What measures will be in place to ensure a safe environment?
We will implement increased cleaning and increased signage around campuses promoting health safety practices and sanitation practices, as well as frequent reminders of hand hygiene and social distancing. While there is an order in place, face coverings will be required for staff and students older than 10, as required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Bryan ISD will comply with all health safety recommendations established by the Governor, the health department, and the Texas Education Agency. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.
Will health and safety training be provided for all staff and students?
All staff members will receive COVID-19 prevention training prior to the opening of school. All students will receive instruction on health protocols related to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
How many students will be assigned to each classroom?
Bryan ISD will follow TEA guidelines for class size while arranging classrooms in a way that allows for social distancing. The maximum number of students per class varies by grade level and also varies by class at the secondary level. We expect that some families will prefer online learning so our hope is to lower class sizes once we have that information.
What happens if a student or a teacher tests positive for COVID-19? Will the entire classroom have to quarantine? What if multiple classrooms and students/staff are impacted? Will students be able to participate in At-Home Learning during the quarantine?
Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home to recover. When notification of a possible exposure occurs, in coordination with local health authorities, the campus/district will conduct contact tracing (going back over who the student has been in direct contact with). Based on the results, a determination will be made as to whether an entire classroom or multiple classrooms are required to quarantine. In the event students are required to temporarily quarantine, the education of these students will continue through At-Home Learning for the duration of the quarantine period. If this takes place, instructional resources will be distributed as applicable.
What happens if my child’s campus is temporarily closed during the school year?
During the period of the school closure, students will remain at home and will engage in learning activities that are delivered through the online learning management systems, Schoology or Edgenuity. Students will be provided flexibility to participate in online classes with teacher interaction and engagement. A student’s schedule may reflect short periods of synchronous learning scheduled throughout the day followed by time for independent, asynchronous learning activities. It should also include breaks and lunch. The schedule will vary by grade, course, or student. A caregiver will need to be available to support younger students in navigating the daily schedule and providing assistance with the learning as needed. During At-Home Learning, time management will be critical to student success. Students, teachers, and parents should utilize frequent communication regarding daily schedules and assignments to ensure that students are progressing towards mastery of the learning outcomes. If this takes place, instructional resources will be distributed as applicable.