Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan: Revised August 2022
Royse City ISD is committed to providing safe in-person learning experiences for all students. We have developed plans with guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and our Local Health Authority (LHA). Stakeholder feedback may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Academically, in-person learning will provide students with the same high-quality learning opportunities that Royse City ISD always strives to provide.
- Royse City ISD utilizes a blended instructional platform that involves the use of Google Classroom (2-12) and Seesaw (preK-1) for specific instructional areas. This will ensure that students are familiar with the virtual platform in the event of COVID-19 related absences.
Practices for Screening
GENERAL GUIDANCE ON SCREENING:
Parents should screen their children before school by checking their temperature and determining if they have any signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19. Likewise, all employees are required to self-screen.
Any student experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should:
- Stay home for 5 days, or return sooner with a negative test
- Stay home until you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- A home or doctor administered COVID-19 tests will be accepted for excused absences.
- Please report positive tests to the campus nurse in order to be coded as an excused COVID-19 absence
Employees may receive 5 local COVID-19 days with a lab-confirmed positive test. Home-administered tests do not satisfy the requirements to receive the COVID-19 days. Please report positive tests to your campus nurse and/or supervisor in order to use COVID-19 days.
WHEN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL/WORK:
- An individual with a positive test (with symptoms) may return 5 days from the onset of symptoms and must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- An individual with a positive test (with no symptoms) may return 5 days from the positive test.
- An individual who has not tested positive for COVID-19 may return when symptoms improve and they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
Personal Health & Campus Sanitization
- 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
In our partnership with SSC services, all classrooms will be sanitized and cleaned
- All high touch areas will be disinfected frequently and throughout the day.
- Classroom staff will have access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize high-touch and working surfaces and shared objects regularly.
- Classroom staff will limit the use of shared supplies when possible.
- Commonly touched surfaces will be disinfected between groups of students.
- Teachers and staff will be asked to help with cleaning between classes and/or rotations. This can be done by students and staff near the end of each period. Training for proper cleaning of classrooms and supplies will be communicated during inservice.
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
Royse City ISD in partnership with ESS will continue to recruit and train our substitutes in order to provide the best possible coverage for your classrooms. During the pandemic, all districts are expecting a shortage of substitute teachers due to health concerns. Based on the percentage of enrollment and class sizes for in person learning, certain staff may be asked to do the following:
- Cover classes due to substitute shortage
- Combine classes on certain days due to substitute shortage
- Utilize Instructional and campus AIDES to cover classes
Continuity of Services
At-Home Learning for COVID-19 Positive Students
If a student is COVID positive, campus staff will work to provide the student with learning opportunities at home. These opportunities will vary based on the grade of the child and course load.
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.
- June 20, 2022 Board Meeting Public Hearing
- December 13, 2021 Board Meeting Public Hearing
- May 17, 2021 Board Meeting Public Hearing
- Feedback may always be shared by emailing email@example.com.
Community Feedback Survey Results
In an expansive stakeholder surey held in the Spring of 2021, Royse City ISD asked for feedback on how the district handled the pandemic for the 2020-2021 school year. The results are as follows.
- 83% of parents and community respondents felt that the district was excellent or good in handling the COVID-19 pandemic
- 96% of staff felt that the district was excellent or good in handling the COVID-19 pandemic
- 69% of students felt that the district was excellent or good in handling the COVID-19 pandemic