District Office: 325-574-8900
Snyder Primary School: 325-574-8600
Snyder Intermediate School: 325-574-8650
Snyder Junior High School: 325-574-8700
Snyder High School: 325-574-8800
COVID-19 POINT OF CONTACT
Valerie Morris, Public Information Officer 325-574-8900
Per Texas Education Code (TEC), §25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. This requirement remains in force during the 2020-21 school year.
Given the public health situation, student attendance may be earned through virtual instruction. When students are ill or miss school unexpectedly, parents should call their student’s school to report the absence or submit the absence note through Parent Square.
If your student needs to leave early, please notify the office. Parents are asked not to enter the building when picking up students and to call when you are outside so your child can be brought to you.
Contact your student’s principal for guidelines if your child needs to switch learning environments or if your child needs to withdraw from school for any reason.
Sending a student to school who has exhibited COVID-19 symptoms in the last 24 hours places other students and staff members at risk of becoming ill. It also increases the likelihood that schools will have to temporarily close a classroom, wing, or building.
We strongly encourage you to screen your student at home before the school day by checking their temperature and determining if any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of COVID-19 are present. Students with the following symptoms should not come to school:
Students who have had known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or who have been advised by a state or local health department to quarantine should not come to school.
If your student displays any of the above symptoms during the school day they will be moved to a health isolation room and you will be contacted to pick them up. Please ensure your contact, and emergency contact, information is current in Skyward Family Access.
If the student or staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or has an illness that has COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to stay/return home and may return when they meet the return to school requirements.
- A staff member will check each student's temperature and ask the appropriate screening questions found in the Student/Visitor Screening Link, regarding exposure to COVID-19, or exposure to someone with symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- If the answer is yes the student will need to return home and may return when they meet the return to school requirements.
TEACHERS & STAFF
- SISD will require teachers and staff to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. The self-screening will include teachers and staff taking their own temperature.
- If the teacher answers yes to these screening questions, they will need to remain home and may return when they have met the return to school requirements.
- Limited Access: Visitors are limited to those essential to school operations.
- Screening: Before visitors are allowed on campuses, SISD will screen all visitors to determine if the visitors have COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the return to school requirements.
RETURNING TO SCHOOL/WORK AFTER A COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS, ILLNESS WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, OR CLOSE-CONTACT WITH A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE
In order to keep the school environment as safe as possible for students, staff, and visitors, individuals who:
- are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19,
- experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period,
- or has had close contact with an individual who has a lab-confirmed, positive result
cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:
- Return to work or school: lab confirmed COVID-19
- At least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
- the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
- at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Release from Scurry County Health Unit or primary care physician must be received prior to returning to work or school.
- Return to work or school: COVID-19 symptoms
IN THE CASE OF AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS SYMPTOMS THAT COULD BE COVID-19 AND WHO IS NOT EVALUATED BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL OR TESTED FOR COVID-19, SUCH INDIVIDUAL IS ASSUMED TO HAVE COVID-19, AND THE INDIVIDUAL MAY NOT RETURN TO THE CAMPUS UNTIL THE INDIVIDUAL HAS COMPLETED THE SAME THREE-STEP SET OF CRITERIA LISTED ABOVE.
- Return early:If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) receive confirmation that they are free of COVID via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/
- Return to work or school after close contact* with an individual with lab confirmed COVID-19
- Exclude from work/school for 14 days after last exposure, even if they receive a negative test result. If the positive individual has continued contact with the staff/student (i.e. household family member) the staff/student may not return until 14 days after the contact is considered recovered.
- Advise individuals to monitor themselves for fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
- Any student/staff who develops fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately contact their established healthcare provider to arrange for medical evaluation and testing.
If you have any questions, please contact the campus principal or email the COVID-19 district contact, Valerie Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 325-574-8900.
MAINTAINING HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS
The custodial department has a high standard for cleanliness and safety and will remain committed to upholding these standards and increasing efforts with intensive cleaning practices. The following protocols have been put in place in accordance with CDC and state guidelines.
