SCOTT MIDDLE SCHOOL

2020-2021 RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN

SEE PLAN REVISIONS:

  1. REVISED 7-29-20

Disclaimer:

The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and Scott Middle 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 Campus Plans 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.

 

Scott Middle School – Safe Return to School Plan

Scott Middle 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:

  • Virus Prevention Strategies

  • Virus Response Protocols

  • Virus Mitigation Tactics

 

Virus Prevention Strategies

 

Employee Procedures:

  • Scott MS 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

    • CoughDifficulty 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 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 the school system.  Each employee will report to his Campus Administrator, who will then report the information to the Assistant Superintendent of Administration or Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. 

 

Student Procedures:

  • Scott MS is asking parents to partner with our schools 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 Scott MS campus and will be required to wear a face covering at all times while on Scott MS premises.

  • Essential visitors will be determined by Campus Administrators.

  • All 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.

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

 

Scott MS Action Protocols:

  • Upon identifying a possible COVID-19 case on campus, Scott MS 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, Scott MS will

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

 

Virus Mitigation Tactics

 

Health and Hygiene Practices - General

  • Scott MS will have hand sanitizer stations at each entrance to the campus and in every classroom.

  • Employees and students will be required to sanitize hands upon entering and before exiting each classroom.

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

  • Denison ISD 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 and classroom doors to improve air flow by allowing outside air to circulate the building.Individual desks will be utilized in lieu of tables whenever feasible and will be spaced as far apart as class size and room size allows.

  • Shared materials will be avoided when possible and sanitized between each use when utilized. 

  • Procedures for distribution and collecting of classroom materials and student work will be evaluated to limit as much contact from multiple students as possible.  Student movement within classrooms will be limited in order to discourage the spread of germs.

  • Restrooms will be outfitted with dividers between facilities and sinks where appropriate social distancing is not possible.  Maximum occupancy of the bathrooms will be displayed and enforced.  Increased supervision will be in place outside of restrooms. 

 

Health and Hygiene Practice – Face Coverings

  • In compliance with the Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, all SMS students and staff will wear face coverings, unless the student meets one or more of the established exceptions.

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

  • 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

  • Denison ISD 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.

  • Whenever feasible, physical education and other classes may gather outside to reduce the risk of virus spread.  Physical education classes will also focus on activities which avoid shared equipment and personal bodily contact between students.  Locker room procedures will be appropriately socially distanced and monitored during use.

Entry Procedures

  • Scott MS students will be allowed to enter the school building beginning at 7:30 am.  First bell will be at 8:30 am, instruction will begin at 8:35 am, and dismissal will be at 4:00 pm.

  • All bus students will utilize the two entrances on the West side of the campus, all car rider students will utilize the entrance at the commons, and all walking students will utilize the main entrance.  Each student will be required wear a face covering and to sanitize upon entry to the building.

  • Students who choose to eat breakfast may purchase a grab-and-go breakfast from the cafeteria, eat at the socially distanced cafeteria seating, and then move to their first period classroom.  Students who are not eating breakfast will immediately sanitize and move to their first period classroom.

Transition Procedures

  • Scott MS will increase the time period between classes from 3 minutes to 5 minutes in order to allow for proper handwashing during restroom breaks and appropriately spaced walking in the hallways.

  • Scott MS hallways are wide enough to support 2-way foot traffic with appropriate social distancing and will be marked with visual reminders for 6-foot spacing as well as directional arrows.  Certain stairwells will be designated for upward traffic and others will be designated for downward traffic.

  • All restrooms will be monitoring during transitions in order to ensure maximum occupancy is not exceeded, as well as proper handwashing.

  • Students will not be assigned academic lockers, in order to reduce congregation in the hallways.  In lieu of lockers, students will be allowed to carry backpacks for individual supplies. 

 

Lunch Procedures

  • Scott MS students will be offered several grab-and-go lunch options in order to reduce time in line.  Lines will be marked for appropriate social distancing.  A fourth lunch period will be added to the schedule in order to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria/commons during lunches. 

