Coronavirus: What you need to know

Coronavirus: What you need to know

Coronavirus updates  

https://www.esc16.net/page/Corona%20Updates 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

FAQ Document

 Guidance from TEA will be followed by Borger ISD as we plan for and implement the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year.  This guidance changes often, and we will seek to provide updated information as we get it. Please check this document often for updates. 

A survey is also provided on our website.  Please complete as soon as you are able.  This will help us make plans.

If you have any questions, please email your question to:  info@borgerisd.net   The district will respond via email, or by phone if you provide a phone number. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these new circumstances. 

UPDATES JULY 9 are highlighted.

UPDATES JULY 6, 2020 are highlighted.

The following highlighted sections outline measures for prevention of the spread of COVID-19 as we reopen our schools in August. 

PREVENT: Practices to Prevent the Virus from Entering the School

Screening Questions for COVID-19 Before Campus Access

1. School systems must require teachers and staff to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. Symptoms are listed at the end of this document. The self-screening should include teachers and staff taking their own temperature. Teachers and staff must report to the school system if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below. Additionally, they must report to the school system if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, as defined at the end of this document, and, if so, must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.

2. Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met. Parents may also opt to have their students receive remote instruction if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed. School systems may consider screening students for COVID-19 as well. Screening is accomplished by asking questions by phone or other electronic methods and/or in person. The screening questions should also be asked of a student’s parent if that parent will be dropping off or picking up their child from inside the school. Regularly performing a forehead temperature check of otherwise asymptomatic students in school is not recommended, but the practice is also not prohibited by this guidance.

3. Excluding parental drop-off and pick-up as discussed above, before visitors are allowed onto campuses, school systems must screen all visitors to determine if the visitors have COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below. 4 Additionally, school systems must screen to determine if visitors have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. When practical, screening questions could be supplemented with temperature checks of adults.

Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19

  1. Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) 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
  • 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:

i. at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

ii. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

iii. 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/.

 Identifying Possible COVID-19 Cases on Campus

  • Schools must immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.
  • Schools should clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as is feasible.
  • Students who report feeling feverish should be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

    Transportation Recommendations

    1. School systems should consider requiring students and staff to use hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus.

    2. When possible, schools should open windows to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.

    3. School systems should encourage families to drop students off, carpool, or walk with their student to school to reduce possible virus exposure on buses.

    4. Buses should be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles. During cleaning, open windows to allow for additional ventilation and air flow.

    COVID-19 Symptoms (ADDED JULY 10)

     In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following questions:

    Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following 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 o Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea

Close Contact

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:

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.

 

 

  1. How will Borger ISD reopen school this fall for the 2020-2021 school year?

    Borger ISD plans to reopen to provide face-to-face instruction beginning on August 17, 2020.   Remote options will also be available.  This will not be the same type of remote instruction provided during the Spring School Closure.  Please see #4 below.

  2. What additional safety measures will the district have in place in response to COVID-19?

    The district plans to:

    • Increase cleaning in all school areas
    • Regularly sanitize classrooms, buses, gyms, bathrooms, and other public areas throughout the school day as well as during regular cleaning
    • Provideface masks, hand sanitizers, and gloves if needed
    • Measure temperatures daily before students, staff and visitors enter the buildings, and as students board the school bus
  3. Will my child be required to wear a mask at school?

    No, however, disposable masks will be available if your child needs or would like to wear one. 

  4. What if I, as the parent or guardian, do not wish my child to receive face-to-face instruction this year because of my concerns regarding COVID-19?

    Parents will have two choices.  As we develop these, we will update this document. As of now, the plans are:    

    1. Face-Face instruction as provided normally, following TEA Guidelines
    2. Remote Asynchronous Instruction for grades PK-12.
      1. Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time.In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real-time.This may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as live video (synchronous instruction) and prerecorded video lessons, or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper.The instructional method will address the required curriculum, per TEC 28.002.
  5. Will packets be available for instruction if we do not have access to a device or internet?

    No, packets will not be considered instruction as we move into the 2020-2021 school year.  The district has posted a Parent Survey to assess the needs of some of our families.  We will communicate more about those things as we get more information.

    1. The district is considering the purchase Chromebooks for all students in grades 2-12 to be used on a check out basis to support at home asynchronous instruction.
    2. The district is also working on ways to increase WIFI access throughout the community.

       

  6. Under the remote asynchronous instructional method, if a student fails to complete Monday’s measure of engagement on Monday but completes the assignment later in the week, can the student’s attendance coding be changed to remote asynchronous present for Monday?

