Back to School 2020

General Information

Plan for Face-to-face Learning

Table of Content

TEA Legal Notice Regarding District or Campus Plans

Neither this summary document nor any local school systems’ reopening plans are subject to approval by any government entity.

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Introduction

  • Safety protocols for Life School campuses and administration buildings should be followed by all staff, students, and parents. Since this is an ever-changing situation, the district may need to change protocols at any time to address specific needs and circumstances in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and the community. Life School will continue to seek guidance from local, state, and federal officials.
  • It is important to remember the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Even if an infected person shows no symptoms or is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously or fatally ill.  Because of the hidden nature of this threat, Life School expects all employees, students, and families to rigorously follow these practices.
  • 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.
  • SPORADIC CLOSURE PLAN: In the event of a school closure due to COVID-19, Life School will transition to Remote Learning for all students.

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Required Notices

  • Make available to parents and the general public a summary of the Life School plan for Face to Face Return one week prior to the resumption of face to face school including posting plan to website.

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Campus Implementation of Protocols

  • Because of variance in facilities, some campuses may be approved for modifications to the protocols listed below.

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Campus Instructional Models

  • As allowable by Texas Education Agency guidelines, campuses will review and consider hybrid and other models in order to maximize student safety.

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Employee daily requirements

  • All staff are required to complete a daily self-screening for symptoms prior to arriving at work. Symptoms are listed at the end of this document.
  • The self-screening should include teachers and staff taking their own temperature.
  • All staff must practice appropriate hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and social distancing.
  • All staff are required to wear a facial covering while in classroom and common spaces unless in isolation.
  • All staff are expected to clean and sanitize work space before and after use.
  • All staff are expected to comply and monitor for the board approved health and safety policy which may be found on the entrance to each building and the Reopening Safety Protocols that may be found on the Life School Extranet.

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Student Daily Requirements

  • 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.
  • All students are required to complete a daily self screening for symptoms prior to arriving to school or boarding school transportation. Symptoms are listed at the end of this document.
  • All students are provided daily guidance on proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and social distancing.
  • All students, grades 4th through 12th, are required to wear a facial covering while in classrooms, hallways, and common spaces.
  • All students, grades K through 3rd, are highly recommended to wear a facial covering while in classrooms, hallways, and common spaces.
  • All facial coverings should cover the nose and mouth.
  • All students must be in compliance with state-required immunization.
  • All students are provided supplies to clean workspace before classroom instruction begins.
  • All students are encouraged to use hand sanitizer from the many school locations or their personal supplies.
  • All students are seated with as much separation as feasible during the instructional day.

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Response to a lab confirmed COVID-19 positive case

  • If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 7 days have already passed since that person was on campus.
  • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate on any on campus activities.

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Response to a staff member with a COVID-19 symptom

  • Staff are asked to self screen before school each day.
  • If a staff member arrives with a symptom or reveals a symptom they will be sent home and asked to complete the Employee Health Reporting Form that may be found on the Life School Extranet.
  • For positive cases, the staff member does not return until at least 10 days have passed since the development of symptoms, they experience a reduction in symptoms, and have been fever-free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • Disinfect workspace as soon as is feasible.

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Response to a student with a COVID-19 symptom

  • 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.

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Campus Designated Contact

  • Each campus principal will designate a person to be the point of contact.
  • Campus nurses or nurse aides will contact the District Lead Nurse prior to preparing communication to campus staff, parents, and county health officials.

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Clinic Protocols

  • There will be a separate monitored space on each campus for students waiting to be checked out due to COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Each campus will determine this space.
  • The nurse will screen students at the entrance to clinic to check those for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the clinic.

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First Day of School Requirements

  • On the first day a student attends school on campus, school systems must provide instruction to students on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigation practices adopted in the local school system.

