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Health And Safety Protocols

health and safety protocols
 
*Plans to be updated per TEA and CDC Guidelines
Last updated July 14, 2020
 
 
  • Campus staff will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols and students will engage in lessons focused on handwashing and social distancing practices at the beginning of the school year.
  • Medical-grade, CDC-approved disinfectants will be used for deep cleaning campuses on a regular and ongoing basis.
  • Students, teachers, and staff will be encouraged to sanitize and/or wash hands frequently following proper practices.
  • Tissues will be provided in classrooms and common areas to encourage students and staff to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if not available, to cover with their elbows. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer should be used.
  • Social distancing and safety signage will be added and visible throughout school facilities.
  • Visitors to campuses will be limited to the pick up of students only. Lunch visitors and lunch drop off will not be permitted.
  • Main school entrances will be locked immediately after arrival times and remain that way throughout the day to help ensure effective management and safe screening of visitors. Visitors will continue to utilize the outdoor buzzer system located at the entry of every school building. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entering the building.
  • We will not be allowing volunteers on campuses at this time.
  • Sanger ISD is permitted to prevent any individual who fails the health screening criteria from being admitted to the campus until they meet any of the criteria for re-entry to the campus.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
 
Protocols for Individuals Confirmed, Suspected or Exposed to COVID-19
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Students should not arrive before school prior to the following times:
    • K-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.
  • Students should remain socially distanced and wear a mask as they enter the buildings.  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
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  • 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, ie 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.
  • Students who are 10 and older will wear a mask as they transition between classes and at the beginning and end of the day.  Students can wear a mask at more times throughout the day.  
  • All students will wear a mask if they are riding a bus or in a school vehicle.
  • The Texas Education Agency recently announced that some PPE would be purchased and provided to each district for use as needed.
  • 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. 
  • 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 SISD facility. Anyone causing a disruption or unwillingness to follow Sanger ISD 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 six 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.  Students should wear a mask if they cannot maintain social distancing.
  • 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 for use in other classes. All students and staff will be expected to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting common areas. 
  • 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 utilizing Electrostatic Disinfectant Sprayers.
  • 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: 4:20 pm