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2020-2021 MCISD School Year Information

August 7, 2020

Parents/Guardians of McMullen County ISD Students:

I would like to invite you to attend our virtual welcome back meeting set for Monday August 10, 2020 at 4 pm.  The Administration will take a few minutes to expand on a few key details in relation to school start-up.  Our start-up plan is on this page for you to view.  Please take a minute to read through each page if you haven’t done so.  This plan will continue to grow and change as more information is received from local and state officials, so please continue to review each day as it pertains to your child.

Below is the meeting information.  The link below is available on our website or you can type it in on your computer. 

MCISD Superintendent is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: McMullen County ISD 2020-2021 School Start Information

Time: Aug 10, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time

Join Zoom Meeting by going to this link:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74673793261?pwd=V1FRb2UxdGt1SU11RkF1MytFMUhUdz09

Meeting ID: 746 7379 3261

Passcode: FsdTa8

In an effort to address questions you may have, please submit them to admin@mcisd.usWe ask that you submit those to us by noon on Monday August 10th.   We will do our best to have answers to each question prepared for the 4 pm virtual meeting.

Jason Jones

Superintendent


McMullen County ISD

August 4, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardians and Students,

I want to personally welcome each of you to the 2020-2021 school year at McMullen County ISD.  The rich tradition of excellence at McMullen County ISD carries forward as we welcome our students back into the building to begin the new school year. 

To begin the new school year, COVID-19 continues to be a factor across the nation and the state.  McMullen County ISD administration has closely followed updates from state and local leaders and health professionals throughout the summer and will continue to do so during the year.  Based on the mountains of information that we have gathered, it is our belief that our students and staff can return to the school building while still experiencing a safe environment from which to learn. 

MCISD prides itself on being a nurturing environment that works diligently to develop leaders who are successful in the competitive world after high school.  The data indicates that being in school with in-person instruction leads to the best social, emotional, and educational outcomes for students.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has made a statement supporting on-campus instruction for students in the coming year.  Students need to be in school.  With the safety measures being implemented, we believe students can still move forward with their education in an environment that stimulates growth while minimizing risks associated with COVID-19. 

Safety of our staff and students is our number one priority.  As such, there will be a number of procedural and systemic changes to how we operate.  A detailed account of the MCISD Re-Entry Plan can be accessed from our school web-page at www.mcisd.us.  Please remember that the Re-Entry Plan is an ever-evolving document.  As new information is made available, or as we learn more about what works and what doesn’t, we will adjust the plan to maximize safety and efficiency.  We ask that all parents to partner with the school to help us keep our students safe and our building open. 

Some of the most notable changes to start the new school year.

  1. The new school time will be 7:59 - 3:40
  2. No parent or outside person will be allowed in the building.  We must keep our students and staff safe.
  3. Parents/Guardians should deliver and receive their child from their car at the circle.
  4.  Parents/Guardians should not get out of their vehicle during pickup and drop off.
  5. Parents are highly encouraged to drive their child to school.
  6. Students need to come to school with a face covering.
  7. Parents need to do a wellness health screening of their child every day.
  8. If your child misses school, parents should pick up technology and assignments within 24 hours of the first absence.

I know many of the procedural changes above are inconvenient and for that I am truly sorry.  To me, the short term inconveniences will allow us to continue to move forward and give our children the best opportunities for success.  It is my hope that one day soon we will get back to normal, but in the meantime please know that we will do all that we can to give your child the best and safest education possible. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at jtimms@mcisd.us or call the office at (361) 274-2000.

In Education,

Joe Timms

Principal McMullen County ISD


2020-21 Food Service Parent Notification

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the Food Service Department, I would like to welcome your child to the 2020-21 school year!   As we start the new school year, there will be a few procedural changes to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  

First and foremost, it has always been the utmost priority for us to provide your children with the safest meal service possible and we will continue to do so!  

Due to Covid-19 the following are changes will be implemented to start the year:

  • There will be a zero contact policy implemented (Examples: Elementary students need to bring water bottles with them, if they want water to drink for breakfast or lunch.  We will be removing our water jug.  JH/HS students may use fountains with our disposable cups but no refills)

  • If your child brings a lunch from home, you will need to include everything the child will need in that lunchbox/bag. This will include the meal, a drink, condiments, utensils, napkins, and straws.  These items will not be provided due to our no contact policy.

