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Thanks to Gerald Cole and the Lake Rayburn United Methodist Church for their generous donation today of $2,500 for our district to buy school supplies for our students.

Mr. Cole is pictured with Brookeland ISD Principal Charlotte Odom.

Brookeland ISD School Plan 2020 – 2021

 

Message from Brookeland ISD – The district is working to create the safest learning environment possible for all students, faculty, and community members. The challenges presented by COVID-19 currently impacts all of our lives, including daily operations of school districts. We will work to provide best practices, with an understanding that conditions in our area and across the country continue to change, as we work collaboratively preparing for our school year.

 

Public Health – The virus causing COVID-19 affects people of all ages in various ways. Research indicates that children can be infected by COVID-19 and exhibit severe symptoms, but the virus has been more prevalent in adults. The Academy of Pediatric Medicine notes that COVID-19 risks must be balanced with the need for children to attend school in person. Lack of physical access to school can lead to negative outcomes in children, by placing children at risk physically, emotionally, and socially.

 

Instructional Options – Brookeland ISD students will have the option to attend school in person or through virtual learning (Asynchronous Instruction) at home for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Options are to be selected no later than one week prior to the first day of each grading period for the duration of the school year. For the first grading period, student instructional option must be selected by August 17, with our first day of instruction on August 24. Once an option is selected, student cannot change until the completion of the six weeks grading period. Parents must sign a form provided by the district indicating their child / children will receive virtual Asynchronous Instruction from the district.

 

On-Campus Instruction – Brookeland ISD will begin on campus instruction for students Grades PK – 12 on Monday, August 24.

  • On – Campus Instruction is traditional instruction at school
  • Additional safety measures will be implemented for on-campus instruction
  • If a student on-campus receives a documented positive COVID-19 test result, the student will be transitioned to off campus Asynchronous Instruction until reinstatement procedures are completed, and student is released by a physician to return to on-campus instruction.

    Asynchronous Instruction – The Texas Education Agency provides school districts with guidelines for Asynchronous Instruction of students. Asynchronous Instruction is a combination of real time/live instruction and/or teachers providing pre-recorded videos of instruction and guided support, while students engage in learning materials and activities, interacting daily with teachers. NOTE: Transfer Students are not eligible to receive Asynchronous Instruction from the district. Transfer students must attend on-campus instruction.

    Brookeland ISD students participating in Asynchronous Instruction will be required to engage in learning activities each day, using their computer or a computer provided by the district. Teachers will post assignments each day, and provide support to students.

    For students participating in Asynchronous Instruction to be counted for attendance purposes, the student must be engaged for each school day that the district provides In-School Instruction, including:

  1. Daily attendance procedures
  2. Daily progress via teacher- student learning interaction
  3. Submit / complete assignments to each teacher daily

     

    *Texas Education Code (TEC) 25.092, students must attend 90 percent of a course in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or be promoted to the next grade level. The requirement is in place for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

     

    Special Programs

  • Faculty will be trained on COVID-19 safety procedures
  • Special Education and 504 students will receive instruction and related services in accordance with their Individual Education Plans (IEP). Asynchronous Instruction students will receive services remotely.
  • Related and/or other services (speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, direct psychological services, and/or vision services will be provided by the same service provider when possible through virtual learning (Zoom, Google, etc.) Some related services such as vision, orientation, and mobility, and adapted physical education may be provided via consultation and not as a direct service.
  • Students with disabilities whose needs pose additional challenges to learning via Asynchronous Instruction are encouraged to attend On-Campus Instruction provided by the district.
  • Therapy services will continue for students receiving those specific services. Asynchronous Instruction students will receive those services provided by the district. Students attending school On-Campus will receive those services at school.
  • Special Education transportation services will be provided as written in the ARD paperwork for On-Campus students.
  • Additional PPE for faculty and additional sanitation procedures will be followed in Special Education classrooms.
  • Evaluation for Special Education / 504 eligibility will be evaluated for each student as requested. Brookeland ISD will encourage on-site evaluation to maintain accuracy of the evaluation.

     

    Technology Support – All Brookeland ISD students Grades 3 – 12 may have access to a district issued device if requested.

