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Welcome Back 2020 - REVISED 07.21.2020

Updated 07.21.20

The following message was sent to parents today using the District's Skyward communication system.

 

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM DEER PARK ISD:

 

Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in our state and Harris County, Deer Park ISD will begin the 2020-21 school year with four weeks of remote (online) instruction for all students. This decision was also made in compliance with new guidance issued Friday by the Texas Education Agency and in consideration of recommendations made yesterday by Harris County Public Health.

 

Remote instruction will begin on the first day of school, Aug. 19, and continue through Sept. 15. Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 16, students will use the instructional platform they chose during the registration process---going to school for traditional (in-person) instruction or continuing with remote (online) instruction. The District Calendar originally listed Sept. 16 as an early dismissal day, but we will recommend to the Board of Trustees that it be changed to a full instructional day.

 

“If there’s one thing we have learned over the last five months, it’s that the situation with COVID-19 changes constantly,” Superintendent-elect Stephen Harrell said. “But our purpose hasn’t changed. We want to provide the best education possible for our students, but we can’t do that successfully unless we first make every effort to keep our students and employees safe. By starting the year with four weeks of remote instruction, we are allowing some time for the situation to improve. Our hope is that our community and state are able to flatten the curve by Sept. 16.”

 

District administrators also state that four weeks of remote learning will give teachers, principals, and other employees extra time to prepare classrooms and other areas for students to eventually return. It will also give team members time to establish new routines and confirm that new state requirements for remote learning are met.

 

Once they return to work in August, all teachers and other employees will report to duty at their respective schools and work locations. Teachers will offer remote instruction during the school day following an established schedule similar to the one that will be followed once face-to-face school resumes.

 

“We realize that this decision could place a burden on families who need to arrange for child care, which is why we are announcing it a month in advance,” Harrell explained. “We apologize for the inconvenience, but we know that parents understand the unique situation in which we find ourselves. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to responsibly reopen our schools and welcome our students back safely with open arms.”

 

Due to these changes regarding the beginning of school, we are delaying the launch of registration for returning students to Wednesday, July 22. We look forward to seeing your child (virtually) on Aug. 19!

 

For more information, including an updated Frequently Asked Questions document, go to:

 

www.dpisd.org/welcomeback2020/

 

Thank you.

WELCOME BACK FAQ
Planning a safe return to school for students

 

REV 07.21.2020

 

Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in our state and Harris County, Deer Park ISD will begin the 2020-21 school year with four weeks of remote (online) instruction for all students.  This decision was also made in compliance with new guidance issued Friday, July 17, by the Texas Education Agency and in consideration of recommendations made on July 21 by Harris County Public Health.  

 

Remote instruction will begin on the first day of school, Aug. 19, and continue through Sept. 15.  Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 16, students will use the instructional platform they chose during the registration process---going to school for traditional (face-to-face) instruction or continuing with remote (online) instruction.  The District Calendar originally listed Sept. 16 as an early dismissal day, but we will recommend to the Board of Trustees that it be changed to a full instructional day.

 

This document was created to answer some of the questions that parents have regarding the eventual reopening of our schools for face-to-face instruction and the option of remote instruction.

 

 

GENERAL PROCEDURES

 

What general safety precautions is DPISD taking to keep students and employees safe?

We will be sanitizing classrooms throughout the day, utilizing social distancing in the classroom (as space allows), and, in compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s order, requiring students ages 10 and up to wear a face covering.  We are also making special arrangements for students to observe social distancing in cafeterias, athletic facilities, and music rooms.  The fluid nature of the situation means that we are constantly adapting and improving our plans.  For a complete list of safety precautions, go to www.dpisd.org/welcomeback2020/.

 

Will my child be at least six feet from others at all times?

We will make every effort to maintain safe social distancing, but there will be times when students will be within six feet of each other.  These instances include, but are not limited to, walking in hallways between classes and gathering in smaller classrooms.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, while six feet of distance is preferable, one to three feet of distance approaches the same benefits of six feet of distance.  Finally, based on preliminary feedback from parents on the Back-to-School Questionnaire, about 38 percent of parents plan to keep their children home.  That means over a third of our students will most likely not choose traditional, face-to-face instruction, which translates into fewer students in classrooms, cafeterias, buses, and other areas.

 

Hundreds of students will be entering and leaving schools at the beginning and end of each school day.  How will you reduce the risk to students?

