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 Marion High School

RE-OPENING GUIDELINES

Dear Marion High School Families,   

   

With the onset of COVID-19, we began ways to reconfigure our lives.  As we approach our protocols for the 2020-2021 school year, we are taking into account a multitude of procedures that we have reconsidered as we embark upon this journey.

    

Marion ISD has developed guidelines that the district will implement.  Those guidelines can be found here: Marion ISD Re-Opening GuidelinesIn addition, the High School Campus is providing further guidance on structures and procedures specific to the campus.

   

As you are considering the learning path for your family (on campus or remote learning), please review the following information carefully to fully understand the expectations for our students throughout the year.

    

As with all things, we are working to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.  The guidelines that we will follow take into consideration guidelines and suggestions published by TEA.

    

We are honored to serve the students and community of Marion as administration of our secondary campuses.  Please contact our offices if you have questions or need guidance from our staff.

    

Sincerely,

    

Stacia Snyder, MHS Principal

John Stewart, MHS Asst. Principal


We are receiving updates and changes on a daily basis from local, state, and national authorities.  These guidelines may be subject to change as the pandemic situation remains fluid.

       

Masks/PPE

  • Facial coverings are required for all district staff and students.
  • Students will be provided a facemask, but may choose to wear their own personal facemask from home. (Dress code applies to student masks.)
  • All adults, includings visitors, are required to wear a mask while on campus.

 

Hand Washing/ Sanitizing

  • Students and staff will be educated on proper hand washing and sanitizing during first day procedures.
  • Students will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting a bus, classroom, and/or office.

 

Temperature Checks/ Screening

  • Parents and guardians are expected to screen their students daily for COVID 19 symptoms before sending them to school.
  • Students exhibiting COVID 19 symptoms must remain at home.
  • Marion ISD staff are expected to screen daily for COVID 19 symptoms as well as fill out the District screening form.

 

Arrival

· Students and staff must wear a mask once they arrive on campus.

· Avoid early drop-offs in the morning. Secondary campuses are closed prior to 7:45AM.

· After putting your mask/face covering on, students may enter and eat in the cafeteria from 7:45-8:00AM as long as numbers allow for social distancing.

· Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available at the main entrance to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria, and in common areas throughout the campus.

· Upon picking up breakfast, or immediately after arrival after 8:00AM, students will report to their first class period of the day.

 

Dismissal

· Staggering the groups of walkers, car riders, bus riders or grade levels will help manage student movement in the building and decrease the risk of potential crowding outside at dismissal time. Secondary campuses may implement a staggered exit.

· Sanitizing opportunities will be provided in class before dismissal.

· Early pick up will not be permitted 30 minutes before the end of the day.

· Students walking home must leave campus in a timely manner and continue to wear their mask and social distance until they are off campus.

· Students who ride the bus will meet in front of the middle school, wearing their mask, maintaining their social distance until the bus arrives.

· Students will be required to meet with other members of their bus in a designated location if their bus has not arrived. Otherwise, they are to report immediately to their bus for departure.

· Students whose parents pick them up will report to the back of the middle school or front of the high school. Students will continue to wear their mask and social distance until they are in the vehicle.

 

Classroom Teachers

Teachers will:

· Monitor students throughout the day and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present.

· Display visual reminders of distancing requirements in all classrooms, marking off areas for common spaces and distancing best practices.

· Provide refillable alcohol-based hand sanitizer and encourage routine usage.

· Provide disinfectant wipes and sprays will be available to sanitize working surfaces.

 

Teachers will:

  • Stand outside their door and require hand hygiene before entering the classroom and after group.
  • Increase the space between desks and utilize every square inch of available space to create distance between students.
  • Keep classroom doors open to improve circulation and reduce the touching of the door handles.
  • Wear their personal protective equipment at all times.
  • Establish student responsibilities to clean personal areas and materials/supplies with hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other self cleaning products.

 

Classroom Students

Students will:

  • Actively wear face masks upon arrival to campus.
  • Adhere to safety protocols outlined by the classroom teacher.
  • Avoid sharing school supplies.
  • Students will use hand sanitizers at the beginning and end of each class period.
  • Gel in/gel out.
  • Wipe down their desk upon arrival/dismissal.
  • Avoid high-touch areas and items.
  • Maintain proper social distancing.

