To help ensure this back to school plan, KISD has set the following priorities to serve as our 2020-21 foundational core:
- KISD will ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our Bulldog students, staff members, and visitors,
- KISD will continue our educational environment goal of providing maximum instructional delivery with an emphasis on face-to-face learning, and
- KISD will provide flexibility for continuity of learning should the learning environment or ultimate configuration need to change.
EMPLOYEE SCREENING AND PROTOCOLS (CDC,TEA)
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our employees and students, we will be requiring employees to complete daily self-screening which includes a temperature reading and answering a set of questions related to COVID-19 symptoms including: (TEA recommends self-screening, CDC recommends employer screening)
All employees will be required to electronically submit the COVID Screening survey at the beginning of each week. For the remainder of the week employees will only submit the screening results if they answer yes to any of the screening questions. All screening information will be kept confidential.
EMPLOYEE HEALTH PROTOCOL
** Note: Any employee missing days due to COVID19 may be eligible for additional leave under FFCRA.
Indication of possible symptoms
AND one of the following
*Lost of taste and/or smell
EMPLOYEE GUIDANCE IF EXPOSED
While we all hope to avoid exposure to illness from COVID19, we need to be prepared for that possibility. If you or someone you’ve been in contact with has been exposed to the virus, our first concern is for your health and safety and those around you. In this rapidly changing situation, healthcare providers should have the most up-to-date information from the CDC.
For clarity, CDC defines “close contact” as:
Please do the following:
EMPLOYEE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
In order to minimize exposure to COVID-19, PPE may be needed to prevent certain exposures. Kilgore ISD, following CDC recommendations, encourages employees to wear PPE as appropriate.
Face Coverings: Employees will wear face coverings in high traffic public areas of our campuses.
Such as, but not limited to:
Employees should wear masks in KISD classrooms. Please understand, government mandates will supersede LEA requirements.
Health and Hygiene Practices: Masks/Face Coverings (TEA)
1. For the purposes of this document, masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth. Face shields may be superior to cloth face coverings in many circumstances, given improved ability to see mouth movements and improved air circulation.
2. KISD will comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks.
3. In addition to the executive order, KISD may require the use of masks or face shields for adults or students for whom it is developmentally appropriate.
4. It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during those activities, KISD will require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. KISD may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. However, KISD will require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.
Gloves: Touching your face with contaminated hands, whether gloved or not, poses a significant risk of infection. Wearing gloves does not diminish the need to wash your hands. Please remember to wash your hands properly as it is the number-one defense against any virus. Additionally, the proper removal of gloves reduces the risk of being exposed to contamination.
Please note that social distancing should still be practiced even with the use of gloves and masks.
In addition to using PPE, please remember to: