Coronavirus (covid-19) Information & Updates

The COVID-19 Situation is fluid. Updates will continue to be made so please check back for updates.


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PHS will require students and staff to self-screen each day before coming school:

  • Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day.

  • Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school.

  • Teachers will monitor students and refer to the school office or nurse if symptoms are present.

As we partner together to make Premier High School Austin (Wells Branch) a safe environment for everyone, we are asking for your help. Please monitor your student’s health daily by taking their temperature each morning before drop off and also watching for the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Please note, for extra precautions Premier Austin (Wells Branch) will continue to perform temperature checks each day a student attends campus.

Parent COVID Acknowledgement Form.pdf

This is a link to the Self Checker on the CDC website that is a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.

In addition, if you do have any of these symptoms, please contact your physician to determine if COVID testing is necessary. If so, please obtain a COVID test and let Ms. Tovias know the results so that we can do contact tracing at school and have our custodians perform a deep clean of all necessary areas.

We will be in communication with the Travis County Health Department for all positive results but will keep the confidentiality of all persons positive for COVID. A Responsive Education Solutions (RES) COVID letter will be sent to the school for all positive cases, and classes may be closed during that 14 day period of time.

For more information on the Responsive Education Solutions COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines, please click here.

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Hand hygiene is an important step in decreasing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Instructions on proper hand hygiene are posted in multiple areas and reviewed frequently with staff and students.

Hand hygiene should occur:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food

  • Before eating food

  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

  • After using the toilet

  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

  • After handling pet food or pet treats

  • After touching garbage

Hand washing instructions:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.

  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

  • An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not available.

  • Apply hand sanitizer product to the palm of one hand (read the label to determine the correct amount).

  • Rub hands together.

  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.


Protective measures, including the use of face coverings, will be determined by the level of disease activity of COVID-19. The District will rely on data from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Austin Public Health, OSHA, and Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services to determine the disease activity level and the appropriate protective measures.

Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to campus administration.

  • All school staff are required to wear a cloth face covering.

  • All students are required to wear a cloth face covering.

  • Wearing a face shield in addition to a mask can be considered but is not a substitute for a cloth face covering.

  • Masks should be worn at all times EXCEPT while eating, drinking, while sitting idle in their seats and outdoor physical education activities while maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet.


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

How is the COVID-19 virus spread?

According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 belongs to a family of viruses called “coronavirus.” There are other viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. These viruses can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia. This particular coronavirus has not been seen previously in humans. The virus is likely to be spread from person to person. Since the virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.

How will I know if I or my children have the flu or COVID-19?

While both these illnesses are respiratory viruses with symptoms of fever and a cough, it is recommended that anyone experiencing these symptoms visit a healthcare provider.

Reminder of Prevention Measures

While we continue to follow the CDC’s recommended steps to protect against the virus, we are also carefully monitoring announcements from local, state, and federal officials. Much of the most recent guidance for prevention involves avoiding crowds and spending less time in public. This is in addition to ongoing best practices for safeguarding oneself against the spread of COVID-19 such as:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Do not eat or drink after others.

Campus Closures and Updates

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Where can I find additional resources?

Updated information from the CDC about the coronavirus may be found here.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation with us as we navigate the ever-changing circumstances of this crisis. Please adhere to the recommendations being made to prevent the spread of the virus. Stay well and safe and thank you for being part of Premier High School Austin North family.