HYDE PARK ELEMENTARY

2020-2021 RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN

Disclaimer: 

The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and Hyde Park Elementary’s Safe Return to School Plan will be constantly evaluated and adapted as needed to stay in accordance with the Denison Independent School District’s Safe to Return to School Plan. 

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

  • Virus Prevention Strategies

  • Virus Response Protocols

  • Virus Mitigation Tactics

Virus Prevention Strategies

Employee Procedures:

  • Hyde Park Elementary will require all employees to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school each day.

  • All employees will take their own temperature each morning and will self-assess if they have recently begun experiencing any of the following symptoms in a way that is not normal for them.

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering

  • Significant muscle pain or ache

  • Diarrhea

  • Any employee who possesses COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, must remain off campus until he meets the criteria for re-entry listed at the conclusion of this section.

  • Any employee who has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. 

  • Close contact is defined as:

    • Being directly exposed to infectious secretions, or

    • Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a face covering

  • Any employee who has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, or possesses COVID-19 must report this information to the school system.  Each employee will report to Principal Becky Suthers, who will then report the information to the Assistant Superintendent of Administration or Assistant Superintendent of Business Services.

Student Procedures:

  • Hyde Park Elementary and Denison ISD is asking parents to partner with our school to perform a daily COVID-19 screening of their student.

  • Denison ISD will be purchasing an app (Frontline) to track COVID-screening and lab-confirmed cases.

  • All parents will take the temperature of their student each morning and will determine if the student has recently begun experiencing any of the following symptoms in a way that is not normal for them.

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering

  • Significant muscle pain or ache

  • Diarrhea

  • Any student who has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. 

  • Parents must ensure that they do not send a child to school on campus if:

    • the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed above) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19.

    • the child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19.

  • In both cases, parents should opt to have their student to receive remote instruction until the criteria for re-entry which are listed at the conclusion of this section are met.

Visitor Procedures:

  • Only essential visitors will be allowed onto the Hyde Park Elementary campus.

  • All visitors will need to wear a face mask/covering.

  • Essential visitors will be determined by Hyde Park Campus Administrators. Parents/guardians may enter the front foyer only to pick up their child or drop something off for their child.

  • Parents may schedule conferences with teachers or an administrator virtually or in-person. Parents will not be able to walk students to the classroom, visit classrooms, or join students for meals.

  • All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms listed above, by the front office staff.

  • Any visitor possessing a COVID-19 symptom must remain off-campus until he meets the criteria for re-entry listed at the conclusion of this section.

  • All visitors will be screened to determine if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. 

  • Any visitor who has had close contact must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.

  • Due to social distancing guidelines, Kindergarten Round Up has been cancelled. However, the Kindergarten and Head Start teachers will be calling the families to explain the alternative plan. Meet the Teacher will be a virtual event and parents will be notified.

Employees, Students, or Visitors Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19 – Exclusion and Re-Entry

  • Any individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, or who experiences COVID-19 symptoms must stay home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

    • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are 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.

  • 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 stay at home period, the individual must either

(a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, or

(b) receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.

Virus Response Protocols

Hyde Park Elementary Action Protocols:

A full time Registered Nurse is on staff at Hyde Park Elementary to assist in the day to day care of the children as well as to help with the implementation of the Virus Response Protocols.

 

Upon identifying a possible COVID-19 case on campus, Hyde Park Elementary, in accordance with Denison ISD protocol will:

  • Immediately separate the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the individual can leave campus. 

  • Clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms as soon as is possible.

  • Perform an immediate temperature check of the individual to determine if he is symptomatic for COVID-19.

 

Upon learning that a lab-confirmed case has been in a school, Hyde Park Elementary, in accordance with Denison ISD protocol will:

  • Notify the Assistant Superintendent of Administration.

  • Notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

  • Close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus.

  • Notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in the school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate in any on campus activities.

  • Denison ISD will be purchasing an app (Frontline) to track COVID-screening and lab-confirmed cases.

Virus Mitigation Tactics

Health and Hygiene Practices - General

  • Hyde Park Elementary will have hand sanitizer stations at the entrance of each campus and in every classroom.

