members. The clinic staff members will administer medications/ procedures to students with physician orders and parent consent forms when needed. 

State law requires students attending school to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.  You are encouraged to get your child vaccinated early to avoid the end-of-summer  vaccination  rush.  Getting your child vaccinated protects your child’s health and that of the community.  If necessary, please make an appointment to get your child vaccinated before the first day of school. Remember, students cannot attend school without the appropriate documentation for the required vaccines. 

Be sure your child is up to date on all immunizations. You can access the 2021-22 immunization form links below. 

COVID-19 Reporting

*Data is updated each week on Tuesday by end of day.

**The tables are NOT cumulative; it is new cases during that time period. Note: we only report positive cases on campus. 

RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin808303064
El Paso 10123629
Houston000729
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV2502515745202
San Antonio240248357140
Southern Louisiana20216925
Tarrant County606321648
Tampa Bay000404
Totals71071364170534
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin909433073
El Paso 81931738
Houston43711516
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV4064619751248
San Antonio27184511075185
Southern Louisiana325191130
Tarrant County303351651
Tampa Bay000404
Totals9430124458200658
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin13821563894
El Paso 40435742
Houston20213518
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV25113622262284
San Antonio24194313494228
Southern Louisiana303221133
Tarrant County303381654
Tampa Bay000404
Totals7438112532238770
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin614206252114
El Paso 134361046
Houston00013518
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV20173724279321
San Antonio271744161111272
Southern Louisiana101231134
Tarrant County112391756
Tampa Bay000404
Totals5652108588290878
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin5496756123
El Paso 145371451
Houston20615924
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV21163726395358
San Antonio82331169134303
Southern Louisiana213251237
Tarrant County235412061
Tampa Bay000404
Totals415596629345974
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin511167267139
El Paso 224391655
Houston10116925
Permian Basin*0118614
RGV15621278101379
San Antonio61622175150325
Southern Louisiana011251338
Tarrant County011412162
Tampa Bay000404
Totals2938676583831041
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin5167768145
El Paso 202411657
Houston257181432
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV9716287108395
San Antonio358178155333
Southern Louisiana000251338
Tarrant County202432164
Tampa Bay000404
Totals2318416814011082
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0117769146
El Paso 213431760
Houston000181432
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV000287108395
San Antonio213180156336
Southern Louisiana000251338
Tarrant County000432164
Tampa Bay000404
Totals4376854041089
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0007769146
El Paso 336431760
Houston000181432
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV51318287108395
San Antonio325180156336
Southern Louisiana022251338
Tarrant County101432164
Tampa Bay000404
Totals1220326974241121
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin1127870148
El Paso 145472471
Houston011181533
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV167293127420
San Antonio134184161345
Southern Louisiana022251742
Tarrant County101452166
Tampa Bay000404
Totals517227024411143
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin1017970149
El Paso 011472572
Houston011181634
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV347296131427
San Antonio202186161347
Southern Louisiana123261945
Tarrant County000452166
Tampa Bay000404
Totals78157094491158
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0007970149
El Paso 000472572
Houston101191635
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV101297131428
San Antonio112187162349
Southern Louisiana101271946
Tarrant County101462167
Tampa Bay000404
Totals5167144501164
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin3368273155
El Paso 202492574
Houston000191635
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV426301133434
San Antonio6814193170363
Southern Louisiana000271946
Tarrant County404502171
Tampa Bay000404
Totals1913327334631196
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0118274156
El Paso 011492675
Houston101201636
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV077301140441
San Antonio235195173368
Southern Louisiana000271946
Tarrant County404502171
Tampa Bay000404
Totals312157364751211
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin1568379162
El Paso 000492675
Houston000201636
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV5813306148454
San Antonio437199176375
Southern Louisiana000271946
Tarrant County010502272
Tampa Bay000404
Totals312157464921238
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin3148680166
El Paso 336522981
Houston101211637
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV51520311163474
San Antonio3917202185387
Southern Louisiana101281947
Tarrant County010502272
Tampa Bay000404
Totals1628447625201282
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin3148981170
El Paso 134533285
Houston011211738
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV213313164477
San Antonio000202185387
Southern Louisiana101291948
Tarrant County000502272
Tampa Bay000404
Totals76137695261295
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin1019081171
El Paso 000533285
Houston101221739
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV358316169485
San Antonio347205189394
Southern Louisiana000291948
Tarrant County000502272
Tampa Bay000404
Totals89177775351312
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0229083173
El Paso 112543387
Houston101231740
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV257318174492
San Antonio134206192398
Southern Louisiana022292150
Tarrant County213522375
Tampa Bay000404
Totals714217845491333
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0009083173
El Paso 000543387
Houston011231841
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV3710321181502
San Antonio066206198404
Southern Louisiana000292150
Tarrant County000522375
Tampa Bay000404
Totals314177875631350
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0009083173
El Paso 101553388
Houston000231841
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV011321182503
San Antonio022206200406
Southern Louisiana011292251
Tarrant County101532376
Tampa Bay000404
Totals2467895671356
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0009083173
El Paso 011553489
Houston000231841
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV011321182503
San Antonio112207201408
Southern Louisiana000292251
Tarrant County011532477
Tampa Bay000404
Totals1357905701360
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.

