Monday, August 9, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
Posted on 08/09/2021

CISD is committed to continuously revise the current public health guidelines and recommendations provided by the local, state and national health authorities and accommodate our protocols as needed to ensure the safety and overall wellbeing of all our students and staff. We encourage you to follow our weekly updates found on the CISD website for any recent information involving our community on COVID-19 cases, updates and new guidelines.

Positive Cases on CISD Community

On CISD schools, there were 8 positive laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases on staff or students reported during the week of August 2 to August 8, 2021 (Table 1).  

Table 1. Total number of weekly positive laboratory confirmed cases and accumulated cases on CISD Schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

CISD School New Cases  Accumulated Cases
Week Aug. 2 - Aug. 8 As of Aug. 8, 2021
  Canutillo HS 3 3
  Northwest ECHS 1 1
  Canutillo MS 1 2
  Alderete MS 0 0
  Canutillo ES 1 1
  Deanna Davenport ES 0 0
  Jose Damian ES 1 1
  Bill Childress ES 0 0
  Garcia ES 0 0
  Reyes ES 1 3
TOTAL  8 11

Out of the 8 positive COVID-19 cases reported this week among our CISD staff and student population, a total of 7 (87.5%) were unvaccinated and 1 was vaccinated (12.5%), and 6 were students (75%), 2 employees (25%).

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated

City of El Paso Epidemiological Update

Current Cases and Stage Level for Week August 2 – August 8, 2021

According to the statistical report of the City of El Paso, as of August 9, 2021, there are currently a total of 18 active cases reported on the areas of Canutillo and Vinton. Our community is located under Stage 3 on the COVID-19 Community Scorecard with a (7-day average) positivity rate of 8.85% (City of El Paso, 2021). Further information at

Vaccination Rates in El Paso, Texas

Vaccination rates continue to increase. A total of 483,796 persons have been fully vaccinated in El Paso, TX. Percentage of population >12 fully vaccinated is 70.39%. Total number of vaccines administered by age range represent: 12 – 15 years (6.71%), 16 – 49 years (54%), 50 – 65 years (22%), 65 – 79 years (13%), and >80 years (4%). Full information at epstrong: Texas Health and Human Services:

COVID-19 Breakthrough Cases in El Paso, Texas

As of August 9, there are currently 989 breakthrough cases reported in El Paso, TX.

CDC Weekly Review (8/6/2021)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most U.S. states and jurisdictions are experiencing substantial high levels of community transmission of the highly contagious B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant) especially in communities with lower vaccination rates. CDC recommends that all people, regardless of vaccination status wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. More information:

American Academy of Pediatrics (August, 2021):

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine in children and adolescents:

  • The AAP recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all children and adolescents 12 years of age and older who do not have contraindications using a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use for their age.
  • Any COVID-19 vaccine authorized through Emergency Use Authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration, recommended by the CDC, and appropriate by age and health status can be used for COVID-19 vaccination in children and adolescents.
  • Given the importance of routine vaccination and the need for rapid uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, the AAP supports coadministration of routine childhood and adolescent immunizations with COVID-19 vaccines (or vaccination in the days before or after) for children and adolescents who are behind on or due for immunizations (based on the CDC and AAP Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule) and/or at increased risk from vaccine-preventable diseases

More information:

Texas Education Agency Update (8/5/2021):

On August 5, 2021, the Texas Commissioner of Education issued new public health guidance regarding students who are close contacts to a lab-confirmed COVID19 positive individual. According to this TEA Public Health Guidance, parents of students who are considered a close contact to a lab-confirmed COVID19 positive individual now have the option to opt out to quarantine their children for the designated 10-day period.

Parents of students who are identified as a close contact to a positive individual at his/her school will receive a notification from the school. If a parent decides to opt out their child from quarantine, they must sign an opt out notification form and return it to the campus front office.

Any parent, who chooses to opt out will still need to continue to screen their child DAILY for any symptoms prior to arriving to school AND must also notify the campus immediately if their child shows any new symptoms of possible infection. The child must stay home if exhibiting any symptoms.

Please contact Dr. Maria Fuentes at 877-7670 (CISD Office at SSS) or email at for further information.