Area schools release reopening guidance plans

School districts nationwide are busy preparing for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Some area schools have released their back-to-school guidance plans and details related to COVID-19.
 

 

Pleasanton ISD will hold a special called board meeting on Aug. 4, to adopt the calendar for the upcoming school year. The board will consider moving the start date from Aug. 17 to Sept. 8.

Among the details listed in PISD’s 16-page guidance plan, teachers will contact each parent to discuss student and family expectations as they campus reopens and inform parents on the entry/ exit procedures and classroom procedures. Teachers will check the classroom to ensure appropriate protective equipment is readily available to all staff and students (if appropriate) to include: gloves, face coverings, disinfectant spray or wipes, tissues, as well as areas set up to allow for social distancing in the classroom.

The plan states that students’ social and emotional well-being are a top priority. With endless COVID-19 coverage, children may experience some behavior and mood changes. Counselors and staff will continue to work closely with families and students to ease the stress.

 

 

PISD guidelines for masks include:

•All adults are required to wear masks when in the building, classroom and/or office with others. Exceptions include lunch breaks with appropriate social distancing.

•Classroom teachers may use face shields and social distancing when providing direct instruction in the classroom. During classroom monitoring and circulations, masks are required.

•Students are required to wear masks when riding the bus and during the school day. Exceptions to this include during meals and other activities. For example, it may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities.

•Students who are actively exercising may be allowed to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields.

•Schools must require students, teachers and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.

Sanitizing expectations:

•Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in cafeteria and common areas throughout the campus.

•Staff and students are expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.

Guidelines are also given for daily campus cleaning, with all high-touch areas disinfected throughout the day.

Staff should supervise and limit the number of students that enter the bathroom at one time to comply with health agency recommendations and social distancing.

Social distancing:

Staff and students will maintain six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings, to the extent possible.

Pleasanton ISD will arrange student learning spaces six feet apart, as feasible. In some instances, common areas may be used for instruction with similar distancing.

Screening protocols:

•Parents are required to screen the children for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending them to school and will need to take their child’s temperature daily.

•Additional screening may be conducted during the school day.

•If a child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, they should opt to receive distance learning instruction until the conditions for re-entry are met.

The protocols lists symptoms that staff and students should not have if they enter campuses or district buildings, such as a fever, cough, etc. Isolation protocols are also explained.

Other guidelines:

•All campus visits must be scheduled via an appointment.

•Alternative meeting options, such as virtual meetings, may be scheduled.

•Traditional campus events such as Open House and Parent Nights have been temporarily suspended.

•Students will be encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles each day and take home to disinfect.

•Since water dispensers on campus have shared surfaces, they will be disabled/ turned off.

•Students are expected to use their own materials and supplies which will be kept in individuallyassigned boxes.

•Sharing of materials will not be allowed. In instances where technology, books, calculators, etc. are used with multiple students, proper sanitation protocols will be enforced.

•For early childhood classrooms, nap mats will be spaced out according to physical distancing guidelines and sanitized daily.

•Campuses will refrain from scheduling field trips and other academic/social events until further notice.

Meals:

•For pre-kindergarten-fifth grade, meals will be served in the classrooms.

•For junior high and high school, grab-and-go meals will be provided as students enter the schools and students will eat in designated areas adhering to social distancing.

Transportation:

•Seating arrangements will be established to comply with TEA’s social distancing requirements for school transportation. Buses will be disinfected daily.

Electives:

•Band students are required to have their own instrument. Protocols established by UIL will be followed for band, including marching, competitions, etc.

•Extracurricular programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine implementation guidelines. Program sponsors will provide information to students and parents as information is available.

Fall instruction:

The last eight pages of the guidelines specify the instructions and expectations for students whether learning face-to-face or through distance learning.

Distance Learning Asynchronous Learning is a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices.

For those in a distance learning environment, it is noted that time management is critical to success. Students and teachers must remain in communication regarding daily schedules and assignments.

PISD’s full document can be viewed at its website, www.pisd.us, under News and Announcements.

Jourdanton ISD will offer virtual learning only for students starting Aug. 17. On Sept. 8, parents will have the option to choose if their child attends classes back on campus or remains virtual.

