We look forward to seeing your kiddos back on campus February 1st for those who opted for Face to Face instruction! There are many plans and protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of any kiddos who are returning. If you missed the Parent Info Session on Jan 21, the presentation is attached below. Please familiarize yourself with the drop off/pick up procedures.
BinaxNow Rapid COVID Testing
We will be offering weekly COVID tests to any student or staff member that is on campus. This is a minimally invasive test (just the inside of the nostril) and results will be sent to the phone/email we have on file for your child. We would test your child during their PE time, and it only takes about 5 minutes. Testing is not mandatory. If you are interested, please see the letter and permission slip below. You can send the permission slip back with your child when s/he comes in. We only need one permission slip on file. Once we have permission, we will automatically test until you tell us otherwise. If your child is not comfortable taking the test, they will not be pushed.
Uniforms for Returners
Returning students will need to be in uniform top (yellow, turquoise, black, or white polo). Logo is not required; polos are available at the campus. Please call ahead to ensure size availability 434-5800. Jeans, khaki or black pants are fine.
We appreciate your grace and patience the first couple of days we have students back in the building. There are safety protocols and procedures that need to be reviewed as you can imagine. Teachers will give your child asynchronous work to do the morning of Feb 1 so that they can get the face to face students settled. Please ensure your child checks in at 9:30 for attendance. Their teacher will give further guidance at that point.
COVID Activity Level
Remember, our entire region has an aligned method for determining when it is safe for all students to return to school:
- There are four "School Safe Zones" (green, yellow, orange and red) that indicate the percentage of hospitalizations that are due to COVID.
- If our hospitalizations fall below 20% for a week, we are in the orange zone and are clear to return to campus. As of Jan 4, we were sitting in orange for more than a week.
- With this plan, we no longer have to ask TEA for waivers to extend the time that we remain remote, and TEA will no longer pull funding if we remain remote beyond the twelve weeks they had originally given us.
- The link below will show you the daily percentage and the number of days we have been sitting in the current zone. What you are looking for is a percentage below 20% (orange) for at least seven days in order for us to open our doors to all who opted for face to face instruction.
- If we return to campus and hospitalizations put us back to the red zone, students could be sent home as per red zone guidelines.
Check the COVID Activity Level Indicators periodically and you will note trends that might make it easier to predict where we will be. I realize this is not the ideal tool for you to use to plan for your family, but it can help you plan at least a few days in advance.