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As we continue to plan for both virtual and in-person learning, each campus will communicate with their families regarding specific procedures for the first days of school. As a district, our priorities remain:

  • safe and supportive schools for our students and staff;
  • rigorous learning for all students, both in-person and/or virtually; and
  • a high level of service to our families and community.

Celina ISD will adhere to required guidelines and consider recommendations provided by state authorities including the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the University of Interscholastic League (UIL), as well as other federal, state, and local health agencies. Current considerations include, but are not limited to:

  • Health and hygiene practices, such as sanitization of campuses, buses, and commonly touched surfaces; social distancing measures; daily health screenings of students and staff; and hand sanitizing and hand washing procedures;
  • Infection control practices, such as water bottle filling stations, personal protective equipment (face coverings including masks and face shields) for students and staff, maximizing classroom space for social distancing, and limiting campus visitors; and

Adjustments to arrival/dismissal times, transitions between classes, student nutrition, and transportation services.

 

The COVID-19 situation is fluid and, as a result, the information contained in this document is intended to summarize the district’s current procedures and is subject to change at any time based on any additional federal, state and/or local requirements.

COVID Prevention and Mitigation

Individuals who themselves are either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must follow the District’s Stay At Home protocol and stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

  1. at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  3. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual may either

  1. a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis; or
  2. b) obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for Covid-19.

Identified Case of COVID On Campus

  • 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.
  • Notify the parent or guardian of the symptom(s) exhibited, any actions taken by the school (i.e., taking student temperature), and the re-entry procedure for allowing the student to return to campus.
  • Students who report feeling feverish should be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
  • Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by any individual with a lab-confirmed case (student 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.
  • District communication will be provided for parents and guardians, teachers, and staff at a campus of the presence of a lab-confirmed case on campus.
  • District communication will be provided to parents and guardians of all students who had close contact with a COVID-19 case while attending in-person instruction on campus. 

COVID-19 Symptoms

In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the following symptoms will be considered:

  • Temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit when taken by mouth;
  • Loss of taste or smell;
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever;
  • Sore throat;
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering or significant muscle pain or ache;
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. 

Close Contact

This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as:

  1. Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
  2. Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes;

if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious. Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset, or in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.

Face Coverings

Per the Executive Order No. GA-29 relating to the use of face coverings over the nose and mouth during the COVID-19 issued on July 2, 2020 and/or subsequent orders, face coverings (including cloth face coverings, face shields, and/or disposable face masks) will be required for all adults and all 4th-12th grade students while on campus, subject to the exceptions noted in the order.

  • Students entering Pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade are encouraged to wear a face covering in class.
  • All students, PK-12, are required to wear a face covering during transitions and/or when moving throughout the school.
  • Any PK-3rd grade teacher can require that his/her students must all wear face coverings if health conditions necessitate additional precautions, and the district determines is developmentally appropriate.
  • Exceptions, approved through campus administration, may be made for any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
  • All students riding a CISD bus will be required to wear a face covering.
  • Parents are encouraged to provide a face covering for their child that is appropriate for the age level, developmental level, and is comfortable to wear for the duration of the school day.
  • If a student arrives on campus without a face covering, one will be provided for them as long as supplies last. If/when a school runs out of supplies, a student who arrives at school without a face covering will not be permitted to remain on campus, but will be served through the District’s virtual instruction.

Campus Visitors/Volunteers

  • Visitors will not be allowed inside school buildings except for visits essential to school operations, including 504/ARD meetings and/or conferences that cannot be handled over the phone, by email, or through a virtual meeting.
  • In-person volunteers will be strictly limited and must be approved by the campus principal as part of the campus safety plan.
  • Any activities by external organizations will be restricted to only those that are essential to school operations, including AlphaBest. This will provide a safer in-person instructional environment for our staff and students.
  • Any approved visitor must follow all virus prevention and mitigation requirements including, but not limited to, wearing a face covering and being screened for COVID symptoms.
  • In addition to exceptions outlined in the Governor’s order, exceptions and/or other accommodations to the face covering requirement may be approved through campus administration for any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.

All Learners

  • Per Texas Education Code (TEC) §25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade.
  • TEA guidance permits students opting for either in-person or virtual learning to transition between virtual and in-person schooling only at the end of a grading period.
  • Students wishing to transition from in-person to virtual learning due to health concerns will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • If health conditions require campus and/or district closure, all students and educators will shift to virtual learning.
  • Beyond a required closure, a student who transitions from in-person to virtual learning at any time during the year must continue on a virtual learning plan until the end of the grading period.
  • To learn more about attendance rights and responsibilities during COVID-19, please visit the TEA’s Public Health Planning Guidance.

Technology for Assignments

The CISD Technology Department will check out iPads to all students enrolled in 6th grade  through 12th grade. Students in PK-5th grades are assigned an iPad for use in school.

