PLEASE NOTE: The details in this document are subject to change as directives are provided by governing authorities and/or health officials or as environmental conditions change.
- All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms regularly and individuals who present with symptoms will be separated and sent home.
- Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day.
- Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school.
- Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present.
- Signs for the self-screening will be posted on exterior doors, as well as in prominent locations across all campuses.
Student or Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms
- When a student has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home.
- Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up by the student’s parent/guardian.
- Other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus (e.g. go on a walk outside, move to a different classroom, etc.) so that the classroom can be disinfected.
- District communication will be provided to the parents of students who came in contact with a COVID-19 positive student or staff member.
- Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols including isolation from students and other staff members.
- Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to submit a letter of good health from a physician's office prior to returning to school.
- Students or staff who come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and may not return to campus during that time. The CDC defines close contact to include anyone living in the same household, caring for a sick person with the virus, being within 6 feet of a sick person with the virus for at least 15 continuous minutes without the use of a face covering, or being in direct contact with secretions from the sick person.
Life School continues to rely on guidance from the Department of State Health Services, local public health authorities, the Texas Education Agency, as well as executive orders to determine the use of face coverings/PPE. At this time, all staff and students in grades 7-12th will be required to wear face coverings at all times unless in isolation at your desk or work station.
Masks should be solid in color, 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. Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to campus administration.
- Campuses will utilize virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors when possible. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering at all times. Individuals who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.
Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements
- Individuals proceeding beyond the reception area will be subject to the following guidelines:
- All visitors will be subject to screening.
- Virtual meetings will be available when possible.
- Visitors and staff will maintain physical distancing for in-person ARD and other meetings.
- Frequent disinfection and hand sanitization will ensure health and wellness of students and staff.
Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations
- Staff will be expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.
- Requirement for hand washing and/or use of Life School-provided hand sanitizer:
- Provide hand sanitizer dispensers in hallways leading to classrooms and periodic teacher reminders during instructional day.
- Thorough hand washing upon return from outdoors, before eating, and following restroom breaks.
- Facilities staff will have access to disinfectant to regularly sanitize high-touch and working surfaces and shared objects.
- Staff will limit the use of shared supplies when possible.
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will promote a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff.
Daily Campus Cleaning
- All areas including classrooms, administrative areas, restrooms, common areas, cafeterias, gymnasiums, athletic areas, etc. will be cleaned and sanitized daily (Mon-Fri).
- All areas including classrooms, administrative areas, restrooms, common areas, cafeterias, gymnasiums, athletic areas, etc. will be disinfected 3 times per week by Life School facilities staff (Mon, Wed, Fri).
- Additional hand sanitizer stations have been added throughout common areas, hallways, and entrances to gymnasiums at all campuses.
- Buses will be cleaned and disinfected after each trip and windows will be left open as often as possible for ventilation. Bus drivers will be trained on COVID-19 safety protocols. Each bus will be limited to one student per seat when feasible or two students from the same household to encourage social distancing. Bus drivers will be required to wear masks except when the vehicle is in motion.
Additional Cleaning Measure for COVID-19 Positive Cases on Campus
- Classroom desk surfaces, entry door handle and/or equipment to be sanitized and disinfected by facilities staff immediately after class period ends.
- Desks or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally possible.
- When possible classrooms will eliminate communal supplies. Shared supplies will be sanitized between use.
- Blankets, pillows, and other shared non-essential items from the classroom will be removed from the classroom.
- Recommended procedures will be applied to all classroom settings, including special education service locations when possible and appropriate. Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
- When possible, technology will be utilized when students are involved in collaborative work.
- Group or pair work can be implemented while maintaining physical distancing.
- It is recommended that students who work in pairs or groups wear a mask or shield.
- When appropriate, students will be provided face shields instead of face masks to meet individual student needs or for safety reasons.
- Specialized equipment will be sanitized between each use. There will be adequate supplies to minimize the sharing of high touch materials or limit use of supplies or equipment to one group of students at a time.
- Procedures and protocols will be put into place to address locker rooms. Protocols will be in place for disinfecting of equipment, students changing clothes, students showering, distancing of students, etc.
- Career and Technical Education classes will follow industry-based safety guidelines as appropriate to the equipment and course content.
- Special education classrooms and service locations may have additional protective barriers in place to support a safe environment for our students. For more information see Special Education Return to School Guidance.
Physical Education Classroom Protocols
- Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.
- Any activities bringing students into close physical contact will be avoided.
- Procedures will be implemented in the locker rooms to limit social distancing.
- Equipment will be disinfected after each use.
- Activities requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided.
- Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided.
Common areas include spaces that are used for meetings and collaboration. This includes computer labs, flexible spaces, campus libraries, conference rooms and other meeting rooms. In order to provide the safest environment possible in our common/collaborative spaces, while promoting disease prevention and mitigation, the following guidelines will be implemented:
- Meetings will be limited to video conferencing when possible.
- If meetings must be held in person, all social distancing protocols will be implemented.
- Facial coverings or masks will be utilized.
- Social distancing will be followed.
- Limit the sharing of materials/supplies.
Administrative Spaces (Reception, Offices, Conference Rooms, Mail Room)
When possible, meetings will be conducted virtually. However, if the need arises to meet in person please follow campus guidelines:
- Facial coverings or masks will be utilized.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided in front office spaces.
- Distances of 6 feet will be provided between all occupied seats and workspaces when possible.
Flexible Learning Spaces
- The number of students in these areas will be limited as driven by available space and social distancing guidelines.
- Common spaces and supplies in these spaces will be disinfected frequently.
- Students must wash hands and then use hand sanitizer before entering the classroom.
- Increased disinfecting will occur throughout the school day.
- Each campus will comply with health agency recommendations and social distancing.
- Visual reminders will be added and furniture rearranged to help students maintain social distancing while in the library.
- Students and staff will wash/sanitize hands upon entering and after visiting the library.
- High touch surfaces (i.e. table tops, chairs, door handles) will be disinfected regularly.
- Occupancy will be limited.
- Students and staff will follow protocols for face coverings.
- Classroom doors will be propped open to reduce high touch areas when possible.
- Traffic patterns will be established throughout the campus that separates individuals to the greatest extent possible.
- When transitioning between classes, students shall travel corridors as far to the right as possible.
- Where possible, one-way traffic throughout campus corridors will be established.
- Staff and signage will be posted to reinforce physical distance expectations.
- Where possible, entry doors will be designated based on arrival method: bus riders, parent drop-off/walk to school, student drivers, students with unique needs.
- Designated entry doors will be propped open for no-touch entry. Any open doors will be continuously monitored by staff to stop unauthorized access and to monitor for threats.
- Entry protocols will be established to maintain physical distance.
- Sanitizer stations will be placed at each entrance and students will sanitize hands upon entry.
- Students will go directly to the first period class or designated location upon arrival.
- Lockers will not be assigned - students will carry all needed materials and lunch with them.
- Parents may not accompany students into the building.
- Life School is continuing to monitor health and safety practices and will update dismissal protocols.
- Parents picking up students during the day will call ahead so that students can be sent or accompanied to parent vehicles upon arrival.
Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in both the cafeteria and in classrooms. Cafeteria capacity will be based on current guidelines.
- Student participation in academic contests (Math and Science Team, Robotics, Academic Pentathlon) will only be attended if specific guidance is provided by an authorized entity (e.g., host site, TEA, UIL, etc.)
- Any school wide events that are approved to be held on campus need to adhere to social distancing requirements outlined by Life School, TEA and UIL. (Examples: grade level pep rallies, assemblies, performances, etc.)
- School-wide events will be live streamed and/or occur virtually when possible.
- Small group meetings will be conducted virtually when possible. If conducted in person, social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks will be worn.
- Practices and performances will be conducted following the most up-to-date safety protocols provided by Life School, UIL and TEA. This is including, but not limited to COVID screening, group sizes, sharing and sanitizing of equipment, locker room usage, etc.