  • Socially distanced seating will be arranged in the cafeteria and commons area, with dividers where social distancing is not feasible. 

  • Students will wear face coverings upon entering the cafeteria, will sit, and then will be released by table to get their lunches.  While eating, students are not required to wear face coverings, but will be asked to resume wearing them when finished eating. 

  • Seating areas and tables will be sanitized before, between, and after each lunch period

Exit Procedures

  • Scott MS students will be dismissed in a staggered format in order to reduce number of students in the hallways and common areas.

  • Walking students will be dismissed first, along with students on the two busses which are driven by SMS teachers.  These students will be expected leave campus immediately and to utilize face coverings until off campus.

  • Car riding students will be dismissed next and will move to 2 socially distanced holding locations: 7th grade in the auditorium, 8th grade in the commons.  Students will be expected to utilize face coverings until they enter their guardian’s vehicle.  Guardians will be given signs with student name and grade to be displayed in their car windows, staff will radio for students, and students will be dismissed to their cars.  8th grade cars will enter from the North end of the main parking lot on Mirick St., will remain in the lanes closest to the SMS school building, and will exit from the South end of the parking lot.  7th grade cars will enter from the South end of the parking lot, will remain in the lanes closest to Mirick St., and will exit at the North end of the parking lot. 

  • Bus riders will be dismissed to a socially distanced holding location within Scott MS and will be dismissed from that location through the West exits as busses arrive.

  • All locations will be monitored by Scott MS staff for appropriate social distancing and safety.

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.

  • Scott MS students utilizing bus transportation will be required to wear a face covering.

  • 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 - Scott MS

2020-21 Instructional Delivery Models

 

For the 2020-21 school year, Scott MS 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), 504, and/or LPAC plans.

  • 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.  Scott MS students who select at-home learning are required to attend a DISD Schoology Orientation.  These orientations will be provided virtually.

  • Students will remain at home and will engage in learning activities that are delivered through Schoology.

  • A designated day/time will be given for students/parents to pick up physical materials needed to support online learning (ex: workbooks, technology tools, etc.) Online 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 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 Schoology as Learning Management Systems to support delivery of At-Home learning for 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.

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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.  Scott MS students who select at-home learning are required to attend a DISD Schoology Orientation.  These orientations 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.

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REVISED

7-29-20

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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, 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.

Social Emotional and Mental Health Support Systems

Scott MS 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.  Scott MS will use the following channels for parent communication:

  • Scott MS and Denison ISD Website

  • Email

  • Mail-outs and/or informational materials sent home with students

  • Social Media – District Twitter Account (@denisonisd)

  • All Calls

YELLOW JACKET FEEDING PROGRAM 

Through July 31, 2020, Denison ISD will continue to serve Grab & Go Meals at the following locations:
  • Hyde Park Elementary - 1701 Hyde Park Street

  • B. McDaniel Intermediate - 400 Lillis Lane

  • Lamar Elementary - 1000 S. Fifth Avenue

  • Terrell Elementary - 230 W. Martin Luther King

In addition, we will begin meal delivery to certain areas of town where there are clustered residential areas.  We are asking the community for help in identifying areas where meal delivery would be beneficial. Additional sites include:

  • Denison Housing Authority: 330 N 8th St (in parking lot by office)

  • Denison Housing Authority Tower Lane: 1000 N Armstrong (by maintenance building)

  • El Dorado mobile home estates:  5600 Texoma Parkway, Sherman

  • Sharon Circle mobile home estates:  by Sharon Circle

  • Heritage Lakeview Apartments: 1816 N State Hwy 91

  • Parkdale Villas Apartments: 4100 Parkdale Avenue

  • Forest Park: Crawford Street

  • Moan mobile home estates: Smith Drive

  • Scott Middle School: by baseball field

 

Anyone 18 and under is welcome to participate in this free breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner program. All meals will be served simultaneously 10:00am – 12:30pm Monday through Friday which will allow families to pick up all meals at once, along with Saturday and Sunday meals going out with Friday meals.

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