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In-Person Learning

 
In Person Learning
 
*Plans will continue to be updated according to TEA Guidelines
*Updated July 14, 2020
 
In-Person Learning = On-Campus, Traditional Learning
All campuses will follow TEA guidelines.  Each campus has worked to reduce transitions so students can stay in cohorts in order to minimize contact with large groups of students.  When possible, elementary teachers will rotate classrooms instead of students.  Secondary campuses have grouped grade levels in academic hallways when possible.  At this time, all campuses are planning on serving breakfast in the classrooms; all campuses will be serving lunches in the cafeterias, keeping students socially distanced.  
 
The In-Person Learning details are listed in alphabetical order.  Click the arrow on the right to expand any section.
  • 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 at school.  Be sure that you know which door your child should enter the building.  The school will make this information available as we get closer to school.
  • Separate entrances will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, and walkers when feasible.
  • Students should not arrive before school prior to the following times:
    • PreK-6: 7:35 am
    • 7-12: 7:55 am
    • Doors will not be opened until this time.  Do not drop your students off early as students will be unsupervised and cannot get into the building early.
    • School will begin at:
      • PreK-6: 7:45 am
      • 7-12: 8:10 am
  • Parents will not be allowed to park their car and walk students to the building entrance during drop off; parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms.
  • Atudents should remain socially distanced and wear a mask as they enter the buildings and will keep it on throughout the day as they are transitioning from one area of the building to another.  Staff members will be monitoring at each door and throughout the building.
  • Bus riders will be taught to space themselves out from others as they exit the bus and walk into the school building.
  • Students will be expected to use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the building.
  • Students can pick up breakfast from the cafeteria and go straight to class.
  • Students who are not picking up breakfast will go straight to class.
 
