Monday, August 23, 2021
Monday, August 23, 2021
Posted on 08/23/2021

CISD is committed to provide COVID-19 updated information and 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: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Education Agency, American Academy of Pediatrics, El Paso Department of Health and Texas Department of State Health Services to accommodate our protocols as needed to ensure the safety and overall wellbeing of all our students and staff.

Positive Cases on CISD Community

On CISD schools, there were a total of 17 positive laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases on staff or students reported during the week of August 16 to August 22, 2021 (Table 1). Out of the 17 COVID-19 cases, 15 were students and 2 were staff members.

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 Aug. 16 - Aug. 22 As of Aug. 22, 2021
  Canutillo HS 7 10
  Northwest ECHS 0 1
  Canutillo MS 4 6
  Alderete MS 0 2
  Canutillo ES 2 3
  Deanna Davenport ES 0 2
  Jose Damian ES 1 2
  Bill Childress ES 2 2
  Garcia ES 1 2
  Reyes ES 0 6
TOTAL 17 36

*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 investigati0n or have not provided a copy of a positive test result are not included but isolation/quarantine protocols have been initiated.

Cases as of Aug. 23

Fig. 1. Total number of cases (N=36) reported per week since July 19 to August 22 of 2021.

As of August 22, out of the 36 positive COVID-19 cases (N=36) reported since July 19th among our CISD staff and student population (Fig. 1), a total of 26 cases (72.2%) were among unvaccinated individuals, 7 were among vaccinated individuals (19.4%) and 3 individuals were partially vaccinated pending for a second dose (8.3%). Out of 36 COVID-19 cases, 29 cases were students (80.6%) and 7 were employees (19.4%).

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated

Fig. 2 & 3. Percentage rates of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated and student vs employees identified on accumulated COVID-19 cases (N=36) since July 19 to August 22 of 2021.

City of El Paso Epidemiological Update: Current Cases & Stage Level for Week August 9 – August 15, 2021

According to the statistical report of the City of El Paso, as of August 23, 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 4.12% (City of El Paso, 2021). Further information at

Vaccination Rates in El Paso, Texas

Vaccination rates continue to increase. A total of 494,301 persons have been fully vaccinated in El Paso, TX. Percentage of population >12 fully vaccinated is 72.09% Full information at epstrong: and Texas Health and Human Services:

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 93 individuals have successfully received immunizations in our two prior events. Please check out CISD website for more information for immunization events coming up at our CISD facilities:

COVID-19 Breakthrough Cases in El Paso, Texas

As of August 23, there are currently 1,377 breakthrough cases reported in El Paso, TX.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) (8/23/2021):

Today (8/23/2021), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval for COMIRNATY/Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine. The vaccine will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. Full press release at:
CDC Weekly Review (8/20/2021):

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccination rates among pregnant people remains low. Only 1 in 4 pregnant people report being vaccinated. CDC recommends all people 12 years and older – including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future, get vaccinated against COVID-19. Full information:

CDC Considerations for use of an additional mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series for immunocompromised people

On August 12, 2021 FDA modified the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID19 vaccine and Moderna COVID19 vaccine to allow for administration of an additional dose (a third dose) of an mRNA COVID19 vaccine after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA COVID19 vaccine series for certain immunocompromised people (people who have undergone solid organ transplantation or have been diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise). The age groups authorized to receive the additional dose remain unchanged from those authorized to receive the primary vaccination series. On Aug. 13, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has now made the recommendation to healthcare professionals and public health officials to consider an additional mRNA COVID19 vaccine for the moderately to severely immunocompromised people. Full information:

Texas Education Agency Public Health Guidance (Aug/19/2021)

New updates (and important reminders) from the Texas Education Agency Public Health Guidance:

  • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a classroom or extracurricular or after-school program cohort if a test-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participated in those classrooms or cohorts.
  • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID19 symptoms or is test-confirmed with COVID19, until the conditions for re-entry are met according to the rule by the Texas Department of State Health Services under 25 Tex. Admin. Code 97.7:
    • A school administrator shall exclude from attendance any child having or suspected of having COVID-19. Exclusion shall continue until the readmission criteria for the conditions are met. The readmission criteria for COVID-19 is as follows:
    • If symptomatic, exclude until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free*, and other symptoms have improved. Children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.
    • *Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.
  • Students can end the stay-at-home period if they receive a negative result from a PCR molecular diagnostic test after the close contact exposure ends.
  • Staff who have COID19 or are close contacts:
    • Similar to students, school systems must exclude staff from attending school in person who are actively sick with COVID19, who are suspected of being actively sick with COVID19, or who have received a positive test result for COVID19. Staff may return when re-entry conditions have been met, as described on the DSHS rule above.
    • For staff who are not fully vaccinated who meet close contact threshold with a COVID19 positive individual, it is recommended that the staff remain off campuses during stay-at-home period.
    • For staff who meet the close contact threshold with a COVID19 positive individual, if these staff continue to work on campus, rapid testing must be performed at the start of the day, at least once every other day until the end of day 10.

    Full information at:

More information for COVID-19 updates and recommendations at: 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 [email protected] for further information.