Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic will demand some dramatic changes for students and educators.
Plano ISD has released a 37-page plan for starting fall classes amid the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The district noted that the plan is a preliminary draft, and could be adjusted due to the changing dynamics of the pandemic.
Students and their families have until July 16 to choose either in-school or at-home learning for the coming school year, although students who choose to return to school can later switch to remote learning.
Students, teachers and staffers who return to the regular classroom will face a number of new safety measures, including requirements to wear a mask during school hours and to undergo regular health screenings.
The plan says says all employees, students and families are expected to “rigorously follow” all of the safety practices.
“It is important to remember the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread by infected persons who have few or no symptoms,” it reads.
The 37-page draft covers everything from capacity limits for restrooms to dress code compliance for at-home learners. A few highlights include:
- Students in pre-kindergarten through second grade must wear face coverings in hallways, common areas and while arriving and leaving school. Students in third- through 12th-grade will be required to wear face coverings when at school.
- Physical education classes will be held outside whenever possible.
- Masks will not be required while eating, but students will be placed six feet apart.
- Staffers and students are expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands. Everyone will have access to disinfectants and other cleaning supplies, with hand sanitizer available in common areas.
- Students learning from home must “show their face on screen to engage with the teacher virtually” and actively participate in class. Every student will be given a Chromebook laptop.
“All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily,” according to the plan, and anyone displaying symptoms will be sent home.
Students and staffers who have tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after they’ve gone three days without a fever and more than 10 days since they first started exhibiting symptoms. They must also show improved symptoms. “If a classroom or facility is closed due to COVID-19 spread, quaternary disinfectant, which is recommended for use on the virus that causes COVID-19, will be used to defog and disinfect,” according to the plan.
The entire plan is available online.
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