TERRELL, Texas — A Terrell Independent School District (ISD) student athlete who attended summer athletic workouts has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter from Terrell ISD to parents, guardians, and student athletes on Monday.
According to the district, the student athlete last attended summer athletic workouts on July 28, 2020.
"All individuals who have participated in the summer athletic workouts should monitor their health closely," stated the letter, in part.
"We are working closely with the local health advisor on this matter," continued the letter. "Terrell ISD has begun a case investigation and will contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with the infected individual."
The district says summer workouts were structured with students in small pods to limit and monitor close contact between athletes.
All students and staff members that came in close contact with the student athlete will be notified no later than August 4, 2020, by 5 p.m. and, those who were in close contact, will remain off-campus for up to 14 days.
See below for complete letter from Terrell ISD:
"Dear Parents/Guardians of TISD Student Athletes,
In keeping with Terrell ISD’s practices to respond to COVID-19, we are notifying all student athlete families that a student last attending the summer athletic workouts on July 28, 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19. All individuals who have participated in the summer athletic workouts should monitor their health closely. Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the name of the individual or details that may identify him or her.
We are working closely with the local health advisor on this matter. Terrell ISD has begun a case investigation and will contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with the infected individual. Our summer workouts have been structured with students in small pods so that we can monitor close contact. All students and staff that came into close contact will be directly notified no later than August 4, 2020 by 5:00 PM. Those that were in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days to ensure they do not have the virus, so that there will not be any further spread. We will keep you apprised of further updates.
While we do not have reason to believe that those who were not in close contact with the infected individual have reason to be concerned, we ask that you, as always, watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:
- Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;
- Sore throat;
- New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or
- New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.
If any member of the Terrell High School community does begin experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that is not typical, we encourage you to contact your physician. We encourage anyone in the Terrell ISD community who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to please notify our school district by contacting (972)563-7504.
Per the Terrell ISD Return to Learn Guidance document posted on the Terrell ISD website, the District will follow the steps outlined on the Student Process Map (page 10), requiring the student who received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis to remain home for 10 days from the positive test result. The student may return to campus and school activities after 10 days have passed from the positive test result and/or 10 days have passed from symptom onset and at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
Since COVID-19 is believed to be spread by person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person, we urge everyone to take the following precautions:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hand regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze, disposing of any used tissues immediately.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from those who do not live with you.
- Wear a mask when in public.
Director of Student Services"