Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Posted on 08/25/2021

New Updates to CISD Protocols Based on The August 24, 2021 Release by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Recommendations for a Safe Return to School 2021-2022.

The new guidelines pertain to all schools. Please note the following updates:

Face Masks

  • The Department of Public Health is now REQUIRING everyone attending an educational setting to wear a face mask or face covering regardless of their vaccination status. Universal use of face mask is REQUIRED for anyone over the age of 2 years, unless there is a medical contraindication, regardless of their COVID-19 immunization status, when indoors.

Isolation and Quarantining After a High-Risk Exposure

  • Vaccinated individuals will not need to quarantine but should be tested, following a high-risk exposure. Conversely, unvaccinated individuals must quarantine and be tested following a known high-risk exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. Department of Public Health (DPH) WILL REQUIRE quarantining of unvaccinated students, teachers and staff identified as high risk exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual (close contact is someone within 6 ft for more than 15 minutes cumulative in a day).
  • DPH isolation and quarantining should be followed for ALL individuals.
    • Quarantine and testing of students, teachers or staff who are NOT fully vaccinated is REQUIRED after a high-risk exposure.
    • Quarantine of exposed students and adults are not required if they are fully vaccinated; if they become symptomatic, they are required to test and isolate.
  • Contact tracing procedures will remain in place, keeping accurate census of students and teachers. The electronic seating chart should remain updated by the teacher.

Health Screenings

  • CISD will continue to require parents to screen their children for COVID-19 like symptoms and taking their temperatures to complete the health screening (self-screening) before school to identify students and adults who are sick. Those identified as sick at school should be sent to the nurse’s office for further evaluation.
  • Employees must complete the district screening tool DAILY before reporting to work.

COVID-19 Rapid Testing

  • Testing is now recommended after an exposure for all symptomatic individuals or as a screening program, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Testing of fully vaccinated student/adults is recommended 3-5 days after exposure for those asymptomatic and at any point if they are symptomatic.

***In response to new recommendations by DPH, CISD will begin Rapid Testing for COVID-19 for students and staff. New protocols will be communicated very soon.

For further information, please contact Dr. Maria Fuentes at 877-7670 (Office) or email at