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Edgewood ISD

Back to School 2021-2022

Return to In Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and Edgewood ISD’s Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus.

Edgewood ISD will follow recommendations for school opening and operation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Texas Education Agency, as well as state and local health officials. Circumstances related to COVID-19 and related Variants may change throughout the school year, and this document will be updated as conditions change. If you need this plan in an alternate format, please contact Kristin Prater at kprater@edgewood-isd.net 

EDGEWOOD INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT          804 E. Pine ~ Edgewood, TX ~ 75117 ~ Office - 903.896.4332 ~ Fax - 903.896.7056

Dear Edgewood ISD Community

Thank you so much for your patience and support over the last school year as we navigated the many changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. As our leadership team worked tirelessly last summer to write the first version of this plan, we could not imagine where the road ahead would take us. Fortunately, we were able to start and end our school year offering in-person learning on all campuses. Despite the many restrictions placed on our day-to-day activities, students across EISD experienced tremendous success in academics as well as extracurricular activities.

As we return to school for the 2021-2022 school year, we anticipate a much more normal feel to our school days. Many of the restrictions in place through most of last school year will be lifted; however, we do plan to maintain several protocols put into place last year that helped prevent the spread of not only COVID-19, but also many other common illnesses we have seen run through the student body in years past. We adapted to many cleanliness and hygiene practices that will likely stay in place for the foreseeable future. I can assure you that we will continue to do everything possible to keep students, teachers, staff, and our community safe.

A grim reality we are facing as we move forward is the negative impact this pandemic has had on our students. Moving forward, we are committed to working together with our students and families to address learning loss as well as social emotional issues created by lost instructional time, high absenteeism, and other factors that made learning more challenging for our students.

To ensure that each of our students has access to a high-quality education, Edgewood ISD, which included stakeholder input, has once again worked hard on a Safe Return to School and Continuity of Services Plan that outlines safety protocols for the upcoming year and also outlines our vision for meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of our students.

We are excited about the upcoming school year and encourage all of our families to partner with us as we continue to provide a high quality educational experience for the students in this amazing school district.

Sincerely,

Kristin Prater

Kristin Prater

Superintendent  

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview

EISD Multi-Stage Approach

Health and Safety Measures

Infection Control Measures

Health Screenings

Campus Operations

Learning Environments

Breakfast/Lunch

Transportation

Visitors

Isolation

Students and Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms

Required Actions if Individuals with Test-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School

Students Who Are Close Contacts

Staff Who Have COVID-19 or Who are Close Contacts

NEW

Vaccinations

UIL Risk Mitigation Guidelines

Instructional Delivery Model and Continuity of Services

Traditional In-Person Learning

Social Emotional and Mental Health Support Systems

Introduction and Overview

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plans (ARP) Act was signed into law. In it, the U.S. Department of Education is providing an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). This legislation will award grants to state educational agencies for providing local education agencies with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on the elementary and secondary schools across the country.

This plan describes how Edgewood ISD will provide for the safe return to school in August of 2021 as well as provide a continuity of services for all students in our schools. This document complies with all reporting requirements of the ARP Act, the ESSER II and III grant terms established by the U.S. Department of Education.

One requirement in creating this plan was to seek stakeholder input using a variety of methods including public meetings, surveys, and needs assessments. After reviewing all of the information received through stakeholder input, top priorities were identified and the ESSER grants were written and submitted to the Texas Education Agency.

Edgewood ISD will continue to review and revise this plan at least once every six months as required by the ARP Act. Public input will be solicited if revisions are needed to the plan, and stakeholders will be meaningfully consulted. The revised version of the plan will then be posted on the website.

Edgewood ISD will abide by all current Texas Governor Orders. It is Edgewood ISD’s expectation that students, staff, and community will comply with all public health procedures described in this document while engaged in school district activities as per EISD’s current policies, rules, and regulations.

****Texas is currently under Executive Order GA-36 issued on 5/18/21 which prohibits governmental entities and officials from mandating face coverings.

        

EISD Multi-Stage Approach

Edgewood ISD will monitor the local/county transmission levels and see input from local health authorities to determine the risk level for students and staff. The district has identified three different transmission levels. EISD may implement stricter protocols as transmission levels rise.

SUBSTANTIAL

MODERATE

MINIMAL TO LOW

High number of active cases in county

Moderate number of active cases in county

Small number of active3 cases in county

Cases increasing

Cases may be increasing slightly but staying steady

Cases decreasing

Strain on hospitals and ER’s

Hospital beds and equipment widely available

More cases attributed to travel or close contact

All infections safety protocols enacted to greatest extent possible

Increased flexibility of safety protocols

Standard infection control protocols

Health and Safety Measures

Infection Control Measures

 Health Screenings

Campus Operations

Learning Environments

Breakfast/Lunch

Transportation

Visitors

Isolation

Students and Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms

Required Actions if Individuals with Test-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School

Students Who Are Close Contacts

As a reference, close contact determinations are generally based on guidance outlined by the CDC, which notes that individuals who are fully vaccinated may not need to follow the stay-at home period.

As noted above, public health authorities will be notified of all positive cases in schools. While school systems are not required to conduct COVID-19 case investigations, local public health entities have authority to investigate cases and are currently engaged in cooperative efforts on that front. Participation by individuals in these investigations remains voluntary. If school systems are made aware that a student is a close contact, the school system must notify the student’s parents.

NEW 9.2.2021

School systems may choose to require household-based close contact students to stay at home during the below stay-at-home period if they are in an area with high or rising COVID case rates. This applies specifically to students who are close contacts because an individual who lives in the same household is COVID-19 positive.

Independent of whether a school system chooses to implement the above requirement, parents of students who are determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may opt to keep their students at home during the recommended stay-at-home period. Parents who opt to send their children to school in the two weeks following exposure are encouraged to closely monitor their children for symptoms.

For individuals who are determined to be close contacts, a 14-day stay-at-home period was previously advised by the CDC based on the incubation period of the virus. CDC has since updated their guidance, and the stay-at-home period can end for students experiencing no symptoms on Day 10 after close contact exposure, if no subsequent COVID-19 testing is performed.

Alternately, students can end the stay-at-home period if they receive a negative result from a PCR acute infection test after the close contact exposure ends. During the stay-at-home period, the school system may deliver remote instruction consistent with the practice of remote conferencing outlined in the proposed Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) rules, as described here.

Staff Who Have COVID-19 or Who are Close Contacts

Similar to students, school systems must exclude staff from attending school in person who are actively sick with COVID-19, who are suspected of being actively sick with COVID-19, or who have received a positive test result for COVID-19. Staff may return when the re-entry conditions have been met, as described in the DSHS rule used for students.

NEW 9.2.2021

For staff who meet the close contact threshold with a COVID-19 positive individual, if these staff continue to work on campus, rapid testing must be performed periodically for 10 days postexposure.

Vaccinations

Please visit the following links for information on where to receive COVID 19 Vaccine Information:

https://www.nethealthcovid19.org/vaccine-updates

https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/retail-pharmacy-program/participating-pharmacies.html

UIL Risk Mitigation Guidelines

Instructional Delivery Model and Continuity of Services

Traditional In-Person Learning

Social Emotional and Mental Health Support Systems

Addressing the mental health and social-emotional development of all students, staff and community by following best practices in the areas of school-based mental health services, behavioral support systems, family engagement and support practices, staff supports, and other key systems and supports.

Revised September 7, 2021