Celina High School

Return to School Plan and Protocols

The purpose of this document is to outline the details Celina High School will use to ensure the safety of all our students, teachers, and staff as we return to school for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, all procedures and plans outlined in this document may be changed at any time as we continue to get recommendations from the CDC, public health officials at the state and federal level, as well as local city and Celina’s ISD.


The safety of our students, teachers, staff, and guests is a top priority. Several measures have been implemented and based on new information, new initiatives could be added.

  • Masks or face coverings will be worn at all times while on campus. (No exceptions other than when seated at lunch or any activities that require they be removed and social distancing can be followed). If a student or employee of Celina High School refuses to wear a mask while on campus, campus administration will be notified immediately
  • Social Distancing will be encouraged at all times while on campus
  • Water fountains will not be available; however, new distribution options will be installed on certain fountains to allow clear water bottles to be filled
  • Celina High School staff will assist with maintaining social distancing and capacity limits in all restrooms (Limit of 5 students per restroom)
  • All students will be required to provide and carry hand sanitizer at all times on campus. Additional sanitizing stations will be available throughout the campus
  • Staff and students will be required to sanitize hands throughout the school day as part of their classes
  • No visitors will be allowed on campus unless they are invited for specific required meetings. If a visitor must be on campus, masks will be required at all times. Additionally, all items being dropped off will be prohibited unless considered necessary for a specific student
  • Temperature monitoring will take place throughout the day randomly for any and all students and employees of Celina High School
  • No more than 2 people will be allowed on the elevator at any time


  • Celina High School employees will self-screen for COVID-19 before entering the High School facilities. (See definitions page for a list of symptoms)
  • Parents and guardians will be expected to self-screen their students for symptoms each day prior to their students’ arrival at school. (See definitions page for a list of symptoms)
  • Self-screening signs will be posted at entrances into Celina High School
  • All Celina High School employees will assist with monitoring students while they are on campus and notify the nurse or administration if they see a student with symptoms


  • If a student reports that he or she is not feeling well, the teacher or staff member will direct the student to go to the hallway or a vacated area
  • Once in the hallway, the teacher will ask if the student is experiencing the symptoms associated with COVID-19 screening questions
  • If the student does report these symptoms, the student will stay in the hallway or vacated area and the teacher will contact the front office and an administrator or designated school personnel will escort the student to the nurse’s office


  • The halls at Celina High School will have directional markers set forth for students to follow. Instructions on how that will operate will be given during on campus class meetings 
  • Restrooms and common areas will be disinfected daily as well as all classrooms, desks, and tables
  • Celina High School will make adjustments to schedules to reduce the number of students who have to be in common areas. (Cafeteria, labs, library, auditorium, gym, etc.)
  • Every effort will be made to configure classrooms to adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Outdoor spaces will be utilized for classroom learning whenever possible


  • All students are encouraged to bring their own lunch to school each day
  • Students purchasing lunch at school will be provided pre-packaged meals
  • Students are encouraged to not share food or drink with anyone
  • All payment will be done through My School Bucks. If another form of payment is needed, please email food services to discuss options 
  • All students will be socially distanced during lunches. No more that 4 people per table
  • Masks may be removed while eating but need to be placed back on when the meal is finished


The following information is a breakdown of the 2 instructional options Celina High School will be using this school year and the specific components of each model. The intent with these two models is to offer high quality, engaging lessons for our students in person or remotely.

  • Both in class and remote learning will have the same expectations for class time and assignments. All students will follow the Celina High School bell schedule for their classes
  • All students in a class that is a UIL activity will be allowed to attend those classes in person even if they have chosen remote learning


  • Available for any student who is enrolled at Celina High School
  • All students will follow the A/B Block schedule (Schedule is located at the back of this packet)
  • Celina High School will begin school on August 19th as planned. 
  • If a student chooses on campus instruction, he/she must honor that choice until the end of the first 9 week grading period
  • Expectations for all coursework for both in-person and remote learners will be the same


  • Available for any student who is enrolled at Celina High School
  • All students will follow the A/B Block schedule (Schedule is located at the back of this packet)
  • The Texas Education Agency has given flexibility for the first 3-weeks of school to transition back on campus safely. (See the academic schedule posted within this document)
  • During the first three weeks of school, while transitioning back slowly, all information given to your classes in person will be provided to all remote learners as well
  • As a remote learner, you are eligible to come on campus for any UIL activities that you have on your schedule. Transportation will NOT be provided. Please contact your child’s teacher/sponsor to determine specific schedule for on campus activities/practices
  • Learning expectations and standards for in-person and remote coursework will be consistent
  • If a student chooses online (remote) instruction, he/she must honor that choice until the end of the first 9 week grading period
  • Throughout the school day Celina High School will utilize synchronous and asynchronous learning. Those times will be determined by each student’s classroom teacher


Celina High School is dedicated to monitoring and assisting all families, students, teachers, and staff by following and providing services to anyone who needs assistance. Areas of focus include

  • Family Engagement and support services
  • Faculty and staff support
  • Behavioral support systems
  • Educational mental health services

Social Emotional learning lessons will be developed and made available to all students to support any experiences they may have encountered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, any counseling support needed for students and Celina High School faculty will be available. (Teachers, Staff, Remote & Online learners).

Family support will also be provided as needed.


COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with 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


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:

  • Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
  • 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


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