Fall 2020

School Year Guidance

Middle School

friscoisd.org

Content

Content

Student & Staff Safety Protocols

Protocols for Screening and Isolation

General

Screening Protocols

Isolation Protocols

Protocols for Face Coverings

Disease Activity Levels

Protective Measures

Protocols for Campus Visitors

General

Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements

Protocols for Disinfecting and Hand Sanitizing

General

Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations

Disinfecting Expectations

Protocols for Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting

General

Daily Campus Cleaning

Additional Cleaning Measure for Covid-19 Positive Cases on Campus

Work and Learning Environments

Classroom Configurations and Procedures

Collaborative Work and Projects

Centralized Classrooms/Special Education Considerations

Common Areas

Transitions

Arrival

Dismissal

Outdoor & Off Campus Student Activities

On Campus Activities

Extra-Curricular Programming

Cheer

Athletics

Fine Arts

Secondary Virtual Academy Information

Role of Stakeholders within Virtual School Model

Virtual Academy Expectations

Instructional Delivery

Virtual Academy Grading

Schedule

Intervention and Enrichment

Credits

FISD Middle School Logistics Committee Members

PLEASE NOTE: The details in this document are subject to change as directives are provided by governing authorities and/or health officials or as environmental conditions change.

Student & Staff Safety Protocols

Protocols for Screening and Isolation

General

All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms regularly and individuals who present with symptoms will be separated and sent home.

Screening Protocols

Isolation Protocols

Student or Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms

- OR -

Student or Staff Travel

Protocols for Face Coverings

Protective measures, including the use of face coverings, will be determined by the level of disease activity of COVID-19. The District will rely on data from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Collin County Health Care Services and Denton County Public Health to determine the disease activity level and the appropriate protective measures. The disease activity level categories below are based on the recommendations of local and state health officials. Each Sunday afternoon, the COVID-19 activity level for the upcoming week will be posted on the District website and communicated with students, parents and staff.

Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to campus administration.

Disease Activity Levels

Substantial

At least two of the following are true

Number of new cases per 100,000 people over the most recent one-week period is greater than 100

Percent of tests that return a positive result over the most recent one-week period is greater than 9.9%

Trend in new cases per 100,000 people over the most recent one-week period is INCREASING (by 15 or more cases) as compared to the prior one-week period

Moderate

At least one of the following is true

Number of new cases per 100,000 people over the most recent one-week period is 26-100

Percent of tests that return a positive result over the most recent one-week period is 5.1%-9.9%

Trend in new cases per 100,000 people over the most recent one-week period is INCREASING (by 15 or more cases) as compared to the prior one-week period

Minimal

All of the following are true for two consecutive weeks

Number of new cases per 100,000 people over the most recent one-week period is less than 26

Percent of tests that return a positive result over the most recent one-week period is less than 5.1%

Trend in new cases per 100,000 people over the most recent one-week period is STABLE (within 15 cases) or DECREASING (by 15 or more cases) as compared to the prior one-week period

CDC Guidance

Schools, Administrators, Infection Control

Protective Measures

Face Coverings

Transmission Precautions

Substantial

Or

Under the guidance of an executive order

Staff, visitors, and students in 3rd through 12th grade  will wear face coverings as feasible, especially when social distancing is difficult, including in classrooms

School nurse will utilize appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when in close contact with an individual with COVID-19 symptoms

Students in Pre-K through 2nd grade will wear face coverings as feasible in hallways, common areas, during arrival and dismissal and while waiting for or riding on a school bus

Staff at high risk of coming into contact with blood, bodily fluids, secretions, and excretions will utilize appropriate PPE to mitigate potential transmission

Students or staff displaying COVID-19 symptoms shall immediately don a face covering

Moderate

Or

Under the guidance of an executive order

Staff, visitors, and students in 3rd through 12th grade will wear face coverings as feasible, especially when social distancing is difficult, including in classrooms

School nurse will utilize appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when in close contact with an individual with COVID-19 symptoms

Students in Pre-K through 2nd grade will wear face coverings as feasible in hallways, common areas, during arrival and dismissal and while waiting for or riding on a school bus

Staff at high risk of coming into contact with blood, bodily fluids, secretions, and excretions will utilize appropriate PPE to mitigate potential transmission

Students or staff displaying COVID-19 symptoms shall immediately don a face covering

Minimal

Or

Under the guidance of an executive order

Staff and visitors will wear face coverings as feasible, especially when social distancing is difficult

School nurse will utilize appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when in close contact with an individual with COVID-19 symptoms

Students will wear face coverings as feasible in hallways, common areas, during arrival and dismissal and while waiting for or riding on a school bus

Staff will practice standard universal precautions when coming into contact with blood, body fluids, secretions, and excretions

Students or staff displaying COVID-19 symptoms shall immediately don a face covering

Protocols for Campus Visitors

General

Campuses will utilize virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors when possible. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering during substantial and moderate transmission levels. Individuals who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.

Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements

Protocols for Disinfecting and Hand Sanitizing

General

Frequent disinfection and hand sanitization will ensure health and wellness of students and staff.

Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations

Disinfecting Expectations

Protocols for Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting

General

Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will promote a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff.