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Before School Daily Requirements

  • Students
    • Parents complete self-screen of student, or student self-screens
    • Approved mask
    • Full water bottle
  • Staff
    • Complete self-screen
    • Full water bottle

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Use of Masks and Face Shields

  • Requirements
    • Life School will comply with all state and local orders in wearing masks. Under Governor Greg Abbott’s current order (GA-29 issued on July 2, 2020), all students in fourth grade and above, as well as all staff members, will be required to wear a mask and/or face shield, unless a documented medical condition prohibits them from doing so. Or if they are participating in an activity where a mask is not required.
    • Students in kindergarten through third grade are not required under the governor’s current order to wear masks. In addition, the CDC notes that “younger children (e.g., preschool or early elementary aged) may be unable to wear a cloth face covering properly, particularly for an extended period of time.” Students in these grade levels may voluntarily, and will be encouraged to, wear face masks.
    • Unless a student or staff member has a documented medical condition prohibiting them from wearing a mask, not wearing a mask will be treated as a dress code violation or employee handbook violation and the violator will be disciplined according to the student or employee handbook.
  • Life School Appropriate Mask
    • Masks should be either solid in color or patterned, either disposable or cloth material, or clear face masks.  Life School logos, college or university symbols or school appropriate sports team logos are also acceptable.  Masks may not have other slogans, images or phrases on them except for manufacturing marks required by regulation.
  • When would a Grade 4-12 student not have to wear a mask?
    • It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during those activities, schools must require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. Schools may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. However, schools must require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.
  • What do we do if a student does not have a mask or face shield?
    • Student will be provided a disposable mask.
    • Repeated failure to have a mask will be considered a dress code violation.
    • Refusal to wear a mask will be considered insubordination.
  • What do we do if staff does not have a mask or face shield?
    • Staff will be provided a disposable mask.
    • Staff will be directed to wear a mask.

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Morning Arrival Protocols

  • External doors will be propped open for arrival and then closed afterwards.
  • Staff will be in rooms to receive students before doors open.
  • Campuses will seat students in cafeteria or selected rooms if needed for Breakfast.
  • Morning COVID-19 Symptom Check
    • K-6 Teacher reads out a checklist confirming everyone has self-screened (just once)
    • 7-12 Asks students if they have any COVID-19 symptoms
    • Teachers or students that feel unwell will be immediately referred to the nurse
  • Daily Morning Announcements
    • Social distance
    • Stay to the right in hallways
    • Only refill at the water fountains
    • All students are provided daily guidance on proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and social distancing
    • Wash hands twice a day for 20 seconds

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Classroom Protocols

  • The doors to classrooms will be open but locked during class.
  • Each workspace will be cleaned between student transitions.
  • Student seating adjustments will be made as are suitable for each classroom.
  • Shared equipment procedures
    • Where possible do not share supplies, students will be asked to bring their own or not allowed to share.
    • When necessary to use shared supplies, they will be cleaned with provided cleaning materials between users.

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PE/Specials/Electives Protocols

  • Use of Masks and Face Shields
    • It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during those activities, schools must require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. Schools may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. However, schools must require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.
  • Shared equipment procedures
    • Where possible do not share supplies, students will be asked to bring their own or not allowed to share.
    • When necessary to use shared supplies, they will be cleaned with provided cleaning materials between users.

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Student Transition Protocols

  • Students will not use lockers.
  • Secondary transition
    • Students will stay to the right in hallways during transition.
  • Elementary transition
    • Teachers will transition whenever feasible to reduce student transitions.
  • Elevator Guidelines
    • No more than 2 individuals per elevator trip

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Lunch Protocols

  • Students will obtain food according to approved food protocols from Sodexo and Life School.
  • Campuses will seat students in the cafeteria unless necessary to use classroom seating in order to space students appropriately.
  • No outside food deliveries
  • The Cafeteria will be cleaned between lunch periods.

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Restroom Protocols

  • Restrooms will have signage encouraging proper hygiene.
  • Staff will limit restroom usage to one at a time during class.

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Recess Protocols

  • The playground will be available for use.
  • Students will use hand sanitizer before and after use of the playground.
  • The playground will be regularly deep cleaned per schedule

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Dismissal

  • The campus will develop a plan to seat and space students as feasible for dismissal.
  • Any shared use radios will be cleaned before and after use by the user.

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Parent and Other Visitors

  • Life School will restrict visits in schools to only those essential to school operations
  • Parent and Guardian Access
    • No access to campus on the first day (or any day) for visiting or during lunch
    • Only access for conferences and required meetings (see below)
    • No classroom observations
  • Conferences and other Required Meetings
    • Phone or zoom conferences are the preferred method for conducting conferences and other required meetings.
    • If the conference must be in person then the following protocols will apply:
      • An appointment is required, no drop-in conferences
      • All participants must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entry onto campus
      • Masks and social distancing requirements will be followed
      • Participants will maintain spacing in meeting area
      • The meeting area will be cleaned after use

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Campus Cleaning Protocols

  • Campuses are cleaned throughout the instructional day with an emphasis on cleaning high traffic and multiple touch areas, including door handles, restrooms, large group transition areas, cafeteria between meals.

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Signage for Hygiene, Social Distancing, and COVID-19 Awareness

  • Types
    • COVID-19 Awareness
    • Hygiene Guidelines
  • Locations
    • Entrances
    • Classrooms
    • Restrooms
    • Cafeteria
    • Water Fountains
    • Hallways
    • Breakrooms

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Hand Sanitizer

  • Will be placed in entrances (touchless)
  • Also wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations will be placed in a variety of campus locations

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Use of Plexiglass and other Dividers and Shields

  • The Receptionist desk and certain other service desks will be provided with plexiglass shields.
  • Some dividers (transparent and not transparent) will be provided to each campus for staff and student use.
  • All dividers (school issued, student brought, or staff purchased) must be cleaned and disinfected each day by the user (or the provider if staff purchased).

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Water Fountain Usage Protocols

  • Staff and students should bring their own full water bottle to campus each day.
  • Campus water fountains will be designated for bottle refill only.
  • Campuses will create an alternate plan for students who fail to bring a water bottle.

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Use of Large Group Collaborative Spaces, and Large Group Meeting Protocols

  • No assemblies, Pep Rallies, other large group meetings will be held during this time.
  • We will follow all UIL seating and capacity guidelines for any extracurricular events.
  • Students and staff will practice social distancing in all large group spaces.
  • Virtual meetings are the preferred method for staff and other student meetings.

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Transportation and Field Trip Protocols

  • Buses will be cleaned after every trip.
  • Buses will be deep cleaned one time per week with disinfecting gun.
  • No Field Trips will be approved at this time.
  • When possible, schools should open windows to allow outside air to circulate in the bus

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Safety Drills

  • Campuses still must complete all required safety drills.
  • Campuses will continue monthly Fire Drills with same processes but masked and socially distanced.
  • Campuses will adjust other drills as necessary including demonstrating with smaller groups as necessary to complete required drills.

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Screening Questionnaire Information

  • When asking individuals if they have symptoms for COVID-19, school systems must only require the individual to provide a “Yes” or “No” to the overall statement that they are symptomatic for COVID-19, as opposed to asking the individual for specific symptom confirmation. School systems are not entitled to collect information during screening on the specific health information of an individual beyond that they are symptomatic.
  • Once it is determined that individuals who responded “Yes” to either of these questions have met the criteria for re-entry, school systems must destroy those individuals’ responses.

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COVID-19 Symptoms

  • In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following question: Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

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Close Contact

  • This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as:
    • (a) being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
    • (b) being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination.
  • Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test.

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TRANSLATE

Dr. Brent Wilson - President
Sharon Williams - Secretary
Christopher Clemmons - Treasurer
Dr. Sharon Lee - Board Member
Ruben Martinez - Board Member
Chris Ransbottom - Board Member

LIFE SCHOOL (HOME)

132 East Ovilla Road, Suite A,
Red Oak, TX  75154
P: (469) 850-LIFE(5433)
F: (469)850-5434

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