A+UP Charter Schools Houston

Updated: August 10, 2021

With COVID-19 cases making regular news in local school districts, A+UP has made adjustments that are in alignment with the latest guidance from the Houston Health Department and the CDC.

We are prepared for the very real possibility that our community will experience a COVID-19-related case this school year. We are aware of this probability and are prepared.

Please read the information below carefully, as it outlines the processes that we will follow, should a case be reported to us.

What if there is a confirmed positive COVID-19 Case (student or faculty) at A+UP?

  • All families will be notified by email and Class DoJo as soon as possible. Our Class Dojo code is: Link
  • The campus will undergo cleaning and disinfection overnight.
  • The campus will be open for learning the next day.
  • Any infected or exposed students or staff must be notified, isolated and, if possible, sent home.
  • At the end of the day cleaning and disinfection will occur after-hours.

What if there is a presumed positive COVID-19 case?

  • All families will be notified by email and Class Dojo as soon as possible.
  • The campus will remain open but undergo deep cleaning and disinfection after-hours as a precautionary measure.
  • In all scenarios, you will be notified by Coach Mac by email.*
  • In all scenarios, the identity of the student or staff will be kept confidential.*

If my child tests positive for COVID-19, when can he or she return to school on campus?

  • If your child tests positive, contact Coach McWhorter or Coach Castro so that we can begin our safety procedures. Your information will be kept confidential.
  • Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are test-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met (TEA guidance):

1. Symptomatic and diagnosed with COVID-19: In the case of an individual who is symptomatic and is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

a. at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
b. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
c. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared or the child has a doctor’s release note.

2. Asymptomatic but received a positive COVID-19 test result: In the case of an individual that is asymptomatic but has received a positive COVID-19 test result, the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.

3. Symptoms but not evaluated or tested for COVID-19: In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested 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 three-step set of criteria listed above.

If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either:

a. obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, or
b. obtain an acute infection test (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) that comes back negative for COVID-19.

What best practices are in place?

  • To reduce the possibility of COVID-19 affecting our school, we will have several mitigating factors in place. These include entry screening, ventilation and HVAC filtration, handwashing, and daily cleaning and disinfection common areas, work stations, classrooms, etc.
  • At this time, in the interest of maintaining a safe school environment for students and staff, we strongly encourage all school personnel, students, parents, and volunteers to wear a mask and get vaccinated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who will my children be in contact with at school?

A: A+UP will organize all students into grade level cohorts. Students will be in a group with classmates and in a grade level group for lunch. Others your students will interact with include teaching staff.

Q: What is close contact?

A: The TEA has stated that close contact determinations are based on guidance outlined by
the CDC. See also: A close contact generally means someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. A close contact does not include:
• a person who is fully vaccinated;
• a person who was previously diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last three months; or
• a student who was within three to six feet of an infected student in a K-12 indoor classroom setting if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.