Bringing Back the Bearcats - 2020-2021 Safety Reunification Plan

 
Bringing Back the Bearcats - 2020-2021 Safety Reunification Plan
Bringing Back the Bearcats
      Safety Reunification Plan

         2020-2021
Bringing Back the Bearcats - 2020-2021 Safety Reunification Plan
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(PPE – Personal Protective Equipment)

All PPE must be School Appropriate
Bringing Back the Bearcats - 2020-2021 Safety Reunification Plan
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Transportation:
            • Parent drop-off/pick-up Recommended
            • All bus riders/drivers/monitors will be required to wear PPE at all times
            (Pre-k – 12)
            • Bus windows will be open when appropriate to allow better air circulation
            • Buses will be sanitized after each route, both morning and evening
            • Hand Sanitizer will be available
            • Route times may vary from last year
            • Parent presence requested at bus stops for Pre-k – 3rd grade students

            Parent’s Role:
             • Monitor your Child’s Health
            • Do not send your child to school with a fever
            • Do not stifle your child’s fever with medicine and then send your child to
            school.
            • Encourage your child to wear their PPE (When required) not only for
            themselves, but for the safety of their peers and their teachers
            • Call in when your child is sick
            • Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form if your child is positively
            diagnosed with COVID-19
                    To Return after a Positive Diagnosis:
                • Dr. Note stating that you are clear to return to School or,
                • 2 “Negative” test results or,
                • After a 14 Day Quarantine
            • Help US have School!!
Bringing Back the Bearcats - 2020-2021 Safety Reunification Plan
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Health and Safety:
             Health, Safety and PPE Items Implementation and Procurement
            • General: Updated July 13th – Whitesboro ISD Guidelines
             o Link to TEA Guidance regarding Classroom and Social Distancing
            o Whitesboro ISD is committed to following all Executive Orders from
            Governor Abbott, the Grayson County Health Department and the Center
            for Disease Control
            o All students and staff will be screened regularly for COVID-19 symptoms
            and individuals who present with symptoms will be separated and sent
            home
            o Whitesboro ISD will maintain and update all information regarding COVID-
            19 on our website at http://www.whitesboroisd.org

            • Protocols for Screening and Isolation
            o Screening Protocols
                      • Staff will be required to Self-Screen for symptoms of COVID-19
                                       prior to reporting to work each day
                       • Parents are expected to screen their children for symptoms of
                           COVID-19 prior to sending their children to school each day
                          • Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if
                                        COVID-19 symptoms are present
            o Isolation Protocols
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Health and Safety:
            Health Reporting Procedures
            o COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form
            o Multiple illnesses will resemble each other by nature of their symptoms.
            Please consult your primary care physician upon the onset of COVID/FLU
            like symptoms.
            o Employees
                    Report confirmation of symptoms to Office manager and
                   complete the COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form
                    Self-Report tracking of individual contacts with others (Previous
                   48 hours)
            o Students
                    Call Campus and report symptoms and/or Positive Test Results
                   and complete the COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form.
                    Self-Report tracking of individual contacts with others (Previous
                   48 hours)

            Protective Measures
            Per Executive Order, at this time, all indoor activities require Face Masks or
            Shields. Regardless of if the Executive order is lifted, individual teachers
            may still require students to wear face coverings.
            o Face Coverings – follow state regulations – Each Employee and Child will
            be provided 1 face Shield.
             Employee (Face Shields or Masks are mandatory-at this time)
             Students (Face Shields or Masks are mandatory-at this time)
                  • Do not share PPE
                  • Limited supply of Masks will be available upon request.
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Health and Safety:

            Protective Measures (continued)
            o Common Areas, Water/Fountains, Restrooms
                   Social distancing of at least 6 feet encouraged at all times
                   Monitored and limited access to water fountains
                   Restroom capacity examined and measures in place for social
                  distancing
            o Touchless Temperature Taking/Reporting
                   Pre-k-2nd will have their temperatures taken daily upon arrival to
                  school
                   Intermediate – Teachers will monitor students and send students
                  to the nurse’s office as necessary
                   Secondary – Teachers will monitor students and send students to
                  the nurse’s office as necessary
                   Staff will be trained to recognize symptoms as defined by the
                  CDC.
                  o Disinfectant solutions will be administered daily in all classrooms.
                   Hand-Sanitizer will be readily available in each classroom,
                  entrances and all common spaces.
                   Classroom structure will follow social distancing guidelines
                   Minimal sharing of supplies and other necessary items
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Health and Safety:
             Protocol for Campus Visits
            o General – Essential Visits only (ARDs, 504, Parent/Teacher Conference,
            etc…)
            o No outside food or drink deliveries
            o All contractors must follow the same guidelines as school employees
            o All contractors must check-in with the main office prior to entering WISD
            facilities
            o Visitors by Appointment only (To be screened upon entry)
            o Guests/Family Will not be allowed to Eat lunch with kids

            •Protocol for Disinfecting and hand sanitizing
            o Daily cleaning of classrooms and common areas
            o Hand washing / sanitizing multiple times daily
            o Students and staff will be trained how to properly wash their hands
            o Common “touch” areas will be disinfected multiple times a day
            (Keyboards, mice, doorknobs, etc…)