Families who choose a virtual learning plan will be provided an iPad for each student who needs a device. Students will be required to pay a yearly non-refundable usage fee of $45.

Grading

Both in-person and virtual learning experiences will provide the same expectations for coursework and grading. Further, all high school credit courses detailed in the Celina High School Course Guide will be utilized for calculating GPA and class rank.

Grades received in a virtual format will follow the same grading guidelines as face-to-face, in-person instruction. Teachers and staff will receive additional support and guidance on effective grading practices to ensure that grades are valid and reliable for all students.

Support for Special Education & 504 Students

  • In addition to daily contact if assigned as a student’s teacher of record, special education teachers will communicate with each parent/student every other week for a 1-on-1 progress review, and case managers will communicate at least once a week. Teachers and/or parents may request additional meetings, as appropriate.
  • Access to mental health, well-being, and community building resources is provided by Campus Leads. Special Ed Leads will be able to guide students and families to resources and work with mastery so that students have the level of support outlined in their IEPs and 504 plans.
  • Whether a student is participating as a virtual learner or in-person learner, special education teachers will review weekly the progress of each student on their caseload (i.e., grade books, data collection, etc.). Teachers will determine what, if any, additional supports may be needed for each student to continue to progress in the general education curriculum and to master their IEP goals/objectives.
  • Special Education teachers are required to complete differentiated lesson plans to meet the needs of the IEP-entitled students they support, whether virtually or in-person.
  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans will continue to receive support and/or modifications as specified by each student’s then current individual plan. If modifications are needed, the campus will hold an ARD or 504 meeting accordingly.
  • SPED teachers will work in PLCs along with general education content teachers to ensure accommodations and modifications are considered as part of the planning process.
  • For students receiving virtual learning, Dyslexia instructional services will be provided as outlined in the student’s plan.
  • Provision of special education and related services during an emergency closure may occur via video conferences, telephone calls, homework packets, internet-based lessons/therapy, or other distance-based learning approaches. Decisions on appropriate services are made on an individualized basis.

Support for Bilingual/ESL Students:

  • For a family selecting virtual learning for a student who receives language accommodations or modifications, LPAC Committees will determine the unique needs of the student and make support and service recommendations for implementation in the at-home virtual learning.
  • Bilingual and ESL teachers will follow Texas standards (TEKS) and collaborate with teachers to complete differentiated lesson plans for both virtual or in-person learning to meet the needs of all students they support.
  • CISD staff remain current on training to ensure a high level of learning for all students with specific strategies for language acquisition.
  • Bilingual/ESL Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) will occur every week, and teachers will utilize the instructional materials to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of their bilingual/ESL learners.
  • The Bilingual/ESL department will distribute targeted supplemental kits of materials and manipulatives for students in the program.
  • Evaluation sessions will be scheduled on a regular basis and progress will be communicated with parents for each grading period.
  • Students and families will receive check-ins with Bilingual/ESL staff to communicate progress, plan interventions, and enrichment.

 

Support for Gifted & Talented Students

  • All CISD teachers will remain current on required Gifted and Talented (GT) training.
  • GT students are served in the classroom, enhanced by specialized pull-out classes on the elementary level and enriched through advanced courses on the secondary level.
  • CISD staff incorporate differentiation strategies in all lessons to ensure rigorous learning for all students with specific strategies for GT programming.

Additional Intervention Supports

Targeted supplemental materials and resources will be provided for students in need of intervention  in addition to regular classroom instruction.  Students participating in virtual learning will have the opportunity to participate in live intervention time virtually during scheduled RtI/ACE/Activity periods.

In-Person Learning

Class Size

Once students have committed to their instructional plan for the 2020-2021 school year, CISD will populate the classrooms to determine appropriate class sizes. Teachers may be instructing both in-person and virtual learners simultaneously as this is a very fluid situation and staff will be needed for both in-person and virtual learning. Class sizes will be capped at 22 students in grades PK-4th grade, unless a waiver is utilized. CISD always makes a great effort to cap classes at 28 students in grades 5-12, however, this is not guaranteed. Student desks and tables will be arranged to provide social distancing and the maximum space possible between students during in-person instruction.

Hygiene Practices and Procedures

Families must adhere to the district’s health and safety guidelines on campus and in all district facilities, including the use of required face coverings, as noted above.

