COVID-19 Safe Return to School Plan
  • We want to provide an update to our families regarding our Safe Return to School plan. In recent days, we have all witnessed the Delta variant of COVID-19 wreaking havoc on many communities including our own. As we continue to monitor this data each day, it is clear that the Delta variant is much more contagious than the original virus, more than two times than the original virus according to the CDC. Because of the rapid increase in COVID cases, we feel it is important to provide an update to our families and staff on our safety protocols.

     

    Read the update here.

Purpose

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for Goose Creek CISD schools, staff, students, and families as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. The safety protocols from the 2020-2021 Safe Return to School Plan have been modified and adjusted based on several factors listed below. Goose Creek CISD will continue to work with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), state and local health authorities, and the Texas Department of Health & Human Services (TDHHS) to take appropriate action. This plan may be expanded, modified, or eliminated based on COVID-19 activity in our community throughout the school year.

 

This plan is intended to meet the Texas Governor’s Executive Orders, TEA guidelines, University Inter-Scholastic League (UIL) and all federal, state, and local public health department orders as best possible, while still providing in-person learning and participation in student programs.

Safe Return to School Plan
  • Attendance remains a priority for Goose Creek CISD. All enrolled students will attend school in person in 2021-2022. The Daily COVID-19 Self-Health Assessment should be completed before arriving to school/work each day. Students and staff who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will stay home and follow the guidelines in this plan. Campus nurses will continue to assess symptomatic students according to their protocols.
  • Goose Creek CISD is required to report positive COVID cases to local and state health authorities.

    Students Who Test Positive For COVID-19

    • Parents or family members should inform the campus nurse if their child has tested positive for COVID.
    • Per the Texas Department of State Health Services, students who test positive for COVID will not attend face to face instruction until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, fever free, and other symptoms have improved.
    • Students who test positive for COVID will be able to participate in Remote Conferencing Instruction during this time in order to be counted as present and stay up to date with their classes.
    • Students who do not participate in Remote Conferencing Instruction will be counted absent.

    Staff Who Test Positive For COVID-19

    • Staff who test positive for COVID-19 should report this to their supervisor and the Director of Employee Health & Wellness.
    • Staff who test positive for COVID will be directed to isolate for 10 days since symptom onset.
    • Staff members may return to work once the isolation period has ended, other symptoms have improved, and fever free for 24 hours.
    • Goose Creek CISD Policy DBB (Local) permits the District to require medical documentation from an employee who exhibits symptoms of a communicable disease. Staff must provide documentation of a positive COVID test to the supervisor and Director of Employee Health & Wellness.

    Direct Exposure to COVID-19

    Students who have had close contact or exposure with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 should consider self-isolating for 10 days after the date of last contact as recommended by health authorities. Parents should monitor students for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and may also consider testing for COVID-19, as up to 40% of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic and can spread COVID without knowing it. Students who have direct exposure to COVID in the household qualify for Remote Conferencing Instruction. 

    For staff who are not fully vaccinated, TEA recommends that the staff remain off campus during the stay-at-home period of 10 days. COVID Paid Leave does not apply. If staff continue to work on campus, rapid testing must be performed. Staff members should contact the Benefits Department for testing instructions.
     

    Case Reporting

    Goose Creek CISD will send notification to all students and staff in a classroom with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case. This notification will be sent through email and SMS. In addition, families, staff, and students will be able to access the COVID Dashboard on our website to see the daily active COVID cases at each facility. The COVID Dashboard will also provide the Campus Response Levels. Goose Creek families and staff will receive a notification each week via email and SMS with updated COVID Dashboard information. 
  • The Texas Education Agency reiterated that face coverings and masks are optional for the 2021-2022 school year at this time. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently recommending the use of masks due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. We encourage everyone who wishes to wear a face covering to do so, especially anyone who is not vaccinated. While we are all eager to reach the point in which masks are no longer needed, evidence still suggests that face coverings are effective in helping to prevent the spread of COVID. Students and staff may choose to add an extra layer of protection by wearing a face covering at school/work.
  • Desk shields will be optional for the 2021-2022 school year. Desk shields will be stored at each facility for possible use. Students and families/parents may request a desk shield in the classroom(s). Teachers and other employees may utilize desk shields on their own desks.
  • Visitors are allowed on campus for appointments and emergencies after passing the COVID assessment screening questionnaire. Virtual meetings may continue to be an option for parent conferences.

