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Farmersville ISD Instructional Plan for Fall of 2020

Dear Parents,

 

Over the past few weeks, the Texas Education Agency has provided districts with guidance regarding opening our public schools to students. While we are still in the process of finalizing our back-to-school plans, we wanted to take a moment to communicate our intentions at this time. 

 

First, Farmersville ISD is committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe learning environment for every student and staff member. There is little doubt that the current ongoing pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives; however, we remain unfazed in our dedication to serving all students in a way that keeps them safe, challenges them academically, and moves them toward the greatest levels of achievement possible. 

 

The district leadership team is in the process of meeting and further developing our instructional plans in order to meet the recommendations and requirements that have been provided by the state. The situation we face with COVID-19 is fraught with uncertainty; therefore, we are attempting to plan for all possibilities. 

 

At this time, we are strongly considering pushing back the first day of school in the best interest of our students and staff. The timing and length of this delay is yet to be determined. We are also considering a possible change to the overall format of our instructional calendar. Decisions related to delaying the first day and modifying our instructional calendar will be made in the very near future.

 

Farmersville ISD will offer two instructional delivery formats for the 2020-2021 school year: face-to-face instruction and remote learning. 

 

For both learning formats, daily attendance will be required and the standard district grading policy will apply to all students. All students are subject to compulsory attendance laws and truancy will be enforced. For remote learning, daily attendance will involve a minimum of four hours each day dedicated to instruction, and students will be expected to engage in learning daily. 

 

All students, regardless if they are learning face-to-face or remotely, will receive a device to support their learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Training and support for parents and students related to the use of the devices are forthcoming. 

 

Although we are reopening our schools for students, we are fully aware that some parents may still have concerns about their children attending school face-to-face. We understand these concerns, and we will continue to work with our families to provide a rigorous academic experience regardless of the mode of learning parents select. 

 

Upon reopening our campuses, we will sanitize our schools and buses daily. We will follow social distancing guidelines to the extent possible given the physical constraints of our facilities. Hand sanitizing stations will be located at all school entrances, in classrooms, and throughout various common areas. The state is providing all districts with an allotment of personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer. In addition to this state allotment, the district has committed to purchasing additional PPE.

 

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s executive order, all students and staff ten years of age and older must wear face masks or face shields upon returning to school. The district is committed to providing face masks and/or face shields to all students and staff in order to remain in compliance.

 

We will contact all families in the coming days to begin requesting information regarding your instructional choice: face-to-face or remote learning. We will also post additional information regarding our back-to-school plans in the coming days and weeks on our new district (@FarmersvilleISDFarmers) and campus Facebook pages and our district website. 

 

We encourage all of our students and families to continue following local and state health recommendations. We have a team of administrators who are constantly monitoring information from local and state health officials to best serve all stakeholders.

 

We appreciate your support and patience, and we look forward to seeing your children soon.

 

Regards,

 

 

Micheal French

 

July 16, 2020

Farmersville ISD
2020-2021 Face-to-Face Safety Guidelines & Protocols

 

General Safety Protocols

  • All students will be encouraged to practice social distancing throughout the school day to the extent possible.

  • Desks and/or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally and physically possible.

  • Face coverings or face shields will be provided as needed to all students.

  • All 4th grade students and older will be required to wear face coverings or face shields in

    school buildings and on school buses in accordance with the most recent executive order from Governor Abbott. Students in grades PK-3 are not required to wear face coverings or face shields while on campus, but the practice is strongly encouraged for all students.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in every classroom and throughout common areas (i.e. hallways, cafeteria, gyms, libraries, entrances).

    Sanitization & Cleaning Procedures

  • All classrooms, common areas, and buses will be sanitized daily.

  • All high-touch areas will be disinfected daily and frequently throughout the day.

  • Classroom staff and bus drivers will have access to disinfectant to sanitize high-touch

    surfaces and shared objects frequently.

    Transportation

  • Busing will be provided.

  • Parents are strongly encouraged to drop-off/pick-up their children to/from school.

  • All students (PK-12) must wear a face covering or face shield while on a district bus or

    vehicle.

  • Windows will be opened to improve air circulation when possible.

  • All buses will be equipped with hand sanitizing stations.

  • All buses will be disinfected daily.

  • At this time, TEA has not made a recommendation related to capacity limitations on

    buses.

     

 
Arrival & Dismissal
  • Elementary campuses (Tatum & Intermediate School) will open at 7:10 a.m. daily, and secondary campuses (Junior High & High School) will open at 7:30 a.m daily.

  • Early arrivals are not allowed. Any students dropped off before the building is open will not be allowed inside the building.

  • Separate entrances will be utilized for car riders and bus riders.

  • Other than on the first day of face-to-face instruction for PK-5 students, parents will not

    be allowed to walk students to their classroom.

  • Campuses will stagger dismissal for different groups of students when possible.

  • Students will be assigned to a designated area upon arrival.