Campuses will institute more frequent cleaning practices, including additional cleaning by custodial staff as well as provide the opportunity for children to clean their own spaces before and after they are used, in ways that are safe and developmentally appropriate
Special attention is being placed to disinfect high-touch points including door handles, handrails, restroom fixtures, phones, common tables/desks, etc. Students will be assigned their own school supplies for their personal use.
For the purpose of this document, 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. In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order staff and students* shall wear a face covering whenever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household. If your student wears a mask, please ensure it is labeled and discuss the importance of not sharing masks with others.
- Students: Snyder ISD will provide each student with one mask or they may wear their own. Students will need to bring their mask to school each day. Personal masks must be school appropriate and are subject to administrative approval.
4TH-8TH GRADE STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE-COVERING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER.
*K-3RD GRADE STUDENTS FACE COVERINGS ARE ENCOURAGED WHERE DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE, BUT NOT REQUIRED.
STAFF: SNYDER ISD WILL PROVIDE EACH STAFF MEMBER WITH A FACE SHIELD AND A MASK. STAFF WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE-COVERING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER.
- UIL Activities - Snyder ISD will follow UIL guidelines and recommendations for athletes, coaches, and spectators. UIL Guidance released 7/8/2020
IN THE CLASSROOM
WE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR STUDENTS TO RETURN AND SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS TO LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN YOUR STUDENT MAY RECALL OR BE USED TO. TO HELP YOUR STUDENT PREPARE, PLEASE REVIEW THE CHANGES BELOW AND DISCUSS WITH THEM WHAT MAY BE DIFFERENT ABOUT SCHOOL AND WHAT MAY BE THE SAME. CHANGE CAN CAUSE INCREASED ANXIETY FOR STUDENTS. CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE.
STUDENTS WILL BE SOCIALLY DISTANCED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE. IN CLASSROOMS WHERE STUDENTS ARE REGULARLY WITHIN SIX FEET OF ONE ANOTHER, WE WILL PLAN FOR MORE FREQUENT HAND WASHING AND/OR HAND SANITIZING AND WILL CONSIDER WHETHER INCREASED AIRFLOW FROM THE OUTDOORS IS POSSIBLE.
STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE TO MAINTAIN 6 FEET OF DISTANCE WHEN IN LINE, RESTROOMS, ETC.
- Clear plastic barriers will be installed for staff members who interact with the public on a more frequent basis such as school offices and counseling offices. Clear plastic barriers may also separate students seated at a table.
- Some classrooms may have had furniture removed or moved in a new way to allow for social distancing.
- The number and location of sanitization stations (hand sanitizer) has been increased throughout buildings and classrooms. Students and visitors are asked to sanitize hands when entering the building, entering and/or exiting a classroom space.
- You or your student may notice signage on public seating or in the classroom that denotes where you or your student can or can't sit or stand so we are able to maintain 6 feet of separation.
- Safety signage has been strategically placed in classrooms and throughout the building to reinforce healthy hand hygiene, social distancing reminders, and currently known symptoms of COVID-19.
ACCESS TO DRINKING WATER
Drinking fountains are limited to bottle filling use only. We encourage your student to bring a labeled water bottle to fill throughout the day. Please talk to your student about the importance of not sharing or using another student's water bottle.
- SISD will provide hand sanitizer for students to use when they enter the bus.
- Students are to sit one per seat when possible, unless riders are from the same household.
- All students are required to wear masks, PreK-12, on SISD school buses and district-owned vehicles
- When possible, windows will be opened to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.
- Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles. During cleaning, windows will be opened to allow for additional ventilation and air flow.
- Snyder ISD is working with our food service provider, SFE, to plan for options to provide meals in a safe manner with the maximum amount of social distancing possible.
- Students who are attending school virtually will have the option to pick up meals at a specific location daily.