Special education students who require special transportation will continue drop off procedures as determined by the ARD committee's recommendations with safety and health procedures in place.  Each campus will determine the specific drop off location/entrance for these students.
Per TEA Guidance:
  • Sanger ISD Students may attend school in-person or online.
  • Per Texas Education Code (TEC) §25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade.
  • Per TEA, Sager ISD is permitted to limit transitions from online to in-person schooling to occur only at the end of the grading period.  During the first three weeks of the school year, anyone who chooses online learning and wishes to change to in-person learning can, but only during those first three weeks.  After those first three weeks, if you would like to transition from in-person to online learning, you may but you must stay in online learning until the end of the grading period and follow all guidelines, policies, and procedures for online learning.
  • School systems must provide daily on-campus attendance for students otherwise entitled to attend school who follow this document's required public health procedures and whose parents wish them to attend on-campus each day, subject to school closure and the exceptions related to COVID-19.
  • To learn more about attendance rights and responsibilities during COVID-19, please visit the TEA document for Public Health Planning Guidance.
  • Parents/guardians of students are expected to take their child's temperatures daily before arriving at school. Staff will also take their temperature prior to arriving on campus.  Anyone with a fever of 100 or higher should not come to school or a SISD facility.
  • Students and staff should also prescreen themselves for any of the following symptoms prior to coming to school:
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 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 aches
    • Diarrhea
  • Students and staff may be subject to temperature checks for verification, especially if they are feeling ill or suspected of having symptoms during the school day.
  • All staff will monitor students and refer to the 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 Sanger ISD if:
    • they have come into close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19
    • they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Close contact is defined by TEA as:
      • being directly exposed to infectious secretions (eg - being coughed or sneezed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or
      • being within six feet for a cumulative duration of fifteen minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (all parties have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomatology may affect this determination.
      If either occurred at any time during the infectious period of the case defined as two days prior to symptom onset to ten days after system onset.  In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed positive with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test.
  • At this time, Sanger ISD students will have breakfast in classrooms and lunch in the cafeteria. 
  • Breakfast will be a "grab and go" distribution, meaning students will pick up and take it to the classroom.  
  • Cafeteria staff will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Classes will go to lunch on a staggered schedule to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria each period. The campus may add a lunch period to reduce the number of students in each lunch period as well.  Some campuses are expanding their lunch areas to ensure social distancing, for example, using the gym for lunches.
  • NOTE: No parents/visitors will be allowed during lunch; all lunches must be brought by the student or purchased from the cafeteria.  No food can be delivered during the day.
  • Masks will need to be worn when going through the lines.
  • Social distancing will be followed at all tables, depending on the size of the table.
  • All cafeteria staff will be wearing masks and gloves while serving students.
  • Seats, tables, door handles, and high-touch areas will be disinfected between lunch periods/use.
  • When possible, food items will be pre-packaged and boxed to minimize face-to-face contact in the cafeteria line.
Per TEA Guidance:
  • Where feasible without disrupting the educational experience, students will be encouraged to practice social distancing.  
  • Where practical, desks or tables will be socially distanced as much as possible.
  • Where possible, technology can be utilized when the use of manipulatives is needed.  Teachers will consider assigning groups of students specific manipulatives in order to reduce the possibility of exposure or consider creating individual bags of supplementary aids and/or manipulatives for student use that could also be sent home in the event of a school closure.
  • 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.
  • Whenever possible, students and staff will maintain consistent groupings of people to minimize the spread of the virus.  Additionally, special services will be grouped by grade level whenever 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.
  • Classroom staff will limit the use of shared supplies when possible.
  • Sanger ISD custodial employees have been trained on COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting will occur nightly in every classroom, restroom, common area, and on high-touch surfaces.
  • Every classroom and office area will have disinfectant in a spray bottle with appropriate cleaning cloths provided for employees and students to use on high-touch areas throughout the school day.
  • The state recommends that each school district provide students the opportunity to clean their own spaces before and after they are used in ways that are safe and developmentally appropriate.
  • Restrooms, cafeterias, and playgrounds (when allowed for use) will undergo extensive cleaning each day.  Sanger ISD will be utilizing Electrostatic Disinfectant Sprayers at least three days a week as part of our procedures.
  • Clinic staff and substitute clinic staff will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Any symptom that matches COVID-19 symptoms will be treated as a potential COVID-19 infection.
  • Minor health needs will be handled in the school office area, when possible, by trained staff to reserve the health clinic space for students experiencing symptoms or fever.
  • Campus secretaries will be trained to collect information from parents that report their child is sick with identified Coronavirus symptoms. The campus nurse will follow up with the family to discuss the protocol to return to school.
  • Students who come to the school health clinic showing symptoms will be required to leave on a face-covering/mask until their parent arrives to take them home.
  • School Health Clinics will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • Schools will immediately separate any students who show COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.  Students will not be put on a bus to go home; they must 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 as soon as feasible.
  • Students who report feeling feverish will be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
  • When possible, nurses will go to a class to get students who are symptomatic for COVID-19.
Common Areas
  • Common areas include spaces that are used for meetings and collaboration.  This includes computer labs, flexible spaces, libraries, conference rooms, etc.
  • Campuses will develop schedules and procedures for the use of common areas, 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.  
  • The use of virtual meetings will be considered when possible.
  • In-person meetings will maintain social distancing.  Facial coverings will be required when social distancing is not feasible.
 
Collaborative Work & Projects
  • In order to provide the safest environment possible in our common/collaborative spaces, while promoting disease prevention and mitigation, the following guidelines will be implemented:
    • Meeting Spaces
      • Meetings will be limited to video conference when possible
      • If meetings must be held in person, all social distancing protocols will be implemented
      • Facial coverings will be utilized
      • Limit the sharing of materials and supplies
    • Administrative Spaces - such as reception areas, offices, conferences, mailroom, etc
      • When possible, meetings will be conducted virtually unless there is a need for meeting in person.
      • If meeting in person:
        • Facial coverings and masks will be utilized 
        • Please stand behind the lines on the floor at the reception desk
        • Hand sanitizer will be provided when entering the building as well as in the front office space.
        • A distance of six feet will be provided between occupied seats and workspaces
    • Flexible Learning Spaces
      • The number of students in these areas will be limited and determined by available space and social distancing guidelines
      • Common spaces and supplies in these spaces will be disinfected frequently
Per TEA Guidance:
 
For Parents: 
Refer to Response to Confirmed COVID-19 Cases on Campus below
 
For Staff:
The Sanger ISD Human Resources Department will communicate directly with staff on what steps should be taken if an employee is impacted by COVID-19.  This communication will include information related to leave, forms, and reporting process.
 