JISD released a nine-page guidance plan on July 27. For face-to-face instruction, students will attend school daily with reduced class sizes, social distancing and other safety measures outlined by the CDC and JISD’s plan, which includes daily sanitizing and scheduled deep cleaning. Students choosing to participate remotely from home will be required to be engaged daily to be considered in attendance for the day. If students do not show progress or engage in the online learning platform they will be marked absent.

Health and safety:

•Counselors and staff will continue to work closely with families and students to ease the stress.

•All adults are required to wear masks when in the building, classroom and office with others. Exceptions include during lunch breaks with appropriate social distancing. Classroom teachers may use face shields and social distancing when providing direct instruction in the classroom. During classroom monitoring and circulations, masks are required.

•Students in grades 4th-12th are required to wear masks when riding the bus and during the school day.

•Masks are optional for students in grades pre-kindergraten third grade.

•Exceptions to the mask requirement include during meals and other activities. For example, it may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities.

•When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during those activities, schools must require students, teachers, staff and visitors to wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities.

•Students who are actively exercising may be allowed to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields.

•However, schools must require students, teachers and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.

•It is recommended that masks be rotated and thoroughly cleaned daily.

Handwashing/sanitizing

•Students and staff are required to use hand sanitizer when entering a bus, building, classroom or office. Frequent handwashing and sanitizing will also be incorporated in the daily schedules.

•Per CDC guidelines, initial monitoring of symptoms begins at home. Individuals feeling ill with symptoms such as cough, etc. should stay at home and consult with a medical professional.

Screening:

•Temperatures will be taken for each student before boarding the bus. For students dropped off by parents, temperatures will be taken before the student is allowed on campus.

•Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms. Parents may also opt to have their students receive remote instruction if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-incubation period has passed.

•Teachers and staff are required to self-monitor.

Social distancing

•Staff and students will maintain six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings, to the extent possible. Classrooms will be arranged to allow for six feet of space between seating areas, as feasible.

•In some instances, common areas may be used for instruction with similar distancing.

Guidance for confirmed or suspected COVID-19

•Further criteria is included for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, on when they can return to school.

Campuses & classrooms

•In elementary schools, students and staff will be assigned to cohorts or groups that will stay together for defined periods of time. Each cohort will use common areas, such as cafeterias, gyms, etc. together as a group. This concept is intended to minimize the interactions of cohorts with other students and staff.

•All campus visits must be scheduled via an appointment.

•Since water dispensers have shared surfaces, these will be disabled/ turned off. Other options for hydration will be provided.

•Students will be expected to use their own materials and supplies which will be kept in individuallyassigned boxes.

•Sharing of materials will not be allowed. In instances where technology, books, calculators, etc. are used with multiple students, proper sanitation protocols will be enforced.

•For early childhood classrooms, nap mats will be spaced out according to physical distancing guidelines and will be sanitized daily.

•Campuses will refrain from scheduling fields trips and other academic/ social events until further notice.

The JISD plan further explains the instructional models for remote learning and face-to-face instruction. Remote/virtual instruction will be delivered through asynchronous instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time.

Meals:

Breakfast: For grades pre-kindergarten-first and junior high, meals will be served in the classroom. For second-fifth, meals will be served in the ECC Cafeteria. High school meals will be served in the high school cafeteria.

Lunch: For elementary, meals will be served in the ECC Cafeteria. For junior high, meals will be served in the high school cafeteria. For high school, grab-and-go meals will be provided and students will eat in designated areas adhering to social distancing.

Transportation:

Temperatures will be taken for each student before boarding the bus. Seating arrangements will be established to comply with TEA’s social distancing requirements for school transportation.

Electives:

•Band students will be assigned a school owned instrument or allowed to use their personal instruments. No sharing of any equipment will be allowed at any time.

Extracurricular programs will be evaluated on a caseby case basis to determine implementation guidelines. Program sponsors will provide info to students and parents as information is available.

•On campus instruction is required for all students participating in extracurricular activities beginning Sept. 8.

JISD’s full document on guidelines can be viewed on its website www.jourdantonisd.net under News.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *