July 16, 2020
Back To School 2020-2021
Dear Eagle Family,
First, let me say how much I sincerely appreciate all of your patience, cooperation, support, and prayers, during the last several months. The community of Apple Springs is an amazing place with extraordinary people and I count it an honor and privilege to work with you and your children.
The landscape of our world continues to change daily if not hourly. There are still far more questions than answers as we battle the coronavirus. However, ASISD is dedicated to the mission that we will not allow this public health crisis to also become a public education crisis. Our students deserve the very best of academic opportunities and we are committed to making that happen in spite of these extremely difficult circumstances.
In the following pages, I will attempt to address as many of the relevant issues and concerns as possible. I cannot emphasize strongly enough how fluid this document must be. It is subject to, and most likely will, change multiple times before this crisis ends. I promise to keep you updated and informed about each potential change.
Please read these operating procedures very carefully and begin to have conversations with your student(s) about them so that they will be better prepared to accept these safety measures once school is back in session. As always, do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of service to your family.
Thank you and God Bless,
ASISD Public Health Operating Procedures for the 2020-2021 School Year
Notice: The following is the most current information at the time of publication. It is subject to change at any time due to current public health constraints as well as orders issued by federal, state, and local governmental agencies and officials.
Official School Calendar
As of now, all ASISD schools are planning to begin the 2020-2021 school year on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Our normal operational hours will be 8:00am–3:15pm, Monday-Friday. Due to the current state of COVID-19, students may NOT be dropped off prior to 7:30am.
Although ASISD bus services will be in operation, we highly encourage parents to transport students to and from school. Students who do ride the bus will be required to wear approved face coverings (grades 4-12) at all times while on the bus and will be required to sit in the seat assigned by the driver.
Bus drivers will be required to disinfect buses after each route.
On-campus visitation will be extremely limited for the time being. Should you need to visit the campus for any reason, we ask that you call and make an appointment well in advance. Parent-Teacher conferences, ARD, 504, Attendance Review, Grade Placement Review, and almost all other meetings may be conducted on-line upon request.
Parents will be permitted to escort elementary age students into the building before 7:55am. We cannot permit guests to eat lunch with students or have food delivered until further notice.
We must require that parents and family members who pick up students at the end of the school day, remain in your vehicle. Your child will be escorted to you by school personnel.
All potential visitors to ASISD will have their temperature taken (those with temperatures of 100.0 or higher will not be permitted to enter) and must wear an approved face covering for the duration of the visit.
Student Safety Procedures
All students will have their temperatures taken by school personnel using non-invasive thermometers as they exit school buses or personal vehicles prior to entering school each day. Car-riders with a temperature of 100.0 or higher will be sent back home immediately. Bus-riders with a temperature of 100.0 or higher will be isolated on campus and sent home as soon as possible.
Elementary students must go directly to the cafeteria after the temperature screening.
Secondary students must enter through the gym lobby or the cafeteria after the temperature screening. All other entrances will not be accessible.
All students in grades 4-12 will be required to wear approved face coverings at all times while on school property. Students may remove masks only during breakfast and lunch. Students may wear personal face coverings as long they are approved by the Principal or designee. Both re-wearable and disposable face coverings will be provided to students who do not have one for any reason. It is imperative that re-wearable masks be washed on a daily basis.
The District purchased a disinfecting fogging system. It has a very high success rate in mitigating the spread of coronavirus, other viruses, and bacteria. It utilizes high concentrations of oxygen and water and poses no health risks to staff and students. It will be used multiple times throughout the day.
Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms, restrooms, hallways, and on school buses.
Every effort will be made to prevent the sharing of supplies, materials, and devices.
Lunch schedules will be staggered to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.
Until further notice, non-essential student and community gatherings, including but limited to “meet the teachers,” “open house,” “fall festival,” student assemblies, and student field trips will be eliminated.
As per Texas Education Agency guidance, parents must ensure they do not send a child to campus if that child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. Students in either situation must stay at home throughout the infection period and cannot return to campus until the school screens the individual to determine if the conditions for re-entry have been met. Those conditions include:
(1) at least 72 hours of no fever, without the use of fever reducing medications
(2) symptoms have greatly improved or subsided
(3) at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
Staff members must comply with all daily self-screening and self-monitoring protocols as established by the Texas Education Agency and Apple Springs ISD. Staff members with COVID-19 symptoms or who are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, must follow the same exit and re-entry requirements established for students.
Apple Springs ISD will notify parents of all students as well as all staff members if a possible or lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs among the ASISD population. No identifying information, including but not limited to name, age, and gender, will be shared during such a notification.
Should a suspected or lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 occur within the ASISD population, it may be necessary to suspend school and school activities for period of 24-72 hours.
We know there is no substitute for the daily interaction between teachers and students. That is why traditional, face to face instruction is our method of choice at Apple Springs ISD. We encourage all parents to select this proven, most effective model of learning if at all possible.
Upon official written request by parent or legal guardian, ASISD will provide asynchronous, internet-based, virtual learning. Parents should be aware that this option will not resemble the temporary, at-home learning models used during the recent school closure. Virtual learning will be just as rigorous as face to face learning. It will require daily progress monitoring and attendance verification. Students in Virtual Learning will be held to the same types of assignments, tests, grading policies and attendance requirements as students in Traditional Learning.
Parents requesting Virtual Learning must adhere to the following provisions.
1.Complete a written application with the Principal on or before August 12, 2020.
Without an application, students will automatically be entered into Traditional
2 Parent(s) and the student must attend Virtual Learning Orientation on August 18,
2020, at either 10:00am or 6:00pm in the ASISD Media Centre. Failure to attend one
of these sessions will void the application and the student will automatically be placed
in Traditional Learning.
3.Students must remain in the Instructional Model in which they begin a grading period
(9 weeks), through the entirety of that grading period. You may change models only at the beginning of each 9 weeks.
As a safety precaution for students, staff and community, there will be no extracurricular activities at ASISD until at least the first day of face to face instruction.
Extracurricular events are subject to change or cancellation if, at the discretion of District Administration, student or staff health and safety may be jeopardized by participation in such events.
Students participating in Virtual Learning are NOT eligible for any ASISD sponsored extracurricular events for the duration of Virtual Learning enrollment.
Although every reasonable effort will be employed to maintain the health and safety of students during extracurricular activities, parents are ultimately responsible for allowing their children to participate in such events and assume the risks associated with such activities.