• forward2021

    Health Plan

    Updated 7/20/21


     

    General Overview

     

    Alvin ISD will follow all safety measures outlined by health authorities and state guidelines for the 2021-22 school year.  Feedback from our community continues to be essential as this plan is revised in response to the ongoing pandemic.  Alvin ISD commits to the following:

     

    1. The health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community is our top priority.
    2. Every decision made will take into consideration the latest guidance and direction from local, state, and federal authorities on operational considerations during the school day. 
    3. Alvin ISD will provide the highest quality instruction to all students.
    4. Alvin ISD will support the well-being of each student and every program.

     

    The Superintendent of Schools, the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Associate Superintendent of Federal Programs, Chief Operations Officer, and Chief of School Safety will work together to monitor information and data from health authorities, data from internal district operations, and state and local officials in order to determine actions at school facilities in response to the community spread of COVID-19.

     

    The designated point of contact for COVID-19 related information for Alvin ISD is Rory Gesch, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, rgesch@alvinisd.net.  The campus COVID primary point of contact is the designated Campus Administrator on the Campus Emergency Response Team (ERT).

     

    The FORWARD 2021 Health Plan is designed to align with board policy and COVID protocols from the Texas Education Agency, Brazoria County Health Department, The State of Texas, and Centers for Disease Control.  The AISD Health Plan is the district’s guiding document for procedures related to COVID response.  In the case of a conflict between the AISD Health Plan and any other guidance shared with district staff, the AISD Health plan will take precedent.

     

    General Guidelines

     

    • There is one licensed nurse assigned to every Alvin ISD school campus.
    • All staff members will be required to self-screen for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 each day prior to reporting to work.
    • Parents need to ensure they do not send a child to school if a child has COVID-19 symptoms or is living in a household with a confirmed or presumed positive case.
    • Students and staff will maintain social distancing whenever possible.
    • Based on the state mandate, effective June 1, 2021, masks will be optional within all Alvin ISD facilities. Consistent with CDC guidance, people who are unvaccinated will continue to be highly encouraged to wear masks.  When teachers, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated consistently and correctly wear a mask, they protect others as well as themselves.

     

    Training Protocols

     

    Student Training

     

    Employee Health Protocols:

     

    • All vaccinated employees are expected to submit evidence of COVID 19 vaccination to their school nurse or departmental supervisor upon return to work.
    • All employees shall know, understand, and practice methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at work.
    • All employees must practice appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
    • All employees shall regularly wash their hands when reporting to work and after using the restroom.
    • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, the District will notify the Brazoria County Health Department of all lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on a weekly basis.
    • If a staff member is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, all students and staff who have been in close contact with that individual will be notified. Close contact individuals will be highly encouraged to wear a mask and self monitor for symptoms during the 10 day incubation period. 
    • If a staff member is awaiting COVID-19 test results, he or she should not report to school until test results have been obtained.
    • AISD has hosted multiple opportunities for staff members to receive one of the approved COVID 19 vaccinations.

     

    Student Health Protocols: 

     

    • For all vaccinated students age 12 and older, parents should submit evidence of COVID 19 vaccination to the school nurse in writing or electronically prior to the first day of school. If vaccinations occur for any age student after the start of school, evidence should be submitted as soon as possible. 
    • Students who are fully vaccinated will not be subjected to quarantines.
    • AISD has hosted multiple opportunities for eligible students to receive one of the approved COVID 19 vaccinations.
    • All students should do a self-screening daily prior to coming to school.
    • All students must practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
    • All students should regularly wash their hands throughout the school day.
    • If a student has two or more symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 while at school, they will be evaluated by the campus nurse or designee.
      • Symptomatic students will be required to wear masks while in the clinic.
      • The student will be observed by a nurse in the clinic isolation area.
      • The parent will be required to pick up the child within one hour.
      • The student will be able to report back to school as follows:
        • Symptoms have resolved AND
        • 10 days have passed since symptom onset AND
        • Fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications

     

    OR

     

    • Symptoms have resolved AND
    • Fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications AND
    • A note from a physician indicating an alternative diagnosis is submitted

     

    OR

     

    • Symptoms have resolved AND
    • Fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications AND
    • Negative COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR)
    • Contact campus nurse for a list of free local testing sites
    • If a student is awaiting COVID-19 test results, he or she should not report to school until test results have been obtained.
    • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, the District will notify the Brazoria County Health Department of all lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on a weekly basis.
    • If a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified in a student, all other students and staff who have been in close contact with that individual will be notified. Close contact individuals will be highly encouraged to wear a mask and self-monitor for symptoms during the 10-day incubation period. 
    • While a student is in quarantine, educational services will continue based on an individual plan determined by the student’s teacher(s).