  • If your child eats off our menu, we will be placing each item on plates/ trays for each student that moves through the lunch line.  Students will receive their tray with zero contact!

  • At this time, students will not be allowed to use a microwave at school.  Please do not send any food items that need to be heated!  We would like to encourage meals that do not need to be heated or send already heated food in a thermos that helps hold temperature.

  • Parents are highly encouraged to deposit money into your child’s account using the “Lunch Money Now” portal found on the district’s website, www.mcisd.us.  If you have your child pay for meals with cash or check then money needs to be in a zip lock bag with the students name.  The money needs to be delivered to the cafeteria during breakfast or before school.  

Please trust that we only have your child’s safety and best interests in mind.  Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to a healthy and safe year!  Please feel free to contact us with any questions

Respectfully,

Jason Jones, Superintendent

Tracie Villalobos, Food Service Director


COVID Symptom Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have all been through a rough five months.  Some say we have a “new normal.” I hope and pray this is not our reality. Honestly, I dislike that phrase very much. I want our students and our children to return to our “normal” here in McMullen County. We are privileged to have such an incredible foundation for our children’s future.

As you are aware, the symptoms for COVID-19 consist of a long list of very common symptoms that are consistent with many other illnesses.  Please see the attached Wellness Survey for School Attendance. This survey outlines the TEA listed symptoms for COVID-19. This survey is to be completed by a parent or guardian for each student in the household.  If these symptoms are present, please contact the school and do not send your child to school that day.

If any of these symptoms develop throughout the school day, your child will be sent to the Nurse’s Office for further evaluation.  The student will be assessed for possible exclusion from class.

Additional screening could be conducted for additional symptoms.  This may include:

  • Low blood pressure

  • Rash on back, chest and/or abdomen

  • Swelling and redness in hands and feet

  • Redness in both eyes

  • Swollen lymph nodes in neck

  • Irritation and swelling of the mouth, lips and throat

Any combination of any of the symptoms and the parent will be notified that the student needs to be picked up from school for further evaluation by a physician.

We are asking that every parent have a plan for a quick pick up for your child from school in the event they need to be excused.  Please make sure that you have a personal plan that you are willing to share that will include alternate contacts and accurate phone numbers.
 

Thank you,

April S. Smith, R.N.

Wellness Survey for School Attendance


Re-Entry Plan Updates (Aug. 5, 2020)

Screening of Students:
A student that is feeling feverish or has a measured temperature of 100 or higher should not go to a school site. Students and adults should also screen themselves for symptoms such as Loss of taste or smell, Cough, Difficulty breathing, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Headache, Chills, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Shaking and exaggerated shivering, Significant muscle pain or ache, Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting

Arriving at school:
Staff and students must wear face coverings.

Protocols for Face Coverings:
Students:  All students are required to wear masks when riding the bus, entering school during arrival, when leaving the school during dismissal, when transitioning during hallways (going to library, restroom, office or any other location than the classroom they came from). 

Group or pair work must be safely implemented while maintaining physical distancing. Facial coverings will be worn in grades PK-12 when appropriate.


Re-Entry Plan Updates (July 29, 2020)

Students or staff who have prolonged exposure with a COVID-19 positive individual will self-isolate:

  • allows individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 to recover while trying not to infect others. Based on medical professionals’ understanding of how long an individual is infectious after fever and other symptoms disappear, 

  • self-isolation can end when a symptomatic or lab-confirmed individual: Meets all three of the following conditions for return to school: 

    •  24 hours with no fever; 

    •  Symptoms improved; and  

    • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

  Or:  

  • Obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for COVID-19. 

Or:  

  • A doctor’s note indicating an alternate diagnosis


2020-2021 Vaccination Requirement

The Department of State Health Services has given notices that all vaccines will be required for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please see the School Health Page for a copy of the required vaccines.  This applies to all students.  Please pay special attention to students entering Pre-K,
kindergarten, and  7th Grade.

 


2020-2021 Start School Press Release


 McMullen County ISD 
Re-Entry Plan - Fall 2020

TEA Requirement:  Provide Notice

McMullen County ISD is providing notice to parents, families, and the community regarding back-to-school plans and instruction through this initial document. As further required, one week prior to the start of school, a plan to mitigate COVID-19 will be disseminated  to all families and posted on the district and school websites. Preliminary information is posted in this guidance and is subject to change based on state and local decisions. 