             Protocol for Staff and Student well being
            o Social Emotional Learning lessons and activities to support students
            related to COVID-19 experiences, trauma, and school closure
            o Counseling support will be accessible to both In-Person and At-Home
            learners
            o Provide families with information on how to access resources for mental
            health and wellness
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Elementary Operations:
            Staff will teach students appropriate procedures and protocols regarding
            health guidelines to maximize student and staff safety.
            • Classroom Configurations and Procedures
                   o Backpacks allowed
                   o Personal Water Bottles encouraged
                   o Desks or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally
                   possible with students facing the same direction.
                   o After each period, desks and equipment will be disinfected
                   o Face Coverings will be required to be worn by students in 3rd-5th
                   grades (Per WISD policy).
                   o The use of outdoor space for learning will be considered when
                   possible. Classroom groups working outside will maintain social
                   distance from other classroom groups.
                   o Students and staff will maintain consistent groupings of people to
                   minimize the spread of the virus. Additionally, supplemental services
                   will be grouped by grade level when possible. Classroom doors will
                   need to be propped open to avoid students touching door handles
                   and doors.
                   o Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case
                   basis.

            • Common Areas
                 o Campuses will develop schedules and protocols for the use of
                 common areas, including how to sanitize space between use. When
                 needed, students will bring personal supplies from the classroom.
                 o Hand Sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
                 o Masks or Face Shields will be required at all times (3rd-5th) unless
                 eating, actively exercising
                 o Students will follow Social Distancing recommendations where
                 applicable
                 o Frequent Restroom monitoring
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

                Elementary Operations:
                • Restrooms and Transitions
                      o Proper handwashing techniques will be taught to all students and
                      consistently reinforced.
                      o After a restroom break, students will use hand sanitizer before
                      reentering the classroom.
                      o Follow Social Distancing Guidelines
                      o Masks or Face Shields will be required (3rd-5th)

                • Arrival
                       o The main doors for the entrance of students will be monitored by
                       staff and propped open for student entry to minimize touching
                       surfaces.
                       o Any students dropped off before the building is open will not be
                       allowed inside the building.
                       o All staff will be utilized for duty to maintain a line of sight in
                       hallways and distancing of hallways.
                       o Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms.
                       o There will be bus procedures, based on campus-specific needs.
                       o All students (Pre-K – 2nd) will have daily temperature checks prior
                       to entering Hayes Primary due to no requirement of “Masks”
                       (Executive Order GA-29) .

                • Dismissal

                      o Exit doors will be propped open for the dismissal of students to
                      minimize touching surfaces.

                      o Separate entrances will be utilized per grade level/Bus riders

                      o Parents picking up students during the day will call ahead so that
                      students can be sent or accompanied to parent vehicles upon arrival.
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Elementary Operations:
            Campus Visitor Procedures:

                  o No “nonessential” campus visits will be allowed

                          No outside food deliveries
                          Visitors are Not allowed to eat lunch with your students
                  o Visits are by appointment only (ARDs, Parent/Teacher
                  Conferences, 504, etc….)
            • Breakfast/Lunch
                  o Students will be encouraged to eat breakfast and lunch daily and
                  may remove their PPE once they have received their meals and have
                  selected a seat
                  o Breakfast and Lunch for both Hayes Primary and Whitesboro
                  Intermediate are “Free” for all students
                  o Teachers will monitor in the cafeteria and hallways to ensure
                  social distancing guidelines are followed when applicable
                  o Six-foot distance "where feasible" around all occupiable assigned
                  seats will be provided while maintaining the student’s consistent
                  cohort for “in-person” meals.
                  o Hand Sanitizer will be available for all students
                  o Cafeterias will be thoroughly sanitized between each meal
            • Recess
                  o All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer upon
                  exiting the playground.
                  o Brain breaks will be implemented as needed, at the discretion of
                  the campus/teacher.
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Elementary Operations:

            • Specials
                  o PE classes will be conducted outdoors whenever possible.
                  Appropriate social distancing measures "where feasible" will be
                  followed.
                  o Art supplies will not be shared
                  o Music and PE equipment will be sanitized after each use.

            • Campus Events (Until Further Notice)
                 o All Non UIL campus events are closed to the public (Concerts,
                 Performances, Orientations, etc…)
                 o All performances will be prerecorded or live streamed

            • On and Off Campus Student Activities
                   o Meet the Teacher, Open House may all become virtual (More to
                  come)
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Secondary Operations:
            Staff will teach students appropriate procedures and protocols regarding
            health guidelines to maximize student and staff safety.

            • Classroom Configurations and Procedures
                   o Masks, or Face Shields, will be required at all times unless eating,
                   actively exercising, or actively participating in band or while outside.
                   o Backpacks allowed
                   o Personal Water Bottles encouraged
                   o Desks or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally
                   possible with students facing the same direction.
                   o After each period, desks and equipment will be disinfected

            • Common Areas
                 o Masks or Face Shields will be required at all times unless eating,
                 actively exercising, or actively participating in band or while outside.
                 o Students will follow Social Distancing recommendations
                 o Frequent Restroom monitoring
                 o Seating Structure during lunches with possible assigned seating
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Secondary Operations:
            • Student/Staff Entrance:
                  o Students and Staff will be screened by a WISD staff member each
                  day prior to entry into WISD Facilities.

            • Student Arrival Procedures:
                  o Masks or Face Shields will be required at all times unless eating,
                  actively exercising, or actively participating in band or while outside.
                  o Students and Staff will be screened by a WISD staff member each
                  day prior to entry into WISD Facilities.

