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On-Campus Instruction

Comal Parent Central Home ButtonFor the 2020-21 school year, Comal ISD is committed to providing students the opportunity to attend school and receive on-campus instruction. While there will certainly be some changes in the way campuses operate due to COVID-19, our goal is for the on-campus experience for students to mirror previous years as closely as possible.

The health and safety of students and staff is our priority

Girl on RockwallComal ISD has developed a health and safety plan based on current state and local guidance (which is subject to change) and research regarding the spread of COVID-19 with the following strategies:

    • Monitor symptoms and exposure through daily health screenings and case management 
    • Promote personal hygiene practices  
    • Social distance to mitigate viral spread 
    • Clean facilities to ensure a safe environment for our campus communities  
 

We know you have lots of questions

As you consider which method of instruction is best for your child, we know you will have questions. Over the past several weeks, we have received hundreds of questions about what On-Campus Instruction will look like for the coming school year. Below we have compiled and responded to some of the most commonly asked questions. We encourage you to review them prior to making your pre-committal choice.
 

On-Campus

Face coverings must be worn in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order:  
 
    • All staff will be required to wear a face covering or face shield when distancing measures cannot be maintained. 
    • All students for whom it is developmentally appropriate, regardless of age or grade, are required to wear a face covering when social distancing requirements cannot be maintained.  
    • All visitors must wear a face shield or face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained 
 
As with all our health and safety guidelines, plans are subject to change with any updated state and local requirements that may be issued. 
While the use of a face covering does not eliminate someone from being considered a close contact with the positive individual, it does minimize the risk of viral spread on campus which reduces the number of positive cases we will see stem from exposure on campus. Face coverings are critical in common areas of the building where an individual may cough or sneeze, and another individual may come in contact with respiratory droplets. When combined with frequent cleaning practices and good hand hygiene practices, face coverings are our best defense in keeping our schools open.
In accordance with TEA guidelines, all staff, students and visitors will be required to complete a health screener before entering the building to verify the absence of COVID-19 related symptoms and that they have not been in contact with anyone who has tested positive within the last 14 days. Staff, students and visitors can complete the digital health screener or complete a paper copy of the screener in the front office of each campus.
No, we will not be taking temperatures of students as they enter the building.
Every classroom will have hand sanitizer available. In addition, sanitizing stations will be placed at all building entrances and throughout the hallways. Sanitizer use will be supervised at the elementary level to ensure student safety. 

On-Campus Day-to-day Operations

Yes, students will change classes as in previous years. Options of rotating teachers are being discussed and may be initiated where feasible. 

Students will still have outdoor play time each day, weather permitting. However, to maintain social distancing between classes not every class may be able to utilize the playground areas each day. Each campus will be developing a schedule for use of outdoor spaces.  
Campuses will rotate students through lunch periods to facilitate social distancing while in the serving line and seating areas. Serving and seating areas will be cleaned between lunch periods. All food served to students will be in closed containers and will be handed to students instead of available for self-service. 
Each campus will establish a schedule that allows for classes to attend specials with their assigned class groups. Specials class set up and attendance frequency will be dependent on space capacity and class size at each campus.
Our goal is for classroom instruction to mirror previous years as closely as possible while also realizing some modifications will need to be made for safety and health. Teachers will have the flexibility within safety guidelines to provide active learning opportunities as much as possible. Music class, PE, other specials classes, and recess, etc. will still be offered, but may look different based on guidelines from the Texas Education Agency.
While interaction will be limited due to health and safety guidelines concerning exposure and spread of the virus implemented by TEA, each campus will be able to create a schedule based on their unique set up, space capacities and class sizes to utilize common areas and allow for safe interactions when possible. In accordance with TEA guidelines any student who is exposed to a lab-confirmed positive case must remain at home for 14 days, therefore interactions between groups will be limited to ensure minimal impact of a positive case. 
Common classroom supplies such as art supplies, manipulatives, etc. will be minimized to only items that can be cleaned between use. Each student will be required to have their own set of basic classroom supplies that will be stored in a closed container that can be cleaned at the end of the day.  
Yes, students will be able to bring their own technology to school for instructional use.
Handling Cases
Health screener submissions will be checked daily to determine if an individual must be sent home and when they are allowed to return according to criteria established by TEA. In addition, there will be specific information delivered to impacted individuals, buildings and general communication to the campus as required by TEA. Information about the number of current open cases on each campus will be found on the District COVID-19 Active Case Dashboard.
Any student who presents with symptoms during the day will be screened by the campus nurse and, if needed, moved to the identified isolation area on campus to wait for parent/guardian pick up. The Comal ISD Case Management Process will be implemented which includes communication to parents about criteria to return to the building as well as communication to the campus community. 
Comal ISD will apply TEA guidelines as part of the COVID-19 Case Management Process. Once a case has been confirmed that impacts the campus, all staff and families will be notified of the case.

Individuals who have had close contact with someone who has a lab-confirmed case must stay home for the virus incubation period of 14 days before returning. They will then be screened for symptoms before being allowed back on campus following the 14 day period.
 
If an individual develops symptoms during that time, they should seek medical attention and inform their doctor of their status as a close contact to a lab-confirmed individual. They will still be required to remain off campus for the duration of the 14-day incubation period as COVID-related symptoms may begin to develop or worsen at any point during that timeframe, despite receiving a negative test result.
 
Transportation
All students and staff members must wear face coverings when riding the bus as distancing measures cannot be adequately maintained. 
Due to space restrictions and ridership capacities, students will likely not be able to social distance while riding the bus. When possible, parents are encouraged to take their children to school or carpool to reduce possible virus exposure on the bus.
All buses will be cleaned between routes, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as seats, door handles, steering wheels, etc. During cleaning, and when possible during transport, windows will be open to allow for additional ventilation and air flow. 
 
In addition, all staff and students will be required to use hand sanitizer when they board the bus.