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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

To help ensure this back to school plan, KISD has set the following priorities to serve as our 2020-21 foundational core: 

  1. KISD will ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our Bulldog students, staff members, and visitors,
  2. KISD will continue our educational environment goal of providing maximum instructional delivery with an emphasis on face-to-face learning, and
  3. KISD will provide flexibility for continuity of learning should the learning environment or ultimate configuration need to change. 

STUDENT SCREENING AND PROTOCOLS

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our employees and students, KISD will require parents to complete daily student-screening of their children 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)

 

SYMPTOMS 

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

Parents must ensure 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, 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. KISD may consider additional student screening as appropriate.

STUDENT HEALTH PROTOCOL

  • KISD will immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian. (TEA)
  • If a student becomes ill at school or COVID-19 symptomatic, parents/guardians will be contacted to pick their student up from school. The parent will be asked to take their student home or to the nearest health center, depending on the severity of symptoms. (CDC,TEA) 

STUDENTS CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED WITH COVID-19

Any student who either: 

(a) is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or 

(b) experiences the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed above) 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: 

1. In the case of a student who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

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

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

c. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

2. In the case of a student 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. 

3. If the student has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the student must either

 (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the student 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/.


Parents may opt to have their students receive AT-HOME REMOTE Learning in order to avoid absences due to COVID-19 Protocols.

STUDENT 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:

  1. Directly exposed to infectious secretions (ex: being coughed on while not wearing a mask or a shield); or
  2. Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield.

Please do the following:

  1. Quarantine yourself in a specific room away from others in your home for the 14 day incubation period (CDC,TEA)
  2. Contact the following (in order of priority), let them know you have been exposed to COVID19, then follow their instructions.
    1. Your healthcare provider
    2. Your student’s KISD campus
  3. In case of an emergency, call 911 and let them know you have been exposed to COVID19, then follow their instructions.
 

In order to minimize exposure to COVID-19, PPE may be needed to prevent certain exposures. Kilgore ISD, following CDC recommendations, encourages students to wear PPE as appropriate. 


PPE includes:


Face Coverings: Students will follow state and local guidelines for wearing face coverings. Local guidelines may be superseded by government mandates. Students are expected to wear face coverings in high traffic areas.


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.