  • Employees and students will be required to sanitize hands frequently.

  • Teachers will instruct students regarding good handwashing techniques and other mitigation practices on the first day of class.  Students will wash hands for at least 20 seconds before eating and after using the restroom.

  • Hand washing sinks are available throughout the school, bathrooms, and in most classrooms at Hyde Park Elementary.

  • Students will be taught to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.  Used tissues will be thrown in the trash, and hands will be washed immediately, or hand sanitizer will be used.

  • Denison ISD will employ additional cleaning staff who will be responsible for more frequent cleaning practices to disinfect high-touch surfaces throughout the day at Hyde Park Elementary.

  • All classrooms will be sprayed with a misting disinfectant each night.

  • Classroom doors will remain open as much as possible to prevent touching the door handles and to aid in air circulation.

  • Classroom, PE, Music, and Art equipment will be disinfected following the departure of each student group and prior to the entrance of the next student group and the transition schedule will be adjusted to accommodate cleaning time.

  • Students will NOT share supplies and materials, such as crayons, glue, pencils, erasers, etc. Please send your child to school with a zippered supply pouch or plastic supply box to hold and carry their supplies.

  • Classroom and computer lab devices will be assigned to small groups of students and hands will be washed/sanitized before and after use. Equipment will be sanitized between classes.

  • Cleaning products will be stored safely away from children.

  • Whenever possible, teachers will open windows to improve air flow by allowing outside air to circulate the building.

  • All staff and students will be trained on COVID-19 safety protocols.

  • Water fountains will be shut off on the campus and water bottle filling stations will be installed in 4 strategic locations.

  • Library books returned to the library will sit in a designated location, untouched, for a minimum of 4 days before being returned to the shelves.

  • Library tables will be sanitized between each class period.

Health and Hygiene Practice – Face Coverings

  • In compliance with the Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, all students in Grades 4 through 12 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.

  • Out of abundance of caution, Denison ISD is also requiring students in Grades 1 through 3 to wear a face covering, unless there is a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. Those instances will be handled on an individual basis.

  • Parents of students in Head Start and Kindergarten may elect to have their student(s) to wear a face covering.

  • Face coverings can include cloth masks, gaiters, face shields or anything else that provides covering over the nose and mouth.

  • Parents of students in Pre-Kindergarten/Head Start through Kindergarten may elect to have their student(s) to wear a face covering.

  • The district will provide ONE reusable Yellow Jacket face covering, but a student may wear his own school-appropriate face coverings.

  • In the event that the student does not have a face covering, the district will provide a disposable mask.

Social Distancing Practices

  • Hyde Park Elementary will follow social distancing protocols to the maximum extent possible in all classrooms, hallways, and common areas. It may not be possible to observe the six feet distancing recommendation based on class size and classroom configurations. Students, however, will be seated as far apart as space allows.

  • Recess times will be staggered throughout the day according to smaller student groups to prevent overcrowding of the playgrounds.

  • In classrooms where students are regularly within six feet of one another, teachers will plan for more frequent hand sanitizing.

  • Whenever feasible, physical education and other classes may gather outside to reduce the risk of virus spread.

Entry Procedures

  • Parents/guardians are asked to please stay in their vehicles when dropping off their children.

  • Hyde Park Elementary will accept students from Kindergarten through 4th grade no earlier than 7:30 a.m.

  • Hyde Park Elementary will accept Head Start students at 7:45 a.m.

  • Additional information will be communicated to the parents about specific procedures for the different grade levels.

  • Select staff members and the administration team will arrive at school by 7:30 a.m.  The rest of the staff will be at school and on duty by 7:45 a.m.

  • When students arrive on campus, a staff member will instruct them as to where they should sit in the holding areas, following the social distancing guidelines. The students will be supervised at all times by staff members.

  • At 7:45 a.m., the students will be escorted to their classrooms where their teachers will be waiting.

  • Hand washing and breakfast will begin. 

  • Students will need to come to school each morning with their water bottle full of water only. (Separate information will be sent to the parents regarding the size and type of preferred water bottles)

  • The first bell will ring at 8:00 a.m. and instruction will begin at 8:15.

