Posted Date: 04/09/2021
Beginning Monday 4/12, wearing a mask or face shield will be a personal decision at the option of each family or individual at Chapel Hill ISD. This past Thursday afternoon, the CHISD School Board met and took unanimous action to approve the administration's recommendation to change masking policy as allowed by current Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidance. All other mitigation and monitoring processes will remain in place including screening, cleaning, and close contact quarantine as required.
Although masking will now be optional, anyone who has not previously had the COVID-19 virus or vaccination is strongly encouraged to wear a mask and/or maintain physical distancing. Additionally, all students and staff are expected to continue self-screening on a daily basis and not come to school if they are exhibiting new or worsening symptoms including loss of taste / smell, headache, diarrhea, nausea / vomiting, excessive cough, difficulty breathing or fatigue / exhaustion. Screening for all visitors during the school day will continue. Anyone experiencing such symptoms after arriving at school should report to the school nurse immediately.
TEA requirements on close contact quarantining remain in force. So in the instance of any positive case, the district nurse will determine who may have had close contact by being within 6 feet without a mask for more than 15 minutes. Anyone with close contact would have to remain out of school until a) seven days after contact and having a negative COVID-19 test performed after the fifth day following contact OR b) 10 days after contact.
CHISD will continue to monitor any new cases or transmission at school and within the community and may reinstate any requirements necessary to assure student and staff safety.