 

Self-Screening

Per TEA Guidance:

“Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until re-entry conditions are met. 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 a 14-day incubation period has passed. All parents are required to screen their students for the following symptoms prior to sending them to school:

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering

  • Significant muscle pain or ache

  • Diarrhea”

     

Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Students

Per TEA Guidance:

“Any students who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

  • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

    • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

    • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and,

    • At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who

    is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.

  • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnoses, or (b) receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/

 

Extracurricular & UIL

Practices and performances for all extracurricular and UIL activities will be conducted following the safety protocols and timelines provided by guidance from University Interscholastic League (UIL) and Texas Education Agency (TEA).

 

Attendance & Grading

  • All students will have two instructional options for the 2020-2021 school year: face-to-face instruction or remote learning.

  • For the 2020-2021 school year, the minimum attendance for class credit rule (TEC 25.092) will be in effect. Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted. Determination that a student has met the minimum attendance for course credit requirement will be made in accordance with Farmersville ISD board policy. Truancy laws will apply to students who fail to attend school, whether they are attending school face-to-face or via remote learning.

  • All students, whether attending face-to-face or remote learning, will follow the grading policies established by Farmersville ISD.

     

Visitors

  • Visitors will be restricted to only individuals essential to school operations.

  • Visitors will not be allowed to attend lunch.

  • Visitors must follow virus prevention and mitigation requirements, including

    self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, sanitize and/or wash hands frequently, and wear a face covering or face shield in accordance with Governor Abbott’s executive order.

  • Visitors must self-screen for the following symptoms prior to entering any district facility:

    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0

      degrees Fahrenheit

    • Loss of taste or smell

    • Cough

    • Difficulty breathing

    • Shortness of breath

    • Headache

    • Chills

    • Sore throat

    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering

    • Significant muscle pain or ache

    • Diarrhea

Any visitors reporting any of the above symptoms will not be permitted to enter any district facility.

Farmersville ISD
2020-2021 Directrices y Protocolos De Cara-a-Cara

 

Generales de Seguridad

  • Se alentará a todos los estudiantes a practicar el distanciamiento social durante el día escolar en la medida posible.

  • Los escritorios y / o mesas estarán socialmente distanciados tanto como sea posible en el aula escolar.

  • Se proporcionarán cubiertas faciales o protectores faciales, según sea necesario, a todos los estudiantes.

  • Se requerirá que todos los estudiantes de 4th grado y mayores usen coberturas o protectores faciales en los edificios escolares y en los autobuses escolares de acuerdo con la orden ejecutiva más reciente del Gobernador Abbott. No se requiere que los estudiantes en los grados PK-3 usen coberturas o protectores faciales en las actividades diarias, excepto en los autobuses, pero la práctica es altamente recomendable para todos los estudiantes.

  • Se colocarán estaciones de desinfección de manos en cada aula y en todas las áreas comunes (es decir, pasillos, cafetería, gimnasios, bibliotecas y entradas).

Procedimientos de Limpieza

  • Todos los salones, áreas comunes y autobuses serán desinfectados diariamente.

  • Todas las áreas de alto contacto serán desinfectadas diariamente y con frecuencia

    durante todo el día.

  • El personal del aula y los conductores de autobuses tendrán acceso a desinfectantes

    para desinfectar las superficies de alto contacto y los objetos compartidos con frecuencia.

    En transporte

  • Se proporcionará servicio de autobús.

  • Se recomienda encarecidamente a los padres que dejen / recojan a sus hijos hacia /

    desde la escuela.

  • Todos los estudiantes (PK-12) deben usar una cubierta para la cara o un protector facial

    mientras estén en un autobús o vehículo del distrito.

  • Se abrirán ventanas para mejorar la circulación del aire cuando sea posible.

  • Todos los autobuses estarán equipados con estaciones de desinfección de manos.

  • Todos los autobuses serán desinfectados diariamente.

  • En este momento, TEA no ha hecho una recomendación relacionada con las

    limitaciones de capacidad en los autobuses.

     

Llegada y salida

  • Las escuelas primarias (Tatum y la Escuela Intermedia) abrirán a las 7:10 am todos los días, y las escuelas secundarias (escuela secundaria y preparatoria) abrirán a las 7:30 am todos los días.

  • No se permiten llegadas anticipadas. No se permitirá el ingreso de ningún alumno antes de que el edificio esté abierto.

  • Se utilizarán entradas separadas para los que viajan en automóvil y en autobús.

  • Aparte del primer día de instrucción presencial, no se permitirá a los padres llevar a los

    estudiantes a su salón de clases.

  • Los planteles escolares escalonará el despido de estudiantes en diferentes grupos en la

    medida que sea posible.

  • Los estudiantes serán asignados a un área de espera a su llegada.

