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District Return to Learn Plan


Instructional Plan for Parents/Guardians

August 12, 2020

Mexia ISD remains committed to providing rigorous, TEKS-based instruction to all students whether they attend school in-person or select a remote instructional setting. Based on the results of our School Reopening Survey, we recognize that this is a challenging year, but we are embracing the opportunity to expand and maximize learning for all students in a safe and healthy learning environment. Toward that end, we will offer on-campus face-to-face or remote learning at home instruction for all students for the 2020-21 school year.

We ask that parents select their preferred learning model as they complete online registration. Mexia ISD staff will be verifying choices as the start of the school year nears. Parents will be asked to make a commitment for at least one full six-week grading period. Please note, if a student alternates between face-to-face on campus learning and at home remote learning, that student may not have the same teacher or course schedule.

All students, on campus face-to-face or remote learning at home, must complete the online registration process.

The first day of school is Thursday, August 27th.


Types of Instruction

Asynchronous Instruction

Asynchronous instruction refers to self-paced online instruction with ongoing remote teacher interaction. Mexia ISD will use Google Classroom as the primary Learning Management System (LMS). Teachers will upload instructional items to the Google Classroom. Students may also watch pre-recorded videos of instruction with guided support. For students in grades 6-12, Edgenuity will be the learning program. Students in PK-8 will also have access to IXL for all core subjects. Accommodations will be made for students who do not have access to the internet.

Attendance for Asynchronous Remote Learning

Students who login to their Google Classroom each day and engage in the assigned work are considered “present” and will not be marked absent. Students will have until 11:59 p.m. each day to meet requirements for being marked present. Teachers will mark attendance for remote learners by 11:59 p.m. the following instructional day. Teacher and student interaction via telephone, Google Meet, Zoom or email will count for attendance.

If a student is engaged in asynchronous learning and completes the entire week’s worth of learning activities on Monday and does not log in for the remainder of the week, he/she will be marked “present” on Monday only and counted “absent” for Tuesday-Friday per rules set forth by TEA.

Regular grading policies apply to both settings.

It is important that students understand that remote learning attendance is based on daily engagement, not solely the completion of assignments.

Schedule for Remote Learning at Home

While in a remote learning environment, 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 students are struggling with time management, then the parent or student should contact the teacher or the school for additional assistance. Teachers will have virtual office hours scheduled weekly for students enrolled in remote learning at home. Parents and students are encouraged to utilize these virtual office hours.

Roles & Commitments from the Students and Parents in Remote Learning at Home

Students Parents
● Follow the designated schedule communicated by the home campus to attend class virtually during asynchronous learning. ● Complete daily online activities and assignments.

● Participate daily in scheduled learning activities, including intervention and tutorials.

● Use proper etiquette during online learning.

● Take responsibility for asking for help, asking questions, and taking advantage of tutorial sessions.

● Turn in school work daily and/or at the direction of the assigned teacher.

● Participate in opportunities for live instruction ready to learn, on time, dressed appropriately, and follow online etiquette including using video and showing your face during class if a teacher requests.

● Follow procedures for Exams and Tests.

●Monitor and ask for evidence that your child is on track with assignments and coursework.

●Check the student’s Google Classroom for links to teacher lessons.

●Provide your child with assistance on their day-to-day activities with the exception of designated independent work.

●Assist in supporting your child’s needs by establishing and managing the daily schedule communicated by the teacher and the campus.

●Create a designated learning space for your child at home to learn successfully.

●Maintain communication with your child’s teacher by phone, email messages, and/or online meetings to create a learning partnership.

●Allow your child to struggle; it is allowed and encouraged! Don’t help too much. Student independent learning takes lots of practice.

Elementary School Details


Elementary includes grades pk-2 at McBay Elementary and grades 3-5 at RQ Sims Intermediate.

Core Areas

Students will receive asynchronous instruction (online remote learning at home).

1.There must be daily progress in Google Classroom assignments.

2.There will be daily interaction between teacher and student

3.The student must complete and turn in assignments on a daily basis.

4.The teacher will schedule mandatory one-on-one virtual tutorials and intervention time as needed.

Specials

Weekly lessons will be provided for P.E. and Gifted and Talented. Note: The Texas Education Agency requires students to have 135 minute of physical activity per week in grades k-5.

Counseling

The Elementary School Counselor will:

●Provide character lessons via remote instruction.

●Be available to meet with students receiving remote instruction via phone with parent consent.

●Provide responsive services to students receiving remote instruction.

The Mexia ISD Counselors will maintain current information regarding mental health and community services for students, families, and staff on the district COVID-19 website.

Junior High and High School Details

Mexia Junior High includes grade 6-8 and grades 9-12 are at Mexia High School. Secondary students will receive asynchronous instruction (online remote learning at home).

Core Areas

1.Teachers will post lessons on Google Classroom and students will be required to complete work daily.

2.Students are required to complete daily assignments.

3.Teachers will monitor this work and provide consistent feedback.

4.Scheduled tutorials and interventions will be established based on student need.

5.Regular grading procedures apply.

