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Parent FAQ's - 2020-2021 School Year

Parent FAQ #1

Important Vocabulary

 Face-to-Face ~ All enrolled CCISD students attend school daily, meet with classroom teacher/s and follow all safety protocols, including wearing masks.

 

Virtual Learning ~ Students may temporarily exit face-to-face instruction for many reasons including individual quarantine, extended illness or school closure. Virtual learning will take place after orientation week. Classroom teachers will use the district template.

 

E-Learning Academy  ~ Students and parents may request online learning for 9 week periods. If the E-Learning Academy is desired, a transfer form must be submitted to the campus or district office prior to the start of school on August 4, 2020.  

 

Health and Safety: Key Documents

 

Close Contact  ~  Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is in the Commissioner's guidelines defined as:

a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or 

b. 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. ”

 

 

FAQ

 

  1. When will school start? Are we still planning to start day 1 with face-to-face classes?
    1. At this time Face-to-Face students will return to school on August 11-14  for a one or two day orientation. Schedules for orientation are posted at the end of this document.
    2. Orientations will be broken down by alpha or grade level. A survey has been provided to parents to select Face-to-Face or E-Learning Academy and due by July 29th.
    3. E-Learning students will have a virtual orientation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1.  What will classroom instruction look like during this time?
    1. All students and staff will wear masks. Plexiglass barriers are a teacher’s option. 
    2. Google Classroom will be utilized by all teachers to post and upload assignments.
    3. The district has purchased additional supplemental resources for some courses.
    4. PK-5 classes will be self-contained with core content classes in the morning. During the first weeks of school, the afternoon enrichments, electives, tutorials and safe-play will be optional.
    5. If a face-to-class must transition temporarily to virtual instruction, a new and improved one-click classroom will be used. A single lesson plan can be easily used at home.

 

  1. Is the E-Learning academy different than the March-May remote learning?
    1. Yes- very different.
    2. PK-8 have a one-click access to a single daily plan.
    3. The plan will include videos, streamed lessons and at-home activities.
    4. High School students  will enroll in a self-paced online curriculum with an assigned facilitair/teacher to take attendance, monitor progress and connect to tutoring if needed.
    5. A significant hourly commitment should be expected for all E-Learning. 

 

  1. If I choose E-Learning, when can I transfer to Face-to-Face instruction?
    1. A transfer form will help the district know a parent’s preference.
    2. 9-week selections are required.
    3. Special circumstances will be considered.

 

  1. Will there be STAAR tests?
    1. TEA will continue to update districts throughout the year regarding STAAR. 
    2. Currently, TEA states that students will participate in STAAR testing.

 

  1. How will COVID-19 issues be addressed?
    1.  CCISD policy requires masks/ facial coverings must be worn by all students and staff.
    2. Social Distancing will be emphasized.
    3. “Close Contact” is defined above.
    4. Parents will be notified according to TEA guidance if there is a positive case on a campus.
    5. Quoted From the TEA Reopening Guidance Summary July 21 2020:
      1. School systems must notify their local health department if an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.
      2. School systems must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected unless more than 3 days have passed since that person was on campus.
      3. School systems 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 on-campus activities.

 

  1. What will happen if an employee/ student tests positive for Covid-19?
    1. A self-report must be submitted. Instructional arrangements will be made.
    2. “ Close Contacts” and school communities will be notified, per TEA guidance. 
    3. 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, 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:

  1. at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  3. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

 

  1. What is considered, “ exposed” to COVID-19 according to the Public Health Planning Guidance?
    1. This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as:

1. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or

2.  being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield;

    1. 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.

 

  1. What if an employee/student is “exposed” to a lab-tested COVID-19 individual?

Anyone “exposed “ to a lab-tested COVID-19 individual 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:

      1.  at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
      2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
      3. at least fourteen days have passed since symptoms first appeared.  

 

 

 

 

  1. If my child must be in quarantine, what are the instructional arrangements?
    1. The student must stay at home until the Commissioner's “return” requirements are met (see above).
    2. Students in grades PK-8 will be taught virtually by the district E-Learning facilitators.
    3. Students in high school courses will be taught through a high school Google Classroom for each period.

 

  1. Will CCISD provide masks to students and teachers?
  1. Students and teachers are welcome to provide their own facial coverings, masks or shields. No distracting slogans, advertisements or images will be allowed.
  2. The state has provided 30,000 disposable masks and 8,000 washable masks for students and teachers.

 

  1.  Students may struggle with masks at first, what is recommended?  
    1. Patience and consistency.
    2. Extremely young students may need assistance and more patience.
    3. 100% compliance in hallways and common areas is required for safety.
    4. A shield will be recommended if a medical condition/ or maturity issue is a concern.

 

  1. How will students transition between periods?
    1. A detailed transition plan on each campus will be developed to minimize the number of students in the hallways.
    2. Staggered times for restrooms, hall traffic and lunch periods.

 

  1. How will CCISD handle busing?
    1. Transportation is in the process of developing the bus schedule and protocols to align with TEA guidelines for safety.
    2. Parents are encouraged to transport students to school when it is possible.

 

 

 

  1.  What are the expectations and grading guidelines for students learning Face-to-Face with temporary periods of virtual learning or in the E-Learning Academy?
    1. Clear guidelines regarding both attendance and grading will be provided for both face-to-face and E-Learning students.
    2. Attendance is required and measured by daily participation, engagement and completion of the daily lessons and adequate engagement in courses. All state rules for daily attendance apply. 
    3. CCISD grading guidelines will apply to all students in both online or face-to-face environments.

 

  1. What procedures are in place to ensure students on campus are healthy?
    1. All students and staff must self-screen at home for symptoms of COVID-19.
    2. Temperatures will be taken daily through the large group or individual building systems.
    3. Any individual experiencing any symptoms for COVID-19 will be sent home and subject to the Commissioner's guidelines. SY 20-21 Reopening Guidance Summary July 21 2020 (PDF) July 21 2020 [Public Health Orders card]

 

 

  1. Will there still be athletics/sports?
    1. UIL Guidelines apply
    2. E-Learning students will not be enrolled/ scheduled in classes that meet face-to-face each day to prepare for UIL competitions. As a result, E- Learning students will not participate in the UIL extracurricular portion of the class or compete in UIL activities.

 

 

 

Click here for the 2020-2021 Orientation Week Schedule