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This will be a running list of questions submitted to the district via our Q & A email If you have a question do not hesitate to send it to oisdqa@olneyisd.net I appreciate the questions and will work hard at keeping lines of communication open.

Dr. Greg Roach

July 30, 2020

  • Are kindergarten students required to wear masks?

No. Students in grades Pre-K through 3 are not required to wear masks. It will be the choice of the parent.

  • My middle school child hates a mask, he suffers with anxiety and panic attacks, and would probably choose remote learning just for that fact, but the kid wants to play football with his friends! So he literally cried that he has no other choice but going to school and wearing a mask just so he can do that.
  • I have another going into 5th grade. Has asthma and I worry about the masks reducing his oxygen! 

We do have relief for any student who has a health-related issue and a mask is not good practice. All you would need to do is provide your campus principal with a note from your physician. This relieves us of any responsibility to enforce the wearing of a mask.

  • Will there some type of parent meeting or handout per grade that will inform us as to how the classroom will work? (Switching classes, Breakfast/Lunch and P.E/ Recess)

We will not have large group parent meetings. Look for a lot of campus specific information in the next week.

  • If a parent would like to donate to a classroom to construct mini cubicles would that change mask requirements for that classroom?

As I understand the rules, a student must wear a mask or shield in grades 4-12. I do not believe the cubicle changes these requirements. If that is incorrect, or changes, we will get that information out.

  • Also will the release at the end of the day be different?

Each campus is currently working on plans to reduce congestion for students coming to school and leaving at the end of the day. More information should be coming from campuses next week.

  • Will there be times of the day that the students will have some type of break from the masks?

Yes. Students will not wear masks while eating lunch, participating in pe, playing wind instruments during band, during athletics, and during the hands on activities in certain classes such as welding, machining, and ag mechanics.

  • On the first day of school will students be given a tutorial about the proper way to breathe in a mask to prevent hypoxia? 

This is a good question and something to research. Keep in mind that masks are required for students in grades 4-12 and a face shield will also work. Additionally, if there are other health concerns a note from your family physician is all we need to waive the mask requirement for any student.

                    Hello my son and daughter will be going to Pre-K and I have a few questions before making the decision of going face to face. My son has asthma only reason I                     am concerned of with this virus.

  • Will PreK get to have recess?

Yes

  • Will PreK have a PE class??

I am not sure they will have an actual/formal pe class but do know that the elementary is setting up an age appropriate day for these students with time for physical activities. Please contact the elementary campus to get an idea of how the hour to hour, and with pre-k age children minutes-to-minutes, will be structured. I can tell you that the pre-k student is in an age and developmentally appropriate environment and program.
 

  • Will they go to cafeteria for lunch?

We are in the process of lining out lunch time for all students with the maximum and most feasible distancing allowed. It is under consideration to have some students eat in the classroom. Plans have not been finalized.
 

  • Will PreK still be going all day?

Yes
 

  • How many kids will be in each PreK class?

Pre-k roundup was conducted. At this time we have approximately 11-13 students in each classroom.
 

  • How will the students be separated for social distancing rules since they are not required to wear masks?

We set up sections to have smaller classes that will allow for distancing to the greatest extent possible. Partitions are under consideration if needed.
 

  • Can we do first 6 weeks online and then come do face to face on campus?

Yes. Please discuss this with our elementary principal. You will be able to indicate your preference.

  • Will OISD be holding a Meet-The-Teacher day before school starts?

We are working on some type of scheduling and plan for teachers and parents to visit prior to the first day of school but probably will not have a large group gathering. Each campus will line this out. Look for information on this within the next week. There will be a registration process specific to each campus with this as a component.

  • Are kindergarten students required to wear masks?

No. Students in grades Pre-K through 3 are not required to wear masks. It will be the choice of the parent.

  • My middle school child hates a mask, he suffers with anxiety and panic attacks, and would probably choose remote learning just for that fact, but the kid wants to play football with his friends! So he literally cried that he has no other choice but going to school and wearing a mask just so he can do that.
  • I have another going into 5th grade. Has asthma and I worry about the masks reducing his oxygen! 

We do have relief for any student who has a health-related issue and a mask is not good practice. All you would need to do is provide your campus principal with a note from your physician. This relieves us of any responsibility to enforce the wearing of a mask.

July 29, 2020

  • Will Kindergarteners have recess?

Yes

  • Will students stay in the same classroom all day?

At the elementary there may be a few that are literally in a self-contained classroom all day. I know that our elementary folks are working on this. Most of the students will change classes.

  • Will students be going to the cafeteria for lunch?

Right now the majority of students will have lunch in the cafeteria. We are working on ways to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria during lunch periods.

  • Will 4-12 have time without their masks on during the day?

These students will not wear masks when eating lunch, participating in athletics or physical education, and possibly during any outside activities that we can adhere to distancing requirements.

  • Will they be able to take them off in the classrooms if they are 6 ft apart?

Unless guidelines change both the teacher and students must wear the face covering during class.

  • How do we continue education if a student is exposed or tests positive? 

We are working on extensive remote/online learning systems for students who will miss school for long periods of time. Much more information will be coming to parents from each of the three campuses.

  • Is there a contingency to move them immediately to online?

Yes. All three campuses will have the ability to quickly transition a student to online learning.