• Forward 2023

    Health Plan

    Updated 4/30/23 - Subject to change


    General Overview


    Alvin ISD staff understand how critically important in-person instruction is for student learning and growth and are committed to minimizing further educational disruption due to the ongoing pandemic  We will continue to ensure mitigating measures are in place for the 2022-23 school year. Feedback from our community continues to be essential as this plan is reviewed and revised.  Alvin ISD commits to the following:


    1. Alvin ISD will provide the highest quality instruction to all students.

    2. Alvin ISD will support the well-being of each student and every program

    3. The health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community continues to be a top priority.

    4. 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. 


    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 2023 Health Plan is designed to align with board policy and COVID guidance 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.

    • Masks are optional for all staff members and students.  


    Training Protocols


    Student Training

    Employee Health Protocols:


    • 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 has been confirmed to have COVID-19, he or she will be required to remain at home until symptoms are improving.  The staff member will be highly encouraged to wear a mask after returning to work to reduce risk of transmission.

    • AISD has hosted multiple opportunities for staff members to receive one of the approved COVID 19 vaccinations.  


    Student Health Protocols: 


    • 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 is symptomatic while at school, he or she will be evaluated by the school nurse and the student will be required to wear a mask while in the clinic.

    • The nurse will evaluate based on the number and severity of symptoms, known exposure and vaccination status. 

    • If a student is confirmed positive for COVID-19, the campus nurse will coordinate with the parent on the date of symptom onset, symptoms, vaccination status, etc. Students will be excluded from school until 5 days after symptom onset as long as the student is fever free and symptoms are improving.  The student will be highly encouraged to wear a mask after returning to school.

    • 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.  

    • AISD has hosted multiple opportunities for all students to receive one of the approved COVID 19 vaccinations. 
    • Public input on the health plan is encouraged.  If you have a suggestion or recommendation, please use the  Let’s Chat platform that is located on all district and campus websites.    


    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 may 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


    School Operations


    Health and Hygiene Practices

    • Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be available 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.

    • Campus HVAC systems are equipped with virus destroying ultraviolet sterilization of the air in duct systems. 

    Campus Cleaning Plan:

    Custodial staff will clean, sanitize, and disinfect campuses as needed 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.



    Campus deliveries for students will be in accordance with the Alvin ISD Student Handbook.  Contracted/Business deliveries will follow the established guidelines of Alvin ISD Purchasing & Distribution department.


    Academic and Social/Emotional Needs

    In addition to the implementation of several health and safety protocols to address student needs, Alvin ISD is also committed to addressing the academic and social/emotional needs of each student.  


    Academic Plans include: 

    • Providing additional instructional support in high school for English and math courses in order to provide more intensive support to students with learning gaps 

    • Providing tutoring/supplemental instructional support for students with learning gaps 

    • Expanding summer programming to provide more extensive support to students with learning gaps 

    • Providing additional support for teachers in the area of effective use of technology with students


    Social/Emotional 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

    • Adjusting curriculum to support digital and social milestones.

    • Developing/implementing mental health supports for students and employees. 

    • Ongoing Parent University offerings (virtual and in person)  in the areas of suicide prevention, grief and loss and emotional development.

    Plans also include supporting coping and resilience 

    • Employees and students are encouraged to consider and care for their whole well-being through:

      • Keeping healthy sleep habits

      • Consuming foods high in nutritional value

      • Drinking plenty of water

      • Exercising and taking 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 or avail themselves of our employee assistance programs for assistance. 

    • Crisis Text Line text HOME to 741741

    • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:  Call or text 988

    • 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