A Cougar “Reentry Plan” for School During Covid
Dell City School teachers, staff and students are excited to start the new school year – but, like so many other aspects of life right now, school won't be entirely “normal” when it resumes Monday, Aug. 10. Cougar administrators have released a “reentry plan” for the new school year, and you can download the plan here, or read the full text below.
DELL CITY ISD
PLAN FOR REOPENING SCHOOL
The Dell City ISD will be implementing the following guidelines for reopening schools in 2020–2021. Our approach is built upon the guidance and recommendations from the Texas Governor, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Education Agency (TEA), and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). It is designed to help school districts prioritize the health and safety of students and educators as we open school buildings and deliver instruction. Guidance in this report is subject to change given developments and recommendations from federal and state entities. Please visit the following websites for updates:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov
Office of the Texas Governor https://www.texas.gov
Texas Education Agency https://www.tea.texas.gov
Texas Department of State Health Services https://www.dshs.texas.gov
Dell City ISD https://www.dellcity.schoolwires.com
TRADITIONAL LEARNING WITH ENHANCED PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Dell City ISD will reopen on Monday, August 10 for the 2020-2021 school year. All students are eligible to return to the building. Social distancing will be implemented. Preventative measures, including masks and temperature screenings, will be utilized. Group activities will be minimized.
FULL REENTRY PROTOCOL
• Establish and maintain communication with local and state health officials
• Practice social distancing
• Post signage in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to stop the spread of COVID- 19
• Follow protocol for students/staff who feel ill/experience symptoms when they come to
school (see When a Child, Staff Member, or Visitor Becomes Sick at School)
• Consider ways to accommodate needs of children, teachers/staff, and families at higher risk for severe illness (see Protecting High Risk Populations)
PRACTICING PREVENTION AT SCHOOL
• Teach and reinforce good hygiene measures such as handwashing, covering coughs, and appropriate use of face coverings
• Provide hand soap and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, and no-touch trash cans in all bathrooms, classrooms, and frequently trafficked areas
• Post signage in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to stop the spread of COVID-19
• Clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily and frequently shared objects after each use
• Provide face masks or face shields and other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff and students
• Take steps to ensure all water systems and features, such as water fountains, are safe
• Allow students and staff to bring water bottles from home
• Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, as long as this does not pose a safety or health risk to students or staff
• Conduct deep cleaning of schools prior to students/staff returning; schedule additional
cleanings during weekends and school holidays/breaks
PROTECTING HIGH RISK POPULATIONS
• Share your child’s condition(s) with Principal.
• Regular check-ins with high risk students will be established throughout the day.
• Modified schedule will be developed, if necessary.
• Parents have the option to select remote learning.
• While transporting students to and from schools, assigned seating will be implemented for social distancing.
• Hand sanitizer will be provided for students and bus drivers.
• Face masks will be provided for students and bus drivers.
• Students and bus drivers will have their temperature checked and screened for symptoms of illness before they get on the bus.
• Field trips and non-essential travel will be eliminated except travel conducted under UIL guidelines for sports and extra-curricular activities.
• Buses/Vans will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
• Protocols will be followed for bus stops and loading/unloading students to minimize congregation of children from different households
• Buses/Vans will be aired out when not in use.
ENTERING SCHOOL BUILDING
• Face covering is mandatory for all staff and students over the age of 10. Students under the age of 10 is optional, but highly recommended.
• All staff and students must be screened on a daily basis before entering buildings, including a temperature check and review of potential symptoms.
Staff and students will be sent home if internal temperature over 100.4°F (38°C).
Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.
• All visitors will have their temperature checked. They must remain in the office and maintain social distancing. Wearing a face covering/mask is highly encouraged.
• When entering the building, staff and students must follow the designated entrance and exit flow paths.
• Follow procedures for student pickup/drop-off, staggered release with marked spacing for pickup.
• Signage will be posted in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to stop the spread of COVID-19.
• Follow protocol for students/staff who feel ill/experience symptoms when they come to school (see When a Child, Staff Member, or Visitor Becomes Sick at School)
• Breakfast and lunch will be served in the classrooms.
For class changes and other transitions throughout the school day:
• Hallways will be marked to indicate pathways to keep students separated and to
minimize congregation of students
• Avoid large group gatherings. Abide by the maximum number of people allowed to
congregate as defined by the current statewide public health orders
• Discourage the congregation of students in parking lots and common areas
• Stagger the schedule for group gatherings (i.e. recess and school meals)
• Utilize outside areas (weather permits) for social distancing
• Hold professional development sessions and staff meetings virtually or in small groups with maximum social distancing
• Additional instructional support will be provided to:
Students at risk of not graduating on time
Students with disabilities (compensatory services)
Students who struggled in the prior distance/remote learning environment (i.e. early grades, English Learners, etc.)
Other students identified as being behind academically by teachers and parents
• Students will have extended learning opportunities through before/after school programs, Saturday school, etc.
WHEN A CHILD, STAFF MEMBER, OR VISITOR BECOMES SICK AT SCHOOL
• Work with school administrators or office staff to identify an isolation room to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms.
• Follow procedures for safely transporting anyone who is sick home.
• Notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of a possible case while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.
• Close off school building if used by a COVID-19 positive sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection.
• Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.
• Advise sick staff members and children not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.
• Inform those who have had close contact to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop. If a person does not have symptoms, follow appropriate CDC guidance for home quarantine.
COVID-19 Guidelines for Keeping Students/Teachers Safe
Stay Home and Monitor Your Health - (Quarantine)
* If you feel healthy but recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19.
* Stay home until 14 days after your last exposure.
* Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
* If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
Isolate Yourself from Others - (Isolation)
* If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or
* Are waiting for test results, or
* Have cough, fever, or shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
If you live with others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Stay home until it is safe to be around others.
If you think or know you had COVID-19 and had symptoms, you can be with others after:
* 3 days with no fever and
* Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and
* 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
If you tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, you can be with others after:
* 10 days have passed since test
Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above.