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Remote Learning Expectations
TEA has allowed districts to choose between two methods for remote instruction: Asynchronous or Synchronous. Asynchronous instruction (as defined by TEA) does not require all participants to be virtually present at the same time, while synchronous instruction requires all participants to be present at the same time, virtually. In keeping with our identity as an outstanding school district, Life School will structure the students’ remote learning schedule to require students to participate in asynchronous instruction with opportunities for synchronous support. Life School is committed to providing a remote learning experience that is as rigorous as the face-to-face experience provided within the classroom. We encourage open lines of communication between teachers, students and parents in order to set our students up for success.
At Life School, Remote Learning will require support from caring adults at home and within the online classroom environment. Activities are designed to ensure that students continue learning at the pace of the current Life School scope and sequence as well as continue to develop a love of learning and gain appropriate academic and social-emotional skills that are essential to our students for meeting the goal of being Ready to Learn, Ready to Lead, and Ready for Life. Students enrolled in remote learning courses will be expected to follow a similar schedule as those attending classes on campus and, thus, should expect to be working remotely for approximately 45 minutes per period per day.
ARD Committees will determine the unique needs of students with an IEP and make recommendations for students attending school virtually. The nature of special education interventions may require a heavier concentration of synchronous supports and services to ensure individual student needs are met.
Life School expectations for synchronous learning
- Students will show their faces on screen as requested by the teacher.
- Students attend remote learning synchronous sessions on time.
- Students dress appropriately in a Life School shirt.
- Students are ready to learn.
- Students have a distraction free workspace.
- Students participate as needed.
- Students will engage in each class each day.
- Students communicate with teacher when needing additional assistance.
Life School expectations for asynchronous learning
- Complete assigned activities each day.
- Students are expected to be engaged daily by completing a task through the Learning Management System (Canvas) or by making contact with the teacher for each course.
The goal for Remote Learning is to allow for continued instruction while acknowledging the additional challenges that come without traditional, face-to-face classroom learning. Life School is aware of and acknowledges the challenges faced by students and families and ensures that educational decisions are built to support all populations of students. Parents/guardians must also commit to a sense of cooperation in supporting the schools decision-making role.
Instruction appropriately focuses on student progress on standards and the continuation of learning. During the period of school closure and remote instruction, students may receive instruction in the following ways (including, but not limited to):
- Authentic student work/assignments with timely and relevant feedback for continued progress in learning of the standard;
- Hands-on activities;
- Choice boards and playlists;
- Instructional activities within Canvas;
- Portfolio tasks and turning in of assignments;
- Video lessons;
- Project based learning/assignments;
- Group/partner projects;
- Discussion board posts;
- Synchronous sessions as requested by teachers including, but not limited to, tutoring, direct instruction, and extension activities.
Remote Learning Grading
Grading for all Remote Learning courses will follow the same grading policy as the courses in the On-campus (Face-to-Face) model. Remote Learning courses that earn high school credit will count in GPA calculation and class rank. Further details regarding each course can be found in the district course guide.
During virtual instruction, time management is critical to success. Students and teachers must remain in communication regarding daily schedules and assignments. As with any traditional course, there is a risk of receiving a lower grade if a student falls behind. If your student is struggling with time management, then he or she should contact his or her teacher for additional assistance.
In keeping with our identity as an outstanding school district and to ensure success with remote learning, students should structure their daily schedule to correspond with the campus bell schedule by devoting 45 minutes to learning per period per day.
Within each course, teachers will plan for students to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning.
Intervention and Enrichment
Intervention and enrichment time will be scheduled as needed by the teacher. During this time, students may engage in assigned group activities, project learning activities, small group instruction, and digital platforms. Teachers will communicate with students their plan for the designated time.
Participation in Extracurricular Activities
Students participating in Remote Learning offered by Life School, whether synchronous or asynchronous, may participate in UIL activities if they meet all other UIL eligibility requirements.