In the past, schools limited the number of entrances and exits used by students before and after school.  To reduce crowding, we will use multiple entrances and exits.  Students will report directly to their classrooms whenever possible, and students will be dismissed according to a staggered schedule at the end of each day.

 

How will DPISD handle transitioning between classes during the school day?

Whenever possible, we will limit the transitioning of students from one part of the school to another.  Self-contained classes will be used, when possible, for grades PK-2, and teachers will rotate between classes.  Junior high and high school schedules will be modified to limit transitioning, and locker use will be eliminated or extremely limited.

 

Are students required to wear a mask?

In compliance with the governor’s executive order, all students in grades 5-12 (ages 10 and up) are required to wear non-medical grade face masks that cover the nose and mouth.  We will have a limited supply of masks available for students who forget theirs.  Permissible face coverings may include masks, shields or neck wear (gaiters) that cover the mouth and nose.

 

Will students have opportunities to wash or sanitize their hands?

Yes, students will have multiple opportunities to wash their hands during the day.  We will also have hand sanitizer readily available throughout the school.

 

What if my child becomes ill?

Students who are sick should stay home.  The District’s long-standing policy of requiring students who have had a fever (regardless of whether or not COVID-19 is the cause) within the previous 24 hours to stay home remains in place.  Students who miss school have the option of participating in remote learning until they are able to return to class in person.

 

Students who become sick during the school day will be separated from their peers so that the nurse can conduct a health screening and determine if the child needs to return home.  The parent or guardian will be contacted, and the student should be picked up within one hour.

 

Will teachers and other employees wear masks during the school day?

In compliance with the governor’s executive order, all DPISD staff are required to wear non-medical grade face masks covering the nose and mouth.

 

What other precautions is the District taking regarding employees?

All Deer Park ISD employees and substitutes will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day.  They will also follow distancing guidelines.

 

What will happen if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19?

First, we will notify the Harris County Department of Health Services and seek guidance from health officials.  Areas of the school that were used by the person will be closed and sanitized as soon as possible.  Just as we have in the past with other contagious diseases, we will inform parents and employees to the extent that we are able to do so.  Due to privacy laws, we will not be able to share the name of the infected person.  Students or employees who are determined to have had close contact with the infected person will be notified, and health officials will likely recommend that they self-quarantine at home.  Close contact is defined as being directly exposed to the infected person’s cough or sneeze or being within six feet of the infected person for more than 15 minutes while not wearing a face mask.

 

What if the number of COVID-19 cases remains high or increases through Sept. 16?

In its most recent guidance to public schools (dated July 17), the Texas Education Agency gave districts the option of beginning the school year with four weeks of remote instruction, which is how we arrived at the Sept. 16 date for students to return for face-to-face instruction.  TEA also gave districts the option of extending remote instruction for an additional four weeks with local school board approval.  DPISD will continue to monitor the situation and rely on expert advice from health officials and TEA.  If the situation does not improve, we could recommend to the board that we take advantage of the additional four-week period of remote instruction.

 

 

FACILITIES

 

What is the District doing to keep students safe in the classroom?

Students will be seated with as much separation as possible without disrupting the educational experience. Desks will be arranged to limit face to face interaction, and we will eliminate shared use of supplies whenever possible.

 

Will schools be sanitized?

We have changed our custodial schedules so that campuses can be cleaned throughout the school day.  Classrooms will have a supply of cleaning supplies, which will be properly stored when not in use.

 

Will parents and community members be allowed to visit schools?

To keep our schools as safe as possible, visitors will not be permitted to enter schools.  In fact, deliveries will be accepted at a designated entrance, and any non-District personnel (service repair technicians, student teachers, etc.) who must enter our facilities will be required to follow strict rules.  They must wear a mask at all times, they must submit to a health screening, and they must follow social distancing guidelines.

 

 

INSTRUCTION

 

What are the learning options for students?

Parents may choose traditional, face-to-face learning or remote, online learning for their children.  All DPISD students are encouraged to attend traditional school and receive instruction in a face-to-face format for the 2020-2021 school year. This is particularly important for students who had trouble adjusting to virtual learning in the spring.  Students who have a health condition, an immediate family member with a health condition, or another concern have the option of choosing remote learning.

 

Attendance will be recorded each day for on-campus and remote instruction.

 

The District grading policy will be the same for face-to-face and remote instruction.