     

    Health and Safety Procedures

  • Faculty will be trained in safety procedures
  • Disinfectants will be used for deep cleaning of all district facilities
  • Faculty and students will be encouraged to wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the school day.
  • Tissues will be provided in each classroom and additional areas where students are located. Used tissues need to be immediately disposed into a trash can, and hands should be washed or sanitized.
  • Social distancing signage will be visible throughout school facilities.
  • Visitors to school offices will be required to wear masks / face coverings.
  • No outside visitors or parents will be allowed to enter the student areas of school building during the school day.
  • Brookeland ISD is permitted to prevent an individual who fails health screening criteria to enter campus until they meet health screening criteria.
  • Brookeland ISD will continue to monitor state / local requirements for face coverings.

     

     

    Health Pre-Screening for Faculty / Students

  • Parents must not send a child to school if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or is confirmed with COVID-19, and should request to receive Asynchronous Instruction until completing reentry requirements.
  • Any student or faculty member with a temperature of 100 or higher should not come to Brookeland ISD for 72 hours. Students and faculty should check for any of the following symptoms each morning:

         * Feeling feverish with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher

         * Loss of taste or smell

         * Cough

         * Difficulty breathing

         * Shortness of breath

         * Headache

         * Chills

         * Sore throat

         * Shaking or exaggerated shivering

         * Significant muscle pain or ache

                   * Fatigue

         * Nausea or vomiting

         * Diarrhea

     

  • Students and faculty may be subject to periodic temperature checks if they are feeling ill during the school day.
  • Teachers will have access to a thermometer in their grade levels or departments to check temperatures throughout the day as needed. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees of higher will be sent to the school nurse for verification.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    School Nurse / Clinic Procedures

     

  • School nurse and nurse substitutes will be trained on COVID-19 safety procedures.
  • Office staff will be trained to ask questions in screening students who are absent for COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Students who come to the school nurse exhibiting symptoms of illness will be required to wear a face covering/mask until their parent arrives.

     

    Procedures for Individuals Confirmed, Suspected, or Exposed to COVID-19

  • Students or faculty who are lab confirmed or experience symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to school until all re-entry requirements are met, including;

    *  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 (cough, shortness of breath);

    At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

  • In case of an individual who has symptoms of COVID-19 who has not been 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 process as 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 return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) receive one confirmation that they are free of COVID-19 via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location.

    Identifying Possible COVID-19 Cases on Campus

  • District must immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until student is picked up by parent or guardian.
  • District will clean the area used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student or faculty) as soon as possible.
  • Students who report feeling feverish will be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

     

    Required Actions if Individuals with Lab Confirmed Cases Have Been in School

  • The district must notify its local health department, in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • The district must close areas that are heavily used by the individual with a lab confirmed positive case until the non-porous areas can be disinfected unless more than 3 days have passed since that person was on campus.
  • Schools must notify all faculty members and parents of district students if a lab confirmed COVID-19 case is identified.

    Individuals including students, faculty or others who have had close contact with someone lab confirmed to be COVID-19 positive should not be allowed on campus.

    District nurse will screen individuals after the incubation period has concluded, and if the individual did not experience COVID-19 symptoms during that time, the individual will be allowed on campus.

     

    Close Contact

    Close contact is defined as:

  • Direct exposure to infectious secretions
  • Within 6 feet for 15 minutes or greater
  • If either of the above occurs within the last 14 day period at the same time the person was infectious.
  • Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset, or in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to a confirming lab test.

     

    Remediation of Affected Facilities

    Brookeland ISD will address areas where lab confirmed COVID-19 individuals were located for an extended period of time (Ex: Classrooms). The district will follow the following steps:

  • Access to the area(s) will be restricted
  • Students or faculty will not be allowed into the affected area until affected areas are cleaned, including removal / disinfecting any body fluids.
  • Cleaning desks / surfaces with disinfecting solution
  • Cleaning hardware (door handles / door knobs) with disinfecting solution
  • Cleaning floor surfaces with disinfecting solution

     

    School Procedures – Morning Arrival

     

  • All students arriving on campus by bus, parent drop off, or driving personal vehicle will be temperature screened before entering buildings.
  • Students riding the bus to school will be temperature screened when leaving the bus before entering the building in the CTE building on the north hall.
  • Students dropped off by parents at the main entrance will be temperature screened as they exit their vehicles at the new elementary building.
  • High School students driving their personal vehicle to school or students riding with a high school student to school will be temperature screened at the gate adjacent to the new gym.
  • Junior High students who do not enter the cafeteria for breakfast will go to the old gym before school. Those junior high students will be temperature screened before entering the old gym.
  • Elementary student’s grades PK – 5 who are not eating breakfast will be temperature screened at the front entrance, then proceed to their homeroom classroom.

