Positive Case Information

RISD Response to Positive Cases

If and when a lab-confirmed positive case is identified in any RISD school or facility, RISD Health Services works with Dallas County Health to conduct contact tracing for the purpose of identifying other people who came into close contact with the person testing positive, if any. In those instances, each staff member or parent of a student considered to be a close contact with a positive case will be immediately contacted by RISD staff with quarantine information and direction for exclusion from in-person activities. Students and staff who are excluded from in-person instruction for quarantine purposes will transition to virtual instruction for the length of the quarantine. Due to privacy requirements, RISD cannot publicly release the name of any individuals with lab-confirmed cases or specific details that may identify him or her. It is important to remember that RISD’s extensive health and distancing protocols are designed to minimize the close contact risk to other students and employees in the event of a positive case.

Each situation involving a reported positive case is investigated separately and quarantine/closure decisions are made in consultation with health authorities. If RISD employees or parents of students are not contacted directly by RISD with notification of identification as a close contact, then they may continue with school and work activities under the standard health and distancing protocols that apply to all students and staff. RISD Health Services works with Dallas County Health to evaluate lab-confirmed positive cases in a school to determine if temporary classroom or school closure is recommended. In the event of a temporary classroom or school closure, all impacted students and staff would shift to virtual learning for the length of the closure.

As a general practice, all parents should evaluate their students each day for symptoms of COVID-19 and not send a child to school if they are experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that is not normal for them:

  • Feeling feverish, or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting

If any member of a school community does begin experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that is not typical, do not come to school or work, notify the school nurse or your supervisor, and consider contacting your medical provider.

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