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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

August 7, 2020

  • Is there a plan on cleaning desks in between different students using them to help stop the spread of germs especially in high school and junior high?   If so, what is the plan? 

Yes. We have purchased heavier duty spray bottles and microfiber cleaning supplies for use in each classroom. The plan is to wipe down student desks between uses by different students. Parents should have more detailed specifics from each campus.

  • Also what is the plan for lunch time and how will students sit in the cafeteria since we have a closed campus? 

We will be adding alternate locations to help thin out the number of students in the cafeteria. We also plan to have all students in the cafeteria sit facing the same direction. Some students will eat in their classrooms. Campus principals can provide specific locations, groupings, and times.

  • Are students below the fourth-grade who aren’t required to wear masks allowed the option of wearing them?

Yes, and we will be highly encouraging this. Texas Education Agency guidelines just restrict the district from requiring this. We are also looking into shields that are placed on student desks.

  • Will children be allowed to bring and access their own water bottle during class or between activities to prevent using the fountains? 

Yes. We are also in the process of expanding the number of filtered/touchless water bottle filling stations throughout the district.

  • Will students still have to wear a face mask in class even though they will be practicing social distancing?

This is a good question that I have asked. From one source the answer is no and from another it is yes. The Centers for Disease Control recommends both a mask and the 6-foot social distancing when possible. At this time, for students in grades 4-12 we will require the mask even when social distancing can be maintained. There are a few exceptions such as when outside during recess or PE, during athletic classes, while actually eating, and during a band, or shop class.

  • Will the cafeteria serve breakfast?

Yes. The cafeteria will serve breakfast. We will open for breakfast at 7:30 each school day.

 

August 2, 2020

  • The CDC recommends cohorting classes or having each classroom stay with that teacher for the duration of the day. This, I know, is a tough one. Not every teacher is great at teaching every subject but if it would help prevent having frequent cases arise and the impending shut downs. Is this something that is being considered?

As I understand, the answer is no, except for the primary grades pre-k through 2. These grade levels are primarily self-contained. It is on the list for discussion as the elementary continues to plan. There has been some discussion of a teacher going to students, when possible, rather than the students moving around.

  • At the elementary level, we had difficulties last year in understanding individual teacher's methods of entering grades. We had the online programs our girls were working on which had a title for each assignment. Then when we would look at the grade book the assignments were entered as the TEKS that they covered. Not only that but, the way the online programs averaged the grades made it impossible to figure out which assignments the girls had done poorly on so that we could review it with them and potentially improve their grade. In the event we choose for our children to go the asynchronous route, Is there to be a standardized way of transferring these assignments over to the gradebook so that parents can understand where and how to help students?

The elementary is currently in planning to use their in-house curriculum through Google Classroom. Grades and grading practices will be much more aligned to practices used with face-to-face. There will be much more information coming out in the next two weeks. There should be significant improvement here as we move from a survival mode, intended to finish the school year and maintain what had been taught, to a remote instructional mode targeting actual student academic growth.

  • PE is another concern. There are obviously physiological differences between sitting in a classroom and being physically active that increase the amount of air, droplets, and consequently viral particles that can be dispersed by a person. Will students be required to wear masks during PE? Will there be increased distancing in the PE rooms?

At this time we plan to follow general distancing guidelines in PE. If the 6 foot distancing can be maintained students, will probably not wear masks. As well, as weather allows, conducting more actual PE outdoors is under discussion.

  • Is there a definite online program that is going to be used for Elementary and Junior High yet?

Elementary plans to use Google Classroom with their current curriculum, upload lessons/videos, assign lessons, and have meetings.

At the Junior High, Google Classroom and Edgenuity (a TEKS-aligned learning management system with embedded  lessons, videos, assignments, and assessment) will be used for remote instruction. Teachers will align the remote instruction with the scope and sequence of face-to-face. As well, there will be remote interaction with students who chose the asynchronous route.

The high school is working on a blended model using Google Classroom, current curriculum, plus Edgenuity. Edgenuity would be the primary source for students learning remotely. Specifics should be forthcoming.

  • What procedures are being planned for elementary and junior high classrooms as far as distancing and limiting the number of students per class?

Fortunately, our classes will be small this year. Staff has been hired to generally add sections at many grade levels.

  • Will students and teachers be required to be tested if they present symptoms while at school? Is there a requirement for the individual's testing physician, clinic, etc. to send the school the results?

We cannot require testing, but only heavily encourage it. We will stay in contact with local health authorities and there are requirements that the school is notified. Local health authorities should also help with contact tracing and provide recommendations for quarantining and isolation.

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.