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2020-21 School Year » Health & Safety Protocols

Health & Safety Protocols

Protocolos de seguridad y de salud

In addition to the health and safety measures established by the Texas Education Agency and local and state health officials, WSISD will implement the following measures:

  • Each classroom will have a touchless hand sanitizer dispenser.

  • Sneeze Guards and Plexi-glass will be added to public reception desks, the nurses’ reception area, and point of sale registers in the cafeteria check out lines.

  • Desk shields will be installed on student and teacher desks. 

  • All students and staff will be required to wear a face covering. If a face shield is worn, a mask must also be worn. Provisions will be provided for students or staff members with a medical issue. A doctor’s note will be required.  

  • Social distancing and safety signage will be visible throughout school facilities.

  • The district will provide every staff member and student with 1 reusable face shield and 1 face mask. 
To minimize the number of students in the cafeteria each period, schools will develop plans—based on campus enrollment—that promote social distancing in the cafeteria which may include but not be limited to extending meal service times, adding lunch periods, and providing additional spaces in which students can eat.

  • Cafeteria staff will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
     
  • When feasible, cafeteria tables will be 6 feet apart, and students will social distance in the line and while seated.
     
  • Seats, tables, door handles and high-touch areas will be disinfected between lunch periods/use.

Campuses will implement more frequent cleaning practices, including additional cleaning by custodial staff as well as provide the opportunity for children to clean their own spaces before and after they are used, in ways that are safe and developmentally appropriate.

Staff will clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched throughout the day including objects such as door handles, common tables/desks, shared supplies such as art supplies, and high touch devices such as shared laptops or tablets.

Commonly-touched surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned between different class groups, if the same room will be used by multiple class groups.

Each school will be sprayed and fogged nightly.

  • Staff members will be required to wear a face covering. Each staff member will be provided 1 face covering and/or face shield. If a face shield is worn, a mask must also be worn.

  • All students will be required to wear a face covering. If a face shield is worn, a mask must also be worn. Provisions will be provided for students or staff members with a medical issue. A doctor’s note will be required. Each student will be provided 1 face mask and 1 face shield.

  • Masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • When impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during extra-curricular activities, students who are actively exercising may remove masks as long as they maintain at least six feet from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. Students, staff and visitors must wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. Students and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.

  • Vented masks are not allowed. The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. However, masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html



The WSISD Fine Arts Department is committed to ensuring the highest level of risk mitigation for COVID-19.  

In addition to consistent facility and equipment sanitation, the following protocols will be followed for all fine arts activities.  Staff members who screen students will wear appropriate PPE to mitigate risk.  Social distancing, at rest and during exercises, will be observed at all times, for both outdoor and indoor rehearsals.  

  1. Every staff member and student will answer the COVID-19 screening questions. 
  2. Every staff member and student will have his/her temperature taken prior to rehearsal.
  3. Every staff member and student will sanitize his/her hands entering and leaving the rehearsal area.
  4. Students must bring their own masks for use when not actively exercising.
  5. Every staff and student must wear a mask. The mask may be removed while exercising, singing, playing a wind instrument, etc. The mask will be immediately worn as soon as the performing/exercising moments are concluded.
  6. Students and staff will maintain social distancing at all times. Great care should be taken on groups entering the building through doorways.
  7. Restroom usage is one-at-a-time. There will be no large group restroom breaks.
  8. Facilities are closed to all observers including parents, siblings, staff, families, etc.
  9. Students should bring their own large water bottle.
  10. Students may not “hang out” on campus after rehearsal. Parents will need to pick up students immediately after rehearsals.
  11. Students should go home and shower as soon as possible after leaving campus.

Students should not report to campus if they exhibit any symptoms for Covid-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  1. Temperature of 100. 4 degrees
  2. Sore throat
  3. New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing.
  4. Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  5. New onset of severe headache, especially with fever

Close contact is with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as:

  • Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g. being coughed/sneezed on); or
  • Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e. both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination.

If either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious.

  • Each classroom will have a touchless spray hand sanitizer dispenser.

  • Students and staff will be encouraged to sanitize and/or wash hands frequently.

  • Schools will teach students good handwashing techniques.

Screening Questions for COVID-19 Before Campus Access

Parents/Guardians of students and staff members should take their temperatures daily before arriving at school. Anyone with a fever of 100 or higher should not come to school or a WSISD facility.

Students and staff should also prescreen themselves for any of the following symptoms prior to coming to school:

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;
  • Sore throat;
  • New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty in breathing (or for students with chronic allergic/asthma cough, a change in their cough baseline);
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.

Students and staff may be subject to temperature checks for verification, especially if they are feeling ill or suspected of having a fever during the school day.

All staff will monitor students and refer to the nurse's clinic if symptoms are present. According to the assessment of the clinic staff, a treatment plan will be determined. Parents will be contacted to pick up students who are unable to remain at school, and the student's return to school plan will be discussed. 

