DENISON HIGH SCHOOL

2020-2021 RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN

Disclaimer:

The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and Denison High School and Denison Independent School District’s Safe Return to School Plans will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus, especially in Denison and  Grayson County.

 

Acknowledgements:

The District Plan and Denison High School Campus Plan were developed by a variety of stakeholders including parents, teachers, nurses, administrators, counselors, custodial, maintenance and transportation staff.  We wish to thank all of the individuals who contributed time and perspective to the development of these plans.

 

Denison High School – Safe Return to School Plan

Denison High School is committed to ensuring that all students, staff, and community members remain healthy and safe by adhering to best practices in the following areas:

  • Safety Protocols

  • Instructional Plans

Denison High School Safety Protocols

 

Virus Prevention Strategies

  • Students will receive instruction on hand washing/sanitizing.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available.  Students are required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting each class period.

  • All Denison High School faculty and staff will self-screen daily.

  • In compliance with the Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, all DHS students will be required to wear a face covering—unless there is an existing condition that would meet one of the allowable exceptions.  Those instances will be handled on an individual basis.

  • Class sizes make it difficult to keep desired separation.  However, every effort will be made to disinfect and distance at times that students cannot wear a face covering.  Students will be required to maintain distancing as physical space allows, such as passing in halls, cafeteria, common areas and other larger spaces.

  • Teachers will spray desks, chairs, and commonly touched surfaces at the end of each class period.

 

Entering

  • Students entering prior to 7:50am will go directly to the cafeteria.  At 7:50am students in the cafeteria will go directly to their first period class.  After 7:50am, students may pick up a to-go breakfast in the cafeteria to take to their first period class to be eaten in the classroom.  Students may remove their face covering only while eating.

  • Cafeteria occupancy will be reduced to about 50% of the full seating capacity.  Furnishings will be arranged to provide maximum distancing.  Students will not be allowed to rearrange furnishings.  Students will not be allowed to change seats once seated.

  • Students must wear a face covering at all times unless they are seated and eating.  They must resume wearing the face covering as soon as they finish their meal.

  • Faculty supervision will be increased to ensure compliance to safety requirements.

  • Staff will be posted throughout the building to ensure distancing and direct travel to classrooms.

  • Loitering will not be allowed.

  • The drop off in the morning for car riders is at the front of the building.   Personnel will be present in the parking lot to direct traffic to ensure a safe and orderly drop off.  Your cooperation is appreciation.

Transitions

  • Additional time has been added for students to move between classes to allow for social distancing. 

  • Students are not allowed to congregate or loiter in the halls at any time. 

  • Students will travel on the right hand side of the halls and stairways in order to maintain distance.

  • Students will spend a minimal amount of time in the restrooms. 

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in each classroom and will be required when entering and exiting each class.

 

Lunch

  • Cafeteria occupancy will be reduced to about 50% of the full seating capacity.  Furnishings will be arranged to provide maximum distancing.  Students will not be allowed to rearrange furnishings.  Students will not be allowed to change seats once seated.

  • Students must wear a face covering at all times unless they are seated and eating.  They must resume wearing their face covering as soon as they finish their meal.

  • Faculty supervision will be increased to ensure compliance to safety requirements.

  • To help minimize the amount of people who will be in the front office area, Denison High School will not accept deliveries of lunches to students. 

  • Students are allowed to bring a lunch with them.

 

Dismissal

  • Car riders and students in extracurricular activities will release at 4:05pm and immediately exit the front of the building or go directly to their activity. 

  • Parents/guardians picking up students will be directed to park in the lot and wait for their child.  Security personnel will direct cars to available parking spaces. 

  • Students will be expected to disperse to their cars immediately to keep students from congregating at the front of the building.  It will also be very helpful for parents to be in the parking lot promptly at 4:05pm, or before. 

  • Additional faculty will monitor halls and escort students.

  • Bus riders release at 4:10 and go directly to their bus at the back of the building if their bus is on campus or to cafeteria for late arriving buses.  Students in the cafeteria will remain seated until they are dismissed to their buses. 

 

Visitors

  • Only essential visitors are allowed.  Essential visitors are those that are required for the operation of the school.

  • Parents are encouraged to make appointments in advance of coming to the school.

  • If it is necessary for parents to check-out their students early, parents are encouraged to call the office in advance and pick up their students at the front curb during the school day. 

  • The outside doors will remain locked.  The front office phone number will be posted on the front door to call for entry or assistance. 

  • To help minimize the amount of people who will be in the front office area, Denison High School will not accept deliveries of any kind from outside of the school to Denison High School students.  If an extenuating circumstance warrants the delivery of an item to a student, parents must call the front office to make a request.  Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Instructional Plan

  • Face to face instruction will be provided.

  • Remote learning will be provided according to the district plan.  Students are required to complete an application for remote learning.  Applications will be available online July 30 – August 5. Please access the application by going to www.denisonisd.net.

  • Denison High School will provide real time online instruction (students must be logged in and engaged during the scheduled class times in order to be counted present) for remote learners utilizing a combination of Schoology, Zoom, and other online resources.

  • Participation in extracurricular activities will be allowed for at-home learners.  However, students must attend classes in-person that correspond to any UIL sanctioned activities.  Examples:  Students participating in before/after-school athletics must attend a scheduled athletic period in-person.  Students participating in before/after-school band activities must attend a corresponding scheduled band period in-person.   Students participating in before/after-school theater activities must attend a corresponding scheduled theater period in-person.  If you have any questions about UIL sanctioned activities and their corresponding classes, please contact the director of the program (athletic director, band director, drill team coach, theater director, etc.).  If a student / parent chooses not to come to campus for this purpose, a scheduled change will need to be made. 

  • Students’ schedules may require them to report to school for an extracurricular activity before school and return to campus at a later time during the day to attend a class that corresponds to the extracurricular activity.  If a student / parent chooses not to come to campus for this purpose, a scheduled change will need to be made. 

  •  Remote learning students in elective CTE courses that require hands-on learning or physical demonstration of skills on campus will be required to attend in person to complete a required assignment or project that could not reasonably be completed remotely.   If a student / parent chooses not to come to campus for this purpose, a scheduled change will need to be made. 

  • The following CTE courses could be subject to the requirement for students to be on campus to complete required hands-on assignments or projects:  Examples:  welding, cosmetology, culinary, etc.

  • The final exam exemption policy has been eliminated pending the pandemic.

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