Health and Safety Protocols for the 2022-2023 School Year
Wichita Falls ISD is in constant communication with the Wichita County Health District who monitors the health status and that of Wichita County residents daily. If COVID-19 or other infectious diseases become prevalent in our community, the district will partner with the health district, operating under their guidance, and adjust our protocols.
By executive order of the Governor of Texas, Wichita Falls ISD may not require masks to be worn. Wichita Falls ISD is required to follow recommended guidelines provided by the Texas Education Agency.
Self-monitoring and self-health awareness are key to a safe 2022-2023 school year for staff and students. The wearing of a mask will be recommended. Please consider wearing a mask for your own protection and for the protection of others.
Parents and staff are expected to continue to screen themselves and their children for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to work/school each day. In addition, please adopt the following healthy practices.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if sick, especially if there is a fever.
- If unvaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, notify your supervisor/campus, and follow quarantine protocols as recommended by your physician.
- We encourage maintaining distance from others.
Wichita Falls ISD will continue to stay in touch with our local health department to monitor the health status in the community. If COVID-19 numbers increase in our community, under the guidance of the Wichita County Health District, we will adjust our protocols.
Vaccinations have shown to be an effective measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you are interested in vaccinating yourself or your child, the City of Wichita Falls website includes information regarding vaccination locations as well as testing sites.
In situations where an unvaccinated individual is exposed to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, quarantine protocols will be followed. In alignment with updated Centers for Disease Control guidance, the following will be considered in the K–12 indoor classroom setting:
The close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where
- both students were engaged in the consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks; and
- other K–12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the K–12 school setting
Wichita Falls ISD is required to follow recommended guidelines provided by the Texas Education Agency.