     

Autoevaluación según la

guía de TEA:

"Los padres deben asegurarse de no enviar a un niño a la escuela si el niño tiene síntomas de COVID-19 o está confirmado en laboratorio con COVID-19, y en su lugar deben optar por recibir instrucción remota hasta que las condiciones de reingreso se cumplan. Los padres también pueden optar por que sus hijos reciban instrucción remota si su hijo ha tenido contacto cercano con una persona que ha sido confirmada en laboratorio con COVID-19 hasta que haya pasado un período de incubación de 14 días. Se requiere que todos los padres evalúen a sus estudiantes para detectar los siguientes síntomas antes de enviarlos a la escuela:

  • Sensación febril o una temperatura medida mayor o igual a 100.0 grados Fahrenheit

  • Pérdida del gusto u olfato

  • Tos

  • Dificultad para respirar

  • Falta de aliento

  • Dolor de cabeza

  • Escalofríos

  • Dolor de garganta

  • Temblores o escalofríos exagerados

  • Dolor muscular significativo

  • Diarrea”

 

Confirmados o sospechosos COVID-19 casos entre los alumnos. 

 

por TEA Orientación:

● “Cualquier estudiante que presente ya sea: (a) tener COVID-19 confirmado por laboratorio;y/ o (b) experimentan los síntomas de COVID-19 debe permanecer en casa durante todo el período de infección, y no puede regresar a la escuela hasta que el estudiante cumpla con los requisitos y condiciones de reentrada estipulados por el Distrito Escolar:

○ En el En el caso de una persona que fue diagnosticada con COVID-19, la persona puede regresar a la escuela cuando se cumplen los tres criterios siguientes:

  • Han transcurrido al menos tres días (72 horas) desde la recuperación (resolución de la fiebre sin el uso de medicamentos reductores de fiebre);

  • El individuo tiene una mejoría en los síntomas (por ejemplo, tos, falta de aliento); y,

  • Han pasado al menos diez días desde que aparecieron los primeros síntomas.

  • En el caso de un individuo que tiene síntomas que podrían ser COVID-19 y que no es evaluado por un profesional médico o examinado para COVID-19, se supone que dicho individuo tiene COVID-19, y el individuo no puede regresar al campus hasta que el individuo haya completado el mismo conjunto de criterios de tres pasos enumerados anteriormente.

  • Si el individuo tiene síntomas que podrían ser COVID-19 y quiere regresar a la escuela antes de completar el período de permanencia en el hogar anterior, el individuo debe (a) obtener una nota del profesional médico autorizando al individuo a regresar en base a diagnósticos alternativos,y/ o (b) recibir dos confirmaciones separadas con al menos 24 horas de diferencia de que están libres de COVID a través de pruebas de infección aguda en un lugar de prueba COVID-19 aprobado que se encuentra en https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/

     

Actividades Extracurriculares y UIL

Prácticas y las actuaciones para todas las actividades extracurriculares y UIL se llevarán a cabo siguiendo los protocolos de seguridad proporcionados por la guía de University Interscholastic League (UIL) y Texas Education Agency (TEA).

 

Asistencia y calificación

  • Todos los estudiantes tendrán dos opciones de instrucción para el año escolar 2020-2021: instrucción presencial o aprendizaje remoto.
  • Para el año escolar 2020-2021, la asistencia mínima para la regla de crédito de clase (TEC 25.092) estará vigente. Se requiere que los estudiantes asistan al menos al 90% de sus clases para recibir crédito y ser promovidos. La determinación de que un estudiante ha cumplido con la asistencia mínima para el requisito de crédito del curso se realizará de acuerdo con la política de la junta de Farmersville ISD. Las leyes de absentismo escolar se aplicarán a los estudiantes que no asistan a la escuela, ya sea que asistan a la escuela cara a cara o mediante aprendizaje remoto.
  • Todos los estudiantes, ya sea que asistan al aprendizaje presencial o remoto, seguirán las políticas de calificación establecidas por la política de la junta de Farmersville ISD.

     

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Los Visitantes

  • Los visitantes estarán restringidos solo a personas esenciales para las operaciones escolares.
  • Los visitantes no podrán asistir al almuerzo o dejar el almuerzo.
  • Los visitantes deben cumplir con los requisitos de prevención y mitigación de virus,

    incluida la autoevaluación de los síntomas de COVID-19, desinfectar y / o lavarse las manos con frecuencia, y usar una cubierta o protector facial de acuerdo con la orden ejecutiva del Gobernador Abbott.

  •  Los visitantes deben autoevaluarse para detectar los siguientes síntomas antes de ingresar a cualquier instalación del distrito:

    • Sensación febril o una temperatura medida mayor o igual a 100.0 grados Fahrenheit

    • Pérdida del gusto u olfato

    • Tos

    • Dificultad para respirar

    • Falta de aliento

    • Dolor de cabeza

    •  Escalofríos

    • Dolor de garganta

    • Temblores o escalofrios exagerados

    • Dolor muscular significativo

    • Diarrea

 

Cualquier visitante que reporte alguno de los síntomas anteriores no podrá ingresar a

ninguna instalación del distrito.