Message to Devine ISD Community and Families

A Message from the Superintendent
Posted on 08/05/2020
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Hello Devine ISD Community and Families,

We have been made aware that Covid-19 is again making a known presence in our community. A student athlete involved in the girl’s athletic program has tested positive after experiencing symptoms on Saturday August 1st. Based on privacy concerns governed by law, Devine ISD is not able to reveal the identity of any person testing positive; however, we are notifying individuals that may have had direct exposure to a confirmed positive case.

Close contact guidance from The Texas Education Agency can be found below and is as follows:

SY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance from TEA August 4, 2020
This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as:

a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
b. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination.

Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test.

The health and safety of our students, community, faculty, and staff is our primary concern. If you or someone you know begins to develop any worsening symptoms or symptoms new to the individual such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea you should contact your primary health care professional. If you do not have a primary health care professional, a point of contact would be The Medina County Health Unit at (830)741-6191. You may also visit www.medinacountytexas.org/page/medina.HealthUnit for more information.

Devine ISD will continue to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on our district and stakeholders. We will share the appropriate information as it becomes available. Please continue to practice safe health protocols as described by the Center for Disease Control. Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html for additional resources.

 
Thank you,
Dr. Todd Grandjean

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