COVID-19 Response Team – McMullen County ISD has developed a COVID-19 Response Team to respond to concerns and communicate district decisions. Members of the team and email addresses are noted below: 

Jason Jones jjones@mcisd.us Superintendent

Joe Timms jtimms@mcisd.us Principal

Joel Trudeau jtrudeau@mcisd.us Assistant Principal

Shannon Taylor staylor@mcisd.us Athletic Director.

April Smith asmith@mcisd.us District Nurse

Tammy Taylor tataylor@mcisd.us Athletic Nurse

Kelly James kjames@mcisd.us School Counselor


The Start of the 2020-2021 School Year

McMullen County ISD will begin the 2020-2021 school year with students in the building.  The school start date will remain August 12, 2020.  To begin the school year, students will be expected to report to school and go through our daily schedule, with no remote learning offered.  Numerous safety precautions have been implemented to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  It is our intention at MCISD to continue to provide the absolute best educational environment for our students during the COVID-19 crisis.  We sincerely believe that we can mitigate risk factors associated with the COVID-19 virus while still preparing our students for their future.   


The plan below details procedures that we will use inside the building to mitigate risks.  The plan also talks about contingencies that may arise during the fall semester that may require us to switch to partial or full remote learning options.  The plan is meant to be detailed enough to describe basic precautions and expectations yet general enough to allow for flexibility in handling unforeseen circumstances.


TEA Requirement:  Continuity of Instruction

Instructional Information for Families

This fall, McMullen County ISD will be implementing instructional practices to provide consistency across learning environments and ensure the safety of students and staff.

Regardless of the learning environment, McMullen County ISD is committed to ensuring that students have an equitable experience and access to high quality instruction.

  • Students will interact with instruction in two different environments (face-to-face and virtual/remote) making it necessary for teachers to plan instruction that is content-consistent, yet environment-specific to ensure equitable learning opportunities for all students.

    • Students will only be eligible for virtual/remote learning should the student be in quarantine, there is an underlying health issue that necessitates the student be away from other students,  or the school building has been shut down.  

  • McMullen County ISD will utilize the strategies and best practices associated with blended learning to design learning activities for all students.  

  • Learning experiences are designed to meet the needs and environment of the learner where they are.

  • Students regardless of learning environment, will engage in high quality learning experiences aligned to McMullen County ISD curriculum and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

  • Both the remote and face-to-face experience will utilize Google Classroom, provide similar expectations around coursework and follow the same grading guidelines.

Instructional Continuity

With all of the uncertainties related to COVID-19 and its effect on students, teachers, and community, McMullen County ISD teachers will implement changes to their instructional delivery and methods of assessment to ensure a high level of continuity regardless of variables that may arise.  

  • Teachers will utilize Google Classroom as a method of instructional delivery and assessment as a standard model in class throughout the year.

  • Teachers will train the students at the beginning of the year on all aspects of google classroom, emails, e-curriculum resources, and methods of assessment.  

  • Teachers will provide training for parents to familiarize them with all expectations associated with online instruction.  

  • Teachers will utilize a flipped classroom approach for delivery of instruction for both in person and remote learning.  In this model teachers will deliver lectures and introduction to materials as homework and utilize classroom time for guided and independent practice.  

  • For students who are quarantined due to COVID-19 staff will be assigned as online truancy monitors and will work with students and parents to ensure compliance with engagement expectations.

Face-To-Face Learning

Students and teachers will attend class in-person, five days a week, with additional safety measures in alignment with state and federal guidelines and recommendations.

  • In this setting, teachers will provide face-to-face instruction, learning resources and support utilizing Google Classroom.

  • Teachers will plan instruction that is quickly and easily transferable from face-to-face to remote in the event of a temporary school closure due to COVID-19 spread.

  • District-directed safety procedures will be implemented.

  • Grade 7-12 students will be assigned schedules based on their course selections made last spring.

Remote  Learning

Remote learning will only be available should the student be in quarantine, there is an underlying health issue that necessitates the student be away from other students,  or the school building has been shut down.   tMcMullen County ISD Online school is a remote learning environment that will allow students to engage in high quality learning experiences, utilize McMullen County ISD instructional resources and meaningfully connect with their teachers and other students.  Activities will be designed to meet the needs of the student in the online environment through differentiated instruction.

