MAYES ELEMENTARY

2020-2021 RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN

Disclaimer: 

The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and Denison Independent School District’s Safe Return to School Plan 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 Campus Plans were developed by a variety of stakeholders including parents, teachers, nurses, administrators, counselors, and custodial, maintenance and transportation staff. We wish to thank all of the individuals who contributed time and perspective to the development of these plans.

Mayes 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

 

We have created this plan to aid in navigating the reestablishment of our school where employees, students, and families feel safe and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 conditions upon returning to Mayes Elementary School. The guidelines referenced in this plan are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Denison Independent School District (DISD). Regular updates will be made to this plan based on information provided by the CDC, WHO, TEA, DISD, and as applicable federal, state and local agencies.

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY DEFINITIONS:

CLOSE CONTACT: 

a)being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or

b) being within 6 feet for a largely uninterrupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day of approximately 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination.

Virus Prevention Strategies

Employee Procedures:

  • Mayes 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

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering

  • Significant muscle pain or ache

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • 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 mask or face shield

-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 Mrs. Hicks or Mrs. Gunter, School Administrators.  Mrs. Hicks or Mrs. Gunter, Campus Administrators, will then report the information to the Dr. David Kirkbride, Assistant Superintendent of Administration.

 

 

Student Procedures:

  • Mayes Elementary is asking parents to partner with our schools to perform a daily COVID-19 screening of their student.

  • Denison ISD is working with a company to purchase an app that will track COVID-19 screening and inform parents of a positive COVID-19 case.

  • 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

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering

  • Significant muscle pain or ache

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • 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 Mayes Elementary campus.

  • Essential visitors will be determined by Mrs. Gunter and/or Mrs. Hicks, Campus Administrators.

  • All essential visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms listed above.

  • 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.

  • Approved essential visitors will be required to wear face coverings while on campus.

  • Parents may drop materials off at the main office during regular school hours.

 

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) obtain an acute infection test (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) that comes back negative for COVID-19.

  • Any student who develops COVID-like symptoms at while at school will be quarantined and subject to the same re-entry process. 

  • COVID-like symptoms may be subject to assessment and determination by a Denison ISD staff nurse. 

 

Nurse (Non-COVID and COVID Situations)

  • Prior to sending students to the school nurse, the professional supervising the student will contact the school nurse. If possible, the nurse will go to the classroom and provide supervision and/or medication. 

  • For students that need to come to the nurse for Non-COVID symptoms, the student will be seen in the Mayes Elementary Main Office.  This will be for routine medications, cuts, scrapes, lice checks, etc.  There will be a screen to maintain student privacy and confidentiality.

  • For all students suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms, the students will report to the Mayes Elementary Clinic for screening.

 Virus Response Protocols

Denison ISD Action Protocols:

 

Upon identifying a possible COVID-19 case on campus, Denison ISD 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, Denison ISD will:

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

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

 Virus Mitigation Tactics

Health and Hygiene Practices - General

  • Mayes 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 upon entry and exit into any classroom.

  • Teachers will instruct students regarding good handwashing techniques and other mitigation practices on the first day of enrollment. 

  • Students will wash hands for at least 20 seconds before eating and after using the restroom.

  • 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.

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

  • 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, while maintaining safety.

 

Health and Hygiene Practice – Face Coverings

Face coverings are an important part of student and employee protection, as well as personal hygiene, social distancing, and frequent cleaning efforts. 

  • In compliance with the Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, all Denison ISD employees will wear face coverings.

  • All students in grades 1-4 will be required to wear face coverings, unless the child meets one or more of the state established expectations as set forth in State Order GA-29. 

  • All staff members will be required to wear a facial covering when supervising students.

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

  • Mayes Elementary will provide ONE reusable Yellow Jacket gaiter to all students and staff members, however a student may wear his own school-appropriate face covering.

  • Mayes Elementary will provide a clear face shield for ALL staff members.

  • Mayes Elementary will provide clear masks for all PK-2nd grade staff and special education staff members in order to allow students to view the instructor’s mouth for letter and sound production.

  • Facial coverings include: Masks, Gaiter, or Shield

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

 

Social Distancing Practices

Social distancing is an effective way to prevent potential infection.  Mayes Elementary employees, students, parents, and visitors should practice staying approximately 6 feet away from others when possible and eliminating contact with others.

  • Mayes Elementary will encourage individuals to practice social distancing. 

  • To the greatest extent possible, desks will be arranged to allow for social distancing.