     

    Parents and family members will not be permitted to eat lunch with their child on campus for the first grading period of school (9 weeks). Visitor access will be reassessed at each grading period to determine if this restriction will be removed based on active COVID cases at that time. Parents or family members will be permitted to drop off lunches in the front office.

     

    Visitors will be permitted to attend specific campus events, such as UIL athletic competitions, fine arts performances, and open house. Visitor attendance to these types of events are voluntary in nature. In addition, parents or family members will be permitted to walk their child to class on the first day of school. Goose Creek CISD believes that providing this social emotional support, especially to young children, is important.

  • Due to rising COVID-19 cases, field trips that are not required for curricular purposes will not be permitted during the first grading period or until further notice. 
  • Goose Creek CISD will continue to implement safety protocols to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These safety protocols include the following:
    • Hand sanitizers in all classrooms
    • Cleaning supplies provided in classrooms
    • Sanitize high touch surfaces throughout the day
    • Sanitize/deep clean classrooms if there has been a known COVID exposure
    • Educating students on proper use of water fountains; recommended staff monitoring of water fountains
    • Buses will be sanitized between shifts
Threat Level Response Protocols
Response Protocols
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    THREAT LEVEL
    LEVEL GREEN:
    MINIMAL RESPONSE

    No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or students.

     

    • Teachers and classroom paraprofessionals will provide in person instruction from a classroom setting unless otherwise instructed.
    • Face coverings, such as masks or face shields, are optional for students and staff in required areas.
    • Safety and health measures will be in place, including daily self-screenings of staff and students prior to entering the facility.
    • Daily and frequent cleaning; disinfection of commonly touched surfaces.
    • Limited visitor access during the first grading period, or until active COVID cases decrease significantly.
    • Virus trends in the community via health departments will be monitored.
    • The COVID Dashboard will show the updated response levels and active COVID cases for each facility.
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    THREAT LEVEL
    LEVEL YELLOW:
    MODERATE RESPONSE

    One or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or students.

     

    • All level green protocols and safety precautions will be in place.
    • Teachers and classroom paraprofessionals will provide in person instruction from a classroom setting unless otherwise instructed.
    • Schools will immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.
    • Teachers will utilize designated technology platforms, such as Google Classroom and See Saw, for students who are absent and need to makeup work.
    • Specific areas will be closed and deep cleaned if there is an active COVID case on campus.
    • Communication will be provided to all students and staff regarding all confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 using the COVID Dashboard.
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    THREAT LEVEL
    LEVEL ORANGE:
    SIGNIFICANT RESPONSE

    Escalated number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at a facility.

     

    • Facility closure may occur if COVID-19 cases increase to a percentage that cause health authorities to recommend temporary facility closure.
    • The facility will be temporarily closed for deep cleaning.
    • All nonessential events will be postponed or cancelled.
    • Curbside meal distribution will be available to students at specific locations.
    • The school district will send out communications in the event of an orange level response.
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    THREAT LEVEL
    LEVEL RED:
    SEVERE RESPONSE

    Escalated number of confirmed COVID-19 cases district-wide at multiple facilities.

     

    • District closure may occur if COVID-19 cases increase to a percentage that cause health authorities to recommend temporary district closure.
    • All district facilities will be temporarily closed for deep cleaning.
    • All facilities and school buses will be deep cleaned and disinfected.
    • All extracurricular activities will be cancelled.
    • The school district will send out communications in the event of a level red response.
    • Curbside meal distribution will be available to students at specific locations.
    • The majority of district staff will work remotely until the COVID-19 levels improve. Some staff may be called to on-site work as needed or required with strict safety protocols in place.
This plan is subject to change based on revisions by state or local authorities.