Breakfast Procedures

  • Teachers will monitor their students as the class takes a hand washing break. Most classes will take those breaks in their classrooms. Classes that do not have sinks will go to one of the hand washing sinks near or in the bathrooms. Students will follow social distancing guidelines with one student at a time at the sink.

  • Individually packaged breakfast will be provided and delivered to ALL students in their classrooms.

  • A separate trash can will be designated in each classroom solely for the disposal of breakfast trash to be disposed of immediately after the meal.

Transition Procedures

  • At this time, grade levels that are departmentalized will remain that way and students will transition from one classroom to another. In those cases, the desk tops and chairs will be sanitized before the next group of students use them. Students will also be asked to either wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer upon entering the classroom.

  • When lining up and walking down the halls, students and staff will stay to the far right of the hallway and observe social distancing guidelines to the greatest extent possible.

 

Lunch Procedures

  • Lunch will be in the cafeteria.

  • Each grade level will have 2 staff lunch monitors assigned to them.

  • Prior to lunch, the teachers will ensure that the students have all washed their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds each.

  • Approximately 5 minutes prior to the scheduled lunch time, the monitors will go to their grade level and pick up the students to escort them to the cafeteria.

  • Once in the cafeteria, the students will be seated at their assigned seat, separated to the maximum extent possible.

  • The cafeteria employees and monitors will distribute individually packaged lunches to the students.

  • At the end of the scheduled lunch time, the monitors will escort the children back to their classrooms.

  • The tables and chairs will be wiped down and sanitized prior to the next group sitting down.

  • The monitors for the next grade level will wait with their students in the hall for the prior group to completely exit before going in.

  • Recess time will be taken at staggering times throughout the day for 30 minutes, either all at once or split into segments at the discretion of the teacher.

 

Hyde Park Elementary Lunch Schedule

  • Head Start 10:30-10:55 AM

  • Kindergarten 10:55 – 11:20 AM

  • 1st Grade 11:20 – 11:45 AM

  • SLC 11:35 – 12:05 (accompanied by their teachers)

  • 2nd Grade 11:45 – 12:10 PM

  • 3rd Grade 12:10 – 12:35 PM

  • 4th Grade 12:35 – 1:00 PM

Exit Procedures

  • All staff will be on duty until at least 3:30 PM.  At that time, if any students have not been picked up, a staff member will monitor them until their rides arrive. Please help us by picking up your child on time.

  • Additional information will go out to the parents explaining which door each grade will exit through.

  • Students will remain in their classrooms, supervised, until their name is called on the walkie-talkie by a staff member.

  • A few minutes prior to the bell, older siblings will be sent to the younger siblings’ classrooms to wait with them.

  • SLC students will be dismissed at 3:10PM.  Siblings of those students will be outside the SLC classroom just prior to that time.

  • Bus students and Boys and Girls Club students will be lined up and travel down the appropriate halls, using social distancing guidelines to the maximum extent possible. Hyde Park staff will monitor them until they have arrived at the designated location for after school club or have been put on the bus.  Additional information about Boys and Girls Club will be coming from that organization.

 

Early Childhood Beginning of Year Transition Plan

  • Denison ISD is preparing a special transition plan to start the school year for Head Start, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students. Each campus, including Hyde Park Elementary, will bring in a small group of students each of the first 4 days of the school year. Hyde Park Head Start and Kindergarten teachers will be contacting parents to inform them of their designated first day of school. Head Start, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students will only attend 1 day of the first 4 days of school. (Thursday, August 13, Friday, August 14, Monday, August 17, OR Tuesday, August 18.)

 

Transportation Procedures

  • Hyde Park Elementary and Denison ISD is asking parents to partner with us to reduce the number of students utilizing school bus transportation. 

  • For those using bus transportation, students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus.

  • Students who use bus transportation will be required to wear a face mask—regardless of age or grade level.

  • Whenever possible, the driver will open bus windows to allow for greater air circulation.

Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip.  Great attention will be given to cleaning high-touch surfaces such as seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles.

