COVID-19 and the 2021-22 School Year

Updated: October 12, 2021
Jarrell ISD is continually monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the State of Texas.

Jarrell ISD is supporting all students who need to stay at home for COVID-positive test results or because of close contact. JISD is offering remote conferencing to support students during this time. If your student meets the eligibility criteria, they may qualify for remote conferencing.

Eligible students include the following as listed by TEA (Texas Education Agency):
These two requirements must be met:

  • The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition.
  • The total amount of remote conferencing instruction does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year.

In addition, one of the following requirements also must be met:

  • The student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States. The documentation must include a statement from the physician that the student is to remain confined to their home or to a hospital.
  • The student has a positive test result for a communicable condition listed in 25 TAC §97.7.

The student has been identified as having been in close contact with COVID-19.

Remote conferencing instructional support is a short-term opportunity allowing your child to stay within the 90% attendance requirement and not fall behind on assignments while absent. Please note, this is not remote instruction. Instead, this setting will provide up to four hours of synchronous (live) per day of teacher support from an online facilitator to assist students with assignment completion. There is also one required daily attendance meeting that is mandatory for students to be counted present for the day. To the extent possible, a dedicated certified teacher will be designated to provide the remote conferencing support throughout the duration of the students’ time in this temporary setting, but it will not be the students’ teacher of record.

Please note, if you are electing this option because of COVID-positive or close contact, you will need to provide documentation to your campus.

Any parent who wishes to have their child participate in remote conferencing will need to complete a registration form found on the Remote Conferencing website.

An email will be sent out to the students’ JISD email address when they are accepted into Remote Conferencing with instructions on how to access it. Additionally, more information will be shared with parents/guardians.

The district's prevention strategies are based on guidance provided by TEA (Texas Education Agency) and the State of Texas.

Back-to-school plan for 2021-22COVID-19 dashboard

Remote Conferencing websiteStaff COVID-19 reporting form

Balancing Student Absences for COVID-19 and Class Credit

The Jarrell ISD Student Handbook (page 34) states, "To receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered will be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit or a final grade lost because of absences."

Jarrell ISD administrators understand the COVID-19 pandemic may place students and families in very difficult circumstances. The health and safety of our students remain our top priority. We do not want students to jeopardize themselves or others by attending school when they are sick because they are concerned about missing too much school. Therefore, if your child contracts COVID-19 and must miss 10 days of school for quarantine, students and parents are encouraged to work with their campus administration. An attendance committee will meet to determine if your student has mastered the class material. If your student demonstrates mastery of the class, the time missed due to COVID-19 will not impact his or her ability to receive full credit for the class. This applies to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Please know our path forward regarding attendance during the pandemic is subject to change pending new legislation or guidance from the Texas Education Agency.

Williamson County Cities and  Health District - COVID-19 Updates 

Personal Prevention Measures

Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or
the flu:

Free COVID Testing

Free COVID-19 PCR testing is now available at Jarrell City Hall (161 Town Center Blvd. in Jarrell), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome. Tests are self-collected nasal swabs. Results will be available in 24-48 hours.

Register for test. 

COVID testing available at Jarrell City Hall

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