Students and staff will be required to notify White Settlement ISD if they have come into close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 or they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms.

White Settlement ISD requires all outsourced vendors (i.e. food service, transportation, custodial, etc.) to prescreen and check the temperatures of all contracted workers and essential volunteers before they are allowed entrance on campus or on a bus."

Employees
Employees must report to their supervisor and the Human Resources Department (817.367.5343) if they have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19. If so, the individual must remain off campus until meeting the criteria for re-entry as noted below. Additionally, employees must report if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 (see below). If so, the employee must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.

Students
Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (see below) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. Parents should opt to receive remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met. Parents may also opt to have their student receive remote instruction if the child had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed. 

  • Students and staff will be trained in proper social distancing.

  • Signage will be provided to help assist students and staff with social distancing in common spaces and hallways.

  • Social Distance processes are a personal responsibility of each individual attending school or coming to a WSISD facility. Anyone causing a disruption or unwilling to follow WSISD safety protocols, putting students/staff at unnecessary risk may be asked to leave the premises immediately.

  • We understand that all students have different needs; but whenever possible throughout the day, students and staff will remain 6 feet apart. NOTE: it isn't always feasible for staff and students to maintain six feet of social distancing at all times, especially in classrooms.

  • 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 expected to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting common areas. 

Parents are encouraged to drop their child off at school or walk with their child to/from school, to allow for more space on buses for students who don't have options for arriving to and from school.

Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after each trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles. During cleaning, open windows to allow for additional ventilation and air flow.

Additional routes will be added based on the number of students who will opt to ride the bus, resulting in a decreased number of students on buses.

Each bus will be equipped with a touchless hand sanitizer dispenser. 

Students will be seated two to a seat.

Visitors will be limited to essential needs on the campus. Lunch or breakfast visitors will not be permitted. Volunteers will be limited to essential needs and approved by school personnel prior to arriving at the school. The school will screen all visitors to determine if the visitor has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. If so, the individual must remain off campus until the criteria for re-entry is met (see below) as well as screened to determine if visitors have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. If so, the individual must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. When practical, screening questions may be supplemented with temperature checks of adults.
Schools will immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.

Schools will clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as is feasible.

Students who report feeling feverish will be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
 

WSISD COVID-19 Return to School Protocol for Students

Students Who Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

An individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 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 medication);
  2. Improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and
  3. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.


Students Who Have Symptoms But Have Not Been Tested for COVID-19

 
  • Must remain out of school for 10 days
  • May return to school after 10 days when all three of the following criteria are met:
    • At least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication);
    • Improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

or

Students can return to school sooner than 10 days if:

  • Documentation from a doctor that symptoms are not related to COVID-19 are provided or
  • A negative COVID-19 test is porvided (a negative Rapid Return COVID-19 test will not be accepted).

 

Students must wear protective face covering and maintain social distancing upon return to school.

Students Who Have Been Exposed to COVID-19 With No Symptoms
  • Students will remain out of school for 14 days.
  • Students may return to school after 14 days (with no symptoms for the last 3 consecutive days).
  • Students must wear a protective face covering and maintain social distancing upon return to school.
 
Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;
  • Sore throat;
  • New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty in breathing (or for students with chronic allergic/asthma cough, a change in their cough baseline);
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.
 
Close Contact/Exposure (Updated 8.10.20 per TEA)

Close contact is with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as:

  • Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g. being coughed/sneezed on); or
  • Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e. both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination.

If either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious.

Recovery
 
  • At least 1 day (24 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (CDC)
 
Prevention

Department of State Health Services recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, including COVID‑19:

  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 
DSHS also recommends practicing social distancing. Social distancing involves staying away from other people to avoid catching or spreading illness. It means avoiding crowds and minimizing physical contact. This could mean avoiding concerts or weddings, skipping the handshake, and/or staying at least six feet away from others.

Additionally, the CDC recommends using simple cloth face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the virus.

Any student who believes he/she has symptoms or has been exposed or has received a positive COVID-19 Test must report to the campus administration.

Each campus will determine the use of each space based on student enrollment numbers and logistics. 

  • The campus will plan for entry, exit, and transition procedures that reduce large group gatherings in close proximity when feasible and appropriate.
     
  • Staggering bells, lunches, dismissal, etc. will occur when feasible and appropriate. 
     
  • Assemblies, pep rallies and other activities of large groups of students and/or staff will be eliminated.
     
  • Campuses will develop schedules and protocols for the use of common areas, including how to sanitize space between use. 

  • Common areas include spaces that are used for meetings and collaboration, such as computer labs, flexible spaces,  libraries, conference rooms and other meeting rooms.
     
  • The use of virtual meetings will be considered when possible.
     
  • In-person meeting participants will maintain social distancing. Facial coverings will be required unless otherwise approved.
Questions? Email Communications Director Desiree Coyle, dcoyle@wsisd.net