Sanger ISD will adhere to all HIPAA and FERPA laws regarding privacy.
Per TEA guidelines, any student 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 may pivot to online learning. Students 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 their 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/.
  • Sanger ISD will adhere to all HIPAA and FERPA laws regarding privacy. 
 
Definition of Close Contact
This website refers to “close contact” 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 on while not wearing a mask or face shield)
  • being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield
If either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious. Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test. 
Sanger ISD refers to “close contact” 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 on while not wearing a mask or face shield)
  • being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield
If either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious. Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test. 
  • Administrators for each campus will communicate current plans for dismissal.
  • Masks will be worn when moving out of the classroom until the student enters the car.
  • Parents will not be allowed to come to the building at the end of the day to pick up their children.
  • Dismissal times are as follows:
    • PK-6: 3:25 pm
    • 7-12: 3:50 pm
Each campus will follow the guidelines listed below on how services will be conducted and what materials and/or resources will be needed during periods of online learning. 
  • All services in the current 504 plan must be provided accordingly a 504 and/or ARD Amendment has occurred.
  • When a campus is closed and students are receiving Online Learning, Dyslexia instructional services will be provided as outlined in their individualized plan. Provision of special education and related services during an emergency closure may occur via video conferences, telephone calls, homework packets, internet-based lessons/therapy, and/or other distance-based learning approaches. Decisions on appropriate services are made on an individualized basis. 
  • To ensure communication between the campus Dyslexia therapist and parents, office hours will be shared so they know when the therapist can be reached for questions or concerns. 
 
Safety Procedures during On-Campus Dyslexia Instruction:
All Dyslexia services will be conducted with appropriate safety precautions as per district guidelines when on campus.
 
Progress Monitoring
  • Service providers will need to monitor each student to ensure appropriate progress within the dyslexia program is being made along with progress on the general education curriculum and accommodations. Additional ARD/504 meetings may be necessary if a student begins to struggle and cannot remediate.
  • Progress monitoring will be provided, at a minimum, once per nine-week period using appropriate progress monitoring resources.
  • Student progress will be shared with parents/guardians via email or traditional mail.
The ESL and Bilingual programs will continue to follow TEA guidelines for face to face instruction and programming.
 
ESL Services:
ESL Teachers will support students and classroom teachers by following guidance from TEA, district administrators, and campus administrators concerning ESL student services.
 
Bilingual Services:
Bilingual Teachers will continue to provide high-quality bilingual education to support students in our Bilingual classrooms.
At this time, no definite plans have been made; campus principals will communicate first day procedures closer to the start of school.
Both in-person and virtual learning experiences will provide the same expectations around coursework and grading. Further, all high school credit courses that count in GPA calculation and class rank per the Sanger High School Course Guide will be used in that calculation.
 
Grades received in a virtual format will follow the same grading guidelines as face-to-face, in-person instruction. Teachers and staff will receive additional support and guidance on effective grading practices to ensure that grades are valid and reliable for all students.
  • Students and staff will be trained in proper handwashing protocols to aid in the prevention of COVID-19 and the spread of germs.
  • All students will be expected to wash their hands for 20 seconds at least two times each day; in addition, all students will be encouraged to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating.
  • Handwashing stations are available in restrooms and some classrooms.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been added in all common areas throughout all campuses.
  • Everyone is required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting buses, buildings, and classrooms. 
For the purposes of this website, "masks" include non-medical disposable face masks, cloth face coverings, or full-face shields. 
As positivity rates, new research, professional and governmental recommendations, and regulations in regards to COVID-19 change, this policy may be revised. 
 
Students in Grades PreK-2
Students in grades PreK-2 are not required to wear a mask at school while in the classroom.  They will need to wear one while transitioning throughout the school building. All students are required to wear masks, PreK-12, on SISD school buses, and district-owned vehicles.
 
Students in Grades 3-12
All students in grades 3-12 will be required to wear masks at school during portions of the day. Some exceptions apply are outlined below. The fact that grades 3 and above regularly change classes factored into this determination. 
  • Students will wear masks anytime they transition to a new location within our schools. 
  • Students will wear masks as they enter and exit our schools as well as in classrooms.
  • Sanger ISD is awaiting guidance from UIL on the mask requirements for extracurricular activities.
  • Sanger ISD will have disposable and reusable masks for students who do not have a mask at school. 
  • Parents are encouraged to regularly wash masks at home. 
  • All students in grades PreK-12 will be required to wear masks on school buses and district-owned vehicles. 
 
