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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 


Sickness Exclusion

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.