Effective Tuesday, August 10, to protect staff and students from the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, Dallas ISD is temporarily requiring all staff, students, and visitors to wear masks when on district property.
The announcement comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dallas County Health officials have raised the COVID-19 alert to level red and reported that hospitalizations are rising at the fastest rate since the pandemic began, among all age groups, including children.
As a reminder, face masks should be work-appropriate, non-offensive, and not considered derogatory or otherwise disrespectful to team members or visitors. Logos, graphics, and designs must be professionally appropriate as outlined in the district’s dress code policy. This includes, but is not limited to, vulgar slogans/designs/graphics, profanity, etc. See policy DH Employee Standards of Conduct. In addition, masks should not be loose material that could get caught in machinery or cause injury.
Dallas ISD continues to monitor the progression of the coronavirus. With more than 22,000 employees across the district, we all play an important role in minimizing the risk and impact to each other and our operations.
Employees and visitors should self-screen before going to a district site by checking their temperature and determining if they have any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Chills/repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever ≥100.4 or feeling feverish
- Known close contact with a person who has COVID-19
Employees running a fever of 100.4°F or higher, or feeling ill, should stay at home and will not be permitted to report to work. Make sure to contact your health provider, if needed, and notify your supervisor regarding your absence. Visitors with COVID-19 symptoms will be directed to a designated area where they will be given contact information to one of the district’s Health Services representatives for further instructions.
The district will continue social distancing protocols within buildings. Social distancing markers will be placed on the floors. Individuals should keep a minimum of three feet with a preferred distance of up to six feet.
Avoid person-to-person contact such as shaking hands. The CDC strongly advises against handshakes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Handwashing and Hand Sanitizers
To prevent the spread of germs, including COVID-19, the CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds whenever possible because it reduces the amount of many types of germs and chemicals on hands.
If soap and water are not readily available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Properly apply alcohol-based sanitizer by rubbing the gel over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.