- Order ahead options will be available so students can pick up meals quickly.
- Additional information will be posted on the district website and updates will be sent out as available.
- Employees of SISD, like employees of any organization, must continue to meet the work expectations set by their employers, subject to any applicable employment contract terms.
- School teachers and staff will be trained specifically on the protocols outlined in this document and the practices adopted by SISD.
- SISD will attempt to reduce in-person staff meetings or other opportunities for adults to congregate in close settings. When those meetings are necessary and cannot be done via electronic means, everyone must follow the mask protocols in this guidance, remain at least 6 feet apart where feasible, consider the use of dividers, and consider whether increased airflow from the outdoors is possible in those settings.
USE OF NON-CLASSROOM SPACES
- When possible and appropriate (for example, in physical education classes as weather permits), it is preferable for students to gather outside, rather than inside, because of likely reduced risk of virus spread outdoors.
- Snyder ISD will follow UIL guidelines and recommendations for athletes, coaches, and spectators.
- When SISD allows open facilities to be used by the public, usage of the facilities should be consistent with the governor’s executive orders.
- Campuses will plan for entry, exit, and transition procedures that reduce large group gatherings (of students and/or adults) in close proximity. Campus-specific information about entry and exit points will be provided soon.
- During the year and based on local conditions, SISD will eliminate assemblies and other activities that bring large groupings of students and/or teachers and staff together.
Knowledge of a positive COVID-19 case should be reported to:
For Students and Staff: Valerie Morris, Snyder ISD Public Information Officer
District COVID-19 contact persons are responsible for informing and working with the Scurry County Health Unit to identify next steps and establish contact tracing efforts.
There may be times when classrooms, wings, or entire buildings must be closed for cleaning and sanitizing due to a positive COVID-19 case or related concerns.
There may also be situations when a cohort of students, or students who had close contact with a known positive COVID-19 case, will need to quarantine for 14 days though traditional classroom learning is able to resume for the general student body.
Parents will be contacted by the Scurry County Health Unit if their student has been in close contact with a positive case and the next appropriate steps.
Parents will be informed by the district of closing/reopening timeframes via Parent Square, email, text, and the school and district website and social media pages.
WHAT IS CONTACT TRACING?
If a student or staff member in the building tests positive for COVID-19 they may be asked questions about close contacts by a school administrator or the Scurry County Health Unit. Here is some information about contact tracing. This occurs to help us contain and stop the spread of the virus.
What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing is a disease control measure to identify persons who may have been exposed to an infectious disease and alert their close contacts of their exposure.
Why is contact tracing done?
The goal of contact tracing is to help prevent the further spread of infection, to identify hotspots of infection, and to protect friends, families and communities from potential infection.
How is contact tracing done?
Trained health department staff work with persons diagnosed with COVID-19 to help them recall everyone who they had close contact with while they were infectious. Health department staff will notify person(s) who may have been exposed (contacts) as quickly as possible to prevent additional spread of the disease.
How will contacts be notified?
A Scurry County Health Unit staff member or designee will notify the contact to let them know that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, provide information on symptoms, resources and encourage them to self quarantine, if needed to prevent the spread of the disease.
What are contacts asked to do?
Contacts must stay at home and maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others they live with, until 14 days after the last known exposure. Contacts should self-monitor for symptoms, avoid contact with high-risk persons and take temperature if these symptoms develop:
- Fever (at least 100.4°F)
- Shortness of breath of difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If contacts develop symptoms, they should seek medical care if needed, or call 911 if there is a medical emergency.
What will be said to my close contacts about me?
Identified contacts will be told they were potentially exposed. They will be asked questions about their symptoms in relation to COVID-19. Contacts will receive information about how to monitor symptoms through the monitoring tool, and information about what to do if they become sick.
How has contact tracing been used previously?
Contact tracing was used during the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak, as well as in the SARS outbreak in 2003. Contact tracing is also used to combat measles and tuberculosis.