Daily Campus Cleaning

 Additional Cleaning Measure for Covid-19 Positive Cases on Campus

Work and Learning Environments

Classroom Configurations and Procedures

Physical Education Classroom Protocols

Collaborative Work and Projects

Centralized Classrooms/Special Education Considerations

Common Areas

Common, Flexible Learning Areas (Courtyard, Library, Cafe, Gym)

Restrooms

Cafeteria/Breakfast/Lunch

Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in both the cafeteria and in classrooms.

Library

Transitions

Arrival

Dismissal

Outdoor & Off Campus Student Activities

On Campus Activities

Extra-Curricular Programming

Cheer

Athletics

Fine Arts

Secondary Virtual Academy Information

Role of Stakeholders within Virtual School Model

Student

Parent

Follows principles of Frisco ISD’s learner profile

  • Follow the designated schedule communicated by their campus to attend class during synchronous times and complete asynchronous activities assigned
  • Participate in learning through live class time (using proper etiquette)
  • Students should take responsibility for advocating for themselves
  • Turn in school work at the direction of the assigned teacher
  • Responsible for participation in the lesson
  • Daily participating in classes at designated times
  • Monitor and ask for evidence that your child is on track with assignments and coursework. Check campus homepage for links to teacher lessons and Canvas course.
  • Provide your child with assistance on their day-to-day activities with the exception of designated independent work
  • Assist in supporting your child’s needs by establishing and managing the daily schedule communicated by the teacher and the campus
  • Consider creating a designated learning space for your child at home to learn comfortably
  • Maintain communication with your child’s teacher by phone, email messages, and/or online meetings to create a learning partnership  
  • Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Don’t help too much. Becoming independent takes lots of practice.

Virtual Academy Expectations

In Frisco ISD, our Virtual Academy will require support from caring adults at home and within the online classroom environment. Activities are designed to ensure that students continue learning at the pace of the current Frisco ISD scope and sequence as well as continue to develop a love of learning and gain appropriate academic and social-emotional skills that are essential to our students meeting their goal of being future ready. Classes within the Virtual Academy will follow the schedule of classes at the student’s home campus.  

In keeping with our identity as an outstanding school district, Frisco ISD will structure the students’ learning schedule to require students to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning. We will ensure open lines of communication between teachers, students and parents.  

ARD/IEP Committees will determine the unique needs of students who are IEP-entitled in making support and service recommendations for students attending school virtually. The nature of special education interventions will likely require a heavier concentration of synchronous support and services to ensure individual student needs are met.

Instructional Delivery

The goal for our Virtual Academy is to allow for continued instruction while acknowledging the additional challenges that come without traditional, face-to-face classroom learning. Frisco ISD is aware of and acknowledges the challenges faced by students and families and ensures that educational decisions are built to support all populations of students. Parents/guardians must also commit to a sense of cooperation in supporting the school’s decision-making role.

Virtual Academy Grading

Grading for all Virtual Academy courses will follow the same grading policy as the courses in the face-to-face model. Virtual Academy courses that earn high school credit will count in GPA calculation and class rank.

Schedule

While in the Virtual Academy, time management is critical to success. Students and teachers must remain in communication regarding daily schedules and assignments. As with any traditional course, there is a risk of receiving a lower grade if a student falls behind. If your student is struggling with time management, then he or she should contact his or her teacher for additional assistance.

In keeping with our identity as an outstanding school district, teachers will structure the instructional day to follow their campus bell schedule.

Within each course, teachers will plan for students to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning depending on the identified learning model.  

Intervention and Enrichment

Intervention and enrichment time will be scheduled regularly for students to best meet their academic needs. During this time, students may engage in assigned group activities, project learning activities, small group instruction, and digital platforms. Teachers will communicate with students their plan for the designated time.

For students who are IEP-entitled, progress will be carefully monitored and ARD/IEP Committees will convene and make appropriate recommendations to meet individual student needs to ensure continued growth in the general education curriculum and on IEP goals and objectives.

Credits

Frisco ISD has worked collaboratively to establish guidelines that provide a safe learning environment for staff and students as we enter the fall of 2020. The FISD Logistics Committee was formed to develop a comprehensive logistical plan for elementary and secondary campus daily operations that utilize effective disease mitigation strategies to promote a healthy and safe environment for FISD students and staff.  

The FISD Logistics Committee was composed of teachers, principals and district personnel that have expertise and insight into the daily operations and safety protocols at the campus level.

Thank you to the Middle School Logistics Committee who continue to provide guidance to the District.

FISD Middle School Logistics Committee Members

Phil Evans, Secondary Managing Director of Schools

Natasha McDonald, Principal (Roach Middle School)

David Buhrow, Teacher (Roach Middle School)

Richard Manuel, Principal (Wester Middle School)

Dani Williams, Teacher (Wester Middle School)

Barb Warner, Principal (Scoggins Middle School)

Heather Horne, Teacher (Scoggins Middle School)

Donnie Wiseman, Principal (Fowler Middle School)

Beth Murray, Teacher (Fowler Middle School)

Garrett Jackson, Managing Director of Special Education

Paige Hoes, Director of Secondary Student Services

Duana Kindle, Director of Elementary Human Resources

Scott Warstler, Executive Director of Operations

Kathy Tolbert, Director of Nursing Services

Grace McDowell, Assistant Athletic Director

Chris Cansler, Coordinator of Fine Arts

Cheryl McDonald, Director of Digital Learning

Roger Lents, Transportation

Stacy Cameron, Coordinator of Library & Media Services

Frisco ISD School Year Guidance • Middle School • Updated 07/23/2020