If your child cannot wear a mask due to health reasons or disability, they are asked to provide a doctor's note to the campus office during the first week of attendance. Students will not be required to wear masks while eating lunch or recess as long as they can maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. Students of any age may wear a mask for their own safety regardless of age. 
 
Staff
In compliance with Texas Governor Greg Abbot's Executive Order on July 2, 2020, Sanger ISD will require all staff members to adhere to the following practices:
  • Staff will wear masks anytime they transition to a new location within our schools
  • Staff will wear masks as they enter and exit our schools.
  • Staff may remove masks if they choose when social distancing is possible. 
  • Staff may be allowed to wear face shields giving them more flexibility when teaching and collaborating with students. 
Staff and students will be monitored for symptoms each day.  Parents will partner with the district in this task and keep students at home when sick.  Sanger ISD will follow the guidelines from TEA in regards to practices that will help prevent the virus from entering schools:
  • All staff must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming onto campus each day.  This includes taking their own temperature.  Staff must report symptoms, close contact with a lab-confirmed with COVID-19 person, or a lab-confirmed with COVID-19 result to their supervisor.
  • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school with COVID-19 symptoms, close contact with a lab-positive person, or lab-positive result.  If a child has a fever, we are asking that you keep your child home until fever-free for 24 hours.  Parents can request online learning as an option if the student is able to complete assignments.
    • Close contact is defined by TEA as:
      • being directly exposed to infectious secretions (eg - being coughed or sneezed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or
    • being within six feet for a cumulative duration of fifteen minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield
if either occurred at any time the infected person was infectious.  Individuals are presumed to be infectious two days prior to symptom onset to ten days after symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed positive with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test to ten days after the positive test result.
    • COVID-19 symptoms include:
      • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 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 aches
      • Diarrhea
  • Any school-wide events that are approved to be held on campus need to adhere to social distancing requirements outlined by SISD, TEA, and UIL. (Examples: grade level pep rallies, assemblies, performances, etc.)
  • School-wide events will be live-streamed and/or occur virtually when possible.
  • To limit larger gatherings, campus club meetings should be held virtually and after school hours when possible. If meeting in person is required, groups should utilize larger meeting spaces or multiple meeting opportunities will be provided.
  • All Sanger ISD facilities will not be available for public use until further notice.
  • Campuses will limit students from leaving campus after school prior to travel or the start of extra-curricular or co-curricular activities when possible.
  • Student participation in academic contests (Math and Science Team, Robotics, Academic Pentathlon) will only be attended if specific guidance is provided by an authorized entity (e.g., host site, SISD, TEA, the UIL, etc.)
  • Special Education work program guidance will be followed to ensure these learning environments are available to our students per ARD/IEP recommendations.
  • Campuses will limit the number of students per recess group. Staggered schedules can be utilized when needed.  
  • All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.
  • Masks will not be required during recess if students can maintain social distancing.
  • In cases where social distancing cannot be followed, PE teachers and aides will go to the classroom to teach PE.
  • All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer or wash hands prior to class.
  • Masks will not be required during PE if students can maintain social distancing.
  • All used PE equipment will be sanitized between each class. 
  • All used benches will be sanitized between each class.
Per TEA Guidance:
  • Schools must 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 should 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 should be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
For next steps on confirmed cases see Response to Confirmed COVID-19 Cases on Campus section. 
  • Any individual - including teachers, staff, and students - who themselves either a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or b) experience symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to the campus until the school system screens the individual to determine if the following 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 (including no fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications).
      • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and
      • 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 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-19 via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.
  • Individuals - including students, teachers, and staff - who have had close contact with someone who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, as narrowly defined in this document and as determined by the appropriate public health agency, should stay at home through the 14-day incubation period and should not be allowed on campus.
  • Sanger ISD clinic staff will screen individuals after the incubation period has concluded.  A parent or guardian will need to bring the student to campus for screening. 
Per TEA Guidance:
If any student has a suspected or lab-confirmed COVID-19 case, they must report the information to the child's teacher or campus office immediately. CDC quarantine guidance will apply for confirmed cases and may apply to suspected cases depending on the nature of the suspected exposure to COVID-19. 
Per TEA Guidance
Required Actions 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-confirmed case (student, 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 in any on-campus activities.
 
