BISD reopening plan for the 2020-2021 Academic Year


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Before school buildings reopen, employees, parents, students and community members, the campuses must be thoroughly sanitized and all CDC guidelines, health protocols, and TEA health guidance protocols will be reviewed and implemented. The safety protocols include required and recommended protocols. Mitigation includes both recommended and required practices to reduce likely spread inside the school buildings.

Safety Protocols will be implemented for the face to face learning mode. Safety protocols are required and recommended practices.

● Required protocols will be in place In order to minimize the risks of exposure of COVID -19 for students, staff and families. These protocols are considered the minimum level of implementation and the District may not be less restrictive.
● Recommended protocols are additional strategies that schools may choose to use to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Not all recommended practices will be possible in all settings, and therefore should be tailored based on campus layout and grade level served.

All employees, students, parents, and essential visitors will undergo daily screenings conducted by screening monitors within each location. The following guidelines will be implemented to ensure effective screening at start of day and based on enrollment:

500 or less: 5 Monitors
1000 or less: 10 Monitors
2000 or less: 15 monitors
2500 or more: 20 monitors

When asking individuals if they have symptoms of COVID-19, administrative staff or district nurses must only require the individual to provide a “yes” or “no” answer to the overall statement that they are symptomatic for COVID-19, as opposed to asking the individual for specific symptom confirmation. Additionally, as per TEA guidelines, school districts are not entitled to collect information during screening on the specific health information of an individual beyond that they are symptomatic. Screening questions can be found on page 34.

If the screening yields a “yes” response to any symptom questionnaire, the employee will be sent home and a student will be escorted to a holding room until the parent or guardian is able to pick them up. If the employee or students tests positive, they will need to meet the criteria for re-entry. All of the questionnaires will be destroyed for the employee who has been cleared to re-enter the school building.

● Temperature checks and symptom questionnaires will be done in the morning, prior to entering the building.
● Students that are displaying symptoms will not be allowed to enter the classroom and will be escorted to the holding room.

● Teachers/Staff are required to self-screen every day, prior to the start of school day.
● Temperature checks will be conducted with all staff every morning as well as questionnaires.
● Teachers/staff displaying symptoms will not be allowed on campus. Teachers will only be allowed back with doctor’s clearance. Nurse will make a determination.
● Teachers/staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry. Teachers and staff must also report to the administration if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 as defined later in this document. They must remain off campus until the 14th day incubation period has passed.

● Training provided for parents through parental involvement on Covid-19 symptoms and safety protocols.
● Parents will need to fill out a symptom questionnaire prior to entering the building and undergo a temperature check.
● A parent who tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter the building.

● Temperature checks will be conducted for all visitors entering the building.
● Symptom questionnaires must be filled out.
● A visitor who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed in school buildings until they have met the criteria for reentry.
● Non-essential visitors will not be allowed in the building.
● Employees who work at the central office or CAB will be screened upon entering their work location and will not need to be re-screened when they visit the schools. If any central office or CAB employee reports directly to any of the school buildings, they will be required to undergo the screening at the visiting school.

● BISD will have social distancing floor/seating markings throughout campus.
● Class sizes will be reduced when applicable.
● Mark 6 feet of spacing to remind students and staff to always stay 6 feet apart in lines and at other times they may congregate (e.g., during lunch, arrival and dismissal, restrooms, locker rooms, etc.).
● Ensure that each campus has one entry and one exit for students. If the enrollment is large, assign teachers by grade level and by hallway so that for example, all 6th grade students are located in the same hallway and they enter the campus through the closest hallway adjacent to their classrooms. Another example would be bussed students who enter from one hallway. They can enter the hallway, go to their classroom and at the end of the day, exit the hallway closest to the bus.
● Stagger arrival and dismissal times to minimize crowding. Student pick-up and drop-off should occur outside.
● Utilize visual cues, posters, and barriers to direct traffic flow and demonstrate social distancing.

● Masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth. Face shields may be superior to cloth face coverings in many circumstances, given improved ability to see mouth movements and improved air circulation.
● Schools are required to comply with the Governor Greg Abbott executive order regarding the wearing of face masks.
● Students, staff, parents and all community members must wear masks at all times while in any location of district campuses and offices.
● The Texas Education Agency will be providing masks for school personnel and for students who forgot to bring a mask to school or are in need of a mask.
● Students and staff are welcome to wear face shields along with the masks.While participating in some non-UIL athletic or extracurricular activities, it may be impractical for some students to wear masks or face shields. Students will need to wear the face masks or face shields when entering or exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaged in those activities. Schools will allow students to remove their masks or face shields when actively exercising as long as they maintain social distancing or at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, or staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. However, schools must require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain social distancing.
Facilities, Maintenance and Operations Employees along with campus level custodians will ensure all school buildings are disinfected properly and in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines. The district has worked diligently to equip the campuses with equipment and materials necessary to disinfect all spaces in the schools.
● Ensure the availability of appropriate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors (e.g., soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, and tissues) and strategically place supplies in areas where they may be frequently used.
● Develop processes to frequently check and refill supplies at the point of use (e.g., hand sanitizer available near shared equipment, hand sanitizer near school building entrances/exits, etc.).
● Build routines of hand hygiene into the daily school schedule for all students and staff, including handwashing and sanitation breaks during or between classroom activities.
● Use posters to promote health etiquette expectations in highly visible locations.

● Each campus will assign COVID-19 Program Coordinator. The COVID-19 coordinator will communicate concerns, challenges, and lessons learned related to COVID-19 preventive activities as needed with staff, students/families, school and district leadership, and local health officials.
● The COVID-19 Coordinator will monitor COVID-19 Status at the campus. Coordinator will ensure appropriate notification is provided in a timely manner.

Classrooms will be reconfigured to ensure to the extent possible, social distancing at least 6 feet of space. Some school areas will not be able to meet this recommendation but campus administrators will ensure these recommended guidelines are followed in areas that can be reconfigured. As the CDC guidelines are updated as well as State and Local guidelines, the district will ensure that to the extent possible, these guidelines are adhered to in areas where students are present.

● Schools will ensure they have accurate contact information for the parents of students enrolled at their schools. Any form of communication with respect to these guidelines or any COVID-19 information, will be sent to parents in their language preference.
● Campus employees and students must follow all of the required protocols as they pertain to the schools in this plan.
● Students will not be allowed to share any personal belongings, technology devices, supplies, materials, water bottles, costumes, or uniforms.
● Create a routine for environmental cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces and shared equipment throughout the day. Increase the frequency of disinfection during high-activity periods during the school day.
● Shared workspaces will be equipped with plexiglass as well as areas where visitors frequent such as the reception area of each school.
● Restrooms will be frequently sanitized as per schedule recommended by the Maintenance Department. As previously mentioned, it is highly recommended that each campus has a monitor assigned to limit the number of students in the restrooms and ensure social distancing is enforced.
● The playground areas will not be open until they are deemed safe for use. Once they have been cleared for usage, social distancing and frequent sanitizing will be done in all areas of the playground.
● Assign a restroom custodian that will disinfect the restrooms in between classes.
● Restrooms will have a checklist displayed in every bathroom to document cleaning times.
● All water fountains will be closed. Students are encouraged to bring their own bottled water.

BISD will continue to follow all outlined district/campus safety protocols during emergency actions and emergency drills. These include drills related to fire, lockdowns, shelter in place, and evacuations.

Close contact is determined by an appropriate health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as:

● Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield);or
● being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield;
● If either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual 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 the confirming lab test.

Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

● In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:
● 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 (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not 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 three-step set of criteria 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 two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at

Identifying Possible COVID-19 Cases on Campus:
● Schools must immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.
● School administration will need to designate a room to isolate a student who is displaying symptoms while they wait to be picked up. Do not utilize the nurse’s station as other students who are ill and not COVID-19 positive might also be in the nurse's office.
● Schools should clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as it is feasible.
● Students who report feeling feverish should 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 a School

● If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
● Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus.
● Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate in any campus activities
Should the superintendent of schools order a campus close due to a confirmed COVID-19 case, the school will immediately switch to a virtual learning environment the next school day. Each campus should have a plan to transition to virtual learning. The distribution of devices, materials, teacher training, parent communication guidelines, and procedures for special needs students should be included in this plan.

Google Classroom and Seesaw will be the adopted districtwide primary platforms used for all campuses to minimize the overall number of technology platforms used and to avoid any confusion or delays in learning for families and students. Communication platforms such as Remind will only be used to communicate with students not for actual classroom teaching.

The district level and campus level employees will continue to utilize Microsoft TEAMS as a means to hold virtual meetings and to disseminate information from central office to campus level personnel.

The BISD Maintenance Department will train school level custodian departments how to utilize the Clorox Deep Cleaning machine as well as deep clearing procedures for disinfecting the campus. The superintendent of schools may close the campus a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 5 days.
● Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
● Loss of taste or smell
● Cough
● Difficulty breathing
● Shortness of breath
● Headache
● Chills
● Sore throat
● Shaking or exaggerated shivering
● Significant muscle pain or ache
● Diarrhea


Every teacher will receive a BISD Teacher COVID Kit which will include the following:
● Masks (disposable and washable)
● Gloves
● Thermometer
● Face Shields
● Disinfecting Spray
● Disinfecting Wipes
● Hand Towels

Staff / Student arrives to the nursing office with symptoms (Nurse use PPE)

COVID-19 signs and symptoms over the course of disease:
Fever, Cough, Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea, sore throat, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache, myalgia, poor appetite, rash, red eyes, cracked/swollen lips, red/swollen tongue, swelling noted in hands/feet, stomach pain.

Nursing Assessment:
VERBAL: Start of symptoms, recent travel, exposure to someone ill?
VISUAL: Rapid or difficulty breathing, red eyes, flushed cheeks, coughing
PHYSICAL: (USE PPE) Temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or < Oxygen Sat.

Student : Isolate, contact parent, refer to doctor, notify Health Services Administrator for suspected COVID 19 cases and school administrator
Staff: Refer to their doctor and provide Cameron County Health Department phone number 956-247-3650 website , UTRGV 833-887-4863, notify Health Services Administrator for suspected COVID-19 cases (956) 698-0142.

Employees must contact the Human Resources Department if placed in quarantine for suspected or positive COVID-19. (956- 548-8031)

Trouble breathing Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to walk or stay awake
Bluish lips or face

In order to return to school/work a medical clearance is required
COVID-19 is a public health concern but the school nurses are specialists in public health. According to the National Association for School Nurses, “school nurses follow the Framework for the 21 st Century School Nursing Practice (NASN 2016), through the principles of Leadership, Standards of Practice, Quality Improvement, Care Coordination, and Community /Public Health”.

Activities that the school nurse will do while schools are closed due to the Pandemic caused by COVID-19.