  • Student desks and tables will be arranged to provide the maximum space possible between students during in-person instruction.
  • Teachers and staff members are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and complete a daily health screening prior to entering CISD campuses/facilities, including taking their own temperature.
  • Parents and/or guardians are expected to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms prior to drop off for in-person instruction, including taking their child’s temperature.
  • Campuses will screen all students for possible symptoms at the time of arrival, separating students for further screening and additional temperature checks as needed.
  • Daily sanitization schedules will be followed on all CISD campuses to include entrances, exits, classrooms, offices, cafeteria and playground areas.
  • Student belongings will be labeled and kept separate, and shared supplies will be kept at a minimum and sanitized after each use.
  • Traditional water fountains have been replaced with bottle filling units. Students will be asked to bring their own refillable water bottle.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available in strategic locations throughout our buildings.
  • Elementary staff will engage students in supervised handwashing of at least 20 seconds two times a day and/or after using the restroom, and all staff will limit and monitor the number of students using the restroom.
  • Teachers, students and staff members are encouraged to practice social distancing at school, maintaining a minimum of six feet from others when feasible without disrupting the educational experience.

Cafeteria Procedures

  • Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch.
  • Self-serve counters will not be available at this time, and students will be given a choice of “grab and go” meals. Hot and cold entrees will be made available to students in Pre-kindergarten-12th grade.
  • Secondary campuses have additional lunch periods to accommodate social distancing requirements.
  • Meals may be served in classrooms and/or the cafeteria with a rotation schedule. Social distancing guidelines will be followed in both the classroom and cafeteria.
  • Tables and commonly touched areas will be sanitized between uses.
  • In order to minimize exposure, parents will not be allowed to eat with their child on campus at this time.
  • Fast food delivery will be prohibited at this time in order to limit the risk of contamination. In special circumstances involving your child’s IEP,504, and/or dietary restrictions, please contact the campus principal.
  • Microwaves will not be available for student use.

PE and Recess

  • Teachers and playground staff will actively monitor students during recess and remind them of social distancing guidelines.
  • CISD Maintenance Department will maintain a cleaning schedule for all campuses.
  • In accordance with Executive Order GA-29, any person who is actively engaging in a physical activity outdoors and maintaining a safe distance from others will be allowed to temporarily remove their facial coverings during recess time.
  • Extra school activities (field trips, evening events, pep rallies, etc.) will be strictly limited and considered on a case-by-case basis per health guidelines and feasibility.
  • To minimize the number of students using the playground facilities, the campus will create a schedule that will stagger the use to prevent larger gatherings.

District Transportation

  • Families are encouraged to drop students off, carpool, or walk with their student to school to reduce possible virus exposure on buses.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided on all buses.
  • Face coverings will be worn by students during the duration of the bus route. Face coverings will be worn by drivers while loading and unloading students, but due to safety guidelines, bus drivers are not permitted to wear a face covering while driving.
  • The first seat behind drivers will not be occupied.
  • When possible, the drivers will open windows to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.
  • Social distancing techniques, including assigned seats, will be practiced to the greatest extent possible, which is assisted by high-backed seats already in place.
  • All buses and other route vehicles will be disinfected daily after both morning and afternoon routes.

To register your child for bus transportation, go to https://tinyurl.com/y5657stw

Once the form is submitted, it will automatically be sent to the CISD Transportation Department. 

Virtual Learning

 Students committing to virtual instruction will be engaged in learning that includes a combination of live instruction (synchronous learning) and independent work (asynchronous learning). Students will have access to instructional support from teachers during school hours as they follow their on-campus schedule. In addition to times of remote synchronous learning with their teacher and peers, virtual learning students will also work independently throughout the day. PreK-5th grade students should anticipate working synchronously and asynchronously daily for a minimum of 180 non-consecutive minutes, and 6th-12th grade students for a minimum of 240 non-consecutive minutes. Teachers will set assigned times for instruction, intervention and assistance, and students can receive support from the school counselor and administration online and by phone.

Students attending school virtually must demonstrate daily progress, per the school calendar, in order to be counted “present,” and state attendance requirements are in effect. A reliable internet connection is required, and district computer devices will be provided, if needed. Remote instruction for students without internet access at home will be provided via asynchronous learning. The following Career/Technical courses are not available for virtual students:

  • Health Science Theory/Clinical
  • All Welding courses

Beyond these courses, students on a virtual plan will currently be permitted access to specialized courses, including athletics and fine arts courses/practices. Virtual students may be permitted to participate in on-campus programs and organizations as applicable.

For the most current information regarding UIL guideline

The Learning Management System (LMS) for all Celina ISD students is Google Classroom. For synchronous learning activities, teachers will schedule specific times for the class to come together and complete instruction. For asynchronous learning, students may work in pairs, small groups, or independently. The expectation will be a full day of learning via asynchronous activities collected through teacher assigned lessons. Teachers will engage and support students through classroom discussions, online lessons, and the completion of assignments. The CISD Technology Department will distribute iPads to all students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten -12th grade regardless of the number of students in one household.

 *Sample Virtual Learning Schedules*

* Sample plans are not final and are subject to change.

