COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 and Headwaters School

Schools are remarkably resilient organizations, and Headwaters is no exception. Resilience is in our roots; it's how we began and it's how we have grown.

Headwaters School will be fully open and in-person for the 2022-2023 school year on each of our campuses. We will not be running concurrent distance learning.

We are committed to creating an environment of keeping our students and guides as healthy as possible as the pandemic continues to evolve.

Our on-campus protocols and polices stated in the COVID-19 Addendum reflect a commitment to the health and safety of our school community while also maintaining the integrity of our purpose and promise. We will have an updated version of the addendum available for the 22-23 school year prior to school starting. These policies and procedures are an extension of our Student and Family Handbook. 

Recommended protocols from local and state officials change often. As such, Headwaters School is dedicated to providing timely updates as they relate to the school and keeping our students and staff healthy. Headwaters will continue to monitor cases of COVID-19 on campus, as well as local and global trends, to determine if any of these policies need to change. The community will always be notified about changes in Weekly Updates. 

COVID-19 Dashboard

All lab-confirmed positive cases on campus will be communicated directly to the campus community through this chart below. Individuals who may have been exposed (Close Contacts) will be contacted directly and provided information on next steps.

If you need to report a positive case, please contact your campus Attendance Email inbox for next steps.

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  • FAQ

    Q: "What if a parent, caregiver, or non-Headwaters student in the home reports a positive case?"
    A: If this is the case, a student would not pass their morning Magnus Symptom Screening, and would not be allowed to enter school. Question #7 reads, "Have you had close contact (within 6 feet of for at least 15 minutes masked or unmasked) in the last 14 days with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19?" 

    While we are not tracking parent/caregiver/family cases, it does directly impact the school. If your child has had close contact with a person with COVID-19, please inform the school for next steps.

    Q: “I’ve heard there’s a case at my school, why isn’t it in the total?”

    A: Our process is confirm, contact trace, notify those who need to quarantine, notify as directed, and then list current (not cumulative) totals to this page as needed. Also, please note that the counts include positive cases only, not precautionary quarantines.

    Q: "What about cases for 19-20 school year?"
    A: We are only tracing active cases for the 20-21 school year starting when staff were at school and then when students returned to campus. 

    Q: "I know someone who has been absent for more than a week. Is this a positive case we have not been made aware of?”
    A: All extended absences are not positive cases.  Many situations (another illness, an injury, staying home with a quarantined child, etc.) could cause an absences of multiple days.  

    Q: "I know a student or teacher who is having to quarantine but I don’t see a case reported at their school. Why not?"
    A:  People do not just have to quarantine due to an exposure at a school. They could be under quarantine from an exposure in another setting outside of school, like a family members, recreational sports, church, etc.

    Visit this link to read additional Austin Public Health Frequently Asked Questions on Reopening Austin-Travis County Schools.
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    POSITIVE CASE: When a student or staff member reports they have tested positive for COVID-19, a school contact tracer interviews them to determine the date of the test sample and the first date of any signs or symptoms. That determines the infectious period and then the contact tracer works through any ON-CAMPUS close contacts (within 6' of the case for over 15 minutes during the infectious period) so that appropriate self-quarantines can be assigned.

    CLOSE CONTACTS: When students or staff members report they were close contacts on or off-campus of persons who tested positive, a school contact tracer works with them as needed to determine their self-quarantine period. School ordered self-quarantines only apply to someone who is a close contact of a positive case, not "close contacts of close contacts" or other secondary vectors.

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Austin, TX 78745
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