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

  • Traffic Flow –Signs will mark the walking direction throughout the building to remind staff and students to maintain social distancing.

  • Markings will be placed on the floor to remind students of where to sit and/or stand.

 

Dividers

 Dividers are used to reduce the risk of spread when social distancing is not feasible.

  • Dividers will be used at tables, computer areas, and other locations where students are not able to social distance.

 

DISD Staggered Start/End Times

  • In an effort to maintain safer transportation for our bus students, Denison ISD is implementing staggered start and end times. The following chart outlines campus start and end times for the 2020-21 school year.

Early Childhood Beginning of the Year Transition Plan-Bilingual Pre-K and Kindergarten

  • Mayes Elementary is preparing a special transition plan to start the school year for Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students. Mayes will bring in a 4-5 students each of the first 4 days of the school year. Teachers will be contacting parents to inform them of their designated first day of school. Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will only attend 1 day of the first 4 days of school.  On that specified day students will begin at 9:00 A.M. and conclude their day at 3:15 P.M.  (Thursday, August 13, Friday, August 14, Monday, August 17, OR Tuesday, August 18.)   Beginning on Wednesday, August 19th all Bilingual Pre-K and Kindergarten students will begin our normal school schedule, 8:00-3:15, Monday-Friday.

 

Drop-Off Procedure for the Morning

  • Parents are strongly encouraged to drop students off between 7:45-8:00 A.M. in order to maintain social distancing

  • Doors will open at 7:30 A.M.

  • The main doors for the entrance of students will be monitored by staff and propped open for student entry to minimize touching surfaces.

  • All PK-1 students will be dropped off on the north side of the building near the teacher parking lot.

  • Please remember our staff members must enter this lot to park.

  • This lot will be coned off until 7:30 A.M. to allow for teachers to park.

  • All 2nd-4th grade students will be dropped off by the main office. 

  • Please remember to pull all the way to the end of the sidewalk, so that traffic does not back up on Jenny Lane.

  • Parents are NOT allowed to walk students inside the building.

  • Staff members will assist children inside the building.

  • Students will remain in the hallways outside their classrooms until 7:45 A.M. each morning. They will use social distancing.

  • At 7:45 A.M. students will enter their classrooms.

  

Breakfast Procedures

  • All students will continue to receive a FREE breakfast at Mayes Elementary. 

  • All students will remain in the hallway from 7:30-7:45 A.M. maintaining social distance. 

  • Students will be dismissed to classrooms at 7:45 A.M.

  • All breakfasts will be conducted in the student’s homeroom class. 

  • All meals will be prepackaged and teachers will distribute meals to students.

 

Lunch Procedures

  • Visitors will not be allowed to come during lunch periods.

  • Lunches will be FREE for all students at Mayes Elementary School.

  • Lunches will be prepackaged and distributed to students by cafeteria employees.

  • Students will NOT be allowed to purchase additional items during the lunch period. (Example, extra water, chips, cookies, etc.)

  • Pre-K Students will eat in their classrooms.

  • K-4 grade students will eat in the cafeteria with his/her grade level only.

  • Students will practice social distancing while in the cafeteria as much as possible.

  • Students will enter the cafeteria and be seated at tables.  Cafeteria staff members will have meals ready to serve at the tables. Students will not go through the lunch line.

  • All cafeteria tables will be cleaned and sanitized with approved materials between grade level lunch periods by cafeteria employees.

 

Assemblies and Class Parties

  • At this time, we will not have assemblies on Friday, however we are planning to recognize students through a virtual process.

  • At this time, we will not have class parties, however teachers will plan celebrations within their classes.

 

Personal Workspace/Classroom

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

  • All students will be required to use hand sanitizer before entry into any classroom.

  • Computers will be sanitized between student use.

  • Employees are encouraged to disinfect their own personal workspace (teacher desk, phone, etc.) throughout the day, giving special attention to commonly touched surfaces.

  • Students will be assigned a personal set of classroom supplies.

  • Centers will be sanitized between each group and materials will be personalized for each student as much as possible.

  • Students will use disinfectant wipes to keep their area clean and sanitized throughout the school day.

  • Classroom doors will remain open as much as possible to prevent exposure to door handles.

  • Headphones will be sanitized between each use.

  • Students will not be allowed to work together (center work, guided reading groups, etc.) for more than 15 minute increments.

  • When students (4th graders) transition to another classroom/teacher, desks/tables will be sanitized in between class periods.

