Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan: Revised 12-2-2021
Royse City ISD is excited to have students learning in-person with general standard school operations for the 2021-22 school year. We have developed our plans with guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and our Local Health Authority (LHA). The following health related protocols will be in place for 2021-22 school year to help us all create a safe school environment and respond to the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please also visit our COVID-19 Dashboard for up-to-date information on overall school health and safety. Stakeholder feedback may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practices for Screening
- Staff is required to self-screen for symptoms of illness, such as fever or vomiting, prior to reporting to work each day.
- Parents/guardian are expected to screen their students for symptoms of illness, such as fever or vomiting, prior to sending their student to school
- Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up 30 minutes and no later than 1.5 hour from the time the campus contacted the student's parents / guardians.
Return to School Practices for students that are sick
- State rules require schools to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for certain periods of time. For example, if a child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications. Students with diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they are diarrhea-free without use of diarrhea suppressing medications for 24 hours.
- As of September 1, 2021, Royse City ISD offers free rapid COVID-19 testing for students and staff. Nurses will recommend students for testing and parents can schedule the testing if they choose. Consent will always be asked.
- Lab confirmed individuals are required to quarantine for 10 days at the onset of symptoms or the date of test administration if asymptomatic. Quarantine for 10 days will also be required for individuals with a COVID-19 positive household family member. Vaccination status and COVID-19 history can overrule this quarantine period. Please reach out to the campus nurse for details.
- School nurses will resume normal protocols for contacting parents of ill children. As always, please remember that students must be free of fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school to prevent spread of illnesses. Should the campus request you to pick up a sick child, please do so as promptly as possible. Royse City ISD will conduct contact tracing and notify guardians if their child is deemed a close contact to a positive case on campus. Parents will have the choice to quarantine their child. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that the determination regarding whether an individual is a “ close contact ” with a COVID positive individual will include a review of whether one or both were wearing masks at the time of the potential exposure. In many cases, proper masking may alleviate the identification of a “ close contact ” and recommended quarantine. The in-person instruction of our students and the safety of our students and staff are our top priorities. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are available.
Practices for Personal Health
- RCISD encourages frequent hand washing and hand sanitization. This will help ensure the health and wellness of students and staff
- Covering cough and sneezes in your elbow or with a tissue is best practices
Hand Washing and Sanitizing
- Hand sanitizing stations are available at all district facilities
- As always, staff and students will be expected to regularly wash and sanitize their hands throughout the day
- Effective June 1, 2021, face coverings are optional for staff and students per Board Resolution
- Schools will encourage and promote social distancing when possible both in the classroom and in common areas.
- Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You
- COVID-19 Testing at Royse City Urgent Care
- National Vaccine Finder @ vaccines.gov
- Royse City ISD maintenance crews regularly and routinely replace air filters in all campuses and buildings to assist in air quality improvements.
Practices in the Classroom
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will promote a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff
- Each classroom will have hand sanitizer stations
Daily Campus Cleaning
- Each classroom and restroom will be disinfected
- Classroom will be cleaned and disinfected regularly
- When used, the cafeteria will be disinfected
- Disinfected daily when used
Continuity of Services
Free Meals for All Students
- In accordance with the United States Department of Agriculture, Royse City ISD Food and Nutritional Services will offer all students access to free breakfast and lunch every school day during the 2021-2022 academic year, regardless of household income.
Social, Emotional & Mental Health Needs
- In order to make sure that all students continue to feel a sense of belonging, teachers are committed to integrating relationship and community building opportunities into academic instruction through our continued implementation of Capturing Kids' Hearts. Counselors are on campus and ready to support students and parents in preparing for a successful year. Throughout the year, counselors will provide small group, large group and individual lessons as needed to support students in building successful mindsets for appropriate behaviors, academic achievement and college and career readiness.