  • Parents will support students as a “learning coach” and ensure they have access to a device, a place to work, and are engaged in virtual learning activities.

  • We will ensure open lines of communication between teachers, students, and parents as we work to ensure each student is academically and socially-emotionally future ready.

  • Teachers will utilize the same curriculum as students who attend face-to-face instruction. 

  • Grading will be consistent with the guidelines and practices used in all face-to-face instruction.

Expectations for Remote  Learning

There will be elements of  remote instruction that will be synchronous learning as well as components that will be considered asynchronous.  

  • Synchronous learning is defined as two-way, real-time, live, instruction between teachers and students, through the computer or other electronic devices.  

  • 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.  

Students in MCISD remote instruction will be assigned a virtual class schedule and must be available for live, synchronous instruction during each school day.

McMullen County ISD student expectations for Remote learning:

  • Students attend class on time, per their class schedule.

  • Students will follow McMullen County ISD dress code

  • Students are ready to engage and learn.

  • Students should have a designated, distraction-free workspace to engage in learning.

  • Students will show their face on the screen to engage with the teacher virtually.

  • Students will participate in the class activities, discussions, and assignments. 

  • Students will participate in online classes and be responsible for asynchronous activities assigned each day. 

Technical difficulties during Remote Learning

McMullen County ISD realizes that there are sometimes errors and issues in an online learning environment that are outside your control.  Below are the expectations that should be followed should you have a technical difficulty during Remote learning.

If you are having a problem with your internet, a zoom session, or accessing your chromebook/iPad you should:

  • Notification

    • Email the teacher as soon as you are able and describe your issue.

    • If you can not email, then call the school so that the teacher can be notified.

  • Chromebook or iPad issue

    • Notify the teacher as soon as you identify a problem

    • If the issue is with your Chromebook or iPad then you can access google classroom via a cell phone.

  • Internet issue:

    • If you are having internet issues, try using a cell phones data plan to access the material on google classroom.  

    • Reset your modem

    • Contact your internet provider.

    • Utilize the parking lot by the school playground for wifi access.

  • Assigned work

    • Once you have notified your teacher of the problem, access the lecture or content from the missed class using google classroom.

    • You will access the missed class at your next open time slot.  

    • You must watch your lecture and complete your work on the day it is assigned to be counted present for the day.

Schedule for Remote Learning

While in a remote learning environment, time management is critical to success.  Students and teachers must remain in communication regarding daily schedules and assignments.  As with any traditional course, there is a risk of receiving a lower grade if a student falls behind.  If students are struggling with time management, then the parent or student should contact the teacher for additional assistance.  Remote learning schedules will be distributed before school starts should they be needed at any point during the year.  

Attendance for Remote Learning

Students who login to the McMullen County ISD learning environment each day and engage in teacher-assigned learning apps (including but not limited to google classroom) are considered “present” and will not be marked absent.  Students who have not logged in by 9:30 am each school day will be marked absent.  This attendance can be resolved if the student engages in dailying learning assigned by their teachers via google classroom by 11:59 pm that same day.

Any absences recorded, but resolved by the student before 11:59 pm on the same day, will be reconciled based on login records of the school online learning platform.

If a student is engaged in asynchronous learning and completes the entire week’s worth of learning activities on Monday and does not log in for the remainder of the week, he/she will be marked “present” on Monday only and counted “absent” for Tuesday-Friday

It is important that students understand the Remote Learning attendance is based on daily engagement, not solely the completion of assignments.  State Law TEC 25.092 still requires students to attend 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted.  Remote attendance will count in the same manner as an on-campus (face-to-face) attendance in satisfying this requirement. 

McMullen County Design for Remote Learning Grades PK-6

Teachers will structure the instructional day to ensure there are enough minutes devoted to each subject area, chunked into some synchronous (live) times and some asynchronous times.  

  • Daily synchronous time may include activities such as:

    • Read Alouds

    • Small group reading instruction

    • Number Talks

    • Interactive Read a Louds

    • Community Circles/Check ins

    • Direct Instruction by teacher (mini-lesson)

  • Daily asynchronous assignments are to be completed independently.  These may include activities such as:

    • Choice boards

    • Student self-selected reading and writing

    • Writing assignment

    • Independent practice (home work)

    • Assessments

McMullen County Design for Remote Learning Grades 6-12

Classes within this environment will follow the Jr. High/High School master schedule.  McMullen County ISD will structure the students’ schedule to require students to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Teachers will structure the instructional day to follow their campus bell schedule.