 

Teacher Workspace

  • There will be limited access to certain workspaces to reduce exposure to risks and ensure safety.

 

  • Workspace usage is as follows:

 

  • Capacity–Mayes Elementary will be monitoring the number of parents, students, and employees in the offices to reduce the risk of infection. 

  • Conference Rooms– Conference rooms will be sanitized between each meeting.  All meetings will be done virtually as often as possible.  Grade level and weekly PLC meetings will be conducted in grade level classrooms to maintain social distancing.

  • Teacher Lounge–These spaces will be sanitized by individuals as they enter and exit.  This includes the use of shared appliances such as coffee machines, refrigerators, and microwaves. Staff members must use their own professional judgment regarding entry into these common areas.  Staff members should maintain social distance as recommended by the CDC. Staff members must be thoughtful of one another.

  • Teacher Work Room – There will be limited access to the copy room. Only teachers on conference period may be allowed in the teacher work room.  If it is NOT your conference period, you are NOT allowed inside the work room.  Paraprofessionals may be allowed in the work room when teachers are not present. The copy machine must be sanitized by the user prior to their departure. Staff members must be respectful of one another.

  • Office Area-Staff members will ONLY be allowed to enter the office during their conference periods for necessary business. If parents are present, teachers should not enter unless absolutely necessary.  The copy machine should be sanitized by each user.  If necessary, front office staff may ask staff members to leave the office due to overcrowding.

 

Library

  • Students will maintain social distancing while in the library.

  • As books are returned they will be left in return bins for 48 hours, then they will be sanitized and re-shelved.

  • If materials such as crayons, markers, etc. are needed, they will be provided for each individual student. They will NOT share materials.

  • The library tables will be sanitized between each class period.

 

Gym

  • Students will be required, per TEA guidelines to complete 30 minutes of physical activity per day.

  • When weather permits, students will be taken outdoors for physical education classes.

  • Students will not be allowed to play tag or other contact sports during P.E.

  • Materials, such as balls, will only be allowed for personal use, and will be sanitized between each class period.

  • Social distancing will be required.

  • Masks are not required during P.E. class.

 

Computer Lab

  • Students will be assigned to a computer for the school year.

  • Computer area and surrounding surfaces will be sanitized between each class period.

  • Due to limited space, dividers will be used during this time.

  • Students will be required to use hand sanitizer upon entry and exit from the computer lab.

 

Music Class

  • Music class will be conducted in the student’s home room.

  • Masks for grades 1st-4th will be required during music classes.

  • Social distancing will be maintained during music class.

 

Art Class

  • Art class will be conducted in the student’s home room.

  • Masks for grades 1st-4th will be required during art classes.

  • Social distancing will be maintained during art class.

 

Transportation Procedures

  • 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.

 

Restroom Usage

  • Students will be allowed to use the restroom as needed throughout the school day.

  • Teachers will have scheduled restroom and handwashing times throughout the school day.

  • Students grades 1st-4th will be required to wear masks to the restroom.

  • Students will wash hands before exiting restrooms for a minimum of 20 seconds.

  • Students will be required to use hand sanitizer upon reentry to the classroom.

 

Water Fountain Use

  • All water fountains will remain closed.

  • Students will be allowed to use a water bottle.

  • Water bottle filling stations will be strategically placed within the school for student use throughout the day.

 

Early Student Check-Outs

  • Parents will enter the vestibule area outside the main office area to pick up their child.

  • Parents will need to be respectful of one another during this time and maintain social distance.  Parents may need to wait outside until the parent in front has exited the area. 

 

Staff Training

  • All staff members will be trained on the COVID-19 procedures and routines prior to the first day of instruction.

 

Travel Restrictions

  • Mayes will discontinue staff and student travel to conferences, workshops, and field trips until further notice unless pre-approved by DISD administration.

Denison Independent School District 2020-21 Instructional Delivery Models

For the 2020-21 school year, 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

Mayes Elementary will address the mental health and social-emotional development of all students, staff and community by following best practices in the areas of:

  • Mrs. Powell, School Counselor will provide services as needed.

  • 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.  Denison ISD will use the following channels for parent communication:

  • Follow @Mayes Elementary on Facebook

  • District Website-www.denisonisd.net

  • Email

  • Campus Newsletters posted online

  • Social Media – District Twitter Account (@denisonisd) and Campus Facebook Pages

  • Make sure the school has an updated phone number and address for your family.

District Call Out system

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