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Monday, October 25, 2021

CISD is committed to providing COVID-19 updated information and the current status of active cases. We continuously revise the current public health guidelines and recommendations provided by the local, state and national health authorities including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Education Agency (TEA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to accommodate our protocols as needed to ensure the safety and overall wellbeing of all our students and staff.

COVID19 Positive Cases on CISD Community

On CISD schools, there were a total of 12 positive laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases on staff or students reported during the week of October 18 to October 24, 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 Reported* Accumulated Cases
Week October 18-24 As of Oct. 24
  Canutillo HS 2 30
  Northwest ECHS 0 4
  Canutillo MS 3 18
  Alderete MS 1 6
  Canutillo ES 2 13
  Deanna Davenport ES 1 4
  Jose Damian ES 1 11
  Bill Childress ES 0 4
  Garcia ES 1 7
  Reyes ES 1 11
 CISD Main Offices  (Central/Lonestar) 0 5
TOTAL 12 113

*Cases included in this report are those that have been confirmed and provided a copy of a COVID-19 positive laboratory report AND a report has been submitted to the El Paso Department of Public Health. Cases that are currently under investigation or have not provided a copy of a positive test result are not included but isolation/quarantine protocols have been initiated by our CISD team.


Number of Cases - Oct. 25

Fig. 1. Total number of COVID-19 cases (N=113) reported per week from July 19 to October 17 of 2021.

As of October 24, out of the 113 positive COVID-19 cases (N=113) reported since July 19th among our CISD staff and student population (Fig. 1), a total of 86 cases (76.1%) were identified among unvaccinated individuals, 21 were among fully vaccinated individuals (18.6%) and 6 individuals were partially vaccinated pending for a second dose (5.9%). Out of the 112 COVID-19 cases, 95 cases have been identified as students (84.1%) and 18 as employees (15.9%). The most common COVID-19 symptoms reported by symptomatic students have been fever (22.7%), sore throat (22.7%), cough (22.7%) and body aches (10.7%).

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated

Fig. 2 & 3. Percentage rates of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated and student vs employees identified on accumulated COVID-19 cases (N=112) from July 19 to October 24 of 2021.

Weekly updates from El Paso Health Department


City of El Paso Epidemiological Update: Current Cases & Stage Level for Week October 18 – October 24, 2021

According to the statistical report of the City of El Paso, as of October 25, 2021, there are currently a total of 11 active cases reported in the areas of Canutillo and Vinton. Our community remains located under Stage 3 on the COVID-19 Community Scorecard with a (7-day average) positivity rate of 10.29% (City of El Paso, 2021). Further information at
 https://www.epstrong.org/

Vaccination Rates in El Paso, Texas

A total of 530,907 persons have been fully vaccinated in El Paso, TX. The percentage of population >12 fully vaccinated is 77.19%. Full information at epstrong website: https://www.epstrong.org/ and Texas Health and Human Services, respectively: https://tabexternal.dshs.texas.gov/t/THD/views/COVID-19VaccineinTexasDashboard/Summary?%3Aembed=y

Immunization Events at CISD

Canutillo ISD has been hosting a series of vaccination clinics where the University Medical Center Mobile Unit has been on campus offering free COVID-19 vaccines to students, staff and family members. A total of 167 individuals have successfully received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 119 individuals have received their second dose in our prior events. Also, a total of 74 individuals received a flu vaccine (Table 2).

The next immunization event will be held at Deanna Davenport on October 29, Canutillo High School on November 10, Alderete MS on November 11. COVID-19 boosters and Influenza vaccine AFLURIA will also be available for all those 12 years and up. COVID-19 booster shots are currently available for first responders who received a Pfizer vaccine 6 months ago. Please check out the CISD website for more information.

Table 2. Total number of immunizations provided at all our CISD immunization events since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. 

Vaccines  COVID-19 FLU TOTAL
1st dose  167 74 241
2nd dose 119 -- 119
TOTAL 286 74 360



COVID-19 Breakthrough Cases in El Paso, Texas

As of October 25, there are currently 3,351 breakthrough cases reported in El Paso, TX.    https://www.epstrong.org/

CISD Rapid Testing Protocols

On September 17, 2021, the Texas Commissioner of Education issued new public health guidance regarding students who are close contacts to a lab-confirmed COVID19 positive individual.

  • Students who are considered to be a close contact with a lab-confirmed COVID19 positive individual will be notified by the campus administration. Each case will be addressed as outlined in the new TEA Public Health Guidance that ensures parents are informed and can make an educated decision for the safety of their children.
    • Any child, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, who shows symptoms as determined by a health professional or tests positive for COVID19 must quarantine or isolate respectfully.

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 have their children opt out of quarantining for the designated 10-day period.

Any parent, who chooses for their student to opt out of quarantine, agrees to have their student be rapid tested by the school district to ensure the student remains negative. Please choose from the following options below.

  • Early opt-out of quarantine and will provide a NEGATIVE confirmatory COVID-19 PCR test taken from my son/daughter on days 3 – 5 after exposure and allow the school to perform ONE COVID-19 Rapid Ag test to ensure he/she remains negative while being at school.
  • Early opt-out of quarantine and allow the school to perform COVID-19 Rapid Ag tests on days 3, 6 and 9 on my son/daughter to ensure he/she student remains negative while being at school.

Note: Parents are responsible 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.

For more information on Public Health Guidelines:

TEA Full information: https://tea.texas.gov/
CDC Full information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html
FDA Full information: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-october-1-2021

More information for COVID-19 updates and recommendations at: http://www.canutillo-isd.org/COVID19. Canutillo ISD is working on updating and implementing recommendations to our school protocols, including new rapid testing protocols.

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