Victoria ISD Covid-19 Updates

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Safety Protocols

PLEASE NOTE: 
The details below are subject to change as directives are provided by governing authorities and/or health officials or as environmental conditions change.

 

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  • Students who need to ride the bus will complete a bus registration process.
  • In order to reduce the number of students on the bus, families are encouraged to provide their own transportation if at all possible.
  • A student exhibiting ANY symptom of COVID-19 may not board the bus and needs to remain at home. Students with mild symptoms who are able to complete work at home may contact the school for remote learning assignments.
  • Students will use hand sanitizer when boarding the bus.
Daily Campus Cleaning
  • Each classroom and restroom will be disinfected multiple times daily.
  • All high touch areas will be disinfected multiple times daily .
  • Cleaning cloths will be changed for each classroom and common area to maximize room to room cleanliness.
  • Custodians will utilize face coverings and will sanitize hands before moving from room to room.
  • If in use, the cafeteria will be disinfected between lunch periods.
  • Staff and students will have access to disinfectant spray or wipes to sanitize working surfaces and shared objects after each use and during breaks in instruction.
Additional Cleaning Measure for COVID-19 Positive Cases on Campus
  • If a staff member or students receives a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, the school will close off areas that were heavily used by the individual and thoroughly clean the areas using Clorox 360 disinfectant, unless more than 7 days have already passed since that person was on campus.
  • No in-person assemblies will be held in the fall.
  • Technology-training sessions will be held to familiarize parents with district instructional programs.
  • Meet the teacher, open house, parent conferences, etc. will be held virtually.
  • Parents will be allowed to attend class parties and performances virtually.
Family ownership is encouraged and celebrated in VISD schools; however, during this time we must work together to find innovative ways to partner with families while keeping staff and students safe and healthy.  Participation through virtual meetings and interaction will be encouraged.
 