Sample PreK - 5th Grade Daily Instructional Schedule

Mode TimeSubjectNotes
Synchronous8:00 - 8:30Classroom connection (SEL)Teacher led with peer collaboration
Synchronous / Asynchronous8:30 - 10:00Literacy BlockBlend of direct instruction, guided and independent practice
Asynchronous9:30 - 10:00Movement / Snack Break
Synchronous/ Asynchronous9:30 - 10:30Math BlockBlend of direct instruction, guided and independent practice
Synchronous/Asynchronous10:30 - 11:30Science

Social Studies

Blend of direct instruction, guided and independent practice
Asynchronous11:30 - 12:30Lunch - Recess                  Rest Time (PreK)
Synchronous / Asynchronous12:30 - 1:30Special Area

Art, Music, PE

Blend of direct instruction, guided and independent practice
Synchronous / Asynchronous1:30 - 2:30Intervention

Enrichment                     Small Group Support

Blend of differentiated guided and independent practice
Synchronous2:30 - 3:00Classroom connection (SEL)Teacher led with peer collaboration
Students will engage in both synchronous and asynchronous learning.

  • For synchronous learning activities, teachers will schedule specific times for the class to come together for whole group and small group instruction.
  • During asynchronous learning, students will be able to progress at their own pace through the content with built-in measures for attendance, instructional support, checks for understanding, and social-emotional support.

 

Sample 6th-8th Grade Daily Instructional Schedule

A Day

(Mon/Wed/ every other Fri)

Sample Classes

 

Learning Style

 

B Day

(Tues/Thurs/ every other Fri)

Sample Classes

 

Learning Style

 

8:15-9:00

1st Period Class

 

Boys Athletics/ ElectiveIn-Person

Synchronous/ Asynchronous

8:15-9:00

1st Period Class

 

Boys Athletic/

Elective

In-Person

Synchronous/ Asynchronous

9:04-10:38

3rd Period Class

 

Math

 

 

 

Synchronous / Asynchronous9:04-10:38

2nd Period Class

 

ScienceSynchronous / Asynchronous
10:42-1:01

5th Period Class/

Lunch

EnglishSynchronous / Asynchronous10:42-1:01

4th Period Class/

Lunch

HistorySynchronous / Asynchronous
1:05-2:39

7th Period Class

ArtSynchronous / Asynchronous1:05-2:39

6th Period Class

ElectiveSynchronous / Asynchronous
2:43-3:06

8th ACE

Check-insAsynchronous

 

2:43-3:06

8th ACE

Check-insAsynchronous

 

3:10-3:55

9th Period Class

Girls Athletics/

Reading

In-Person

Synchronous / Asynchronous

3:10-3:55

9th Period Class

Girls Athletics/

Reading

In-Person

Synchronous / Asynchronous

Students will engage in both synchronous and asynchronous learning.

  • For synchronous learning activities, teachers will schedule specific times for the class to come together for whole group and small group instruction.
  • During asynchronous learning, students will be able to progress at their own pace through the content with built-in measures for attendance, instructional support, checks for understanding, and social-emotional support.

Sample High School Daily Instructional Schedule

A Day

(Mon/Wed/ every other Fri)

Sample Classes

(A-Day)

Learning Style

 

 B Day

(Tue/Thur/ every other Fri

Sample Classes (B-Day)

 

Learning Style

 

1st / 6th Period

8:45-10:15

 

EnglishSynchronous/ Asynchronous1st / 6th Period

8:45-10:15

 

CTESynchronous/ Asynchronous
2nd/7th Period 10:20-11:55

 

Math

 

 

 

Synchronous/ Asynchronous2nd/7th Period 10:20-11:55

 

ArtSynchronous/ Asynchronous

 

3rd /8th Activity Period 11:55- 12:25Check-insAsynchronous

 

3rd /8th Activity Period 11:55- 12:25Check-insAsynchronous

 

4th/9th Period 12:30- 2:36 (Lunch)ScienceSynchronous/ Asynchronous4th/9th Period 12:30- 2:36 (Lunch)Soc. StudiesSynchronous/ Asynchronous
5th/10th Period 2:40-4:10AthleticsIn-Person5th/10th Period 2:40-4:10AthleticsIn-Person
Students will engage in both synchronous and asynchronous learning.

  • For synchronous learning activities, teachers will schedule specific times for the class to come together and complete instruction and work in pairs, small groups, and all together.
  • During asynchronous learning, students will be able to progress at their own pace through the content with built-in measures for attendance, instructional support, checks for understanding, and social-emotional support.

Click the following link to fill out your child's instructional commitment form.

English Form   https://forms.gle/Bhkws7Ai5SVQaaCAA

Spanish Form  https://forms.gle/k71dv2NJFaQv4yts9