            • Student Dismissal Procedures:
                  o Normal Dismissal procedures with masks/face shields until outside
                  or after bus drop off
                  o Disinfecting of all facilities daily upon completion of the school day

            • Campus Visitor Procedures:
                 o No “nonessential” campus visits will be allowed
                        No outside food deliveries
                        Visitors are Not allowed to eat lunch with your students
                 o Visits are by appointment only (ARDs, Parent/Teacher
                 Conferences, 504, etc….)

            • Class Transitions / Teacher Transitions
                   o Normal transitions times between classes
                   o Masks or Face Shields will be required at all times unless eating,
                   actively exercising, or actively participating in band or while outside
                   o Follow directional arrows to assist with building flow
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Secondary Operations:
            • Restroom Breaks
                  o Follow Social Distancing Guidelines
                  o Masks or Face Shields will be required
            • Breakfast / Lunch
                  o Follow Social Distancing Guidelines when standing in lines
                  o Follow seating structures as established by campus administration
            • Scheduling
                  o Adopted School Calendar with August 19th as the 1st day of
                  School
                  o 2 Options: Face to Face Instruction or Online Distance Learning
                          Declare by August 7th
                          First 3 Weeks of School is a “Flex” Grace Period to choose
                         between Face to Face or Online Distant Learning
                          May move to Online at anytime
                          May move back from Online to Face to Face with
                         administrator approval.
                               • Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in these
                               two options, parents will be asked to make a
                               commitment for at least one full 9-week grading period.
                               Special circumstances that affect a family will be
                               considered on a case-by-case basis by the campus
                               principal.
            • Campus Events
                  o All Non UIL campus events are closed to the public (Concerts,
                  Performances, Orientations, etc…) (Until further notice)
                  o All performances will be prerecorded or live streamed
            • On and Off Campus Student Activities
                  o Meet the Teacher, Open House, Fish Camp and 6th Grade
                  Orientation may all become virtual (More to come)
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Teaching and Learning:
            Online Learning
             Teachers will follow the adopted district curriculum scope and
            sequences as outlined in the TEKS Resource System (TRS)
             Teachers will use the following Digital Learning Platforms
                  o ClassDojo (Communications only)
                  o Google Classroom
                  o Canvas

             Teachers may provide both synchronous (limited to HS only) and
            asynchronous learning opportunities based on the teacher’s instructional
            delivery method and individual student learning needs.

             The goal for virtual learning is to allow for the continued instruction
            while acknowledging the additional challenges that come without
            traditional, face to face classroom learning. WISD understands the
            difficulties faced by students and families. WISD’s plan for virtual teaching
            and learning will be most effective when parents also commit to supporting
            their children in the learning process.

             Daily Instructional Schedule
            Daily lessons will mimic that of a traditional daily routine with lectures,
            videos, lessons and assignments due each day. Students will be required to
            login each day to complete their daily course work, per subject and complete
            their required minutes of study per TEA guidelines (K-5 = 180 minutes) (6-12
            = 240 minutes). Each teacher will have a syllabus available, per subject, that
            outlines specific requirements per course and list available “office hours” in
            which students may login and have direct interaction with their teacher to
            receive feedback and ask questions regarding the course of study.
SAFETY
REUNIFICATION
    PLAN

            Teaching and Learning:
            Online Learning (Continued)
             Special Education Supports & Services
            Academic progress of students who qualify for an individualized education
            plan or IEP will be carefully monitored. As necessary, ARD Committees will
            convene and make appropriate recommendations to meet individual
            student needs to ensure continued growth in the general education
            curriculum and on IEP goals and objectives.

             Intervention & Enrichment
            Intervention and Enrichment time will be scheduled for students to best
            meet their specific needs and identified areas of needed growth.
Whitesboro Independent School District
       Continuity of Learning Asynchronous Model

                   2020-2021
This plan aims to provide ongoing TEKS-based instruction while
      maintaining instructional delivery that furthers student academic success
      and a progression through the state standards.
      We realize that learning will be modified in a remote and digital
      environment. Whitesboro ISD will provide access, resources, and
      academic learning opportunities for all students in the remote setting
      through an asynchronous model that:

         •   Supporting students’ academic and emotional wellness while
             maintaining home and school balance.

         •   All students and families will have access to quality educational
             materials aligned to the TEKS and the support needed to access
             them successfully.

         •   Empower educators to design learning experiences to continually
             assess and meet each student's individual learning needs.

         •   Educators, students, and parents need support, encouragement, and
             compassion to ensure their success.

Guiding Principals
ASYNCHRONOUS
INSTRUCTION

               Asynchronous Instruction is:

                 •   Self-Paced Instruction where students engage in learning
                     materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with
                     the teacher via the computer or other modes of
                     communication.

                 •   For students engaged in the day, they would be marked as
                     present. Engagement is defined as progress in the Learning
                     Management System (LMS) made that day.

                 •   Progress from teacher to student interaction.

                 •   Evaluating the completion and understanding of
                     assignments.
INSTRUCTIONAL
SCHEDULE

                                             Student/Academic
                                        Interaction:
                                                  •   Whitesboro ISD students will have
                                                      asynchronous instruction on an LMS
                                                      (Learning Management System).

                                                  •   The High School will use Canvas, and PreK-
                                                      8th grade will use Google Classroom for
                                                      LMS.

                                                  •   The District has provided one-to-one
                                                      technology devices for students in grades
                                                      Kindergarten-12th grade.

                                                  •   Students will interact online daily in all
                                                      classes, both core and extra-curricular,
                                                      and will have the ability to communicate
                                                      via message boards on the LMS.

