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2020-2021 Back to School

WISD School reopening plan for 2020-2021


Screening protocols

Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day.

Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their students to school.

Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present. 

Isolation Protocols

Student or staff displaying COVID-19 symptoms

  • When a student has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home. 

  • Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than 1 hour from the time the campus contacts the student’s parent/guardian. 

  • Other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus (e.g. go on a walk outside, move to a different classroom, etc) so that the classroom can be disinfected. 

  • Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols, including isolation from students and other staff members. 

  • District communication will be provided to the parents of students who came in close-contact with a COVID-19 positive student or staff member

 Individuals confirmed or suspected with COVID-19

Any individuals who themselves either:

  1. are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19;  or
  2. experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period and cannot return to campus until the school district screens the individual to determine if any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

  1. 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medications;
  2.  Symptoms improved;  and 
  3. 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared


  • Obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location  (https// that comes back negative for COVID-19.


  • A Doctor’s note indicating an alternative diagnosis (Non-COVID related)

COVID-19 Symptoms

In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?

Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees
Loss of taste or smell
Difficulty breathing
Shortness of breath
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Shaking or exaggerated shivering
Significant muscle pain or ache
Nausea or vomiting

Protocols for Face Coverings

Masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth. Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth whenever a mask is not feasible or whenever the education context may benefit from the ability to see an individual’s full face. 

Face coverings will be worn by all students in grades 3-12 while on school property except during lunch and extracurricular activities where face coverings are not feasible.  Pre-K through 2nd grade students will be strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while on school property. 

It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities.  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.  Schools may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields.  

Students will be encouraged to provide their own personal facemask, face shield, bandanna, or gaiter. However, if needed, WISD will provide a face mask. 


Students who are outdoors, must wear masks at all times unless they are actively, eating, drinking, exercising or maintaining 6-feet of social distancing.

It may not be developmentally appropriate for some other students, including some students with disabilities, to wear masks.   Please contact WISD District Nurse  


Close Contact

This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.
The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual

scenarios 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.

Protocols for Campus Visitors

Visitor screening/PPE requirements 

All individuals entering the building will be required to wear face coverings.  

All visitors will be subject to screening by way of a symptom screening form and temperature check. 


Protocols for Disinfecting and Hand Sanitizing


Frequent disinfection and hand sanitation will ensure health and wellness of students and staff.

Hand washing/sanitizing expectations

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available, in classrooms, in the cafeteria and in common areas throughout the campus.

Staff will be expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands. 

Hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry to the classroom and there will be periodic teacher reminders during the instructional day.  


Hand sanitizer will also be available as students exit the the classrooms if they would like to use it.

Thorough hand washing will be required after recess, before eating, and following restroom breaks.  

Disinfecting expectations

Staff will sanitize high-touch areas and working surfaces regularly. 

Protocols for Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting


Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will promote a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff.  

Daily campus cleaning

Each classroom and restroom will be disinfected daily prior to morning arrival of students and staff.

Employees are encouraged to disinfect their own workspace throughout the day, giving special attention to commonly touched surfaces.


We will institute more frequent cleaning practices, including additional cleaning by janitorial staff, as well as, provide the opportunity for for children to clean their own spaces before and after they are used.


Gloves, if requested, will be provided to staff members for added protection.


High touch surfaces areas will be wiped down throughout the school day. 


Students will go straight to their designated area upon arrival to school.  


Lunch visits for parents and guardians will not be allowed at this time. 

In grades PK-5th, students will be socially distanced for lunches in the cafeteria.  6th-12th grade students will use a combination of social distancing and desk shields/screens to aid in with social distancing.  

Tables will be sanitized between lunch periods. 


No delivers will be allowed for students at this time this includes, lunches, flowers and balloons.


Campuses will consider limiting the number of students per recess group.  Staggered schedules can be utilized when needed.  

Playground areas will be divided to provide separation between groups (pk-2nd); for grades 3rd thru 8th, students will be recommended to wear a face covering when feasible and practice social distancing when not wearing a mask.  

All students and staff will be required to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.  


P.E. classes will be conducted outdoors whenever possible.  Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed.  

Custodial staff will spray and disinfect classrooms, restrooms, the athletic indoor turf field, weight room and all additional areas in the entire building.