Electives

There are a limited number of electives available in the online setting. Courses that are offered at school may not be available in the online learning platform.

Dual Credit

We are waiting to receive more details from Navarro College on how Dual Credit courses will be offered.

Students enrolled in the GWMA and GWHCA programs will continue to attend courses in Waco in person. There is no online plan for this program at this time.

Counseling

The Counselors will:

●Coordinate with students for a time to provide remote instruction support as needed regarding individual planning and guidance curriculum.

●Be available to meet with students receiving remote instruction via phone with parent consent.

●Provide responsive services to students receiving remote instruction.

●Provide information on graduation planning, post-secondary opportunities, FAFSA, etc., via text, email, Mexia ISD website, and other communication methods.

The Mexia ISD Counselors will maintain current information regarding mental health and community services for students, families, and staff on the district COVID-19 website.

Other Services

Special Education and 504

Regardless of instructional setting, all students’ Individualized Education Plans will be followed. Students choosing remote learning at home may receive some services via virtual meetings.

Food Services

Families of students in remote learning at home will be able to pick up meals for their students. The single location has not been determined. There will be a process designed to place orders each day and have meals ready at a designated time and place for families to pick up.

Technology for Students

All students in grades 3-12 will be issued a chromebook. Students in grades pk-2 who do not have access to a device at home will have the ability to check out technology from the district for in-home use.

●Digital citizenship must be upheld with remote learning.

●Students/Parents will be responsible for damage to and/or loss of MISD equipment (computers, chromebooks, etc.).

●Equipment must be returned upon request.

●Pick up information will be provided at a later date.

Technology Support

The Mexia ISD Instructional Technology Department is in the process of developing training to support families as they navigate Google Classroom, Edgenuity and IXL as well as other online learning opportunities. The district is also working on setting up a dedicated phone line to a technology help desk for remote learners at home.

●Webinar

●Posted on district website

●Printed materials

Student and Staff Health and Safety

Mexia ISD is dedicated to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for all students, staff, and community. The District will continue to follow all guidance issued by federal, state, and local health authorities.

Student Health Protocols

All parents are responsible for ensuring that a daily self-screening of each student occurs prior to coming to school or boarding school transportation.

Screener

Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:

●Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;

●Sore throat;

●New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);

●Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or new onset of severe headache, especially with fever.

●Known close contact with someone who has a lab confirmed case of COVID-19

General Guidelines

●All students will be trained on proper handwashing techniques and participate in scheduled handwashing times throughout the day.

●Students 10 years old and up (health exceptions) are required to use non-medical grade face coverings, covering nose and mouth; all students are encouraged to wear a face covering.

●All students will be required to wear a face covering on buses.

●All students will be trained in social distancing, hygiene, and respiratory etiquette the first day of face-to-face instruction

●Use of hand sanitizer stations will be required at the entrances of each facility and throughout the day.

Employee Health Protocols

All Mexia ISD employees will be required to complete a daily self-screening prior to coming to work.

Screener

Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:

●Temperature check (temperature must be less than 100°F)

●Sore throat;

●New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);

●Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or new onset of severe headache, especially with fever.

●Known close contact with someone who has a lab confirmed case of COVID-19

General Guidelines

●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 (i.e. cough/sneeze into arm, cover mouth with tissue, etc.).

●All employees shall regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds.

●All employees shall maintain recommended social distancing, when applicable, from others, unless intervening in an emergency where an individual’s safety is compromised.

●The district will provide all employees with at a minimum, non-medical grade face coverings, covering nose and mouth.

●Use of hand sanitizer stations will be required at the entrances of each facility.

Face Coverings

●Following federal, state and local mandates, the use of non-medical grade face coverings will be enforced in all Mexia ISD facilities.

●Face coverings will be required for all Mexia ISD staff. Teachers can choose to wear a mask, a face shield, or both when appropriate.

●Face coverings are required for all students while on a bus, entering/exiting the building, and other designated times.

●Students 10 years old and up (health exceptions) are required to use non-medical grade face covering for building access.

●Any individual coming to campus during the instructional day will be required to wear a face covering for building access.

●Face coverings should comply with the specific requirements of dress code in the MISD Student Handbook.

Building Logistics/Procedures

●All buildings will post self-screening and mitigation practices.

●Classrooms will be arranged to provide the maximum social distancing possible with the constraints presented by the facility and the functions within that classroom.

●Where necessary, clear safety shields will be placed in classrooms.

●A designated area will be determined on each campus for students who are sick or have symptoms.

●When permitted, student gatherings will be held outdoors.

●Large group meetings and assemblies will be limited and held virtually and outdoors when feasible.

●Signage for proper hygiene practices will be posted throughout the buildings, in the restrooms and at the entrances.

●Maintenance staff will monitor HVAC systems to ensure better air exchange in buildings.

●Shared drinking areas, such as water fountains, will be closed.

●Restroom capacity will be limited.

●All practices will be reviewed to promote social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Arrival/Dismissal/Transitioning/Meal Service

Campuses will communicate campus plans to their families prior to the start of school.

