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Alvin ISD: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans

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Alvin ISD has postponed the start of its school year.

All students will now begin school on August 24 participating in virtual instruction.

The district is now planning for a phased reopening of its schools and will transition groups of students to face-to-face over a two week period beginning on August 31.

Here’s what to know for the upcoming school year:

Calendar

The first day of school has been postponed to August 24, 2020.

On August 31, students will begin a phased reintroduction to on-campus learning.

Click here to view the 2020-2021 school calendar.

Measures underway or being considered

Student Health Protocols

  • All students should do a daily self evaluation prior to coming to school or boarding school transportation.
  • All students will be instructed on methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at school.
  • All students should practice appropriate social distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
  • All students should regularly wash their hands when reporting to school and after using the restroom.
  • All students will be trained on proper handwashing techniques and participate in scheduled hand-washing times throughout the day.
  • All students should maintain 6 feet distancing from others. If this is not possible, face covering should be used.
  • All students (age-appropriate) are encouraged to use non-medical grade face masks, covering nose and mouth, while in indoor common spaces.

Employee Health Protocols

  • All Alvin ISD employees will be required to complete a self screening daily.
  • All employees shall know, understand and practice methods to protect themselves and others form 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.
  • All employees shall maintain 6 feet distancing from others. If this is not possible, face covering must be used.
  • All employees shall use non-medical grade face masks, covering nose and mouth, while in indoor common spaces.
  • Employees who return to work after exhibiting fever shall have their temperature taken at work; for three consecutive days.

Arrival, Dismissal, and transitioning

  • Multiple entries and exit points will be established.
  • Campuses will implement staggered release procedures.
  • The transitioning of students will be limited during the school day.
  • All Alvin ISD campuses will operate on a schedule to limit students transitioning during the instructional day.
  • Students in grades PK-2 will be self-contained with one teacher.
  • Students in grades 3-5 will have a maximum of two content teachers. Whenever possible, teachers will rotate into the classrooms to limit student transitions.
  • Students in grades 6-8 (junior high) and 9-12 (high school) will have a campus schedule designed to limit student transitioning during the school day.

Meal services

  • Only students eating school breakfast will be allowed in the cafeteria seating area in the mornings.
  • Students will be seated with at least 6-feet spacing.
  • Students will utilize the cafeteria for lunch on a limited basis.
  • When reporting to the cafeteria for lunch, students will be released on a staggered schedule.
  • Lunches will be “Grab and Go.”
  • Students may eat in various locations throughout the building to maximize social distancing.

Transportation

  • Students will be required to pre-register for bus transportation by July 24 in order to ensure transportation services.
  • Bus seating will be assigned.
  • All students will use hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus.

Classroom setting

  • Students will be seated with as much separation as feasible without disrupting the educational experience.
  • For age and developmentally appropriate students, use of masks in classroom settings will be encouraged.

Health and hygiene Practices

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be at the entrances of each campus.
  • Campuses will be cleaned throughout the instructional day.
  • Custodial staffing will be realigned to allow for ongoing cleaning of touch surfaces during the instructional day.

Masks

  • Face coverings will be required in common areas for all Alvin ISD staff.
  • Face coverings will be encouraged for students (age-appropriate) in common areas.
  • Any individuals coming to campus during the instructional day will be required to wear a face covering for building access.

Extra-Curricular and Non-Academic Activities

  • Athletics and extracurricular activities will be conducted in alignment with UIL guidelines.
  • Non-UIL activities will follow the same COVID-19 related guidelines as UIL activities.
  • No indoor pep rallies during the Fall semester. Outdoor pep rallies or gatherings must be in compliance with state social distancing guidelines.
  • Any student social activities (i.e. dances, celebrations) must be conducted in open air venues, or limited to less than 50 participants.
  • Until further notice, the use of field trips will be postponed.
  • Until further notice, there will be no large student assemblies.

Visitors and deliveries

  • To limit exposure, informal campus visits will be restricted, including during meal time.
  • To ensure the safety of students and staff, no outside food deliveries will be accepted (i.e. food, gifts, doordash, etc.)
  • In the event an individual visits a campus, they must pass a screener with temperature monitoring to access a school campus. For more guidelines and restrictions, visit alvinisd.net/forward2020.

Instruction methods offered

Face-to-face

This scenario will include a blended instructional platform that involves in-person instruction as well as the use of Google Classroom (district-wide) for specific instructional areas. This will ensure that students are familiar with the virtual platform in the event we have to quickly switch to an all-virtual setting.

Virtual

Alvin Virtual Learning will be offered through remote synchronous and asynchronous instruction formats.

Alvin Virtual Learning Sample Schedule: 

All students will begin the school year on August 24 participating in virtual instruction

Between August 31 and September 14, students who have selected in-person instruction will begin a phased reintroduction to on-campus learning.

Virtual students will continue their online instruction during this phase. 

The deadline for families to select either in-person instruction or Alvin Virtual Learning has been extended to August 7.

For more information, visit alvinisd.net/forward2020.

Recent updates

Ensuring effective student learning resumes as soon as possible is a key concern both for our Alvin ISD families as well...

Posted by Alvin Independent School District on Thursday, July 23, 2020

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