 

Common areas & Transitions

· Students and staff will wear protective face coverings and practice social distancing.

· Organized and consistent movement from each class will be implemented to limit the number of students in the hallway during transitions.

· When transitioning between classes, students will travel corridors as far to the right as possible.

· Visual markers will be developed to help students maintain physical distances and adhere to established campus traffic flow in hallways.

· Traffic patterns will be established throughout the campus that separates individuals to the greatest extent possible.

· Where possible, one-way traffic throughout campus corridors may be established.

· Classroom doors will be propped open to reduce high touch areas.

· Access to hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the campus.

 

Classroom Sanitizing

  • Each classroom will be disinfected / sanitized daily.
  • All high touch areas will be disinfected multiple times daily.
  • Cleaning wipes will be provided in all areas for disinfection purposes.
  • Custodians will wear masks and other personal protection devices when sanitizing.
  • Staff will have access to all disinfectants to maintain the sanitation of their areas.
  • Custodial staff will have electrostatic sanitizer to aid in sanitation.

 

Lockers/Backpacks and Materials

  • Backpacks will be allowed as lockers will no longer be utilized.
  • We strongly encourage limiting personal items on campus.

 

Assemblies/Pep Rallies

 

  • Assemblies and pep rallies will not be conducted until further notice for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

UIL/ Extracurricular Activities

 

Fine Arts

  • Large group sectionals, rehearsals and sessions will adhere to social distancing protocols.
  • Fine Arts private lesson teachers will not be allowed on campus without authorization from a Marion ISD administrator.
  • Off campus performances will only be conducted if specific guidance is given by Marion ISD, UIL, TEA, etc.
  • Concerts, performances, and competitions may be adjusted based on health and safety guidelines including but not limited to transportation procedures, number of attendees, and the orientation of concerts.

 

Visitors/Drop-Off/ Pick-Up

 

 

  • Visitors must go through the main office to sign in.
  • ARD meetings, 504 meetings and parent conferences will be held virtually as much as possible
  • Visitors are discouraged from routinely dropping off student items, including lunches.
  • Protocol for Student Pick-Up during the day
    • Call child’s campus, let them know your student will be picked up, and estimated time of arrival
    • Use hand sanitizer at the campus entrance door
    • Wear mask inside the building
    • Enter the building and sign your student out
    • Wait outside for your student to depart from building

 

Restrooms & Water Fountains

  • Students will wear their masks and practice proper social distancing when using the restroom.
  • Students will practice proper handwashing and follow posted guidelines to ensure effective practices are used.
  • Because water fountains have shared surfaces, these will be disabled/turned off/covered.
  • Students are highly recommended to bring full water bottles from home in order to stay hydrated.
  • Students will have the opportunity to refill water bottles from no-touch bottle filling stations.

 

Learning Options

 

 

  • On-Campus Learning
    • Follow Safety Guidelines Outlined in this Document
    • School Day: 8:30AM - 4:00PM
    • Transitions Between Classes Minimized
    • A/B Block schedule will be implemented. Students will split their eight period schedule into two four period days. Each period will be ninety minutes long.
  • Remote Learning
    • Secondary students will engage in learning for every class period assigned for each day following the campus’ A-B rotation.
    • Students must complete daily check-in assignments.
    • Students must be active in class 90% of the days to be awarded credit for each course.
    • Parents and students will sign off on a remote-learning contract.
    • Students who do not meet the attendance requirements will be required to attend summer school, attendance make-up days, or repeat the course/grade-level.

Parents will be asked to select a learning option that will begin on August 12, 2020. Parents will complete a Learning Option Commitment form online by noon on August 3. Dependent upon what learning option is selected on the Learning Option Commitment form, you will ALSO need to complete either the Parent-Student Remote Learning Contract  or the Parent-Student On-Campus Learning Contract

  • Transitioning Between Learning Options Timeline: Students/Families have specific dates that they are able to choose between the two learning options for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • August 3, 2020: Choice of Learning Options
      • Learning Commitment Form
    • September 9, 2020: First Learning Option Transition Opportunity
    • October 5, 2020: Learning Option Transition Opportunity
    • January 5, 2021: Learning Option Transition Opportunity
    • March 22, 2021: Learning Option Transition Opportunity
    • Learning Option Transition Request Form for 2020-2021

 

Attendance

  • Attendance will be taken each day for both on campus and remote learning to ensure that students are actively engaged.
  • Students participating in remote learning are expected to be fully engaged and showing progress in their courses each day.
  • Students will need to complete the posted “Daily Check-In” assignment for each course to earn attendance.
  • Students who do not complete the daily check-in assignment for the scheduled courses will be counted absent.
  • State attendance guidance states students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade.
  • Students who do not meet the attendance requirements may be required to attend summer school, attendance makeup days, or repeat the course/grade-level.