     

    COVID-19 Symptoms:

     

    In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the District will consider the following questions:

     

    Has the individual recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?

    • Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:
      • Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
      • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New onset loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea

     

    Close Contact

     

    This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed or probable to have COVID-19 occurring between 48 hours prior to the case’s onset and the date criteria for release from isolation are met.

     

    Close contact is defined as:

     

    • Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on)

     

    OR

     

    • Being within 6 feet for a largely uninterrupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day for cumulatively 15 minutes or more; however, additional factors like vaccination status, use of masks, ventilation, presence of dividers and case symptomatology may affect this determination.

     

    Either 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 confirmation lab test.

     

    Close Contact Exposure

     

    Employees

    Employees must report to their supervisor if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19.  Educators have been classified as Critical Infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security as of August 18, 2020.  Under this definition education employees who are asymptomatic can continue to report to work after exposure to a COVID positive individual.

    • The employee should continually monitor themselves for onset of symptoms.If they begin to show symptoms they must report to their supervisor immediately and leave the workplace.
    • The employee will be highly encouraged to wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace for the 10-day incubation period.
    • The employee should maintain 3 feet separation and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace.
    • The employee should ensure that all common/shared areas are cleaned and disinfected.

       

    Students

    A parent must report to the school nurse if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19.  Students who are asymptomatic may continue to report to school after exposure to a COVID positive individual under the following conditions:

    • Parents should monitor their child for symptoms daily. If they begin to show any symptoms, they must be kept home. 
    • The student will be highly encouraged to wear a mask for 10 days after last known exposure.
    • The student should maintain 3 feet distance in the classroom and practice social distancing as feasible throughout the school day.

     

    School Operations

     

    Health and Hygiene Practices

    • Hand sanitizer stations will be at the entrances of each facility.
    • Students and staff will be instructed in proper handwashing techniques.
    • Students and staff will be trained in proper health hygiene and disease transmission prevention measures.
    • Signage for proper hygiene practices will be posted throughout the buildings, in the restrooms, and at the entrances.
    • Building systems will be adjusted to allow as much fresh air circulation as possible.
    • All campus HVAC systems are equipped with virus destroying ultraviolet sterilization of the air in duct systems.

     

    Campus Cleaning Plan:

     

    Custodial staff hours have been adjusted so that campuses will be continuously cleaned throughout the instructional day.  Focused cleaning areas will include frequently touched surfaces, objects of student transition, and high volume common areas. District staff have been trained in the use of approved professional cleaning and disinfecting products using methods developed for safe use in the student environment.


     

    Visitors/Deliveries/Miscellaneous

     

    • Unless specifically invited to a meeting or event held at the school, outside visitors will not be permitted.
    • Visitors during lunch and meal deliveries will not be permitted.
    • Contracted vendors will be required to self-screen or produce evidence of vaccination prior to entering a campus

     

    Social/Emotional Needs

     

    Along with the implementation of several health and safety protocols to address student and employee needs, Alvin ISD will also address the social and emotional needs of students and staff.

     

    Plans include:

    • Provision of professional learning opportunities on social/emotional learning (SEL) and trauma-informed classrooms.
    • Provision of in-class instructional opportunities on social/emotional learning, following specific SEL competencies (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making).
    • Implementation of student-needs groups and other small group social/emotional learning opportunities
    • Adjust curriculum to support digital and social milestones.
    • Develop/implement mental health supports for students and employees.

     

    Support Coping and Resilience

    • Employees and students are encouraged to consider and care for their whole well-being
      • Keep healthy sleep habits
      • Consume foods high in nutritional value
      • Drink plenty of water
      • Exercise and take brain breaks from stressful events
    • Employees and students are encouraged to listen to their minds and bodies and reach out to trusted individuals when they are in distress.
    • Crisis Text Line text HOME to 741741
    • The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., ET.
      • 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org