 

Parents must make a final decision regarding which instructional platform they choose for their children during registration for all (new and returning) students, which begins on July 22.  Should family or community situations change, parents will have until Aug. 5 to change their decision.

 

What will face-to-face instruction involve?

This option will resemble traditional instruction, with teachers instructing students in a classroom setting. This scenario will include the use of learning platforms Seesaw (grades PK-4) and Canvas (grades 5-12). 

 

What will remote learning involve?

Remote Learning will be offered through an online instructional format. The District will provide two options for remote instruction using Seesaw and Canvas:

  • Two-way, real-time, live instruction between teachers and students through a computer or other electronic device or over the phone; or
  • Through an experience where students engage in learning materials on their own, interacting intermittently with the teacher via technology or cell phones.

 

Parents who choose remote learning must commit for an entire 9-week grading period. (For instance, you may choose remote learning for the first 9-week period and change to in-school instruction for the second 9-week period.)

 

Students will be required to be engaged in learning throughout the school day. The teacher will provide lessons and give students daily feedback. Students will follow the designated daily schedule of the campus they would normally attend for traditional instruction.  Each student who participates in remote instruction must complete at least four (4) hours of instruction each day.

 

Remote Learning will align to the level of rigor students will experience in the face-to-face environment and will have additional expectations than what was experienced in the spring when all students were learning in a remote setting.

  • Students in grades PK-4 must have a parent or an adult present who can facilitate learning each day.
  • Students must be engaged and must participate in all required coursework and virtual lessons during normal school hours.
  • The student will be required to participate in all tutoring sessions and/or video conferencing required by the teachers.
  • For accelerated and advanced high school weighted courses and many CTE courses, students must report to a designated campus on assigned days and times to take assessments on units of study or complete CTE performance-based assignments. (Ex. Advanced Placement tests or certification tests.)
  • For activities (including performance-based assignments) that must occur on campus, parents will be responsible for transportation.

 

Will remote learning for the 2020-21 school year be similar to the eLearning program used for the end of the previous school year?

No.  The instructional platforms will be the same, but the Texas Education Agency has issued strict requirements for remote learning so that it better reflects classroom learning.

 

Can I switch my child from one instructional option to the other?

When registering the child, the parents must choose an instructional platform and commit to it for an entire 9-week grading period.

 

What if schools are closed again due to another outbreak of COVID-19?

At some point in the coming months, it is likely that classes or schools must quarantine or close due to increased exposure to COVID-19. DPISD will be prepared to shift to remote learning while actively working to prevent the spread through health protocols. In that event, we will work with students and parents to help ensure that learning continues.

 

Teachers will train students to use the learning platforms during the first weeks of school, so they will be familiar with them in the event that we have to quickly shift to a remote-only instructional program. Students will also learn how to access instructional applications, how to submit assignments, how to communicate with their teachers and peers, and how to access needed support at their respective levels.

 

How will students in specialized programs participate?

Students in specialized programs, including but not limited to, special education, 504, Dyslexia, English Learners, Dual Language, Gifted and Talented, Career and Technical Education, and Early College will receive information related to their program once individualized plans are finalized. For students who are Individualized Education Program (IEP)-entitled, progress will be carefully monitored and the Admission, Review, and Dismissal/IEP Committee will convene and make appropriate recommendations to meet individual student needs to ensure continued growth in the general education curriculum and on IEP goals and objectives.

 

Will students who participate in athletics or fine arts be able to compete with students from other schools?

Coaches and directors/teachers are creating tentative safety procedures as we continue to await guidance from the University Interscholastic League.  These procedures will be shared with parents when they are completed.

 

Even after schools reopen, I plan to have my child participate in remote learning. Will he/she be able to participate in extracurricular activities?

Yes.  Just as we are giving parents the option of choosing traditional or remote instruction, we also plan to give parents the option of allowing their children to participate in athletics, fine arts, and other extracurricular activities.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

What safety precautions are being made for bus riders?

All students and employees must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while they are on the bus.  Students must pre-register for bus transportation by Aug. 7 in order to ensure transportation services.  Bus seating will be assigned.  For a complete list of bus safety precautions, go to www.dpisd.org/welcomeback2020/.

 

How do I register my child for bus service?

Students who qualify for bus transportation will register for service as part of the online student registration process.

 

 

CHILD NUTRITION

 

Will students eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria?