See Sporadic Closure Plan section to learn about how students will rapidly pivot to online learning. 
  • Proper hand washing technique will be taught to all students and consistently reinforced.
  • Efforts will be made to limit the availability of toilets and urinals 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.
  • After a restroom break, students will be required to use hand sanitizer before reentering the classroom.
  • PreK - 6 hours are 7:45 am - 3:25 pm with doors opening at 7:35 am.
  • 7-12 hours are 8:10 am - 3:50 pm with doors opening at 7:55 am.
  • No students will be allowed in the building before these times.
Meetings:
Annual Meetings for the 2020-2021 school year will be completed by video or teleconference by the campus 504 Coordinator; all required members will be in attendance. 
 
Procedures for Attending a Virtual 504 meeting:
The campus 504 Coordinator will inform parents when scheduling the meeting that the meetings will be held remotely rather than in person. When a virtual meeting is not an option, the campus administrator will be consulted.
  • Required 504 meetings will be scheduled between 8:00-3:30 according to campus policy and schedule. There may be some instances when a 504 meeting must be held later to ensure parent participation. Campus administration will be notified and will ensure they happen within the legal timeline.
  • The campus 504 Coordinator will document those present for the meeting and discussions made in the minutes. With the permission of each individual, the 504 Coordinator will add their signature using the “type it” option. Campus administrators have access to the signature page and will provide their signature. Parents’ agreement/disagreement will also be noted in the minutes.
  • A copy of the 504 plan can be emailed after the campus 504 Coordinator receives permission from the parent through an email; otherwise, the 504 paperwork will be mailed home.
 
Evaluations:
Please refer to the Evaluation section in the Special Education portion of the plan.
  • Schools have reduced the number of students per classroom where possible. 
  • The sharing of supplies will be limited. 
  • Desks will be socially distanced as much as possible. 
  • Restroom breaks will be monitored to limit the number of students in the restroom area at a time. 
  • Recess will be a limited activity to reduce 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.
The recommended procedures will be applied to all classroom settings, including special education services locations when possible and appropriate.
If campuses are closed but continue to provide educational opportunities virtually to the general student population during the closure (Online Learning), the school must ensure that students with disabilities also have access to free and appropriate public education (FAPE). The school must ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each student with a disability can be provided the special education and related services identified in the student's individualized education program (IEP) or 504 plan which has been reasonably calculated to enable the student to make appropriate progress. 
 
During sporadic school closures, educational opportunities/support will continue to be provided to general education and special education students remotely through virtual/distance learning.
 
Safety Procedures
All Special Education services will be conducted with appropriate safety precautions as per district guidelines when on campus.
 
ARD Meetings 
Legal requirements related to the legal timelines for initial and annual ARD meetings still apply whether we are conducting school in person or virtually. 
The ARD committee will meet by video or teleconference for the 20/21 school year; all required members must be in attendance. When virtual is not an option, the campus administrator will be consulted. 
 
Procedures for a Virtual ARD 
  • Diagnosticians, SLPs, and/or Special Education Teachers will inform parents when scheduling the ARD that the meeting will be held remotely rather than in person.
  • A link will be sent to the required members to join the ARD meeting at the scheduled time.
  • ARD notices and Procedural Safeguards may be emailed to the parent.  Second and third notices may be communicated through phone calls, mailed notices, or sent home with the student.  
 
Evaluations
  • Practices during periods of on-campus learning:
    Initial assessments, three-year re-evaluations, and requests for additional assessment will continue to be completed within required timelines while students are on campus while taking safety precautions per district guidelines.   
  • Practices during periods of virtual learning:
    • Assessment personnel will gather as much data as possible virtually through student observations, online assessment when available and parent interviews, checklists, review of ECI evaluation data when available and ECI progress notes, etc.
    • If, after gathering all available data without face to face interaction, sufficient data exists to write an FIE, evaluators will complete the written report with all available assessment data. The signed written report will be shared with parents and staff. 
    • The ARD will be scheduled to review the Full and Individual Evaluation.
    • If sufficient data doesn’t exist to write a complete FIE, assessment personnel will contact the parent and discuss options. 
    • In situations in which school is closed and not in session (no virtual learning), evaluation timelines halt as these days are not considered school days. 
 
