2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

FAQ Document

 Guidance from TEA will be followed by Borger ISD as we plan for and implement the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year.  This guidance changes often, and we will seek to provide updated information as we get it. Please check this document often for updates. 

A survey is also provided on our website.  Please complete as soon as you are able.  This will help us make plans.

If you have any questions, please email your question to:  info@borgerisd.net   The district will respond via email, or by phone if you provide a phone number. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these new circumstances. 

UPDATES JULY 9 are highlighted.

UPDATES JULY 6, 2020 are highlighted.

The following highlighted sections outline measures for prevention of the spread of COVID-19 as we reopen our schools in August. 

PREVENT: Practices to Prevent the Virus from Entering the School

Screening Questions for COVID-19 Before Campus Access

1. School systems must require teachers and staff to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. Symptoms are listed at the end of this document. The self-screening should include teachers and staff taking their own temperature. Teachers and staff must report to the school system if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below. Additionally, they must report to the school system if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, as defined at the end of this document, and, if so, must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.

2. Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) 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. School systems may consider screening students for COVID-19 as well. Screening is accomplished by asking questions by phone or other electronic methods and/or in person. The screening questions should also be asked of a student’s parent if that parent will be dropping off or picking up their child from inside the school. Regularly performing a forehead temperature check of otherwise asymptomatic students in school is not recommended, but the practice is also not prohibited by this guidance.

3. Excluding parental drop-off and pick-up as discussed above, before visitors are allowed onto campuses, school systems must screen all visitors to determine if the visitors have COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below. 4 Additionally, school systems must screen to determine if visitors have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. When practical, screening questions could be supplemented with temperature checks of adults.

Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19

1.       Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) 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

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

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

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

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

·         In the case of an individual 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.

·         If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual 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/.

 Identifying Possible COVID-19 Cases on Campus

·         Schools must immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.

·         Schools should clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as is feasible.

·         Students who report feeling feverish should be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

Transportation Recommendations

1. School systems should consider requiring students and staff to use hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus.

2. When possible, schools should open windows to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.

3. School systems should encourage families to drop students off, carpool, or walk with their student to school to reduce possible virus exposure on buses.

4. Buses should be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles. During cleaning, open windows to allow for additional ventilation and air flow.

 

1.       How will Borger ISD reopen school this fall for the 2020-2021 school year?

Borger ISD plans to reopen to provide face-to-face instruction beginning on August 17, 2020.   Remote options will also be available.  This will not be the same type of remote instruction provided during the Spring School Closure.  Please see #4 below.

2.        What additional safety measures will the district have in place in response to COVID-19?

The district plans to:

·         Increase cleaning in all school areas

·         Regularly sanitize classrooms, buses, gyms, bathrooms, and other public areas throughout the school day as well as during regular cleaning

·         Provide  face masks, hand sanitizers, and gloves if needed

·         Measure temperatures daily before students, staff and visitors enter the buildings, and as students board the school bus

3.        Will my child be required to wear a mask at school?

No, however, disposable masks will be available if your child needs or would like to wear one. 

4.        What if I, as the parent or guardian, do not wish my child to receive face-to-face instruction this year because of my concerns regarding COVID-19?

Parents will have two choices.  As we develop these, we will update this document. As of now, the plans are:    

A.       Face-Face instruction as provided normally, following TEA Guidelines

B.      Remote Asynchronous Instruction  for grades PK-12.

a.       Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time.  In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real-time.  This may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as live  video (synchronous instruction) and  prerecorded video lessons, or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper.  The instructional method will address the required curriculum, per TEC 28.002.

5.        Will packets be available for instruction if we do not have access to a device or internet?

No, packets will not be considered instruction as we move into the 2020-2021 school year.  The district has posted a Parent Survey to assess the needs of some of our families.  We will communicate more about those things as we get more information.

a.       The district is considering the  purchase Chromebooks for all students in grades 2-12 to be used on a check out basis to support at home asynchronous instruction. 

b.       The district is also working on ways to increase WIFI access throughout the community.

 

6.       Under the remote asynchronous instructional method, if a student fails to complete Monday’s measure of engagement on Monday but completes the assignment later in the week, can the student’s attendance coding be changed to remote asynchronous present for Monday?

No. In the remote asynchronous instructional method, student engagement is measured daily, and attendance is assigned based on the student’s completion of that day’s engagement measure. Students who do not complete the daily measure of engagement are to be counted absent for that day, and that absence cannot be changed to remote asynchronous present if the student completes the engagement measure on a later date. In the example above, the student would be counted absent on Monday.

