Willie Brown Academy Insider

August 28, 2020

In-Person Learning COMING SOON!

We have 1 more week of remote learning and then we split out our scholars into in-person learning and virtual academy learners. September 8th will be another big day for us as we welcome our in-person scholars to campus. In these times of uncertainty, I want you to know that WBA staff will be taking extra precautions to keep our students and staff safe and to keep our school open. District-wide, new protocols are being put in place. There is a lot of information to process, but it is extremely important to us that you know what we precautions we are taking. This document has the most up to date health & safety protocols that we are implementing. Please take some time to review.

MISD 2020-2021 Health & Safety

Letter from Nurse Ricketts

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to a new school year! I am your school nurse and can’t wait to see all the smiling faces whether they be virtual or in person. I wanted to share some updates that we have in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parents are the first step in reducing the spread of illness at school! Check in with your child each morning for signs of illness. If your child has any of the following symptoms, keep them home.

• Temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

• Sore throat

• New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing ( for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

• Diarrhea • Vomiting

• Abdominal pain

• Abnormal taste and/or smell

• New onset of severe headache ( especially with a fever)

• Has had close contact ( within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19

• Contact your campus nurse if your child has any of the above symptoms and keep your child home.

Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19

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

  • 24 hours have passed without fever or the use of fever reducing medicines

  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath)

  • 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 10 day stay at home period, the individual must either:

  • Obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or

  • Obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for COVID-19.

  • Your child will not be permitted back on campus until the campus nurse has completed a screening (phone or in person) for re-entry. Please contact your campus nurse for this screening before sending your child back to school.

Students who keep medicines for Asthma in the clinic

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic we will not be providing nebulizer treatments in the clinic, except in emergencies. Please contact the student's healthcare provider for alternative treatments.

Student who receive daily medications

  • We will only be accepting a 30-day supply of medication for students during this time.

VACCINATIONS: School vaccine rules still apply regardless of whether the education is received via virtual or in-person. Please make sure your student's vaccines are up to date so that your student can remain enrolled.

Vision and Hearing Screening: The campus nurse will communicate with parents regarding their child's screening date/time. If a parent does not want their child screened by the school, they can (1.) Provide a screening record provided by a licensed professional or (2.) Provide a signed statement that the student will not participate for religious reasons.

CAMPUS CLINICS: Campus clinics will look a little different with a “well clinic” and a “sick clinic” to serve students depending on their needs. All medications and routine healthcare needs will be treated in the “well clinic” and students with symptoms of illness will be treated in the “sick clinic.”

Parents, if you are contacted to pick up an ill child from school please make every attempt to do so within 30 minutes.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Jill Ricketts, BSN



Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Please review our campus arrival and dismissal procedures. We are committed to safety and we need your help in keeping all studets and staff safe while navigating our property and in getting everyone to and from school efficiently.

Parents can stop by WBA anytime 7:45-3:30 Monday through Friday next week to pick up this year's required car tag and/or bus tag. Anyone picking up in person from school must display the school issued car tag (not one from a previous year). All bus riders are required to have a bus tag.

If you aren't able to pick up the car tag next week, it will be sent home with your child on Sept. 8. I will soon be sharing directions to make your own temporary tag that will be allowable on Sept. 8 and 9 only. Any bus tags not picked up will be given to your student on Sept. 8.

To find information on bus transportation (eligility, bus #, bus stop), click here.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Water Bottles

Scholars are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle to school. For safety reasons, the drinking portions of our water fountains are turned off, however the bottle refilling portion of the water fountains will remain on. We want our students to have access to water throughout the day and stay hydrated. Scholars will be encouraged to take their water bottles to PE, recess, and lunch. Please label the bottle with your child's name. During PE or lunch, scholars needing water who don't have a refillable bottle will have access to disposable cups.


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Community Members

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Please support WBA and our community and join PTA today. Simply visit https://www.joinpta.org/ to join!

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20/21 School Supplies

Parents who ordered the bulk school supplies...they are here and ready for you to pick up. For scholars who will be coming in person Sept. 8, we are delivering them to the classroom.

WBA school supply lists are linked here.

School Lunch Accounts

Mansfield ISD Student Nutrition has transitioned from MySchoolBucks to SchoolCafé as our provider for online meal payments and free/reduced lunch.

SchoolCafé is a safe and secure way for parents to monitor student(s) account balance, view purchases and payments and set up low balance email alerts. Register for a SchoolCafé account.

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MISD Clothes Closet

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all that you do while the students are home! We appreciate our teachers and we sincerely appreciate you! As most of you know we have the Clothes Closet here in Mansfield. The Clothes Closet provides clothing and supplies for students (families) with a need for this school year. If you are in need of an appointment for Monday, please email me at lisaeubanks@misdmail.org, so that I can make sure your family is taken care of.

Thank you,

Lisa Eubanks

WBA Counselor

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