Denison Independent School District 2020-21 Instructional Delivery Models

For the 2020-21 school year, Hyde Park Elementary and Denison ISD will provide a high-quality education utilizing two instructional delivery models:

  • In-Person Learning (Traditional Face-to-Face Classroom Experience with Safety Protocols)

  • At-Home Learning (Virtual Learning Experience)

 

Regardless of the selected instructional delivery model, per Texas Education Code (TEC), Section 25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade level.

In-Person Learning

  • This delivery method is available for students in Prekindergarten through Grade 12.

  • Students will attend school on a regular instructional schedule and will engage in face-to face learning on campus all day, every day.

  • Classroom instruction will be designed for mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each content area.

  • Expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for In-Person Learning and At-Home Learning will be the same.

  • Student participation is required 5 full days per week.

  • Counselors and school staff will provide social-emotional support.

  • Accommodations and support services will be provided according to the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP)

  • All safety measures and protocols outlined in the first section of this document will be utilized as safety prevention measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • In the event that a student participating in In-Person Learning should possess COVID-19 symptoms, contract COVID-19, or experience close contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case, the student must switch to At-Home Learning.

  • For re-entry to in-person learning, refer to the aforementioned Exclusion and Re-entry section of this document.

 

 

At-Home Learning

  • This delivery method is available for students in Prekindergarten through Grade 12.

  • Parents of students who select at-home learning are required to attend a DISD At-Home Learning Orientation.  This orientation will be provided virtually.

  • Students will remain at home and will engage in learning activities that are primarily delivered through an online learning management system.

  • Classroom instruction will be designed for mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each content area.

  • Expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for In-Person Learning and At-Home Learning will be the same.

  • Instruction will include teacher-led and independent learning activities.  

  • Daily attendance will be taken.

  • Daily student participation in the learning activities will be required.  

  • A caregiver will need to be available to support younger students in navigating at-home learning.

  • A reliable Internet connection will be required for at-home learning. If needed, Denison ISD will lend a hot spot and district computer device to the family.

Online Learning Management Systems

  • The district has identified Google Classroom and Schoology as Learning Management Systems to support delivery of At-Home learning. Google Classroom will be used by students in Pre-K through 6th Grade; Schoology will continue to be used by students in 7th through 12th Grades.

  • Resources will be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools.

  • In the event that a student participating in In-Person Learning should possess COVID-19 symptoms, contract COVID-19, or experience close contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case, the student must switch to At-Home Learning.

 

Process for Selecting Instructional Delivery Model:

  • Beginning July 30, parents will complete an application to inform Denison ISD of their intent to utilize At-Home Learning for their student(s) for the first 6-weeks of the school year.

  • Parents are strongly encouraged to complete the application as soon as possible so that the district can determine staffing patterns.  If at all possible, the application should be completed by August 5.

  • Parents of students who select at-home learning are required to attend a DISD At-Home Learning Orientation.  This orientation will be provided virtually.

  • There will be a link for the At-Home Application on the Denison ISD website (www.denisonisd.net).

  • Paper applications will also be available in the office of each Denison ISD campus.

  • The district will assume that parents who do NOT complete an application intend to pursue In-Person Learning for their student(s) for the first 6-weeks of the school year.

  • New applications may be submitted every 6 weeks (see calendar listed below) throughout the entire school year.  

  • As noted above, a student may move from In-Person Learning to At-Home Learning should COVID-19 concerns dictate a change in the instructional delivery method.

  • Students may NOT change from At-Home Learning to In-Person Learning until the next application window.

Social Emotional and Mental Health Support Systems

Hyde Park Elementary, in conjunction with Denison ISD will address the mental health and social-emotional development of all students, staff and community by following best practices in the areas of:

  • School-based mental health services

  • Behavioral support systems

  • Family engagement and support practices

  • Staff supports

Parent Communication

Communication throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic will be extremely important.  Hyde Park Elementary will use the following channels for parent communication:

  • School Webpage

  • Email

  • Campus Newsletter

  • Hyde Park Facebook page

  • All Calls

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