                                                  •   The district will provide students in
                                                      remote settings schedules that match or
                                                      exceed the daily minimum minutes across
                                                      all grade levels.

  Students and teachers will have time to interact and build a community of learners in both
 on-campus and remote pathways. Students in remote settings will have schedules provided
  that matches or exceeds the following daily minimum across all grade levels. The proposed
 schedules are a guide for planning purposes. The implementation model provided is subject
                                          to change.
Whitesboro ISD
                                        SUGGESTED DAILY SCHEDULE
                                          FOR PRE K - 5​TH​ GRADE
 Suggested Amount                      Activity                                     Examples of Activity
 of Time Per Activity

30 Minutes                 MORNING ROUTINE                      Wake up, make your bed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth,
                                                                change out of your PJ’s and get ready for an awesome
                                                                day!

30 Minutes                 FREE PLAY/CREATIVITY                 Art/Music choices - Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafts,
                                                                make a fort, play dress up, dramatic play, playdough,
                                                                cardboard box creation, sidewalk chalk,

1 Hour; or 30 Minutes      MORNING ACADEMIC TIME                 Math and Science lessons for at-home learning sent by
Per 2 Core Subjects for                                         teacher
example Math and
Science

1 hour                     LUNCH AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY          PE choices - and/or learn a recipe, walk the dog, ride bike,
                                                                outdoor games

30 Minutes to One          QUIET TIME/STORY TIME                Independent Reading, retell stories, puzzles, nap,
Hour

30 Minutes                 SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING            Counseling- daily devotional, prayer, role play, puppets,
                                                                journaling

1 Hour; or 30 Minutes      AFTERNOON ACADEMIC TIME              Reading/Writing and Social Studies lessons for at-home
Per 2 Core Subjects for                                         learning sent by teacher
example
Reading/Writing and
Social Studies

30 Minutes                 CHORE TIME                           Wipe down table and chairs, handles, pick up toys and
                                                                academic materials. Put away your device in a safe place.

1 to 2 Hours               FAMILY AND OUTDOOR PLAY              Board games, Simon Says, I-Spy, Hide and Seek, Nature
                                                                Walk, SideWalk Chalk, Bubbles, Tag, jump rope

The Texas Education Agency gives the suggested recommendations:

   ●     Read, read, read. It’s always appropriate to default to reading as a planned activity.
   ●     Manage screen time. Screen time refers to the amount of time a user spends on a device to access on-screen activities.
   ●     Videoconferencing and social interactions using video do not count towards screen time.
   ●     The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children ages two to five should not exceed one hour of daily screen
         time, broken into sessions of a maximum of 30 minutes.
   ●     For age six and above, there is no specific screen time limit, but it should not affect physical activity and face-to-face
         interactions at home and school.
Whitesboro ISD
                                        SUGGESTED DAILY SCHEDULE
                                           FOR 6th-12th​ ​GRADE
 Suggested Amount                       Activity                                   Examples of Activity
 of Time Per Activity

30 Minutes                 MORNING ROUTINE                     Perform your normal morning routine. Get ready to start
                                                               your day.

30 Minutes to 1 Hour       ELECTIVE COURSES                    Electives, CTE, extracurricular course work.

2 Hours; or 1 hour per 2   MORNING ACADEMIC TIME               Core Class lessons for at-home learning sent by the teacher
Core Subjects                                                  via Canvas.

1 hour                     LUNCH AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY         Physical Activity and/or learn a recipe, walk the dog, ride a
                                                               bike, outdoor activities

30 Minutes to One          QUIET TIME                          Independent Reading or take a nap,
Hour

30 Minutes                 SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING           Counseling- daily devotional, prayer, journaling

2 Hours; or 1 hour per 2   AFTERNOON ACADEMIC TIME             Core Class lessons for at-home learning sent by the teacher
Core Subjects                                                  via Canvas.

30 Minutes to 1 Hour       ELECTIVE COURSES                    Electives, CTE, extracurricular course work.

1 to 2 Hours               CHOICE TIME                         Work, Chores, Family Time, Service activities (mowing lawns,
                                                               help a neighbor)

The Texas Education Agency gives the suggested recommendations:

   ●     Read, read, read. It’s always appropriate to default to reading as a planned activity.
   ●     Manage screen time. Screen time refers to the amount of time a user spends on a device to access on-screen activities.
   ●     Videoconferencing and social interactions using video do not count towards screen time.
   ●     HealthyChildren.Org states “​All children and teens need adequate sleep (8-12 hours, depending on age), physical activity
         (1 hour), and time away from media. Designate media-free times together (e.g., family dinner) and media-free zones (e.g.,
         bedrooms). Children should not sleep with devices in their bedrooms, including TVs, computers, and smartphones.
         Parents are encouraged to develop personalized media use plans for their children. Media plans should take into account
         each child's age, health, personality, and developmental stage.”
         (https://healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Where-We-Stand-TV-Viewing-Time.aspx​)
INSTRUCTIONAL
SCHEDULE

                Student/Teacher Interaction:
                  •   Teachers will create a syllabus or a calendar and
                      post on the LMS.

                  •   Campus Principals will assign teachers office hours.
                      Teachers will communicate their available office
                      hours to parents and students for phone or online
                      meetings.

                  •   Teachers will interact with the students via
                      message boards on the LMS and/or schedule a pre-
                      planned time for student interactions in a clear
                      instructional schedule based on the individual
                      teacher and student’s daily schedule.

