I know you are anxious to know what our new guidelines are. I apologize for the updates not being out before the first of school, but TEA hasn’t nailed down their guidance until now. Please also realize that more updates are possible. The Governor’s un-mask order is being challenged in the courts. So, while that is being litigated, TEA is hesitant to take a stand on anything.
Safety of all is our main priority. The second priority is the effective education of all students.

I have participated in Region and State level meetings to discuss and interpret the parameters that we have. I have also collaborated with many of the superintendents in the Region. Our guidance is very similar to most schools in the Region. The close-contact and exclusion/admittance protocols reflect TEA’s guidance.

The administrative team and Nurse Pennie have established the following points for our local guide. There may be changes in the future.

• Staff and students that are vaccinated, and don’t exhibit symptoms are not Close-Contact, regardless of exposure.
• Students that are Close-Contact without symptoms can come to school at parents’ choice. Close-Contact students that choose to come to school must be screened daily for 10 days by designated school personnel.
• Staff that are Close-Contact without symptoms can come to school. Close-Contact staff that choose to come to school must be rapid-tested by designated school personnel, every other day, for the 10 day period.
• Staff and students that faithfully and properly wear a mask covering the nose and mouth, may not be considered Close-Contact.
• All staff and students that test positive for COVID-19 must leave school and quarantine.
• All staff and students that are determined Close-Contact and show symptoms must leave school and quarantine.

I am happy to answer questions. Please be mindful of everything and be safe. We can keep it under control without fearing it.

Michael Kissire
Superintendent
Sonora ISD