Within each course/subject teachers will plan for students to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning.

  • Some elective and dual credit courses may require the student to complete assignments or projects at the campus if the course requires assignments that cannot be reasonably completed remotely, e.g., welding, yearbook, ag leadership

  • Students in grades 7-12 may be able to participate in on-campus classes for extra-curricular activities (in accordance with UIL requirements.)

Role of Stakeholders within Virtual School Model

Student

Parent

Follows principles of McMullen County ISD’s learner profile

  • Follow the designated schedule communicated by their teacher to attend class during synchronous times and complete asynchronous activities assigned

  • Participate in learning through live class time (using proper etiquette)

  • Students should take responsibility for advocating for themselves

  • Turn in school work at the direction of the assigned teacher

  • Responsible for participation in the lesson

  • Facilitate academic support and encouragement as a learning partner to motivate and guide your child throughout the school year in your role as a learning coach

  • Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework

  • Provide your child with assistance on their day-to-day activities with the exception of designated independent work

  • Assist in supporting your child’s needs by establishing and managing the daily schedule communicated by the teacher

  • Consider creating a designated learning space for your child at home to learn comfortably

  • Maintain communication with your child’s teacher by phone, email messages, and/or online meetings to create a learning partnership  

  • Help your child own their learning. Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part. Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Don’t help too much. Becoming independent takes lots of practice.

Intervention and Enrichment

Intervention and Enrichment time will be scheduled daily for students to best meet their academic needs. During this time, students may engage in assigned group activities, project learning activities, small group instruction and digital platforms. Teachers will communicate with students their plan for the designated time.

MCISD will distribute online instructional schedules at the beginning of the year, should it be needed during the school year.


TEA Requirement:  Instructional Minutes

  • To receive full ADA funding (and avoid a reduction of funding), school districts, including Districts of Innovation and open-enrollment charter schools must:

  1. provide 75,600 operational minutes along with any applicable waivers; the SAAH defines operational minutes as the time from the first school bell to the last school bell (bell to bell); and

  2. provide instructional minute requirements in accordance with the proposed 2017–2018 SAAH, two-hour rule for half-day funding or four-hour rule for full-day funding; the SAAH defines instructional minutes as the portion of the school day in which instruction takes place along with certain other exceptions and are considered a subset of operational minutes.

Instructional Minutes at McMullen County ISD 2020-2021

McMullen County ISD will adjust the school day and increase the time students are on campus by 11 minutes per day.  The new operating hours for MCISD students will be 7:59 - 3:40 every day.  This increase of 11 minutes will reduce the likelihood the district will need to adjust the school calendar or lengthen the school year should the district need to shut down as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. 


Policy Implementation

For our parents, teachers, and students, the COVID-19 crisis presents a unique set of challenges for schools, students, and families.  This is a nation wide crisis,  As such, please remember that the safety of our students and staff is at the forefront of the plans detailed in this plan.  As we set new policies and procedures to minimize risks to our students and staff, there may be differences between expectations listed in this plan and the general expectations and procedures described in the Student Handbook and beyond the general procedures that are typically implemented on campus.  During the COVID-19 crisis the rules, regulations, and procedures detailed in the Re-Entry Plan will override the general expectations described in the Student Handbook should there be a conflict or difference in language or process.

The COVID-19 crisis remains a dynamic event where the needs of our students, stakeholders, and community may change as we find out new information and adjust to new variables that arise.  This plan is therefore meant to be an ever changing document that allows the district maximum flexibility to care for the health and wellbeing of our students and staff while ensuring that our students get the absolute best education possible. 


TEA Requirement:  Prevent and Mitigate

McMullen County ISD must identify and implement practices to prevent the virus from entering the school and mitigate or reduce the likely spread inside the school; therefore, district practices and guidelines have been established for various areas noted below:

All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms regularly and individuals who present with symptoms will be separated and sent home.

Per Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, initial monitoring of symptoms begins at home. Individuals who are feeling ill, including symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, abdominal pain, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, or loss of taste or smell should stay at home and consult with a medical professional regarding school participation. 

