NISD 2021-2022 Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

COVID-19 Procedures 2021-2022

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August 10, 2021 - Navarro ISD remains committed to providing an environment where all students are engaged and empowered to become self-reliant learners in a constantly changing world. We believe education is a team effort between students, parents, teachers, and other staff members.

Because virtual learning opportunities were not funded by the legislature, students are expected to return to school in person for the upcoming school year.  Although we do not have the same flexibility as we had in the previous school year, NISD is committed to providing in-person learning environments with health and safety protocols.  Our goal is to ensure all students have access to high-quality instruction while continuing to address health and safety concerns of students and staff with regards to COVID-19. 

Provide Notice - Students and Staff

  • All student instances of positive COVID-19 test results should be reported directly to the campus nurse. 

  • All staff instances of positive COVID-19 test results should be reported directly to the HR Director - Mrs. Peel.

  • Although TEA no longer requires school districts to contact trace or provide notification to staff or students when a positive case is reported, we believe it is important to notify individuals when they could have been in close proximity to a positive case. Notifications including current CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine protocols will be sent to individuals determined to be in the same class or working environment as a positive case.

Positive COVID-19 Cases - Students and Staff

If COVID positive:

  • Student  / Staff notifies school and is required to stay home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or test results. Notification of possible exposure will be made to student/guardian and staff who were possibly exposed.

  • Children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.

  • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is test- confirmed with COVID-19, until the conditions for re-entry are met.

  • Please send your students with their test results or a physician note upon their return.

  • Please contact the school nurse at your child's school if you have any questions regarding these guidelines

Exposed people (close contacts) DO NOT have to quarantine but do need to monitor for symptoms for 14 days and wearing of a mask is highly recommended during those 14 days.

All student instances of positive COVID-19 test results should be reported directly to the campus nurse.

Elementary - Vernonica Schnautz - 830-372-1933 or email veronica.schnautz@nisd.us

Intermediate - Veranda Lyman - (830) 372-1943 or email veranda.lyman@nisd.us

Junior High - Deanna Holtkamp - (830) 401-5550 - or email deanna.holtkamp@nisd.us

High School - Stephanie Mozisek - (830) 372-1931) - or email stephanie.mozisek@nisd.us

If your student is SICK:

  • Stay at home when you are sick.

  • Ex: Coughing, sneezing, congestion, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills, runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, stomachache, tiredness, headache, muscle or body aches, and poor appetite.

  • If symptomatic, exclude until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and until student is fever free*, and other symptoms have improved.

  • *Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.

General Health and Safety Guidelines

Established health and safety guidelines will continue to be in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We will continually monitor the health safety of our students and staff and will adjust procedures accordingly. The guidelines include, but are not limited to:

  • Face Coverings: The Governor’s Executive Order on May 18, 2021, made masks non-mandatory across the state of Texas. As per this executive order, Navarro ISD will make masks optional for any student, staff member, or visitor who wishes to wear one but will not be required to do so by anyone across the district. However, due to the current health conditions, the district strongly encourages everyone, especially those who are unvaccinated, to wear a mask while indoors among children or staff.

  • Vaccines: COVID-19 vaccines can not be required for students or staff members of Navarro ISD per Governor’s Order GA- 35. The district will continue to partner with local organizations to provide COVID-19 vaccine opportunities to students, staff, families, and the community.

  • Screening: Students and staff are expected to self-screen for high-risk COVID symptoms daily before coming to school. High-risk symptoms include new cough, fever > 100, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell.  If any of these high-risk symptoms are present, keep your child at home, notify your campus and consult your healthcare provider.  

    • During the school day, teachers will monitor students and refer them to the nurse if high-risk symptoms are present. The school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home.  

    • All confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be reported to the TDSHS for contact tracing purposes.

  • Accommodations, modifications, and assistance for students, teachers, and staff with disabilities and other health care needs will be provided when implementing COVID-19 safety protocols.

Guidelines for Campus Visitors

  • Individuals who enter an NISD facility will follow specific guidelines for visitors, including checking in with the main office and wearing a visitor’s identification badge at all times.

  • The use of face coverings is recommended by the CDC for those who are unvaccinated or immunosuppressed.  (GA-36)

  • Visitors and staff will follow safety guidelines found within this document (including physical distancing whenever possible) for meetings and conferences.

  • Parents and visitors will only be admitted through the front office doors.

  • Principals have the discretion to schedule volunteers and visitors based on campus needs and safety. 

Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidelines

Custodial employees have been trained on safety guidelines and will use EPA- approved disinfectants for deep cleaning campuses on a regular and ongoing basis.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting will occur throughout the school day in high-traffic and frequent-touch areas (i.e., doorknobs, bathrooms, etc.).

  • Deeper cleaning of campuses will occur after each school day and will include the use of electrostatic sprayers as needed.

  • Each classroom will be cleaned/disinfected at the end of each day.

  • Additional cleaning supplies will be provided for classrooms and common areas to help sanitize these areas during the school day.

  • Staff will have access to additional cleaning supplies to help sanitize their spaces during the school day. Sanitizing stations will be located throughout all buildings in common areas.

  • Plexiglass transaction shields may remain in classrooms, the reception areas, and cafeteria serving lines.

  • Water fountains are available for water bottle refilling and drinking.

Classroom and Extracurriculars

  • Extracurricular/Co-curricular activities, practices, and competitions will be conducted following UIL  and TEA safety guidelines.

  • Teachers will plan for/encourage frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing.

  • Multiple locations of hand sanitizer will be available throughout the school.

  • When feasible, without disrupting the educational experience, students are encouraged to practice social distancing.

Transportation

  • Hand sanitizer will be available as students enter and exit the bus.

  • Buses will be cleaned between morning and afternoon routes.

  • All NISD vehicles will be equipped with cleaning and disinfecting supplies.

  • Siblings will be given the option to sit together.

General COVID Information

Please remind your children of the importance of following good hygiene practices that prevent the spread of communicable disease.
General preventative measures to protect yourself from respiratory illness including the Coronavirus disease, are:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or a tissue.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Stay at home when you are sick.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.