Meal Service

All Child Nutrition staff will use PPE while performing job responsibilities. In addition, Child Nutrition staff will be trained to practice additional health and hygiene regulations related to COVID-19.

● All students enrolled in the Mexia ISD are eligible to receive both breakfast and lunch.

*Meals will be distributed for at home learners from a centralized site. Details to follow before the first day of school

● To ensure the safety of students and staff, no outside food deliveries will be accepted.

Visitors will not be allowed during breakfast/lunch times.

Transportation

As a response to COVID-19, Mexia ISD encourages all families with the ability to do so, to transport students to and from school.

Bus transportation will be offered; however, the standard number of transported students compromises the ability to socially distance. For this reason, all students (age and health exceptions) utilizing bus transportation will be required to utilize face coverings.

●Bus seating will be assigned for all students.

●When possible, siblings or students residing in the same household will be seated together.

●Hand sanitizer will be available on each bus and students will use the hand sanitizer upon entry to the bus.

●All bus drivers and monitors will wear appropriate face coverings.

●Each bus will be sanitized between routes and transportation staff members will be trained in proper sanitizing procedures.

●When possible, windows and roof vents may be opened while the bus is operating to increase the fresh airflow through the bus.

●Bus stop locations may change from previous years in some areas to reflect the actual students who are utilizing bus service.

Campus Cleaning

●Campuses will be cleaned throughout the instructional day.

●Custodial staffing will be realigned to allow for ongoing cleaning of touch surfaces during the instructional day.

●Classrooms will be equipped for cleaning between student transitions.

●Cleaning products will be properly stored when not in use.

●All district facilities will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis with materials that will kill COVID-19.

●In addition to daily cleaning, all buses and facilities will be treated using the Virex product with an Emist electrostatic disinfectant sprayer to cover all surfaces efficiently and effectively as needed.

Response to Lab-Confirmed Case of COVID-19 (Deep Cleaning)

Deep cleaning will be triggered when an employee or student is identified as lab positive for COVID-19. Schools must close off areas that were heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected by custodial staff, unless more than 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus.

Extracurricular/Non-Academic Activities

●Athletics and extracurricular activities will be conducted in alignment with UIL guidelines.

●There will be no indoor pep-rallies during the fall semester. Outdoor pep-rallies or gatherings must comply with federal, state, and local social distancing guidelines.

●Hand washing or hand sanitation stations must be available for all activities.

●All employees, parents, visitors and students must wear face coverings or face shields upon entry to an area where UIL activities are being conducted and when not actively practicing or exercising, unless an exception applies.

●Mexia ISD staff will follow the response protocol in the event a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

●Clubs and campus organizations are encouraged to meet virtually.

●For all UIL extracurricular activities, the district will follow all federal, state, and local guidelines for spectators. The district reserves the right to limit spectators at its discretion to ensure social distancing and satisfy participant health and safety requirements. Elementary and middle school students will only be allowed to attend events with a parent/guardian. High school students may attend events without a parent but will be required to leave if they do not follow district guidelines.

●All spectators attending an event must wear a face covering (age and health exceptions.)

Visitors/Deliveries/Miscellaneous

●Mexia ISD will restrict all visitors to schools to only those essential to school operations.

●Excluding the family drop-off and pick-up times, before visitors are allowed onto campuses, campus staff must screen all visitors for COVID-19 symptoms.

●Essential meetings will be done by appointment or through a virtual format.

●To ensure the safety of students and staff, no outside food deliveries will be accepted.

●Visitors will not be allowed during lunchtime.

●Until further notice, field trips will be postponed.

●Until further notice, there will be no large student assemblies.

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: 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; 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

Illness Plan

●Any students with a temperature greater than or equal to 100°F and/or showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be treated as a possible positive case.

●Symptomatic students will be required to apply a face covering, report to the designated waiting area, and the parent will be notified for pick-up.

●The ill student will remain isolated with the assigned medical professional to be monitored and receive medical care if needed until parent/guardian arrives for student pick-up.

●Parent/guardian will be provided with instructions regarding criteria for re-admission to in-school activities.

●A tracking system will be utilized to ensure students who are sent home ill do not return sooner than allowed by current guidelines unless medial documentation is provided stating the student is clear to return to school.

●Monitoring staff member must perform hand hygiene and wear PPE for the duration of the isolation period.

●Campus nurse will immediately notify campus administrators and will follow their guidance.

●After students and staff are removed from the waiting area, it will be sanitized using approved germicidal agents by Mexia ISD custodial staff wearing appropriate PPE.

The student does not report to school or participate in other school activities. The student may return to campus after 10 days have passed from symptom onset with improvement in symptoms, and at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication.

This plan will change regularly as guidance from governing authorities
and/or health officials evolves or as environmental changes occur.
Our priority will be to keep the community informed of any changes or updates.
The Mexia ISD website will provide you with the most up-to-date information.


Note to all families. The link below is to current online programs with which most students should be familiar. These resources serve as supplemental learning opportunities for all students in all grades.

Mexia ISD Academic Resources Page

August 12, 2020