FAQ - Face-to-Face
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What is the process when a student gets sick or develops COVID-19 related symptoms during the school day?
3. If an individual who has been in a school is lab confirmed to have COVID-19, the school should 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).
4. Schools will 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.
5. District communication will be provided to the students who came in contact with a student or staff member displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
6. Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols including isolation from students and other staff members.
a. They are 3 days (72 hours) fever-free without using fever-reducing medication;
b. Improved symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
c. 10 days have passed since symptoms began.
Will my child’s temperature be taken at school for COVID-19 related screening? What is the screening process for students?
However, we do require parents or guardians attest to a daily screening on their children at home to ensure they do not have one of the following exclusionary criteria for going to school:
- Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis
- Close contact with an individual with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis
If students meet any one of the exclusionary criteria, they must stay home from school. Cooperation from parents and students will be critical to ensure we limit possible viral exposure. If students do not meet the exclusionary criteria, students should report to school for face to face instruction. It will be implied that if a student arrives at school or at a bus stop that they attest they are free from the exclusionary criteria listed above.
How do I know when my child can return to school?
- 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.
If my child has COVID-19 symptoms and we do not seek medical evaluation or COVID testing, when can my child return to school?
What is considered close contact?
- The duration of exposure (e.g., longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk)
- Whether the individual has symptoms (e.g., coughing likely increases exposure risk) and
- Whether either the case patient or contact were wearing an N95 respirator (which can efficiently block respiratory secretions from contaminating others and the environment). At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.
What is contact tracing?
My child is sick and must quarantine for COVID-like symptoms and there are siblings in the house that are district students in the household, do they need to quarantine and stay out of school?
What are the COVID-19 related symptoms?
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Will I be notified if anyone in my child’s school or class tests positive for COVID-19?
Will face coverings be required for students? At what age are students exempt from wearing a face covering?
Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks. Students and staff are expected to wear face coverings during school hours. This requirement is subject to change at any time.
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.
Staff and students will appropriately wear face coverings unless distanced greater than 3 feet apart; eating/drinking, or participating outside, etc.
Students in Pre-K through Third grade may wear face coverings in hallways, common areas and during arrival and dismissal, but are not required to do so.
Students in Fourth through 12th grades will wear face coverings while at school unless distanced greater than 3 feet apart.
It is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities.
Students will not be required to wear face coverings while eating but will maintain proper distance as permissible by seating arrangements, etc.
If a student arrives at school without a mask, what will the consequence be?
Are there any requirements for what type of mask can be worn?
What are campus administrators doing to limit the interactions between students and the possibility of viral spread during the school day?
What will the lunch period look like for students?
Based on building capacity and student enrollment, campus administration will determine areas that may be utilized for lunch. These areas could include classrooms, the library or other large areas within the school building.
Teachers will monitor the cafeteria and hallways to promote proper distancing practices. Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in both the cafeteria and in classrooms. Cafeteria capacity will be based on current guidelines. Physical distance will be provided around each occupiable seat. Posted signage and staff will reinforce proper distancing and traffic patterns in the cafeteria. Microwaves will not be provided in the cafeteria due to the opportunity for cross contamination with a high-touch device. Hand sanitizing stations may be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria.
- Students will be expected to follow campus guidelines for cafeteria procedures.
- Students may be seated according to a seating plan for students consistent with proper distancing guidelines.
- All students are expected to wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to entering the cafeteria.
- Students are encouraged to read and adhere to the expectations and posted directional prompts/signs to ensure for proper distancing.
- At schools with open lunch, students are required to wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon their return to school.
- Students obviously are not required to wear masks while eating or drinking, etc.
- Mealtime visitors will not be permitted in the school cafeterias.
How will schools look different than last school year?
- Students will wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival.
Campuses may plan for entry, exit, and transition procedures that reduce large group gatherings (of students and/or adults) in close proximity.
Students may be assigned to report to a specific area and are expected to adhere to schedules for morning arrival.
It is expected that students and staff wear masks when entering the building and waiting in the designated waiting area.
Students are encouraged choose seats that have empty space (seats) empty in between seats.
Students can utilize the bathroom, but the number of students that enter may be restricted. Students should observe proper distancing while in the bathroom.
Classroom protocols and procedures will include expectations for not sharing school supplies, proper distancing, limited group work and hand washing or sanitizing, etc. Each classroom will be outfitted with the following when possible:
- Classrooms spaced out to provide 3-6 feet of social distancing space, where possible
- Increased signage to educate our students on important mitigation measures like hand washing, wearing a mask, staying home when sick, maintaining social distance, and to indicate direction of traffic flow
- Refillable, alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations
- Access to disinfectant to sanitize work surfaces
What cleaning and disinfecting procedures have been added to protect students and staff?
Frequent cleaning and disinfection will support a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff.
Daily Campus Cleaning
- Each classroom and restroom will be cleaned and disinfected.
All high-touch areas will be disinfected throughout the day.
Custodians are expected to wear PPE (masks and gloves) during work hours.
Cafeterias will be disinfected between lunch periods.
Staff and students will have access to disinfecting items to sanitize working surfaces, shared objects, and high-touch areas after use and during breaks in instruction.
- Staff may supervise and limit the number of students that enter the bathroom at one time to comply with health agency recommendations and proper distancing.
- The scheduling of whole class restroom breaks may be considered to eliminate commingling of students across various classes and to ensure teacher monitoring of proper distancing guidelines.
- Increased disinfecting will occur throughout the school day. Staff and students will wash hands with soap and water prior to exiting the bathroom. Proper hand washing techniques will be taught to all students and consistently reinforced.
How will the district reinforce mitigating strategies for reducing the spread of illness?
Will there be recess/PE?
Will students switch classes?
Will visitors or volunteers be allowed on campus?
What guidance was given by the TEA regarding Transportation Services?
As schools reopen, students using school bus transportation services will follow revised protocols. Starting at the time when students arrive at their designated bus stop and board the school bus, the new safety and sanitizing protocols will need to be followed.
The Andrews ISD Transportation Department offers the following guidance to parents and caregivers regarding school bus transportation for daily bus routes, field trips, and extracurricular activities. Bus routes will run at regular capacity. Although the district is implementing the safety protocols and disinfecting efforts described below, families are encouraged to drop students off, carpool or walk with their student to school to reduce possible exposure on buses. We are expecting all of our drivers and students to wear masks while on the school bus.
What does transportation do to make sure the buses are cleaned and disinfected?
Between each AM & PM Campus drop-off
School bus drivers, bus assistants and staff will be spraying and wiping down seats and high-touch items with disinfecting spray.
Bus seating areas will be disinfected after each bus route, particularly high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs and stairway handrail.
When possible, bus windows may be open to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.
Weekly Deep Disinfecting Process
Deep cleaning: Electrostatic spraying of bus interiors will routinely.
Will hand sanitizer be available on the school bus?
Will students be required to wear a mask on the school bus?
What will happen if a student does not have a mask when they board the bus?