                  •    Teachers will schedule parent/teacher
                      conferences or student/teacher conferences when
                      requested.

                  •   These scheduled times will be adequate for all
                      students and will include differentiation for
                      students with additional learning needs.

                  •   Teachers will be caseworkers for assigned students
                      to ensure expectations are clear for instructions
                      and social-emotional learning.
ELEMENTARY TEACHER OFFICE HOURS

                             Pre-K Office Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm
                             Kindergarten Office Hours: 12:10pm-1:10pm
                             1st Grade Office Hours: 1:15pm- 2:15pm
                             2nd Grade Office Hours: 2:20pm- 3:20pm
                             3rd Grade Office Hours: 1:15pm-2:15pm
                             4th Grade Office Hours: 12:10-pm-1:10pm
                              5th Grade Office Hours: 2:20pm- 3:20pm
                             SPED/Intervention Office Hours: 9:00am-10:00am

   Secondary Teacher Office Hours

                      Middle School Office Hours:
                             6th Grade Office Hours: 11:45am-12:45am
                             7th Grade Office Hours: 2:00pm-3:00pm
                             8th Grade Office Hours: 1:00pm-2:00pm
                             MS SPED/Intervention Office Hours: 9:30am-10:20am
                             MS Teacher Schedules May Vary and a Change in Office Hours
                                     Will be communicated to Both Students and Families.

                         High School Office Hours are Scheduled per Individual Teacher
                             Based on High School Class/Bell Schedule and Will Be
                             Assigned by Principal and Communicated to Both
                             Students and Families.
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    MATERIAL
    DESIGN
               Whitesboro ISD Curriculum:
               Whitesboro ISD will use the "TEKS Resource System" (TRS) for Curriculum. "TEKS
               Resource System" is a TEKS aligned instructional material. These resources will work to
               ensure vertical alignment is maintained and teachers are adhering to the standards.
               More information on TRS can be found online at tcmpc.org/teksresourcesystem.

                   •    Student’s understanding of the content will be monitored in accordance
                        with the campus assessment calendars to check for mastery of the
                        standards using the “TEKS Resource System” Unit assessments, NWEA MAP
                        Assessments three times a year and teacher created assessments and daily
                        checks.

                   •    WISD teachers will plan and create lessons using the Vertical Alignment,
                        TEKS Clarification and Year at a Glance tools from TRS to ensure coherence
                        and continuity.

                   •    "TEKS Resource System" is an online curriculum management system. The
                        content consists of curriculum components and sample unit assessment
                        items aligned to the most current versions of the State Board of Education-
                        adopted TEKS.

                   •    Using TRS (TEKS Resource System) consists of a coherent, logical sequence
                        of learning and consistently provides opportunities to reinforce concepts to
                        improve retention of knowledge as students move between learning
                        environments.

                   •    Whitesboro ISD will use the TRS aligned lessons and materials included in
                        the “TEXguides.” TEXguides is created by ESC Region 13 and includes
                        research-based instructional materials and assessments that will be utilized
                        and adapted by teachers in their LMS for asynchronous instruction. More
                        information can be found at:
                        https://store.esc13.net/products/texguide?variant=14732322275401
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    MATERIAL
    DESIGN

               District Resources for Support:
                 Instructional materials include resources designed to support students with
                 disabilities and ELs.

                     •    Special Education teachers, EL support staff and Intervention
                          teachers will work with general education teachers, students and
                          families to minimize barriers the student may experience in a
                          remote setting.

                     •    WISD’s goal is to create multiple means of engagement through
                          IEPs, 504 plans and LPAC plans to generate student interest and
                          motivation for learning.

                     •    The materials provided by the District include resources that provide
                          oral administration, extended time, highlighting text, and enlarge
                          text.

                     •    The resources offer editing ability for teachers to assign shortened
                          assignments and reduce selected responses.

                     •    Resource will include, but are not limited to:
                          o    KAMI: oral administration, extended time, highlighting text, and enlarge
                               text
                          o    Screencastify: oral administration, extended time
                          o    EdPuzzle: oral administration, extended time
                          o    Eduphoria-AWARE: oral administration, extended time, highlighting
                               text and enlarge text
STUDENT
PROGRESS

           Daily Student Engagement
             •   Whitesboro ISD defines daily student engagement as a daily interaction
                 with the student and the lessons on LMS.

             •   Principals will assign teachers office hours. Teachers will communicate
                 their available office hours to parents and students for phone or online
                 meetings.

             •   Students will interact with each classroom daily and answer questions
                 from the teachers, such as an exit ticket assignment, as would occur in
                 an on-campus environment.

             •   Campus Principals, Office Staff, or Classroom Teachers will track daily
                 engagement of distance learners through defined reports on Canvas
                 (High School) and Google Classroom (Elementary and Middle School).

             •   Teachers will track regular student engagement for their classroom(s)
                 and report attendance to administrators and office staff.

             •   During this time, we will seek to maintain meaningful relationships and
                 connections through personal contact with on-campus meetings, one
                 on one virtual meetings or phone calls to ensure student success.
STUDENT
PROGRESS

           Student Academic Progress
             •   Whitesboro ISD will have a transparent system for monitoring
                 student academic progress communicated through the LMS using
                 percentile grades, standards-based grades, and/or rubrics

             •   Students will receive expectations for lessons from the teacher on
                 the LMS and receive grades based on WISD's School Board
                 expectations (Local EIA).