COVID-19 Reporting FAQ

Ensuring the health and safety of our Team & Family is a top priority at IDEA Public Schools, and we believe it is best to operate with an abundance of caution and transparency at this time. This is a chart of the number of positive cases of COVID-19 among students and staff who have been on campus for a specific week. You can search for a specific region, sort within each column, and access data for specific weeks. We report this information to the TEA on a weekly basis; they are monitoring the number of positive cases across school districts in Texas and update the information on the Texas Department of Health and Human Services website.

If there is a positive student or staff case on campus, all staff and families are notified of the positive case through Remind and a digital letter. We will inform families of the next steps that we are taking to protect others in the building from potential spread. Upon learning of a positive diagnosis, we work closely with the local health department in the decision-making process and the contact tracing process. Additionally, we take a quick assessment of which rooms and areas the individual was in within the last 24 hours and thoroughly clean and disinfect those areas.

 

Depending on the case investigation and guidance from the local health department, we may close down specific room(s) and area(s) in which the individual was on campus for a specific time, dismiss all students and staff early, or close the entire building to disinfect the entire building thoroughly. Finally, based on the contact tracing process and consultation with the local health department, we may inform additional staff members and families that they need to quarantine for 14 days as recommended by the local health department. Due to HIPAA considerations, we are cannot share more details about the individual’s diagnosis, but rest assured we are taking the proper steps to protect our students and staff from any potential spread.

For any positive case, we work closely with the local health department and we take the proper and recommended steps to protect our students and staff from any potential spread. You can use the resources that we have created to determine if you want your scholar to attend school on-site or in a remote environment. Families can use SchoolCap to directly and transparently view how many people are in their scholar’s school at all times. Remember, it takes a community to keep us all protected. Each parent or guardian can log into SchoolCap to select if their student is or isn’t coming to a physical school location so that after our staff experts verify these numbers,  families will have clear insight into what percentage capacity the school is. It only takes 30 seconds to put your scholar’s choice into SchoolCap. SchoolCap presents the region’s recommended building capacity based on IDEA’s School Reopening Phases and Protocols.

It takes a community and collective effort to protect each other. We all play a role in keeping ourselves, our loved ones, and our Team & Family safe. This means that all of us must follow the expert-recommended health and safety protocols:

  • Monitor your health daily and stay alert for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you are sick and follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and self-quarantine.
  • Wear a mask—covering your nose and mouth—at all times.
  • Practice proper hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently.
  • Maintain 6-feet of physical distance between others who are not in your household.  
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or anyone outside your immediate household. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid and limit being exposed the virus.
  • Use recommended resources like the CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker to determine when to seek testing or medical care.
  • Immediately contact the school if you are awaiting test results or receive a lab-confirmed positive test result, or if you have been in close contact with someone who is awaiting results or is a positive case. It is important for the communication among all of us to be transparent and informative.

You can access our most up-to-date information and resources, our health and safety protocols, and links to the CDC and state health departments on our website’s Health Services page as well as our school re-opening website.