Visitor Access to Building
In order to limit potential exposure for staff and students, visitors who are not on campus to perform a function essential to school operations will not be permitted beyond the school office.  Families are encouraged to contact the office by phone rather than entering the building.Visitor Screening & PPE Requirements
  • All individuals entering the building and visiting the office area will be required to wear a face covering.
  • In extremely rare situations when individuals must move beyond the office area:
    • All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Physical distancing of a minimum of 6 ft. will be maintained.
Daily Schedule – Face-to-Face Instruction
Projected start time: 8:00am with staggered arrival times
Projected end time: 3:15pm with staggered dismissal times Specific classroom schedules will be available from the classroom teacher.
Breakfast
  • Breakfast will be served to students following the campus-specific procedures which are dependent on space, staffing and student counts.
  • Breakfast will be eaten in the classrooms following the campus’s breakfast procedures.
Lunch
  • Pre-K lunches will be delivered to classrooms for students to eat in class.
  • Meals will be individually packaged. Students will not move through the regular lunch line.
  • Campuses will develop campus-specific lunch procedures dependent on space, staffing and student counts.
  • Social distancing protocols will be followed during lunch periods with the goal of having students sit 6ft. apart.
  • Interaction between classroom groups will be limited during lunch periods
Recess
  • Staggered recess schedules will be utilized with classroom groups assigned to different outdoor areas for recess.
  • All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.
  • In addition to recess, classroom brain breaks will be implemented to ensure students have ample opportunities for movement within the classroom setting.
PE/Music/Guidance/etc.
  • PE classes will be conducted outdoors when possible with classroom groups separated as much as possible. Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed. Students and staff will wear face coverings when transitioning to PE and recess but will not be required to wear them during exercise while maintaining social distancing.
  • Students will use their own art supplies.
  • Music and PE equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use.
Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations
  • When face-to-face on-campus instruction begins, the school will provide instruction on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigation practices adopted in the local school system.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria and in common areas throughout the campus.
  • Staff will be expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided each time students enter or leave the classroom.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided if students move to a different work location within the classroom.
  • Students will be required to thoroughly wash hands after recess, before eating and following restroom breaks.
Supplies and Materials
  • The sharing of supplies will be extremely limited. When supplies must be shared, they will be sanitized after each use.
  • Staff will utilize disinfectant spray and/or wipes to sanitize high-touch and working surfaces.
  • Field trips will be conducted virtually.
  • At this time, off-campus field trips will not be scheduled.
Screening
  • All staff members are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day. If a staff member is experiencing any of the symptoms in a way that is not normal for them, the campus administrator will be notified, and the staff member will not report to the campus.  The staff member will follow the return to work district protocols developed by the Risk Management team.
  • Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for these COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school. Students who are experiencing symptoms in a way that is not normal for the student will be kept home from school. Students who ride the bus must be screened by the parent/guardians before boarding the bus each morning.
  • Teachers will monitor students throughout the day and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present in a way that is not normal for the student.
Presence of Symptoms
  • Each campus will designate an office or room for the nurse with sufficient space to allow for social distancing (at least 6 ft).
  • When a student displays symptoms of COVID-19, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when the student needs to be sent home.
  • Students who are ill will be removed from the classroom. Parents/guardians will be notified and should make arrangements to pick the student up within 30 minutes. After being sent home, students must meet the district defined criteria before returning to school.  
  • Students exhibiting mild symptoms who are able to complete work from home may engage in remote learning while absent from school.
  • Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols for separation from students and other staff members, testing, and returning to work. For individual guidance, staff members should contact the VISD Risk Management or Employee Benefits offices.
Confirmed Diagnosis
  • If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school district will notify Victoria County 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).
  • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools will 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 in any on campus activities.
  • Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 7 days have already passed since that person was on campus.
  • When a student or staff member receives a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the district will notify staff members and parents/guardians of students known to have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive student or staff member. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency.
      • For clarity, close contact is defined as: a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or b. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious.
  • Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to submit a medical release from a physician's office or health department prior to returning to school. Any students or staff who themselves either:
    1. are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or
    2. 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:
    1. at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
    2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
    3. at least 10 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:
    1. obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, or
    2. receive 2 (two) separate confirmations, at least 24 hours apart, of a negative COVID-19 test at an approved COVID-19 testing location. https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/ 
Face Coverings
  • To create a safe environment for VISD staff and students, CDC recommendations for face coverings will be followed. All staff and students will utilize face coverings when moving through hallways and while in common areas including restrooms, gyms, libraries, computer labs, etc.  Face coverings will also be utilized to the greatest extent possible and as developmentally appropriate in the regular classroom setting.
  • For the purposes of this document, masks include non-medical and medical grade disposable face masks and cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth). Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth whenever a mask is not feasible or whenever the education context may benefit from the ability to see an individual’s full face. Circumstances in which face shields are allowable are outlined in the VISD Face Shields procedures guidelines.
  • It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some activities. Schools may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields.
Social Distancing
Every effort will be made to implement recommended social distancing in the school setting.  See Work and Learning Environment section of document for details.
Classroom Configurations and Procedures
  • Where feasible without disrupting the educational experience, social distancing will be practiced. Desks or tables will be separated as much as classroom space allows with a goal of maintaining a distance of 6ft between individuals. In classrooms where students are regularly within six feet of one another, more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing will occur and plexi-glass barriers may be used to separate students.
  • Class sizes will be kept small when possible.
  • To the greatest extent possible, contact with individuals from other designated student groups will be limited.
  • Group work may be implemented while maintaining appropriate distancing and safety measures.
  • Any materials or furnishings that must be used by multiple students will be cleaned with disinfectant wipes following each use.
  • Students will have their own designated materials and supplies. This includes individual bags of supplementary aids and/or manipulatives for student use that could also be sent home in the event of school closure.
  • The use of outdoor space for learning will be considered when possible. Classroom groups working outside will maintain separation from other classroom groups to the greatest extent possible.
  • Supplemental services will be provided while maintaining safety protocols.
  • The recommended procedures will be applied to all classroom settings, including special education locations when possible and appropriate. Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Common Areas
  • Common areas include spaces that are used by multiple groups of students or staff for instructional activities, eating, play, meetings and collaboration. This includes computer labs, cafeterias, gyms, playgrounds, flexible spaces, campus libraries, conference rooms, workrooms 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. All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting common areas.
  • Virtual meetings will be utilized when possible.
  • In-person meetings will maintain social distancing and facial coverings will be required.
 Restrooms
  • Proper handwashing technique will be taught to all students and consistently reinforced.
  • The scheduling of whole class restroom breaks is recommended to eliminate co-mingling of students across various classes and to ensure monitoring of social distancing guidelines.
  • The number of occupants utilizing each restroom at any given time will be limited 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.
  • Restrooms will be disinfected at multiple times throughout day.
Transitions
  • Where possible, one-way traffic throughout campus corridors will be established.
  • Walking pathways throughout the building will be designated “stay to the right.” This includes the entrance and exit doors.
  • When possible, it is recommended that students make transitions outside of the building.
  • For grade levels that implement departmentalization of subject areas, teachers will move to students for transitions in instruction and students will remain in their homeroom class.
Arrival
  • Buildings will open at 7:30 a.m. with students reporting directly to classrooms.
  • Students arriving prior to 7:30 a.m. will wait in cars with parents until the buildings open.
  • Families of walkers who arrive prior to 7:30 will be contacted and asked to adjust arrival times.
  • When possible, separate entrances will be utilized to reduce traffic.
  • All staff will be utilized for duty to maintain a line of sight in hallways and distancing of hallway cohorts.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in the building during arrival.
  • Campus-specific bus procedures will be established.
Dismissal
  • Student groups will remain separated until students are called for pickup.
  • Campus may designate staggered dismissal groups. (for example, staggering the groups of walkers, car riders, bus riders and daycare students will help manage student movement in the building and decrease the risk of potential crowding outside at dismissal time.)
  • Separate exits will be utilized if possible.
  • Campus-specific bus procedures will be established.