Instructional/Related Services
    • When students are on campus face to face, Speech, OT, PT, counseling, and special education instructional services will be provided as outlined and agreed upon in the student’s ARD paperwork.
    • All instructional and related services will be conducted with appropriate safety precautions as per district guidelines when on campus.
    • When a campus is closed and students are receiving virtual learning, Speech, OT, PT, counseling, and special education instructional services will be provided as outlined in their most current Interim Special Education Distance Learning Plan that was put in place in the spring of the 2019-20 school year.  Provision of special education and related services during an emergency closure may occur via video conferences, telephone calls, homework packets, internet-based lessons/therapy, and/or other distance-based learning approaches.  Decisions on appropriate services are made on an individualized basis.
    • Data will continue to be taken to determine if compensatory services will be needed when students are not on campus and receiving services through virtual learning.  
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Progress Reports
Goals and objectives will continue to be updated every nine weeks, whether students are on campus or receiving virtual learning, this is in accordance with district policy by all providers including special education teachers, instructional and related service providers, and itinerant staff.  Updated progress reports may be emailed home to parents.
  • PE classes will be conducted in the students' classroom or outdoors whenever possible. Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed.
  • Students will use their own art supplies.
  • Music and PE equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use.
  • Having specials in the classroom or outdoors is recommended.
  • Staff will limit the sharing of art supplies when possible on campus. 
Impact to In-Person Learners
In the event of a sporadic closure, all in-person students and educators will rapidly shift to online learning and teaching.
 
Impact to Online Learners
If your child is already an "online learner", SISD does not anticipate that your child's schedule or learning will be impacted by a sporadic closure due to COVID-19. 
 
Will SISD Close an Entire Campus Due to COVID-19?
TEA is not recommending entire campus closures due to positive cases. Sanger ISD will await further guidance from the state and make local decisions about what is best for students and staff. 
  • When meetings with groups larger than 10 take place in person, every effort will be made to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.  
  • In staff gatherings of less than 10, a face covering that covers the nose and mouth is required when distancing of 6 or more feet cannot be maintained.
  • Parents may choose to move their student to online learning at any time.  
  • Once they choose online learning, they cannot come back to in-person learning until the end of the nine weeks.
  • If a student switches to online learning, the parent and the student must attend a required online learning meeting and must follow all details of the Online Learning program.
  • For more details, see the Online Learning link on the left.
  • Masks are required of students in grades 3-12 and all staff while transitioning within the building. See Masks & Facial Coverings Section for more information. 
  • Students will be required to practice social distancing.
  • Special Education students will follow all transition campus procedures unless otherwise specified by the ARD committee. 
  • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to a bus stop with COVID-19 symptoms (listed below), who has had "close contact" with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. 
    • Close contact is defined by TEA as:
      • being directly exposed to infectious secretions (eg - being coughed or sneezed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or
      • being within six feet for a cumulative duration of fifteen minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield
      if either occurred at any time the infected person was infectious.  Individuals are presumed to be infectious two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed positive with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.
    • Symptoms include:
      • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 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 aches
      • Diarrhea
  • Sanger ISD will require students and staff to use hand sanitizer and wear a mask upon boarding the bus. 
  • Students will be assigned a seat that they must sit in. 
  • Students in the same household will be sitting near each other. 
  • Students will not be able to share devices, etc. on the bus. 
  • Students will wear a mask when they exit the bus as well.
  • Drivers and Aides will be required to wear some type of face-covering at all times will not driving.
  • When possible, windows will be opened to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.
  • We encourage families to drop students off, carpool, or walk with their students to school to reduce possible virus exposure on buses.
  • Buses shall be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, grab rails, and door handles.  During cleaning, we will open windows to allow for additional ventilation and airflow.
  • All drivers and aides will be trained thoroughly regarding health and hygiene practices as it relates to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
  • Sanger ISD campuses will be closed to those without a scheduled appointment. Call the campus to schedule an appointment or if you need to pick up your child early.  
  • There will be no drop off of lunches; lunch must be brought by the student or purchased from the cafeteria. 
  • Prior to entering the building, parents and guardians will go through a screening process. 
  • Parents and guardians should contact the school office to arrange a virtual meeting at an agreeable time if needed.