Since Governor Abbott announced that in-person instruction was canceled for the remainder of the year, we have been developing a plan to return personal items such as school supplies, artwork, musical instruments, athletic gear and medications back to students. Starting on May 4 and running through May 15, each campus will have specific days during which parents can pick up their student’s items (see schedule below).
Our focus is on returning your child’s items in a manner that ensures the safety of students, parents and staff. We ask that you help us maintain this safe environment by following the established guidelines listed below.
Before you leave the house
- Bag items to be returned that are not needed for the Residence Learning Program. Label the outside of the bag with your student’s first and last name and ID#. Please do not put library books in the bag. You will hand them to the drop off station staff member.
- Secondary students should bag district-issued items by program (academic, band, athletics, art, etc.). Label the outside of the bag with your student’s first and last name and ID#
- Clear a space in the trunk or back seat where you will want your pick-up items placed; place drop-off bag and library books in the same location.
- Create a window sign with your student(s) first and last name and grade level(s) or use your car rider tag. The sign needs to be visible from a distance; use a dark colored marker.
- Limit the number of people in the vehicle.
When you arrive at the campus
- Hang tag on the mirror or place paper on the windshield with student(s) name and grade level; follow traffic flow and directional signs.
- Keep windows rolled up; do not exit the vehicle at any time.
- Open trunk or unlock back door.
- If needed, stop at drop off station to return campus items and/or at nurse’s station to receive medications.
Medication Pick up
- Nurses will be contacting parents over the next week if there are medications that need to be picked up.
- If an alternate person is going to pick up meds, that person should present a signed letter from the parent or guardian or communicate with the campus nurse prior to the scheduled pick up day.
- IDs will be checked, so be prepared to show through the car window.
- Some medications will need to be signed for when picked up.
- Turn off air conditioner when medications are being handed into the vehicle.
What if I can’t come on the scheduled day?
Who do I contact if I am running late on pick up day and won’t make it there by 4:00?
What items should be returned to the school?
Can I drop off an end-of-year gift for my teachers?
I think my child has items in the Lost and Found that we were not able to look for after Spring Break; can someone find those?
My child has Remote Office Hours on the same day as their scheduled pick up; what should we do?
If I live close enough, can I walk to campus to get my child’s belongings?
My child has medication on campus – can we get those back?
What if we don’t want anything back from the campus, or don’t have anything to pick up?
Will we still be able to pick up meals on these days from the designated meal locations like we have been doing?
Why are there multiple days listed for some schools, but only one for others?
My child needs materials for their AP exam before the scheduled pick up day; can we come early?
Yes; we have made sure that each high school has a pick up day the first week so that AP Students who need materials for their exams can retrieve those before the exams begin, regardless of their middle school feeder pick up day.
Is there a risk of spreading the virus by picking up my student’s belongings?
While we cannot say there is no risk involved, we are doing all we can to minimize the risk. Our campuses have been closed to staff members since we released for Spring Break; since that time all campuses have been deep cleaned and sanitized by an outside company. Measures to ensure health and safety will be taken while packing student belongings, such as: implementing a health screening for staff members as they enter the building, wearing suggested personal protective equipment (PPE) while packing, staggered packing times to minimize the number of people in the building, increased cleaning procedures at the end of every day, etc. We are also taking precautions on pick up day to limit the amount of contact between staff members and families by providing additional PPE, adhering to strict social distance guidelines, and communicating as much as possible about the process beforehand to answer any potential questions. If you have concerns about bringing items into your home, we suggest leaving them in the box and letting them sit in a secure area (i.e. garage, porch area, etc.) for 7 days before handling.