Students and employees will follow social distancing guidelines in cafeterias, which, based on the size of our facilities, means we cannot safely fit all students in the cafeteria at the same time.  Schools may follow an alternating schedule, with essentially half the students eating in the cafeteria and half the students eating in their classrooms.  The following day, the two groups will change locations.

 

What precautions are being taken to ensure that meals are safe?

All food that is sold in our cafeterias will be safely wrapped or packaged in a container.  Child Nutrition team members will wear masks and gloves.  Kitchens and cafeterias will be sanitized daily.  Students will pay for their meals through a touchless system using their student ID cards.

 

What if my child has a food allergy or a special dietary need?

The parent must have the child’s physician complete a Diet Modification Form before we can provide a special diet.  Go to https://www.dpisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1566383&type=d&pREC_ID=1694836 to download the form or contact the Child Nutrition Department at 832.668.7049.  Whether students are eating in the cafeteria or the classroom, we can make sure that your child’s needs are met.

 

Can my child bring his/her lunch?

Yes, students always have the option to bring a meal from home.

 

Can my child bring a reusable water bottle from home?

Yes.  In fact, students are strongly encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle from home.

 

Can family members eat meals with students?

No.  In compliance with our new school visitor policy, breakfast and lunch visitors are not permitted.

 

Can I purchase a take-out meal from a local restaurant and drop it off at the school office for my child?

No.  In compliance with our new school visitor policy, meal drop-off will not be permitted.

 

What if my child forgets his/her lunch? Can I drop it off at the office?

No.  In compliance with our new school visitor policy, meals cannot be dropped off at the office.  Meal arrangements will be made for students who forget their lunches.

 

Will meal pick-up be available for students who participate in remote (online) instruction?

Yes.  Curbside meal pick-up will be available at Deer Park High School-North Campus, Carpenter Elementary, and Deepwater Elementary. Parents will be able to pick up meals for enrolled DPISD students, but unlike the recent summer meal program, they will have to pay based on meal eligibility (free, reduced, or paid). Students do not have to be in the car, but parents must show the student’s school ID to pick up the meal. We will not be able to provide meals to any siblings that are not enrolled in DPISD.  More information will become available prior to the start of school.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

Will the District provide learning devices?

Yes, DPISD will provide an iPad for each student enrolled in the District.

 

How and when will my child pick up his/her DPISD iPad?

The iPad pick-up schedule will differ according to the child’s campus.  Schools will share the iPad pick-up schedule with parents when it is available.  Devices will be distributed to students before the first day of school, Aug. 19.

 

What if my child has technical issues with his/her DPISD iPad?

Students and parents should contact the teacher regarding technical issues. During regular business hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday starting Aug. 17), parents or students can call 832-668-7450 for technical support.

 

What if my child doesn’t have internet access?

We understand that not everyone has access to the internet for the completion of remote instruction. External wifi access is available outside each DPISD school. We recommend parking as close to the building as possible.  District-issued devices will automatically log into the student wifi network, and students have already been issued a username and password.  Mobile hotspots will be available for checkout on an as-needed basis.  More details will be shared when they are available. 

 

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Posted 07.07.20

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Deer Park ISD closed its schools last spring and provided online learning for all of our students.  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, DPISD plans to open all campuses on Aug. 19, 2020 to welcome our students back to their classrooms.  Our entire staff is very eager for that to happen. 

 

In order to make our campuses as safe as possible, we will be sanitizing classrooms throughout the day, utilizing social distancing in the classroom (as space allows), and, in compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s order, requiring students ages 10 and up to wear a face covering.  We are also making special arrangements for students to observe social distancing in cafeterias, athletic facilities, and music rooms.  The fluid nature of the situation means that we are constantly adapting and improving our plans.

 

The District continues to seek expert guidance from county, state, and national health officials.  These include the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently published “Guidance for School Re-entry,” stating:

 

The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

 

The Texas Education Agency has also implemented additional requirements for the 2020-21 school year that will impact instruction.  DPISD is working to meet those requirements and continue to provide outstanding opportunities for our students by focusing on the following core beliefs:

 

The safety of our students and employees is our highest priority;

 

The majority of students learn best in the traditional on-campus, classroom-based learning environment;

 

Some students will be unable to participate in on-campus instruction due to their own health concerns or health issues involving immediate family members.