    No. In the remote asynchronous instructional method, student engagement is measured daily, and attendance is assigned based on the student’s completion of that day’s engagement measure. Students who do not complete the daily measure of engagement are to be counted absent for that day, and that absence cannot be changed to remote asynchronous present if the student completes the engagement measure on a later date. In the example above, the student would be counted absent on Monday.

  7. Under the remote asynchronous instructional method, if a student decides to complete the entire week’s worth of work on Monday, can the student’s attendance be coded to show perfect attendance for the week?

    No. In the remote asynchronous instructional method, student engagement is measured daily, and attendance is assigned based on the student’s completion of that day’s engagement measure. Students who do not complete the daily measure of engagement are 9 to be counted absent for that day, and that absence cannot be changed to remote asynchronous present if the student completes the engagement measure on a later date. In the example above, the student would be counted absent Tuesday-Friday

  8. Will the 90/10 minimum student attendance for class credit rule be in effect for the 2020– 2021 school year?

    Yes. The minimum attendance for class credit rule of TEC, §25.092, will be in effect for the 2020–2021 school year, and TEA will not be issuing waivers for LEAs to exempt themselves from the rule. Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes (with some exceptions) to receive credit and be promoted. Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus attendance in satisfying this requirement.

  9. Will truancy laws be in effect during the 2020–2021 school year for students receiving remote instruction due to COVID-19 related closure or health concerns?

Truancy laws will apply to students who fail to attend school, but remote attendance satisfies attendance requirements.




March 17, 2020 UPDATE

We would like to assure you we are keeping updated on the Corona virus during Spring Break.  We are following trusted services such as the Texas Department of Health Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Currently, these health officials believe the risk to our school community is low. 

If you have taken a trip out of the U.S. or a cruise, the CDC recommends a 14-day self-evaluation to check for high fever, shortness of breath, severe headache and coughing.  If you have been exposed to the virus or have travelled to China, Iran, Italy, or North Korea, you are required to serve a 14-day quarantine including no school or campus visits.

Health officials recommend schools and communities take the same basic precautions to prevent Coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:


• Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available;
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
• Stay home while you have a fever or experience illness;
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Borger ISD Maintenance Staff and custodians are working this week clean and disinfecting campuses to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus as well as other infections that can lead to staff/student illnesses.

 As of today, Borger ISD is still planning to have school resume on Monday, March 23rd.    If that changes by the end of the week, we will update this post. 

In the meantime, continue to practice good hygiene.  If you suspect you have been exposed to Corona Virus please reach out to your school nurse via email. 

 The District is working on plans to provide meals for students and educational resources for students to use at home in the event of a school closure.  Please monitor our social media and website for updates.  We will continue to keep you informed as updates become available.

March 16, 2020 UPDATE

As of today, Monday, March 16, Borger ISD is still planning to have school resume on Monday, March 23rd.    If that changes by the end of the week, we will update this post. 

In the meantime, continue to practice good hygiene.  If you suspect you have been exposed to Corona Virus please reach out to your school nurse via email. 

The District is working on plans to provide meals for students and educational resources for students to use at home in the event of a school closure.  Please monitor our social media and website for updates.  We will continue to keep you informed as updates become available.


March 13 Update


SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Borger ISD or in Hutchinson County.
BISD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK: BISD will be closed for Spring Break from March 16-20
TRAVEL ADVISORY: Official CDC travel alerts - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
EMPLOYEE/SUBSTITUTE TRAVEL: Borger ISD has announced that it will require ALL employees and substitute teachers to report Spring Break travel that includes CDC hot spots, airline and cruise ships, via the appropriate email by Thursday, March 19, 2020. Employees/Substitutes are asked to report their travel to the school nurse who will provide further guidance.
Paul Belton: griselda.miramontes@borgerisd.net
Gateway: casye.garcia@borgerisd.net
Crockett: abbie.cano@borgerisd.net
BIS/BMS: cheyenne.tracy@borgerisd.net
BHS: laura.kuehler@borgerisd.net
Central office, substitute teachers, maintenance staff, transportation staff:
abbie.cano@borgerisd.net
ACTION REQUIRED: STUDENT/FAMILY TRAVEL: Borger ISD is requiring all students/families to report Spring Break travel that includes CDC hot spots, airline and cruise ships, to the school nurse by Thursday, March 19, 2020.. The school nurse will provide further guidance.