Screening of Staff:

Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms when reporting to work each day using a screening protocol that must be accessed when entering the building.   

Staff should check their temperatures daily at home before coming to work.  Any temperature 100 degrees or higher the staff member should not go to school.  

Teachers and staff must report to the school system if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms, are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, or if they have had prolonged exposure with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19.

Screening of Students:

  • TEA Guidance is as follows for students: 

  • “Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met. Parents may also opt to have their students receive remote instruction if their child has had prolonged exposure with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed. Screening is accomplished by asking questions by phone or other electronic methods and/or in person. The screening questions should also be asked of a student’s parent if that parent will be dropping off or picking up their child from inside the school.

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    Screening at Home

    • Families are recommended to take temperatures daily before going to school.  A student that is feeling feverish or has a measured temperature of 100 or higher should not go to a school site.  

    • Students and adults should also screen themselves for symptoms such as sore throat, new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or new onset of severe headache, especially with a fever cough and/or shortness of breath. prior to coming to school each day.  Students and adults experiencing those symptoms should not attend school.  

    Arriving at School

    • Staff and students  must wear face coverings.

    • Students will arrive on buses with fewer students. 

    • Parents and visitors may have limited access to the school campus.

 

Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to drive your own students to school each day.  

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

Staff should check their temperatures daily at home before coming to work.   Anyone feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees or higher the staff member should not go to school.  

Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present.

Parents and families know their child’s health needs. While we are taking all measures to ensure each student’s safety, parents must place their child’s health needs first. Remote learning options are discussed later.

Screening of visitors

Visitors are required to complete health screening to determine if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or have come into close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 upon entry into the building.


Protocols for Face Coverings 

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) and McMullen County Public Health to determine the disease activity level and utilize the appropriate protective measures for students and staff. 

Schools are expected to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order for wearing masks/face coverings or face shields, where this is most developmentally appropriate. 

Face coverings include cloth masks, gaiters, face shields or anything else that provides covering over the nose and mouth. 

Students and staff are encouraged to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE will be provided as needed to staff and students.

Face covering expectations:

  • All face coverings will fall under the student code of conduct and dress code.

    • Face coverings should not have any messages on them

    • Face coverings may be plain, solid colors, sports related, non offensive patterns, or school related.

    • Absolutely no face covering should be worn that advertises drug or alcohol consumption.

    • Face coverings should not be a distraction to the class or to the school.  

    • Administration  will make final determination on the appropriateness of a face covering at school.

  • If your child is told not to wear a certain face covering in school, they should put it away and a disposable face covering will be provided for that day.  

Adults:  All adults are required to wear masks when in the building, classroom (unless doing instruction more than 6 feet away from students), and/or office with others. 

Exceptions to this requirement 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. 

Paraprofessionals, special education staff, and all personnel who travel to multiple rooms a day to deliver support or instruction should wear their masks when working with children.

Students:   All students are required to wear masks when riding the bus, entering school during arrival, when leaving the school during dismissal, when transitioning during hallways (going to library, restroom, office or any other location than the classroom they came from).   

Exceptions to this requirement include during meals and other activities. 

It is recommended that masks be rotated and thoroughly cleaned daily.  Sharing of masks with other family members is extremely risky and discouraged.  

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

Nurses will wear personal protective protective equipment (ppe) as the situation dictates.


Protocols for Campus Visitors

Campuses will utilize virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors when possible. 

All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering.  

Individuals who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.

Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements

All individuals entering the building will be required to wear face coverings.

All visitors will be subject to screening by way of a symptom screening form to determine if the visitors have COVID-19 symptoms or if the visitors are lab-confirmed with COVID-19 and to determine if visitors have had prolonged exposure with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19.

Virtual meetings will be available when possible.  

Visitors and staff will maintain physical distancing for ARD and other meetings in smaller conference areas.  Masks are required in all meetings.  Following these meetings, the room will be cleaned.


Protocols for Hand Sanitizing and Disinfecting/Cleaning 

Frequent disinfection and hand sanitization will ensure health and wellness of students and staff.

Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations

Students and staff are required to use hand sanitizer when entering a bus, building, classroom, and/or office. 

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria and in common areas throughout the campus.  

Secondary students will be expected to clean their own desk and seating area every time they enter a new classroom.  

Students will have instruction on effective hand-washing and effective use of hand sanitizer.