     

    Transportation 

  • Brookeland ISD will provide bus transportation each day, both morning and afternoon routes. The district strongly encourages parents to bring their children to school.
  • Bus drivers will be trained in COVID-19 safety procedures.
  • Bus drivers will be encouraged to social distance if possible.
  • Bus riders will be taught to space themselves from others as they enter and exit the bus.
  • All bus riders will be required to wear a mask while on the bus.
  • Hand sanitizers will be on all buses and are to be used by students entering and leaving the bus.
  • Seats, handles, and high use areas will be disinfected after each route.
  • When possible, buses will be opened to allow outside air ventilation.

     

    Cafeteria Procedures

  • Brookeland ISD will use the school cafeteria for student breakfast and lunch each day. Weather permitting, outdoor spaces will be utilized as well for greater social distancing. No parents / visitors will be allowed in the cafeteria during breakfast or lunch.
  • Cafeteria staff will be trained on COVID-19 procedures.
  • Cafeteria staff will wear gloves while serving students.
  • Seats, tables, and door handles will be disinfected before and after each breakfast and lunch period, and throughout the day.

     

    Classrooms

  • Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized daily
  • Disinfecting solutions will be available in each classroom for teacher and student use.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.
  • Social distancing arrangements will be made as much as possible.

     

    Playgrounds, Gymnasiums, and Outdoor Spaces

  • Playgrounds and gymnasiums will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • When feasible, students will gather outside for physical education classes rather than inside.

     

    Extracurricular Participation

  • Students wishing to participate in any Brookeland ISD activity, extracurricular or UIL sponsored event, will need to attend the on campus learning option.This is including but not limited to all UIL academics, sports, fishing team, rodeo team, school sponsored clubs or work program.
  • Students, coaches, and sponsors will be trained in COVID-19 safety procedures.
  • All participants will follow rules established by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
  • UIL guidelines can be found on the UIL website.
  • In response to healthcare providers focus on COVID-19, the UIL recently waived the required pre-participation exam for students in athletics and cheerleading who already have a physical on file for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Students who do not have a physical on file with BISD will be required to get a physical, and complete the required examination before participating in athletics or cheerleading for the 2020 – 2021 school year.
  • Administrators in our athletic district are developing procedures for student/athletes participating in competition at district schools, and for parents/fans attending district athletic and academic events. We will post a separate notification of procedures / attendance at district athletic and academic events when finalized.

     

    Social – Emotional Support/Mental Wellness

  • Brookeland ISD Administrators and Counselor will be trained in COVID-19 safety procedures.
  • Administrators and Counselor will develop strategies and support for students, families, and staff members.
  • Administrators and Counselor will develop a referral system for individuals who need targeted support, and access to community mental health professionals.
  • Students in need of emotional support will be provided tiered interventions, which may involve referral for additional school-based services or referral for outside mental health support.

     

     

    Communication

  • Brookeland ISD will continue to inform parents, students, and community members regularly, offering opportunities for feedback to shape our district plan during the school year.
  • The district will continue to use various forms of communication, including the district website, Brookeland Family and Friends Facebook page, and School Messenger phone system, to inform everyone as we navigate this school year.

 

Thanks to each of you who completed the district survey that we distributed several weeks ago. Your answers to the survey questions allowed us to formulate a plan of action to best meet the needs of every student in our district for the upcoming school year.

Do not hesitate to contact us as needed, as we must rely on each other as a school and community gearing what promises to be a very challenging year in Brookeland ISD and all school districts. Our students need us as educators and parents to be at our best for our children each day.

Kevin McCugh – Superintendent

Brookeland ISD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The staff of Brookeland ISD believes that ALL students can learn.  We believe that our school’s purpose is to educate all students to high levels of academic performance while fostering positive growth in social/emotional behaviors and attitudes.  We accept the responsibility to teach all students in a challenging, meaningful way that allows each child to become a literate, contributing adult.  Brookeland ISD is a center for sound learning, academic discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom through advanced course offerings, high academic standards and aggressive, innovative instruction.  The students of Brookeland ISD will excel and compete academically with any students in the country.

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