Paul Belton: griselda.miramontes@borgerisd.net
Gateway: casye.garcia@borgerisd.net
Crockett: abbie.cano@borgerisd.net
BIS/BMS: cheyenne.tracy@borgerisd.net
BHS: laura.kuehler@borgerisd.net
Central office, substitute teachers, maintenance staff, transportation staff:
abbie.cano@borgerisd.net

ACTION REQUIRED: STUDENT/FAMILY TRAVEL: Borger ISD is requiring all students/families to report  
Spring Break
travel that includes CDC hot spots, airline and cruise ships, to the school nurse by Thursday, 
March 19, 2020..  The school nurse will provide further guidance.

Paul Belton:  griselda.miramontes@borgerisd.net
Gateway:        casye.garcia@borgerisd.net 
Crockett:        abbie.cano@borgerisd.net
BIS/BMS:        cheyenne.tracy@borgerisd.net
BHS:                  laura.kuehler@borgerisd.net


BISD will visit with families and share pertinent health department recommendations to determine if 
the student is cleared to return to school. The Texas Education Agency reminded school officials on 
March 6th that "districts and open- enrollment charter schools have the authority to request that 
students and/or staff stay home if there is serious concern about their current health, whether or 
not they pose a health risk to others in the community."

Cleaning/Disinfecting Protocols: Staff deep cleaning of BISD facilities is ongoing, even during 
spring break. BISD has protocols in place for the continuous deep cleaning/disinfecting high-touch 
surfaces such as door handles, railings, classrooms, student desks, bathrooms, weight rooms, 
computer keyboards and bus seats. Although there are no cases of COVID-19 in our area, the district 
is prepared to respond further should a confirmed case be tied back to our district in any way.

Health Clinic Protocols: Borger ISD has protocols in place for handling infectious diseases. Our school nurse’s offices are managed by registered nurses with the proper equipment and training to manage infectious disease cases. Students/staff showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated and questioned about travel in the past 14 days. BISD will immediately notify the parents of a sick child and work to follow the recommendations of the health department.

Key steps in mitigating exposure:
• Educate yourself on the symptoms and prevention of COVID-19
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Limit contact with one another to within about 6 feet.
• Limit contact with those who are coughing or sneezing to avoid respiratory droplets in the air
• Limit travel and unnecessary exposure to events with large crowds of people
• Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available;
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
• Stay home while you have a fever or experience illness;
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Coronavirus Resources/Web Links:
• Texas Department of State Health Services - https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
• Travel Advisory - CDC - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
• US State Department Cruise Ship Travel Alert: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/cruise-ship-passengers.html
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• Region 16 Updates: https://www.esc16.net/page/Corona%20Updates
Please continue to watch our social media and district website throughout Spring Break for updates.
• www.borgerisd.net
Thank you for your partnership in keeping our Bulldogs safe.
Chance Welch
Superintendent

March 9 Update
Borger ISD is actively monitoring developments and information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  Our priority is the safety of our students and staff. Our Maintenance/Custodial Dept. is being proactive by  using specialized sanitizer in bathrooms, classrooms, weight rooms and buses.  All custodial staff also have specialized disposable sanitizer wipes.  These are used in classrooms as well as computer labs daily.

We have also encouraged our students and staff to ensure proper handwashing techniques by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

We are advising parents that if their student is sick, to please notify your child’s school and keep them at home until fever free for at least 24 hours without medication.

Borger ISD is following the (CDC) Center for Disease Control and Prevention  everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

We are encouraging our community to also follow these preventatives by posting links and PDFs on our website and social media.

Borger ISD is fortunate to have nurses at each campus to help us stay current on these matters and advise accordingly. 

The health of our students and staff is our highest priority at BISD.  Although, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus in Hutchinson county, we are going to honor the recommendations from the CDC and postpone the Borger High School Prom.  We will actively monitor the situation and post updates regarding the prom and other BISD events.  Thank you for your cooperation and support! 
The health of our students and staff is our highest priority at BISD.  Although, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus in Hutchinson county, we are going to honor the recommendations from the CDC and postpone the Borger High School Prom.  We will actively monitor the situation and post updates regarding the prom and other BISD events.  Thank you for your cooperation and support! 
The health of our students and staff is our highest priority at BISD.  Although, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus in Hutchinson county, we are going to honor the recommendations from the CDC and postpone the Borger High School Prom.  We will actively monitor the situation and post updates regarding the prom and other BISD events.  Thank you for your cooperation and support!