School Attendance Guidelines/Exclusion
District Health Guidelines
If a student tests positive for COVID-19
- Student may not attend school
- Student remains home for 5 full days from symptom onset. Student may return on day 6 if there is improvement of symptoms and 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications
GISD follows the Texas Department of Health Guidelines for illness-related exclusions from school. A student will be sent home if they have a fever of 100.0 Fahrenheit or above or any other contagious symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, rash, etc.) and will need to remain home until symptom free for twenty-four (24) hours, without the use of medication. If it is determined that the child should go home, the staff will contact the parent/guardian. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, a listed emergency contact will be contacted. When it is determined that the student must go home due to a non-emergent illness/injury, it is the expectation that the student be picked up within the hour of parent/guardian/emergency contact being contacted. For our older students able to drive, parent permission must be obtained via email or fax after contact with the campus clinic, before a student is allowed to drive home.
If the doctor prescribes your child antibiotics, he/she must be on the antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school.
These guidelines are followed to prevent the spread of illness to other students.
Please note: If you would like your child to receive oral nonprescription medication at school, such as Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, Tums, Cough Drops and Throat Strips, you must bring the medication to the school nurse and complete the Request for Administration of Medication form.
Meningitis Awareness Guidelines/Exclusion
Meningitis Awareness (English)
Meningitis Bacteriana (En Español)
In the 86th Legislature, HB 3884 required DSHS to create procedures for school districts to provide information relating to bacterial meningitis to students and parents. DSHS shall prescribe the form and content of the information. School districts should provide the information below on the district website or provide a link to this page on the district website. For school districts that do not maintain a website, the information should be provided in hard copy to each student.
Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website for more information.