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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 classrooms.

●  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 an 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 the return based on an alternative diagnosis, 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 the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the 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. The determination that a student has met the minimum attendance for course credit requirements will be made in accordance with the 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.

 

 

Meningitis Information for Students & Parents

 

Click Here for Bacterial Meningitis Information for Students and Parents

 

Attendance Guidelines for Illness

 

Please help us to provide a healthy and safe environment for all students by not sending your child to school if any of these symptoms or signs have been present in the previous 24 Hours:

 

Elevated temperature--100° or greater
Acute cold, sore throat, or persistent cough
Vomiting, nausea, or severe abdominal pain
Repeated diarrhea
Anything other than clear discharge from the nose or eyes resulting from contagious condition
Red, inflamed or discharging eyes (conjunctivitis)
Suspected scabies, impetigo, acute skin rashes, eruptions, any skin lesion in the weeping stage
Head lice
Lethargic behavior

 

There will be times when it is difficult to tell when your child is too ill to go to school. Sometimes there is the worry that he or she will miss important schoolwork. Like adults, children have different tolerances for discomfort and illness. Even with a common cold, some are able to function fine while others are miserable.

 

If your child is coughing continuously, he or she won’t be able to concentrate, and will disrupt others in the class.

 

A day of rest at home combined with lots of fluids speeds recovery. If you decide to send your child to school when he or she is on the “borderline” of being ill, it is a good idea to call the school clinic or send a note to the teacher. Be sure to let the school know where you can be contacted in case your child’s condition worsens.

 

If your child complains of headaches, stomachaches or frequently does not feel well, it is wise to mention it to your doctor. Also, it is common for children to have physical complaints when they are anxious about a test or an event—or even when they have realized that staying at home brings a little extra attention.

 

Immunizations

 

 

The Texas Department of Health State Services Immunization Webpage contains information about the procedures required to claim an exemption from the immunization requirements.

 

Seasonal and Novel H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Parents

 

 

Health Policies

 

The following policies have been adopted to ensure that elementary school, middle school, and junior high school students engage in at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per school week of physical activity:

 

Basic Instructional Program Required Instruction

 

Basic Instructional Program Required Instruction (All Levels)

 

FISD has adopted and enforces policies and procedures that prescribe penalties for the use of tobacco products by students and others on school campuses or at school-sponsored or school-related activities.

 

Employees Standard of Conduct

 

Student Conduct Tobacco Use and Possession

 

Community Relations Conduct on School Premises

 

West Nile Virus

 

When outdoors, the Collin County Health Department recommends using insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. The gold standard for mosquito repellent is DEET, which may be used on adults and children greater than two months of age. Other repellents recommended by the CDC for use against mosquitoes that may transmit WNV include picaridin, IR3535 and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-methanediol products. Oil of lemon eucalyptus products should not be used on children less than three years of age. Be sure to apply insect repellent only in accordance with the instructions on the product label.

 

Fact Sheet: Basic information

 

The 4 Ds: The most effective way to avoid contracting West Nile Virus

 

5 x 5: Keep the annoying pests away from your house and community by following these easy steps.

 

Ebola Concern

 

In response to the current Ebola concern, FISD is being pro-active in monitoring this situation. We continue to clean and sanitize daily all of our campuses and facilities. If we have an occurrence in our district, we will contact the County Health Department and other local, county, and state agencies and follow procedures established by them. As always encourage your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.

 

Influenza Activity in Collin County

 

Please read the Collin County Health Care Services recommendations to parents regarding Influenza Activity in Collin County in either English and Spanish

 

School Health Advisory Council

 

What is a School Health Advisory council (SHAC)?

 

A SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, appointed by the school district to serve at the district level, to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. It meets four times a year.

 

SHAC Contact is Ginger Ketcher at 972-782-7251

 

Public Statements

 

Elementary school, intermediate school, jr high school, and high school students will engage in at least the amount and level of physical activity required by Education Code 28.002(I).

 

Farmersville ISD does not have vending machines available to students except for the cafeteria which are restricted and comply with TEA and NEA requirements.

 

Results of annual Student Fitness Assessments (FitnessGram) are mailed and/or are sent home to parents with the student's final report card for those students required by law to take it. Parents, moreover, can request in writing their child's physical fitness assessment results at the end of the school year.

 

Haley Hankins, RN

hhankins@farmersvilleisd.org

501 Hwy 78N

Farmersville, TX 75442

Ph. (972) 782-6202

Fax. (972) 782-7029

 

Aimee Howard, RN

807 N. Main Steet.
Farmersville, TX 75442
Ph. (972) 782-8108
Fax. (972) 782-7527
 
Lynn Lorton, RN
405 N. Washington St.
Farmersville, TX 75442
Ph: (972) 782-7251
Fax: (972) 782-8109