Grapevine-Colleyville ISD ends individual COVID-19 contact tracing

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Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will not notify individual students and staff of COVID-19 exposure anymore, but will still notify entire classrooms of a positive case. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will not notify individual students and staff of COVID-19 exposure anymore, but will still notify entire classrooms of a positive case. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD amended its COVID-19 contact tracing policy to no longer notify individual students and staff members who may have been exposed to COVID-19, according to the district’s Sept. 29 newsletter.

While the district will still notify all students who are in a class with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, it will not notify “close contacts” anymore, the newsletter stated. Close contacts are defined as those who were within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of a person who has COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the newsletter, contact tracing “was necessary due to the mandatory quarantine” during the 2020-21 school year and “a quicker and clearer process” because of required masking and social distancing policies.

“Currently, GCISD nurses are spending a significant amount of time on contact tracing, which can take anywhere from several hours to several days,” the newsletter stated. “This delays the notification of a potential contact due to the more labor-intensive tracing that is required.”

The policy change became effective Sept. 29, according to the newsletter.


“A campuswide notification will still be sent for a confirmed case on the campus,” the newsletter stated.
By Bailey Lewis
Bailey Lewis covers the cities of Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake, as well as Keller, Roanoke and northeast Fort Worth. In December 2020, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Bachelor's degree in journalism. Previously, she worked and interned for various publications, such as Local Profile, the OU Daily, the Malheur Enterprise and News21. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her cat and watching documentaries.


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