How will faculty and staff prepare for reopening?
All staff will receive extensive training on new health and safety protocols related to COVID-19.
Will students and staff be screened for COVID-19?
A non-touch temperature check and screening of students, by a staff member wearing personal protective equipment, will occur at designated spots before students can enter the school building. Screenings will take place in vehicles when possible.
How will AISD ensure social distancing in classrooms?
Measures will be implemented for students to maintain six feet between each other to support social distancing. Campuses will operate in smaller groups and at a lower capacity. Staff and student capacity will not exceed 25% of the classroom space. Depending on the specific class size and the ability to safely distance, this will average six to eight students per room.
Are staff and students required to wear facial coverings?
Staff and students (ages 6 and older) will be required to wear facial coverings. Each person who arrives without a mask will be provided one. However, due to limited national supply, staff and students will be encouraged to bring their own.
How will meals be offered to students?
Meals will be offered in the classroom. This is to ensure safety for students and staff and is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Texas Education Agency recommendations.
How will AISD ensure that campuses will be clean disinfected?
Commonly used surfaces and areas will be thoroughly and frequently disinfected.
What measures are in place for students to disinfect?
Frequent handwashing practices will be implemented, including easily accessible hand sanitizer dispensers stationed across each campus.
Will students and staff be required to stay at home if they or anyone is showing symptoms of COVID-19?
A staff member or student will need to meet the CDC criteria for return if they are displaying symptoms, presumed positive or have received a confirmed positive COVID-19 test. A staff member or student will need to quarantine for 14 days if they have had direct exposure to someone that is displaying symptoms and/or is presumed or confirmed positive for COVID-19.
Will school be shut down if a staff member or student with COVID-19 exposes other members in the school?
Every student and staff member that has had direct contact with the affected student/staff member in the last seven days will also need to quarantine for 14 days. This includes, but is not limited to, the students and staff in a class, on a bus route, and in group extracurricular activities.
The need to shut down an entire campus will depend on the level of contact, isolation of groups and guidance from health authorities.