Health and Safety
The health and safety of The Excel Center students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance — and we are all responsible for keeping our campuses as safe as possible.
If you are unable to attend class for any reason during your scheduled class periods, it is important that you follow these steps the same day you will not be able to attend class:
Notify your Life Coach by email or text. If you need help contacting your Life Coach, you may find their email in the school directory.
Submit the Absence Request and Documentation form. This form may also be found in your Skyward student account.
If you are able to participate in classes virtually, contact your teacher(s) to see how you may access your classes online through Google Classrooms so you don’t get behind/miss lessons.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
What to Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19 or Are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19
Test-Confirmed COVID-19 Case
Confirmed COVID-19 positive tests must be reported to The Excel Center if the individual has been in school facilities within two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are test-confirmed with COVID-19, within two days prior to the confirming test. All test-confirmed cases must be reported through this reporting link:
Positive Case & Close Contact Report Form
Close contact is defined as being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on) or being within six feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes. Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are test-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the positive test. Close contacts must be reported using this link:
Positive Case & Close Contact Report Form
Unvaccinated close contact individuals must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry. This applies regardless of where the contact occurred. COVID-19 testing is not required for close contacts as negative test results can occur at any time while the virus is incubating. Individuals exposed to a close contact person are not considered to be close contact unless the person contracts COVID-19.
Protocols for Re-Entry After Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19
Any individual who themselves either test-confirmed to have COVID-19 or experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine the conditions for re-entry have been met. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when they meet all three of the following conditions or one of the last two conditions:
- They are one-day (24 hours) fever-free without using fever-reducing medication
- Improved symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.)
- At least five days have passed since symptoms began
- Or obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for COVID-19\
- Or obtain a doctor’s note indicating an alternate diagnosis
For those who are asymptomatic, they may return after the five-day period has passed following the positive test. In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or diagnostic test for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same set of criteria listed above.
Protocols for Re-Entry After Coming into Close Contact with an Individual Test-Confirmed to Have COVID-19
Staff must report to their supervisor if they had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19, as defined above, and if they are not fully vaccinated, must remain off campus for 10 days. Students who are unvaccinated must remain off campus and participate in remote instruction for five days. Students who are unable to participate in instruction due to health complications will have the option to drop the class or receive an incomplete and submit work within two weeks of the end of the term. Visitors who are unvaccinated and who had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed with COVID-19 must remain off campus for five days.