             •   Progress Reports and Report Cards will be provided to online
                 learners in the same manner and same timeline as students
                 receiving face to face instruction.

             •   Teachers will provide intermittent, affirmative and corrective
                 feedback (at least weekly) to all students on their progress.

             •   Teachers will set up student/teacher meetings as needed based
                 on progress monitoring to provide support towards progress on
                 classwork.
PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT

               Whitesboro ISD Teachers/Staff PD
                 •   Whitesboro ISD teachers/staff have completed 12-18 hours of
                     Professional Development with District Professionals,
                     Administration, and Peers to implement asynchronous instruction
                     for the 2020-2021 school year between May 2020-July 2020.

                 •   Staff will continue to receive Professional Development for
                     implementing asynchronous instruction throughout the school
                     year. Specific PD dates are provided on the District’s Calendar.
                     The PD dates will be 10/16/2020, 1/18/2021, and 4/2/2021.

                 •   Provided instruction will come from several sources such as
                     District Professionals, ESC: Region 10, Peer Collaboration and
                     content area organizations.

                 •   The teachers will be provided with team planning time to
                     collaborate with and instruct peers throughout the school year
                     based on these trainings.

                 •   School Reopening Task Force will meet and reflect on the
                     successes of asynchronous instruction monthly and check student
                     data points to ensure growth. Professional Development will be
                     provided based on the need assessments.
PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT

               Parent and Family Training
                 •   Whitesboro Parents/Families will have explicit training
                     specific to expectations for asynchronous instruction
                     through virtual training, phone conferences, and "How
                     To" videos provided by the Whitesboro ISD staff.

                 •   Parents/Families will be trained as their child's "coach"
                     and supported by training throughout the year.

                 •   Whitesboro ISD teachers and staff will provide additional
                     support for Parents/Families through one on one
                     conferences when requested or when teachers notice the
                     need.
Frequently Asked Questions
      Bringing Back the Bearcats

          2020-2021
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          Health/Safety

          Gov. Abbott said that schools must shut down for 5 days if a positive case is
          confirmed. Will Whitesboro ISD follow this guidance?

          We are aware of the Governor’s statements; however, they do not currently align with
          current guidance from the TEA. As soon as we have more clarification from TEA
          Commissioner Mike Morath, we will update our FAQs and guidelines.

          How will social distancing be encouraged in hallways?

          During passing periods, students will be encouraged to head promptly to class and not
          gather in common areas. In hallways that have two-way traffic, students will be
          encouraged to flow from a specific side of the hallway to limit mixing of groups. Staff will
          be in the hallways to encourage social distancing among students. There are no current
          plans to stagger bell schedules.

          How will Whitesboro ISD comply with the Governor's mask mandate?

          The following information is provided for greater clarification on face coverings in
          Whitesboro ISD. Based on the Governor’s mask mandate for all people 10-years-of-age
          and older, Whitesboro ISD will follow the guidelines and require face coverings (mask or
          face shield) over the nose and mouth for students in grades 3rd and higher. Due to the
          make up of WISD campuses, it is logical to require entire campuses to follow the same
          guidelines. This requirement will be in effect in areas where it is not feasible to maintain
          at least six feet of social distancing, which includes classrooms, hallways, common areas,
          and buses. Face coverings may be removed to consume food or drink, or to engage in
          physical activity or while outdoors while maintaining a safe distance. The same
          requirements apply to all staff members.

          For students in grades 2 and below, face coverings will continue to be recommended.
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          Health/Safety

          What measures will be in place to ensure a safe environment?

          We will implement increased signage around campuses promoting disease mitigation
          strategies, increased cleaning and sanitation practices, as well as frequent reminders of
          hand hygiene and social distancing. Face Covering requirements will follow current
          state, federal and local guidelines. Whitesboro ISD will comply with all health and safety
          recommendations established by the Governor, the health department, and the Texas
          Education Agency. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current
          guidelines and conditions.

          Will health and safety training be provided for all staff and students?

          All staff members will receive COVID-19 prevention training prior to the opening of
          school. All students will receive instruction on health protocols related to minimizing
          the spread of COVID-19.

          How many students will be assigned to each classroom?

          Whitesboro ISD will follow TEA guidelines for class size. At this time, the class size
          requirements are the same as a regular school year. The maximum number of students
          per class varies by grade level and varies by class at the secondary level.

           How will social distancing be promoted in cafeterias, gyms, restrooms, and other
          commons areas?

          Signage reminding students and staff about social distancing, handwashing, and
          infection prevention will be posted throughout the school.

          Elementary classrooms will be assigned specific bathrooms, breakfast, lunch, and gym
          access times to reduce the number of students in any given area as much as possible.

          Secondary students will be encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines.
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          Health/Safety

          What precautions will be in place for athletics, fine arts, and other extracurricular
          activities?

          Safety guidelines are being developed for conducting all on-campus workouts,
          rehearsals, and practices. The district will continue to follow all guidelines provided by
          UIL, TEA, and the state. These safety guidelines will be published as soon as they
          become available.

          What happens if a student or a teacher tests positive for COVID-19?

          Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home to recover. When
          notification of a possible exposure occurs, in coordination with local health authorities,
          the campus/district will conduct contact tracing. Based on the results, a determination
          will be made as to whether an entire classroom or multiple classrooms are required to
          quarantine. In the event students are required to temporarily quarantine, the education
          of these students will continue through Distance Learning for the duration of the
          quarantine period.