7.        Under the remote asynchronous instructional method, if a student decides to complete the entire weeks’ worth of work on Monday, can the student’s attendance be coded to show perfect attendance for the week?

No. In the remote asynchronous instructional method, student engagement is measured daily, and attendance is assigned based on the student’s completion of that day’s engagement measure. Students who do not complete the daily measure of engagement are 9 to be counted absent for that day, and that absence cannot be changed to remote asynchronous present if the student completes the engagement measure on a later date. In the example above, the student would be counted absent Tuesday-Friday

8.        Will the 90/10 minimum student attendance for class credit rule be in effect for the 2020– 2021 school year?

Yes. The minimum attendance for class credit rule of TEC, §25.092, will be in effect for the 2020–2021 school year, and TEA will not be issuing waivers for LEAs to exempt themselves from the rule. Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes (with some exceptions) to receive credit and be promoted. Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus attendance in satisfying this requirement.

9.         Will truancy laws be in effect during the 2020–2021 school year for students receiving remote instruction due to COVID-19 related closure or health concerns?

Truancy laws will apply to students who fail to attend school, but remote attendance satisfies attendance requirements.

 

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Summer School and Summer Extracurricular Procedures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Teacher and staff training on proper protocol for infection control during COVID-19  before summer school started

Less than 10 students in each classroom

Doing screening for symptoms and meeting kids at the car and taking temps before they get out in the morning

Using hand sanitizer before entering the building and many times throughout the day

Daily handwashing lessons on proper techniques and washing quite often through the day

Teachers are switching classes, instead of students

Social distancing in classrooms and when outside

Curbside drop off and pick up

Teaching proper hygiene when sneezing or coughing

Using dividers on desks

Desks 6 feet apart

Cleaning all workspaces before and after using them - both students and teachers

Thorough cleaning by custodial staff every day

Individual sets of manipulatives and classroom supplies, instead of shared sets

We are providing water bottles, instead of drinking out of a shared fountain

Pre-K and K are playing at separate assigned play areas to cut down on shared germs

Older students are not using the play areas since they are only on campus half of the day

Staggered breakfast and lunch pick up from the cafeteria to reduce exposure to other classes

No gathering outside of classrooms

Eating in the classroom, instead of the shared cafeteria space

Offering masks to students, staff, and visitors

Screening anyone that enters the building

No busses were offered for summer school.  Parents are providing transportation.

We have a plan of action in place in case of a positive case at Summer School.

BEAST CAMP

Students fill out a questionnaire online that is daily with COVID questions.  Temperatures of each student as well as coaches that are working the students out are taken daily.  We are practicing social distancing in the weight room and outside.  The weight facility and restrooms are sanitized between each session.  Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are readily available for the student’s use.  In the gym, we are following the guidelines given by the UIL which limits the size of groups that can work together.

 

 


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Borger Independent School District serves approximately 2,500 students on six campuses and encompasses 52 square miles of Hutchinson County in the Panhandle of Texas.  The  District is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency and the Southern Association of College and Secondary Schools.

Borger ISD provides a variety of  educational opportunities and  considers itself a PK-14th-grade district through the unique partnership with Frank Phillips College.

BISD instructors and administrators are highly trained and qualified  professionals  who strive to meet the individual needs of each student from individualized intervention to challenging students to meet their greatest potential providing big opportunities in a small school setting.

 




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#BorgerISD schools will remain closed through April 3.

Texas Governor Abbott just held a News Conference on the Coronavirus Response including closure of all schools until midnight April 3.

We will be posting and sending a link for a home internet survey and a meal survey soon to serve our school community.

#BorgerISD schools will remain closed through April 3.

Texas Governor Abbott just held a News Conference on the Coronavirus Response including closure of all schools until midnight April 3.

We will be posting and sending a link for a home internet survey and a meal survey soon to serve our school community.

#BorgerISD schools will remain closed through April 3.

Texas Governor Abbott just held a News Conference on the Coronavirus Response including closure of all schools until midnight April 3.

We will be posting and sending a link for a home internet survey and a meal survey soon to serve our school community.

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B.I.S.D Campuses
Paul Belton Elementary School

Phone: 806-273-1059
Gateway Elementary School
Phone: 806-273-1044
Crockett Elementary School
Phone: 806-273-1054
Borger Intermediate School
Phone: 806-273-4342
Borger Middle School
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Borger High School
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