Frequent handwashing and sanitizing will also be incorporated in the daily schedules. 

Each classroom will be provided with sanitation kits that will be used during transitions. 

Buses, classrooms, and other common areas within the school will be thoroughly disinfected daily and deep cleaning schedules will be regularly conducted.

Students, staff, and visitors will be encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if not available, covered in their elbows. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash, hands should be washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer should be used. 

Daily Campus Disinfecting/Cleaning Expectations

Each classroom and high touch areas will be disinfected daily.  

Restrooms, door handles and other high touch areas will be disinfected more than once a day.

Custodians will wear masks and gloves during work hours.

The cafeteria will be disinfected between lunch periods.

Staff will have access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize working surfaces and shared objects after each use and during breaks in instruction.

Preparing for Safe Work and Learning Environments


Classroom Configurations and Procedures

  • Students and staff will leave light switches on, so light switches are not touched in the rooms that do not detect movement.  

  • Interior doors will remain in a fully-open position.

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

  • Group or pair work must be safely implemented while maintaining physical distancing. Facial coverings will be worn in grades PK-12.

  • When possible, technology can be utilized when the use of manipulatives is needed. 

  • Teachers will consider assigning cohorts of students specific supplies in order to reduce the possibility of exposure.

  • The use of outdoor space for learning will be considered when possible. 

  • Classroom groups working outside will maintain at least 12 feet of social distance from other classroom groups.  These groups, when possible, will remain a group of 10 or less.

  • Whenever possible, students and staff will maintain consistent groupings of people to minimize the spread of the virus. 

  • Supplemental services will be grouped by grade level when possible.

  • The recommended procedures will be applied to all classroom settings, including special education services locations when possible and appropriate. 

  • Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Supplies

Students will be expected to use their own materials and supplies which will be kept in individually-assigned 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 executed.

Common Areas

Common areas include spaces that are used for meetings and collaboration. This includes computer labs, flexible spaces, campus libraries, conference rooms and other meeting rooms.

Campuses will develop schedules and protocols for the use of common areas, including how to sanitize space between use. When needed, students will bring personal supplies from the classroom. 

Students will clean areas they use (such as computer keyboard, mouse, and surrounding areas before they leave a computer lab. 

Restrooms

Water fountains will not be able to be used but students may fill up their water bottles they bring from home  at a water station.  

Proper handwashing technique will be taught to all students and consistently practiced.

Efforts will be made to limit the availability of toilets, urinals and sinks to certain times to comply with health agency recommendations and social distancing.

The scheduling of whole class restroom breaks is recommended to eliminate co-mingling of students across various classes and to ensure teacher monitoring of social distancing guidelines.

A system will be implemented to identify the number of occupants utilizing each restroom to mitigate the chance of exceeding maximum occupants per social distancing.

After a restroom break, students will be required to use hand sanitizer before reentering the classroom.

Transitions

When possible, it is recommended that students make transitions outside of the building.

Grade levels 3rd-6th grade will remain in one classroom for math and reading instruction and the teachers will transition to them.  

Students will wear face coverings while in the hallway during transitions.  

Arrival

  • Parents will not be allowed to enter the building.

    • Parents are not to get out of their car, but instead go through the dropoff line where school personnel will let your child out of the vehicle.  

  • Students will be assigned a specific point of entry into the building to reduce the number of students entering from one location.  

  • Students will go straight to the classroom upon arrival and will not wait in a centralized holding area. 

  • Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms or the cafeteria.  

  • All staff will be utilized for duty to maintain a line of sight in hallways and distancing of hallway cohorts.

Dismissal

  • Students will be assigned a specific point of exit out of the building to reduce the number of students exiting from one location with designated staggered dismissal groups, when appropriate..

  • Parents will not be allowed to get out of their car at dismissal but instead need to receive their child via the drop off and pick up area.  

  • Staggering the groups of walkers, car riders, bus riders will help manage student movement in the building and decrease the risk of potential crowding outside at dismissal time.  

  • There will be bus procedures, based on bus specific needs.

Meals

More time will be allotted in between student group eating times to allow for cleaning between groups.

Students will only eat with their grade level.

Students will be spaced out during lunch to reduce exposure.

In an effort to decrease the amount of exposure to individuals who our students are exposed to, there will not be any outside visitors allowed for breakfast or lunch.  