          What happens if my child’s campus is temporarily closed during the school year?

          During the period of the school closure, students will remain at home and will engage in
          learning activities that are primarily delivered through an online learning management
          system. Online instruction and peer collaboration will be scheduled throughout the day
          to expand students’ opportunities to engage with content. Daily student participation in
          the learning activities will be required. Instructional time will also be dedicated for
          independent learning activities. Students will receive grades based on WISD School
          Board expectations (Local EIA).

          Will students have recess or the ability to play and socialize with other students?

          Elementary campuses will limit the number of students at recess at one time and create
          different play areas for activities to further reduce student interactions. Students and
          staff will be required to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands before and after recess.
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          Cafeteria

          Will cafeterias be open and will school lunches be served?

          Cafeterias will be open to serve breakfast and lunch daily. The physical setup for the
          cafeteria and the schedule will be adjusted to reduce the number of students in the
          cafeteria at one time. Each campus cafeteria space will be evaluated to ensure social
          distancing. Some students will be eating in the cafeteria, spaced according to the
          recommended guidelines, and other students may eat in the classroom if necessary. All
          school meals will be served by employees, meaning student self-serve tables will not be
          used. Safety and health measures will be adjusted based on current guidelines and
          conditions.
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          Transportation

          Will bus transportation be provided for qualified students?

          Transportation will continue to be provided for all who qualify. Bus transportation is
          provided for all special education students and eligible general education students who
          live two or more miles from their school or in areas specially designated by the
          Transportation Department.

          How will seating arrangements be determined on school buses?

          Ridership will remain at typical district capacity. To support contact tracing, students
          may be assigned seats, and a seating chart may be maintained by the bus driver. The bus
          driver and students will wear face coverings and use hand sanitizer provided when
          boarding and exiting the bus. Whitesboro ISD will comply with all health and safety
          recommendations established by the Governor, the health department, and the Texas
          Education Agency. Students are required to remain seated at all times and keep their
          hands and arms to themselves. Students should not touch each other or share any
          items. School buses will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Safety and health measures
          may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.
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          Technology

          Will computer devices be made available to students who need them?

          Students that choose Distance Learning will be able to check-out appropriate technology
          as needed.

          What online learning management system will be used to support students?

          The benefit of an online learning management system is to streamline all digital tools
          and content for a more connected learning experience for students. Pre-K-8th grade will
          use Google Classroom as their primary learning management system. Secondary
          students in grades 9th-12th in both Face to Face and Distance Learning will utilize the
          current learning management system Canvas, which has been used for several years as a
          digital extension of the classroom. Resources will also be available for parents to learn
          how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools.
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          Assessment/Grading

          Will STAAR/EOC be administered in 2020-2021?

          As of July 16th, The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has indicated that STAAR testing will
          still occur during the 2020-2021 school year, in compliance with state and federal
          legislation. This may change…

           How will teachers address any potential learning needs from the school closure last
          spring?

          To support all students, the district curriculum will highlight academic standards that
          teachers will consider as they plan to address the potential learning impacts resulting
          from the school closure. Teachers will use MAP data, formative assessments and
          supplemental resources to personalize student learning to address areas of need.

          How will student progress be reported?

          Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format
          using numeric grades. Assignments and grades will be entered into TxEIS. The
          expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for Face to Face Learning and
          Distance Learning will be the same.

          My child is enrolled in dual credit classes for Fall 2020. What should I know as a
          parent/student?

          Grayson College will provide guidelines for Whitesboro ISD students who are enrolled in
          dual credit courses for Fall 2020. For any questions about dual credit, contact Marlene
          Robinson.
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          Learning Options

          Can students change their commitment from Face to Face Learning to Distance
          Learning after the start of the school year?

          The first 3 weeks of school will be “flex” in which students may evaluate both models to
          determine which best fits their desired learning needs. Students may shift from Face to
          Face to Distance Learning at any time during the school year. Students may return from
          Distance Learning at the 9wks marks throughout the school year.

          How do parents commit to an instructional model of choice for their child?

          For current students, parents will complete the commitment form no later than August
          7th. Upon enrollment, new students will be provided the opportunity to select their
          instructional model.

          Will students in grades 2nd-12th grades be able to participate in extracurricular
          activities such as clubs and organization meetings?

          Students who select Distance Learning will not be allowed to participate in
          Extracurricular activities. Students who choose Face to Face Learning may participate in
          clubs and/or organizations. Meetings may be held virtually, as applicable.
DISTANCE
LEARNING

       General

       What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning?

       Synchronous learning is learning in which two or more individuals are engaging in
       learning at the same time (for example, a live teacher-led lesson using a
       videoconference tool). Asynchronous learning occurs at different times, without real-
       time interaction. Students learn from instruction that is not being delivered live.

        How will Distance Learning be different from the instruction provided during the
       school closure last spring?

       Students who select Distance Learning will be required to participate in class daily, and
       specified instruction will be led by a teacher. In the spring of last year, students’
       assignments were provided at a reduced amount of instructional minutes as compared
       to a traditional school day. Distance Learning this year will be a full course load of
       instruction and assignments that is comparable to what students who are attending
       school in-person will be required to complete. Teachers delivering Distance instruction
       will receive additional training and support in best practices that are effective in a
       remote, online environment.

       Will students in Distance Learning have access to instructional materials, such as
       guided reading books or other classroom resources?

