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Monday, July 26, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
Posted on 07/26/2021

As we revise the current public health guidelines by national, state and local health authorities to provide the best protocols for a safe back to school in-person plan to welcome all our students, we want to thank you for following the current guidelines to continue decreasing COVID-19 cases within our community and have a safe back to school experience for all staff and students.

We encourage you to follow the weekly updates found on the CISD website for any recent information involving our community on COVID-19 cases, updates and new guidelines.

City of El Paso Epidemiological Update: Current Cases and Stage Level for Week July 19th – 26th, 2021:

According to the statistical report of the City of El Paso, as of July 26th, 2021, there are currently a total of 2 active cases reported on the areas of Canutillo and Vinton. Our community is located under Stage 3 on the COVID-19 Community Scorecard (City of El Paso, 2021). Further information at https://www.epstrong.org/

Vaccination rates continue to increase. As of July 26th, 2021, a total of 996,369 vaccines doses have been fully administrated in El Paso, Texas. Total number of vaccines administered by age range represent: 12 – 15 years (6.17%), 16 – 49 years (54%), 50 – 65 years (22%), 65 – 79 years (14%), and >80 years (4%). Percentages of the population fully vaccinated include: 12 years of age and above (68.8%) and those > 65 years old (95%).

Positive Cases on CISD Community

On CISD schools, there was one positive COVID-19 case during the past week (Table 1). Table 1 below includes new positive weekly cases of students and/or staff who were confirmed, by our district staff, with a positive COVID-19 test.

Table 1. Number of weekly positive cases and accumulated cases on CISD Schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

CISD School New Cases  Accumulated Cases
Week July 19 - 25 As of July 25, 2021
  Canutillo HS  0 0
  Northwest ECHS  0 0
  Canutillo MS  1 1
  Alderete MS  0 0
  Canutillo ES  0 0
  Deanna Davenport ES  0 0
  Jose Damian ES  0 0
  Bill Childress ES  0 0
  Garcia ES  0 0
  Reyes ES  0 0
TOTAL  1 1

 

City of El Paso Department of Public Health New Updates:

On July 22nd, a new document on “COVID-19 Recommendations for a safe return to school 2021-2022” was released by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health. A memo was sent to all school principals with the most relevant changes pertaining to each academic level and were updated on our CISD Opening School Safety Protocols Fall 2021. Some of the updates include the following:

  • Water fountains will now be functional. However, they will only be allowed to be used to refill water bottles. Individuals will not be allowed to drink from the water spout directly. Signage will be implemented.
  • Census of children for contact tracing purposes will remain as indicated in our protocols and the electronic seating chart should remain updated by the teacher.
  • If your school reaches a high immunization rate (75% or higher) for both students and adults, physical distancing will not be necessary. We will provide new guidance for this situation.

American Academy of Pediatrics:

On their recently updated (7/18/2021) “COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools” for the 2021-2022 academic year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following:

  • All eligible individuals should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • It may become necessary for schools to collect COVID-19 vaccine information of staff and students and for schools to require COVID-19 vaccination for in-person learning.
  • Adequate and timely COVID-19 vaccination resources for the whole school community must be available and accessible.
  • All students older than 2 years and all school staff should wear face masks at school (unless medical or developmental conditions prohibit use).

Please contact Dr. Maria Fuentes at 877-7670 (Office) or email at mfuentes@canutillo-isd.org for further information.