 

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OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

 

GENERAL SAFETY PROCEDURES

 

Student Health Protocols:

  • All students should complete a daily self-evaluation prior to coming to school or boarding school transportation.
  • All students will be instructed on methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at school.
  • All students should practice appropriate social distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. 
  • All students should regularly wash their hands when reporting to school and after using the restroom.
  • All students will be trained on proper handwashing techniques and will participate in scheduled hand-washing times throughout the day.  
  • All students should maintain 3-6 feet distancing from others.
  • In compliance with the governor’s executive order, all students in grades 5-12 (ages 10 and up) are required to wear non-medical grade face masks that cover the nose and mouth.

 

Employee Health Protocols:

  • All Deer Park ISD employees and substitutes will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day.
  • All employees shall know, understand and practice methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at work.
  • All employees must practice appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. 
  • All employees shall regularly wash their hands when reporting to work and after using the restroom.
  • Whenever possible, all employees shall maintain six feet of distance from others.
  • Employees who return to work after exhibiting fever shall have their temperature taken at work for three consecutive days. 
  • In compliance with the governor’s executive order, all DPISD staff are required to wear non-medical grade face masks, covering nose and mouth.

 

 

Arrival/Dismissal/Transitioning

 

Arrival

  • Multiple campus entry points will be established.
  • Students will report directly to classrooms whenever possible.
  • All areas of the building (gyms, cafeterias, larger classrooms, common areas, etc.) will be utilized to limit the size of student groups.
 
Dismissal
  • Multiple campus exit points will be established.
  • Campuses will implement staggered release procedures.

 

Transitioning 

  • The transitioning of students from one area of the school to another, including two-way traffic, will be limited during the school day.
  • Self-contained classrooms will be utilized when possible for grades PK-2.
  • Teachers will rotate into the classrooms to limit student transitioning whenever possible.
  • Students in grades 6-8 (junior high) and 9-12 (high school) will follow campus schedules designed to limit student transitioning during the school day.
  • Locker use will be eliminated or use will be extremely limited.
  • Extended transition time will be considered at each campus.
  • Students must wear masks during all transition times.
  • Additional considerations will be made at all levels based on student needs.
 
 

FACILITIES

 

Campus Organization/Procedures 

In the classroom setting:

  • Students will be seated with as much separation as feasible without disrupting the educational experience. 
  • Desks will be arranged to limit face to face interaction.
  • Shared use of supplies will be eliminated whenever possible.

 

Health and Hygiene Practices

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be installed at the entrances of each facility.  Hand hygiene products will be provided in classroom settings when feasible.
  • Campuses will have scheduled times for student hand washing.
  • Students and staff will be instructed in proper hand washing techniques.
  • Students and staff will be trained in proper health hygiene and disease transmission prevention measures.
  • Signage for proper hygiene practices will be posted throughout the buildings, in the restrooms, and at the entrances.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be installed in needed areas throughout all DPISD facilities.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a personal, reusable water bottle to school each day.
  • Touchless water dispensing stations will be installed at each campus. 

 

Campus Cleaning Plan

  • Campuses will be cleaned throughout the instructional day. 
  • Custodial staffing will be realigned to allow for ongoing cleaning of high-touch surfaces during the instructional day.
  • Classrooms will be equipped for cleaning during transition times.
  • Cleaning products will be properly stored when not in use. 

 

Use of Masks

  • In compliance with the governor’s executive order, all DPISD staff are required to wear non-medical grade face masks that cover the nose and mouth.
  • Visitor access will be extremely limited. All approved visitors to campuses during the instructional day will be required to wear a face covering and complete a health screening before entering the instructional area.

 

Visitors/Deliveries/Miscellaneous

  • To limit exposure, informal campus visits will be restricted.
  • Essential meetings will be scheduled by appointment or through a virtual format.
  • Campuses may implement screening protocols for any/all campus visitors.
  • To ensure the safety of students and staff, NO outside food deliveries will be accepted (i.e. food, gifts, DoorDash, etc.).
  • Until further notice, the use of field trips to enhance the educational experience is suspended.
  • Until further notice, there will be no large student assemblies.
 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDELINES

 

The District will provide two options for instruction: traditional face-to-face instruction and remote learning.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring.

 

Deer Park ISD also believes the best instructional setting for students is face-to- face instruction; however, regardless of the platform you choose for your child, we will support your decision. We are committed to providing your child an excellent education in either platform.