       Students will be provided with some instructional materials that will vary based on the
       grade level and coursework of the student. Some resources may be provided digitally.
       The design of classroom instruction will take into account the student’s access to specific
       instructional materials in the home.
DISTANCE
LEARNING

       General

       Will students participating in Distance Learning need to purchase school supplies for
       the new year?

       Families will need to provide typical school supplies. Students who are participating in
       the Distance Learning will need to provide the necessary listed supplies from the grade
       level supply list in order to complete their assignments.

           Are immunizations required for students enrolled in Distance Learning?

       At this time the Texas Department of State Health Services has not waived the vaccine
       requirements for students.

           How will Distance Learning be staffed?

       Schools will continue to be staffed based upon student enrollment. The staffing for
       Distance Learning versus Face to Face Learning will be determined by enrollment and
       student course selections. At both the elementary and secondary levels, some teachers
       may be designated as teachers for the Distance Learning instructional model. However,
       at the secondary level, some sections in a teacher’s schedule may be designated for
       Distance Learning while other sections are designated for Face to Face Learning.

       Can secondary students who select Distance Learning still participate in athletics and
       extracurricular activities?

       No.

        Will students in grades 7-12 who choose distance learning be able to participate in
       clubs and organization meetings and/or activities?

       No.

           Will meals be provided for students who select Distance Learning?

       No.
DISTANCE
LEARNING

       Attendance

       Will there be attendance requirements for Distance Learning students?

       The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will require daily attendance and participation in
       Distance Learning. Students will be required to participate in online classes daily and
       traditional attendance rules will be enforced. A student will be considered absent if the
       student does not engage in the designated instruction and/or independent learning
       activities each day.
DISTANCE
LEARNING

       Assessment/Grading

       How will student progress be reported?

       Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format
       using numeric grades. Assignments and grades will be entered into TxEIS. The
       expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for Face to Face Learning and
       Distance Learning will be the same.

       Will courses taken in Distance Learning be included in GPA calculations and class rank
       for high school students?

       Courses taken by students participating in Distance Learning will be included in
       calculating GPA and class rank in accordance with Local policy.

       Will STAAR/EOC be administered in 2020-2021?

       At this time, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has indicated that STAAR testing will still
       occur during the 2020-2021 school year, in compliance with state and federal legislation.
       This will take place regardless of learning platform (face to face OR distance learning)

       Will dual credit courses follow WISD guidelines and schedules for Fall 2020?

       Whitesboro ISD dual credit students will follow Grayson College guidelines for health
       and safety requirements when attending dual credit classes. For more information,
       students should check their Grayson College email and/or the Grayson College website.
       For additional questions, students can contact Paula Cavender at Grayson College using
       cavenderp@grayson.edu or the WHS dual credit advisor, Lana Borgman at
       borgmanl@whitesboroisd.org
DISTANCE
LEARNING

       Assessment/Grading

       Will students identified as English Learners, SPED or 504 receive services during
       Distance Learning?

       All students enrolled in WISD will have the option to choose Face to Face or Distance
       Learning. Each child will be evaluated to determine what would be the most appropriate
       modifications/accommodations to provide for each student while participating in the
       Distance Learning Platform.

       Will an ARD/504 meeting be required if Distance Learning is chosen?

       ARD and 504 meetings will be scheduled on a case by case basis. For students served in
       special education, the schedule of instructional and related services should be accurately
       documented in the ARD/IEP to reflect the supports and services the student requires for
       FAPE. A parent/guardian may request an ARD or 504 meeting at any time.

       What if my student does not currently receive 504 or special education services but I
       am concerned he/she might have a disability?

       Contact your child’s campus office.

       I have chosen Distance Learning for my student, but he/she requires an evaluation for
       504 or special education this school year. Will the evaluation also take place via virtual
       methods?

       If your student requires an initial or re-evaluation, the parent/guardian will be contacted
       to discuss the evaluation. For SPED evaluations, parents will be contacted by the
       Grayson County Special Education COOP.
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LEARNING

       Technology

       What online learning management systems will be used to support students in
       Distance Learning?

       The benefit of an online learning management system is to streamline all digital tools
       and content for a more connected learning experience for students. An LMS helps
       organize assignments, boosts collaboration, and fosters communication. Teachers will
       provide training to students on how to use these digital tools. Resources will also be
       available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through
       these digital tools.

       The district has identified the following:

           K-8th will use Google Classroom for both Face to Face and Distance Learners.

       9th-12th will use Canvas for both Face to Face and Distance Learners.

       Will resources be available for parents to support and monitor their child’s Distance
       Learning?

       Resources will be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating
       learning through the required digital tools. These resources will be available in August.
DISTANCE
LEARNING

       Learning Options

       Can students change their commitment from Distance Learning to Face to Face
       Learning after the start of the school year?

       The first 3 weeks of school will be “flex” in which students may evaluate both models to
       determine which best fits their desired learning needs. After this evaluation period,
       students may shift from Face to Face to Distance Learning at any time during the school
       year. Students who have committed to Distance Learning may change to Face to Face
       only at the 9wks marks throughout the school year.

       How do parents commit to an instructional model of choice for their child?

       For current students, parents will complete the commitment form no later than August
       7th. Upon enrollment, new students will be provided the opportunity to select their
       instructional model.

       What happens after making a commitment to participate in Distance Learning?

       Each student will be assigned a complete schedule. The student’s “Home Room or
       Activity” period teacher will contact each student to ensure that their students
       understand what is required of them and verify that they have access to necessary
       resources.
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