COVID-19 Prevention, Mitigation, and Response Procedures at Scurry-Rosser ISD
July 29, 2020
As we plan for returning to school at Scurry-Rosser ISD, we recognize that this will be an unusual school year, but we remain committed to supporting your student’s learning, as well as his or her safety.
This document outlines the procedures our campuses will have in place to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to respond if a positive case is identified. The information is up to date, but may change as we have all learned in recent days. We hope this transparency helps you to make a decision about your student’s on-campus attendance at Scurry-Rosser ISD.
The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages. That said, research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among others, has found that while children do get infected by COVID-19 and some severe outcomes have been reported in children, relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized or have severe symptoms. The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported there are distinct benefits to attending school in person, including instructional, social, and safety benefits. For these reasons they support on-campus instruction for students in the coming year.
While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, the current science suggests there are many steps schools can take to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff, and their families significantly. The Scurry-Rosser ISD strategy for opening and operating is outlined in this letter and additional details of our plan will be placed on our district website www.scurry-rosser.com . You may also receive communication from your child’s school regarding specifics related to their campus procedures.
To prevent COVID-positive individuals from entering our campuses, your student’s school will have the following COVID-19 symptom screening procedures in place:
- All staff will be required to self-screen daily.
- All visitors will be required to screen upon arrival.
- Parents are asked to proactively identify when their student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed and to keep them home. Additional guidance is provided in the operations plan and on campus.
Information collected in these screens will not be retained if the screening is passed. If a parent indicates that a student is demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms, the school will retain that information until the student meets the criteria for return to school.
Criteria for Return to School
Conditions for return to school after an individual shows symptoms or gets a positive test result:
- 24 hours with no fever; and
- Symptoms improved; and
- 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
- An acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for COVID-19
- A doctor’s note indicating an alternate diagnosis
Our district will be taking the following steps across each of our campuses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
All adults in the building will wear masks.
All students in all grades will be required to wear masks, particularly when they are not able to socially distance from one another, except when participating in activities that cannot be conducted with a mask on, such as eating, or unless it is not developmentally appropriate for the student to wear a mask.
Additional guidance may be provided in the operations plan or at each campus.
In the event of a COVID-positive case on campus, the campus will take the following steps:
All areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case will be closed off until disinfected.
All teachers, staff, and families of all students in that school will be notified.
The local health department will be notified.
Additional guidance may be provided in the operations plan or at each campus.
Although it is not possible to eliminate all risks from COVID-19, we hope that this information has provided you with some understanding of our plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s campus office and visit our website at www.scurry-rosser.com
This will be a challenging year, but we believe it can be a great one. We look forward to supporting your student as they return to school.
James D. Sanders
Letter from the Superintendent:
I want to update the community on the plan for reopening the school on August 13th, but first I want to thank you for partnering with us last year. No one expected to end during a pandemic, but in true Wildcat fashion, we all adapted and worked together to help students learn.
As we learned last spring, our “best laid plans” are subject to a rapidly changing world. With that thought in mind, Scurry-Rosser ISD is working on a plan to offer two options for learning when school starts on Thursday, August 13th. Face to Face Learning at school and Virtual Learning from home. We received initial guidance for modifying instruction seven days ago from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Although we continue to receive updates almost daily, we are working on a plan and will be ready when school starts.
Based on our parent survey, most of our families are planning to send their children to the school. We believe that Face to Face Learning at school is best and are adding safety protocols to keep our facilities clean and safe. We understand that some will choose Virtual Learning from home, but it will require more independent student learning and parental support. Some students experienced difficulty with remote learning. We will not ask our parents to decide on a learning plan until August. You should expect communication from your child’s school on how to sign-up later this month.
At this time, we do not plan to make any major adjustments to the previously approved 2020-2021 school calendar. We are adjusting our bell schedule to begin the day at 7:50 am and end at 3:35 pm. If circumstances force us to close and we cannot provide instruction at any point during the school year, the additional minutes gained, may help us avoid going to school in June.
While there is still much to be decided, I can assure you our team is working diligently for our students and the community. We were pleased to learn that a large percentage of our teachers are ready to come back to school and look forward to the challenge as we adapt to the “new normal” in public education. Thank you in advance for your continued patience and support. We will get through this together.
On behalf of the school district I want to extend my sincerest gratitude for working with us during this unprecedented time.
James D. Sanders
Summer Education Updates
KERA TV + Math Lessons
Starting next Monday, kids will be able to tune into KERA TV for 2½ hours of locally-produced math lessons each weekday for five weeks. The lessons are for grades K-8 and Algebra 1. They are being created by 150 mathematics teachers from the Dallas Independent School District, who are recording them from home. The lessons are designed to mitigate academic losses that researchers are predicting for students this year, particularly in math, as the impact of COVID-19 school closures is added to normal summer learning losses.
Click here to learn more about the lessons. You will also find links to fun math videos, games, activities and other resources curated by KERA to teach the same skills as the televised lessons so students can practice what they are learning.
The televised classes will run from noon to 2:30 p.m., from Monday, July 6 through Friday, August 7.
Math level taught
Kindergarten & Grade 1
Grade 2 & Grade 3
Grade 4 & Grade 5
Grade 6 & Grade 7
Grade 8 & Algebra I
KERA will continue to provide a lineup of PBS Kids shows from 6 am – noon and 2:30 pm – 6 pm on KERA TV channel 13.1. Families can still access around-the-clock educational children’s programming on KERA Kids 24/7, which is available over-the-air on Channel 13.2 or by streaming on any device at kerakids.org. KERA will return to its regular daytime schedule on Channel 13.1 on August 10.
NOTE: The math lessons are produced by Dallas ISD, which is responsible for their content. If you have a question about a particular lesson, please contact STEM Math Director Stej Sanchez at email@example.com.
More to Come!
We will be sending more issues of this special summer newsletter in coming weeks with fresh math activities, games and videos from KERA to supplement the TV lessons, as well as other materials for learning at home. So be sure to check your inbox! Meanwhile, check out other other educational resources from KERA.
- KERA Learn! is our education website, with a wide range of content to inform and engage North Texans of all ages.
- The Summer Learning Challenge gives young learners a rich mix of daily activities, reading recommendations and virtual activities.
- The At-Home Learning Toolkit has teaching resources for all grade levels – including a collection of educational content in Spanish/recursos educativos en español. It also has lots of activities, articles and tips to help families stay active, healthy and informed.
- Start Smart Texas is a service that sends texts to parents and caregivers with age-appropriate tips on early math, literacy and child development for kids from birth to age 8.
Scurry-Rosser Independent School District offers career and technical education programs in agriculture, accounting, industrial technology, business and family consumer sciences. Admission to these programs is based on requirements and prerequisites set by federal and state rules.