Leadership · Stay current on COVID-19 information and appropriately answer questions of students, parents, staff, and administrators using the TEA guidelines and the CDC guidelines, and Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) policies and procedures and other resources.
· Offer guidance to students, parents, staff and administrators on the issues related to social distancing, wearing a mask, handwashing and hand-sanitizer use by using appropriate teaching tools according to their age.
· Have a list of resources available to share with students and families connecting them to the BISD district and the resources while schools are closed in combating COVID-19.
· Keep instructing students, parents, staff and administrators regarding COVID-19 and address any stress and anxiety by providing information regarding the illness making sure that they are aware of the inaccurate information in social media.
· Review BISD policies and procedures regarding communicable disease outbreak.
· Work with your data entry clerk and follow attendance rates. If a student is absent, call the parent and offer the help necessary for students to be attending their online classes.
· Be prepared in case of school closures to continue providing support to students, parents, staff and administrators.
· Complete online trainings: CPS, Epilepsy, Allergies (use of Epi-pen) Blood borne pathogens, Suicide Behavioral Threat .
· Work on reviewing online registrations: emergency cards, allergy forms, medical diagnosis, refer to 504 or SPED if necessary/
· Check AED · Calibrate Audiometer
· Complete Health Room Substitute form
· Immunizations : Set up Immunization validation and run daily, review immunizations, send referral and call parents if delinquent.
· Lesson plans for elementary students : Diabetic training, dental care and growth and development (remember to email parents for permission or send letters before the lesson.
Quality Improvement · Data collection : Keep statistics of communicable diseases by using the weekly communicable disease report due every Tuesday at noon.
· Data tracking: Daily tracking of attendance, daily tracking of staff and students sent home with symptoms of Covid-19.
· Data tracking: in how nurses are following the students, by doing an Individual Health Care Plans according to diagnosis.
· Data tracking: of students with accommodation in the 504& SPED programs and keeping a list ARD meetings attended.

Care Coordination: · A primary service that the school nurse offers to students is to manage, prevent and reduce health issues by addressing existing medical diagnoses and generating an individual health care plan with the student, parents, teachers, counselor and their doctor.
· Identify unmet needs: Students with pre-existing medical diagnosis or mental health conditions may have stopped treatment either by running out of medications or for failure to keep their appointments.
· Students with 504 accommodations: May not have received the needed educational and related services.
· Medically fragile students: Review individual health care plans, obtain updates on the medical orders, coordinate with the rest of the school team to provide what is necessary for the student.
· Follow the COVID-19 flow sheet for Health Services once we come back to school in person.
· Make sure you remind the parents that the health care provider, Emergency Room and 911 EMS need to be notified in advance if a patient has COVID-19 symptoms.

Community/Public Health · The school nurse will provide health education for the school community.
· Assess that the CDC guidelines are being followed by staff, parents and students.
· Have posters where they can be seen by students, parents and staff.
· Have available education materials to reduce stigma regarding COVID-19.
· Remember to do all mandated training regarding flu, pertussis, asthma, diabetes, severe allergies (use of Epi-pen, seizure and immunizations.
· With the pandemic of COVID-19 there has been loss of jobs which
requires the nurse to assess and refer as needed, do they have access to a medical provider, if they lack insurance then refer to Campus Care, refer to free school lunches for adequate nutrition, assess their housing situation and refer to the Homeless Youth Program. · State mandated screening will be done once students return to in person school.
· Students having problems with learning: (Referred by teacher)
· Call parents and review with them for signs and symptoms of vision or hearing difficulties.

Vision: signs of possible vision difficulties 1. Appearance of the eyes: Crossed turning in our out, reddened watering, encrusted eyelids, frequent styes
1. Complaints associated with using the eyes: Clumsiness, headaches,
Nausea, dizziness, burning or itching of eyes, blurred vision when looking up from close work, seeing objects double, undue sensitivity to light.
2. Behavior: Body rigidity while looking at distant objects at any time, thrusting head forward or backward while looking at distant objects, avoiding close work, short attention span, turning of head so as to use one eye only, tilting head to one side, placing head close to book or desk when reading or writing, excessive blinking, tending to rub yes, closing or covering one eye, squinting.

Hearing: signs of possible hearing difficulties 1. Behavioral Signs: Frequently asks to have things repeated, turns one side of the head toward the speaker, watches and concentrates on the speaker’s lips, is inattentive in classroom discussions, tends to self-isolate, has a speech problem, has had severe illness lately.
2. Physical Symptoms: Breathing through the mouth, draining ears, dizziness, reports ringing, buzzing or roaring in ears.

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