Recess

Campuses will limit the number of students per recess group. 

Staggered schedules will be utilized.  

All students and staff will be required to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer upon exiting the playground.  

Brain breaks and fresh air breaks will be implemented as needed, at the discretion of the teacher/administrator.

Specials/ Electives 

Music – Students will be spaced out during lecturing time.  All instruments will be cleaned after their use. 

P.E. – Details are being developed for P.E. programs to align with the TEKS course expectations and U.I.L. COVID guidelines for athletics. 

CTE Courses – CTE courses include hands-on experiences. Social distancing and sanitation requirements will be further defined and communicated prior to the beginning of school. Students enrolled in advanced, hands-on CTE courses must enroll in a face-to-face instructional model. Remote/virtual learning is only available for “principles” courses in CTE. 

Other Electives: Art, Cheer, Robotics, etc. – Each course will be reviewed individually to ensure that social distancing and sanitation requirements are established and communicated prior to the beginning of school. 

Special Programs 

Program Participation and Services – Students currently participating in special program services, e.g., special education, 504, Bilingual/ESL, etc., will continue to receive services whether through face-to-face or remote/virtual learning. Parent meetings may be held using virtual meeting platforms. 

Evaluations and Testing – District protocols are being developed to evaluate students who have been referred for special programs. Social distancing and/or personal protective equipment (PPE) will be used, as appropriate. 

Extracurricular Programs Campus Events

Each program will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine implementation guidelines. Program sponsors will provide information to students and parents/families as information is available. 

If in-person instruction is being offered, a student not taking classes in-person will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular practice or events.   

Campus Events

  • No in-person assemblies or field trips will be held in the fall, except for extracurricular activities that will follow guidelines set forth by UIL and FFA.

  • Meet the teacher, open house, parent conferences, etc. will be held virtually. 

  • Parents will be allowed to attend class parties and performances virtually.

Transportation

  • Parents will be encouraged to transport their children to school daily as it is the safest means of transportation due to COVID-19.

  • To support contact tracing, students will be assigned seats, and a seating chart will be maintained by the bus driver.

  • All buses will have hand sanitizer dispensers placed in the stairwells for use when loading/unloading.  Students are expected to use it before boarding the bus and as they are exiting the bus.

  • All buses will be sanitized and wiped down daily, between bus runs.

  • Bus windows will be partially open (at minimum) during routes to provide for additional ventilation where appropriate.


TEA Requirement:  Respond

McMullen County ISD must identify and implement responsive actions to address the situation if there are lab-confirmed cases in a school. 

Required Action  if Individuals with Lab-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School

  • If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

  • Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-firmed case (students, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus.

  • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers, or staff who participate on any on-campus activities.  

Isolation Protocols When a Student or Staff Member Display COVID-19 Symptoms

When a student has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home.

Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and their parent/guardian will be notified for prompt pick up.  Parents need to ensure that they have a way to pick up their children quickly if they are notified their child is being sent home.  

Other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus (e.g. go on a walk outside, move to a different classroom, etc.) so that the classroom can be disinfected.

District communication will be provided to the parents of students who came in contact with a COVID-19 positive student or staff member.  

Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols including isolation from students and other staff members.  Refer to MCISD COVID-19 Process Map.

Students or staff who have prolonged exposure with a COVID-19 positive individual will self-isolate:

  • allows individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 to recover while trying not to infect others. Based on medical professionals’ understanding of how long an individual is infectious after fever and other symptoms disappear, 

  • self-isolation can end when a symptomatic or lab-confirmed individual: Meets all three of the following conditions for return to school: 

    •  24 hours with no fever; 

    •  Symptoms improved; and  

    • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

  Or:  

  • Obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for COVID-19. 

Or:  

  • A doctor’s note indicating an alternate diagnosis

Staff and students who test positive and/or were directly exposed will not be permitted to return to school until they are cleared by a medical professional. While this may cause an added burden on families, our goal is health and safety for all students. 

 Additional Cleaning Measure for Covid-19 Positive Cases on Campus

  • If a classroom or facility is closed due to COVID-19 spread, quaternary disinfectant, which is recommended for use on the virus that causes COVID-19, will be used to disinfect.

  • Custodial staff will disinfect classrooms, restrooms, indoor athletic areas (gyms, weight room, locker rooms, etc) and all additional areas in the entire buildings daily.