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It was so fun to come back to school after the holidays and see everyone! Since we have been back, we have even had a snow day to add to the excitement of the season. Many amazing pictures and videos were taken and shared about our snow day ... so much fun! There has been a lot of positive energy in the air which adds to the fun of being together.
Since we have returned from the holidays we have continued to follow our district and campus COVID protocols daily. Our teachers and remote students who returned to in-person for the third grading period have all jumped on board with being diligent in learning and implementing the protocols. Our routine protocols are hand sanitization, mask/shield wearing, and safe distancing. Remember, along with what we do here at school to stay healthy, staying healthy at home, coming to school healthy, and notifying us if your child has symptoms is key to keeping the school healthy. Please take the time to review the LTISD COVID handbook and reach out to us if you have any questions.
As always, a sincere thank you to each one of you for the ongoing support with continued implementation of our COVID protocols.
Take care and stay well,
1/19/21...................Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
2/11,12,15/21.........Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
3/5/21.....................Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
A HUGE Thank You to our School Board for all they do!
Town Hall meeting - Vaccine
This is a message from the Austin Health Department
Dear school partners,
We know that many in the community have questions about the coronavirus vaccine. Austin Public Health will be hosting two community town hall meetings this week – one in English and one in Spanish – to provide information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The town hall meetings will include an expert panel discussion about vaccine safety and effectiveness.
Vaccine Town Hall - English
- What: Join local public health officials for a Vaccine Town Hall to discuss COVID-19 vaccine safety, efficacy, and distribution. Some vaccine questions will be answered live as time permits.
- When: Wednesday, January 13th at 6 p.m.
- Where: Facebook Live, ATXN
- Stephanie Hayden, Austin Public Health Director
- Dr. Mark Escott, Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority
- Dr. Charles Bell, Vice-Chair, Central Health Board of Managers
- Dr. Jason Reichenberg, President of Ascension Medical Group Texas
- Additional details can be found here.
A Note from BCE's Counselor, Mrs. Trimmer
Our SEL (Social Emotional Learning) focus this month is Conflict Resolution. Bobcats are learning what it means, why it's important, and how we can work through our conflicts peacefully. The lower grades are learning how to tell the difference between a big problem and a small problem by asking the three important questions. Is it dangerous? Does it make me feel worried or scared? Is anyone hurt? If the answer to any of those questions is "yes," then we get help from an adult right away. If the answer is "no," then it's a small problem and we can handle it on our own. Bobcats are learning that small problems make us feel annoyed, sad, frustrated, or angry, and that we need to be calm before working out the problem. That's where our breathing strategies come in handy! After we're calm, we might decide that the problem wasn't such a big deal after all. In that case, we can just ignore it or do something else. If not, we're learning how to talk it out by sharing our feelings, listening and repeating what the other person says, empathizing, then apologizing, if necessary. Here are some discussion points to help you talk about conflict resolution with your child:
- What does conflict resolution mean?
- Why is it important to solve conflicts peacefully?
- Do you have a lot of conflict in your friendships? Why or why not?
- Do you like the way you handle the conflicts you have?
- What can you do if you disagree with your friends?
Before long, our Bobcats will be problem solving experts! We've really enjoyed exploring this topic at school through our broadcast and counseling lessons, and I hope your family will enjoy it just as much! Please don't hesitate to reach out if there's ever anything I can do for your child.
Updated 2020-2021 LTISD Instructional Calendar
District updates Return to School Protocols for COVID-19, reviews new CDC guidelines for quarantine
As conditions surrounding the pandemic continue to evolve, Lake Travis ISD officials have evaluated and updated the Return to School Protocols for COVID-19. Specific changes can be found in the document as outlined below:
- Self-screening Protocols for Staff and Students (p. 12)
- Close Contact (p. 14)
- Protocols for Re-entry After Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (p. 14-15)
- Protocols for Re-entry After Coming into Close Contact with an Individual Test-Confirmed to Have COVID-19 (p. 15-16)
Additionally, District officials are aware of new guidelines issued December 3rd by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which reduce the number of days close contacts should quarantine following exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. Austin-area school district officials and local health authorities participated in a conference call December 4th to review and discuss the CDC's guidelines. Given the importance of contact tracing and quarantining in our schools, Lake Travis ISD will continue its review of these guidelines and will make a final determination shortly.
"The health and safety of our school community is of utmost importance," said Paul Norton, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools. "Our plans will remain flexible to accommodate potential changes, and guidelines may be further modified as needed. In the interim, we urge our school community to continue the consistent practice of personal hygiene and social distancing."
LTISD Protocols for Screening
***Please remember to screen your children each morning before school.***
If your child has any ONE of the symptoms on the screening list, they should stay home.
★ Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
★ Loss of taste or smell
★ Difficulty breathing
★ Shortness of breath
★ Sore throat
★ Shaking or exaggerated shivering
★ Muscle or body aches
★ Congestion or runny nose
★ Nausea or vomiting
Please know that children who come to school with symptoms will be sent home.
It is important that everyone become familiar with the re-entry protocol
Re-entry protocol applies to students who experience symptoms at home OR if they are sent home from school.
● at least one day (24 hours) has 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.
The 10 days must be observed even if symptoms only last a short while and the child did not have fever.
If your student wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, you must either:
● obtain a medical professional’s note (with date) clearing the student for the return based on an alternative diagnosis; or
● obtain an acute infection test (at a physician’s office, approved testing location found at tdem.texas.govc/covid19/, or another site) that comes back negative for COVID-19.
We Are Not Admitting Visitors At This Time
From Our Amazing PTO
This month's BCE PTO Newsletter is out! The newsletter is automatically sent out to everyone who has an active account on our PTO website, bcepto.com. If you haven't yet registered or need to update your information, please do! You won't want to miss out on all the important updates for PTO meetings, volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, and more!
TEA on Minimum Standard Health Protocols on Visits to Schools During Campus Closureshttps://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/covid/minimum-standard-health-protocols-for-school-employees-in-school-building-during-campus-closures