 

Grading Policy

  • Students enrolled in remote learning will follow the same grading guidelines as students enrolled in on campus learning
  • The Marion ISD grading policies are published annually in the Elementary and Secondary Student Handbooks.

 

Cafeteria & Food Service

Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in the cafeteria.

· Cafeteria capacity will be based on current guidelines. Physical distance will be provided around each occupiable seat.

· Meals will be packaged as “grab and go” to ensure ease of pick up and transport to eating locations.

· Signage and staff will reinforce physical distance and traffic patterns in the cafeteria.

· Hand sanitizer stations will be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria.

· Every campus will devise lunch schedules and formats, including outside areas, that allow students to eat safely apart from each other.

· Microwaves must be wiped down pre and post use by students.

· To minimize exposure on campus, parents and students are discouraged to drop off lunch deliveries for the 2020-21 school year. Students must bring their lunch, or they must eat the cafeteria.

 

Transportation

  • All transportation staff required to wear facial coverings
  • All students, grades PK-12, are required to wear facial coverings while on bus
  • Bus seating will be assigned and every effort will be made to maintain social distancing
  • Students and staff required to use provided hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus
  • Bus windows will remain open to allow for additional ventilation and air flow
  • Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles
  • Buses will be disinfected daily utilizing the electrostatic cleaner at the end of the day.

 

COVID Response

Students/ Employees Confirmed/ Suspected/or Exposed to COVID-19

  • Any student/employee who themselves either:

· are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19;

· experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (assumed to have COVID-19) and/or;

· exposed (as defined as by close contact below) to a positive case of COVID-19,

· must stay at home throughout the infection period (10 days), or incubation period (14 days) and cannot return to campus until the all below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

i. at least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

ii. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);

iii. at least ten (10) days has passed since symptoms first appeared or the individual was exposed (as defined by close contact) to the positive COVID-19 case.

  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.
  • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) obtain an acute infection test at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/ that comes back negative for COVID-19.

iv. individual must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. 



Communication to Parents of COVID-19 Cases

  • In the likely event that a lab-confirmed positive case of COVID-19 occurs on a campus, and in an effort to be completely transparent, Marion ISD will send a letter home via School Messenger to all families in the school. The notification could possibly include the entire campus, one grade level and/or just one class. Due to the mitigating measures we are taking on all MISD campuses to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (e.g., wearing of masks, social distancing, frequent disinfectant cleaning, electrostatic cleaning schedule, frequent hand washing/hand sanitizing, etc.), the exposure risk is considered low level. If your child experiences a low level risk exposure, it is not necessary to quarantine your child and they may attend school as normal.

 

  • If it is determined that your child had close contact with and is a high exposure risk to a positive case of COVID-19, you will receive a direct phone call from the campus. 

    The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19 and should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. 

       

    In general, 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; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination. Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test.   

 

  • In the event of a high level risk exposure, your child must stay at home throughout the infection period (10 days), or incubation period (14 days) and cannot return to campus until all conditions below for campus re-entry have been met:

     

i. at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

ii. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);

iii. at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared or the individual was exposed (as defined by close contact) to the positive COVID-19 case.

iv. individual must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. 

 

 

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Marion Independent School District  
211 West Otto St.  |  PO Box 189  |  Marion Tx. 78124
PHONE: (830) 914-2803 |  FAX: (830) 420-3268

 

School Hours:
Elementary Campuses (Krueger and Karrer) 
7:40 am to 3:00 pm

Secondary Campuses (Middle & High Schools)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

In accordance with Title VI-Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX-Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504-Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1992, the Marion Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

Conforme al Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, al Título IX de las Enmiendas de Educación de 1972, a la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973 y al Título II de la Ley sobre Estadounidenses con Discapacidades de 1992, el Marion Independent School District no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, edad, sexo o discapacidad.

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