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Social and Emotional Well-Being - The return to campus this August will be unlike any other in MISD history and is likely to be emotionally charged for both students and adults. Students’ social and emotional well-being are a top priority. Together, schools and families can support your child during this challenging time. With the endless COVID coverage, it is natural for your child to experience some changes in behavior and mood. Counselors and staff will continue to work closely with families and students to ease the stress. Keeping routines predictable, sharing COVID facts that are age appropriate, making time to listen and share feelings, and reaching out to us for support are all important. We are here for you and your child(ren). MISD’s Counseling Team is always available to listen, share feelings, and offer support for every student. You can contact your counselor by calling their campus line or by submitting the Counseling Support form. Your campus counselor will be in touch with you soon.
Masks - Schools are required to comply with the Governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks (Governor’s Executive Order No. GA-29). In addition to the Governor’s executive order, TEA has provided school districts with guidance that can require the use of masks or face shields for adults or students for whom it is developmentally appropriate. Marion ISD’s protocols require the following in regards to the wearing of face masks and will be reviewed upon the end of the first grading period:
All adults, including visitors, are required to wear masks when in the building, classroom, and/or office with others. Exceptions to this requirement include lunch breaks with appropriate social distancing. Classroom teachers will use face shields, masks and/or social distancing when providing direct instruction, classroom monitoring and circulation.
Students are required to wear masks when riding the bus and during the school day. Exceptions to this requirement include during meals and other activities. For example, it may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic, extracurricular activities, or any other activity as identified by campus administration. When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during those activities, schools must require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities.
It is recommended that masks be rotated and thoroughly cleaned daily. Sharing of masks with other family members is extremely risky and discouraged.
Handwashing/Sanitizing - Students and staff are required to use hand sanitizer when entering a bus, classroom, and/or office. Students will also be required to use hand sanitizer when they leave a classroom. Additional frequent handwashing and sanitizing will also be incorporated in the daily schedules. Buses, classrooms, restrooms, high touch surfaces, large group transition areas, cafeteria, and other common areas within the school will be thoroughly disinfected daily and deep cleaning schedules will be regularly conducted.
On the first day of school, Marion ISD will provide instruction to students on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigating practices Marion ISD will be following during this pandemic.
Temperature Checks/Screening - Per Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, initial monitoring of symptoms begins at home. Individuals who are feeling ill, including symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, abdominal pain, fatigue, muscle aches, or headache, should stay at home and consult with a medical professional regarding school participation.
TEA Guidance is as follows for students:
“Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met. Parents may also opt to have their students receive remote instruction if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed. School systems may consider screening students for COVID-19 as well. Screening is accomplished by asking questions by phone or other electronic methods and/or in person. The screening questions should also be asked of a student’s parent if that parent will be dropping off or picking up their child from inside the school.”
Marion ISD teachers and staff are required to self-monitor daily. Teachers and staff must report to the school system if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below. Additionally, they must report to the school system if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, as defined at the end of this document, and, if so, must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
Nurses are staffed at each school in Marion ISD and these individuals have been trained to support and assist with health and safety matters.
Social Distancing - Staff and students will maintain six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings, to the extent possible. As feasible, classrooms will be arranged to allow for as much space as possible in seating areas, and transitions will be limited in both secondary and elementary campuses. Physical barriers, such as plexiglass in front offices, and social distancing guides/signage will be used. Use of shared spaces, such as cafeterias, libraries and playgrounds will be limited.
Personal Protective Equipment - Staff and students are expected to provide their own masks. If individuals need assistance with this matter, the district will have PPE equipment available for distribution (e.g., masks). Please let campus administrators know if PPE equipment is needed.
Students with Health Conditions – Parents and families know their child’s needs. While we are taking all measures to ensure each student’s safety, parents must place their child’s health needs first. Remote learning options are discussed later.
Marion Independent School District
211 West Otto St. | PO Box 189 | Marion Tx. 78124
PHONE: (830) 914-2803 | FAX: (830) 420-3268
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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