 

Face-to-Face Instruction

All DPISD students are encouraged to attend traditional school and receive instruction in a face-to-face format for the 2020-2021 school year. This is particularly important for students who had trouble adjusting to virtual learning in the spring. This scenario will include an instructional platform that involves in-person instruction with the use of Seesaw (grades PK-4) and Canvas (grades 5-12).

 

At some point in the coming months, it is likely that classes or schools must quarantine or close due to increased exposure to COVID-19. DPISD will be prepared to shift to remote learning while actively working to prevent the spread through health protocols. In that event, we will work with students and parents to help ensure that learning continues.

 

Teachers will train students to use the learning platforms during the first weeks of school, so they will be familiar with them in the event that we have to quickly shift to a remote-only instructional program. Students will also learn how to access instructional applications, how to submit assignments, how to communicate with their teachers and peers, and how to access needed support at their respective levels.

 

Remote Instruction

Remote Learning will be offered through an online instructional format. The District will provide two options for remote instruction using the learning platforms of Seesaw and Canvas:

 

  • Two-way, real-time, live instruction between teachers and students through a computer or other electronic device or over the phone; or
  • Through an experience where students engage in learning materials on their own, interacting intermittently with the teacher via technology or cell phones.
 
Students are required to be engaged in learning throughout the school day. The teacher will provide lessons and give students daily feedback. Schools will establish structured instructional schedules for students to follow.

 

Remote Learning will align to the level of rigor students will experience in the face-to-face environment and will have additional expectations than what was experienced in the spring when all students were learning in a remote setting.

  • Students in grades PK-4 must have a parent or an adult present who can facilitate learning each day.
  • Students must be engaged and must participate in all required coursework and virtual lessons during normal school hours.
  • The student will be required to participate in all tutoring sessions and/or video conferencing required by the teachers.
  • For accelerated and advanced high school weighted courses and many CTE courses, students must report to a designated campus on assigned days and times to take assessments on units of study or complete CTE performance-based assignments. (Ex. Advanced Placement tests or certification tests.)
  • For activities (including performance-based assignments) that must occur on campus, parents will be responsible for transportation.
 
Grading

Grading policies will be the same for students in face-to-face and virtual settings. Similarly to traditional instruction, remote learning grades will count toward the student’s grade point average, class rank, and University Interscholastic League eligibility.

 

Special Programs

Students in specialized programs, including but not limited to, special education, 504, Dyslexia, English Learners, Dual Language, Gifted and Talented, Career and Technical Education, and Early College will receive information related to their program once individualized plans are finalized. For students who are Individualized Education Program (IEP)-entitled, progress will be carefully monitored and the Admission, Review, and Dismissal/IEP Committee will convene and make appropriate recommendations to meet individual student needs to ensure continued growth in the general education curriculum and on IEP goals and objectives.

 

Athletics/Fine Arts

Coaches and directors/teachers are creating tentative safety procedures as we continue to await guidance from UIL.  These procedures will be shared with parents when they are completed.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

In response to COVID-19, DPISD encourages all families with the ability to do so to transport children to and from school. Bus transportation will be offered; however, the standard number of transported students compromises the ability to socially distance.

  • Students will be required to pre-register for bus transportation by Aug. 7 in order to receive transportation services
  • Bus seating will be assigned
  • All students will have access to hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus
  • All bus drivers and bus monitors will wear a face covering
  • All students in grades 5-12 will be required to use non-medical grade face masks, covering the nose and mouth, while riding the bus.  Masks will be provided as supplies are available.
  • Each bus will be sanitized between morning and afternoon routes and at the end of the day.
  • Transportation staff will be trained in proper sanitation procedures.
  • All DPISD buses will be equipped with sanitation and cleaning supplies.
 
 

CHILD NUTRITION


All child nutrition staff will use personal protective equipment while performing job duties and will be trained to follow health and hygiene regulations. To ensure the safety of students and staff, no outside food deliveries will be accepted. Visitors will not be allowed during breakfast/lunch times. This will help minimize interactions and possible COVID-19 exposure. 

 

Breakfast

  • Only students eating school breakfast will be allowed in the cafeteria seating area in the mornings.  
  • Cafeteria and serving areas will be cleaned during transition times.  
  • Students will eat breakfast in classrooms whenever possible.   

 

Lunch

  • When entering/leaving the cafeteria for lunch, students will be released on a staggered schedule.
  • Campuses may allow students to eat in various locations throughout the building to maximize social distancing.
  • Cafeteria, serving, and eating areas will be cleaned between uses.
 
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