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2021-2022 COVID-19 Protocols

* NOTE: The outlined protocols are subject to change based on local, state and CDC guidance, as well as environmental changes. Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information.

Overview

As we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, Lamar CISD looks forward to welcoming our students back to campus. The District continues to work in partnership with local and state health officials to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

Lamar CISD is committed to creating a safe learning environment for our students and staff. To ensure safe in-person learning experiences this year, the following COVID-19 protocols will be in place in District facilities for the 2021-2022 school year.

Virtual Learning

During the 2021-2022 school year, Lamar CISD will offer a virtual learning option for a limited number of students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade. This option is provided for families concerned with sending their students to school due to COVID-19. Find more information on Lamar CISD’s virtual learning program here.

Students who may qualify for the District’s homebound services should contact the Special Education Department at 832-223-0468.

Lamar CISD staff who would like to request an accommodation should contact the Human Resources Department.

Disease Mitigation Protocols

Face Covering Protocols

Face coverings are optional. Parents are best equipped to decide whether or not their child should wear a mask. 

The District will support any student or staff member who chooses to wear a face covering.

Lamar CISD staff can contact the Support Services Department to request face coverings and other PPE.

Screening Protocols

Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day.

Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school:

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Shaking

  • Exaggerated shivering

  • Significant muscle pain or ache

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or vomiting

*If your student is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms outside your child’s norm, the student should be evaluated by their medical provider and not return to school. Nurses will continuously monitor the screening process and follow up with the parent/guardian on the health status of the students.

Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present.

Plexiglass dividers will be available upon request from the parent/guardian. Information regarding feedback from teachers about the cleanliness, durability and spacing will be shared with the parents at the time of the request, for full disclosure.

Handwashing & Sanitizing

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in office areas, in the cafeteria, outside of the nurse’s clinic and in common areas throughout the campus.

  • Staff will be expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.

  • Students should wash their hands thoroughly after recess/outdoors, before and after eating, following restroom breaks, and before and after using shared supplies (i.e. technology, band instruments). 

 Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Each District facility will be cleaned and disinfected daily, including high-touch surfaces.

  • The cafeteria tables will be cleaned between lunch periods.

  • Staff will Emist District facilities on a monthly basis.

Positive Cases on Campus

Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must inform their principal/supervisor of the positive case. While Lamar CISD will not conduct contact tracing during the 2021-2022 school year, per TEA directives, the District must continue to report positive cases to TEA and Fort Bend County.

Isolation Protocols 

Individuals Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms

  • When a student has displayed one or more symptoms of COVID-19, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home.

  • Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than one hour from the time the campus contacted the student’s parent/guardian. 

  • In the alternative, with parent/guardian permission, a school nurse or trained test administrator can administer a rapid COVID-19 test on campus. If the result is positive, the child will need to be picked up. If the result is negative, the student may return to class should the school nurse determine it is safe to do so. Please note: The District is still in the process of creating a system for rapid tests, and currently waiting on supplies from TEA.

Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19

  • Any individual with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive test or suspected of having COVID-19 shall be excluded from attendance at school/work. Exclusion shall continue until the readmission criteria for the conditions are met. The readmission criteria for COVID-19 is as follows:

  • If symptomatic, exclude until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free*, and other symptoms have improved. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.

    *Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.

  • During the exclusion period, the District will deliver remote conferencing to students at home. This is a temporary, synchronous virtual learning option for students, not to exceed 20 school days during the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Lamar CISD staff members with a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test must use their own absence accruals, unless they are enrolled in the District’s COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank. 

Exposure and Quarantine

  • Lamar CISD will not conduct contact tracing or quarantine individuals during the 2021-2022 school year. 

  • Compulsory attendance still applies for students. Any student placed in quarantine by an outside entity (physician, County, parent, etc.) will need to provide documentation to the campus for the absences to be excused.

  • If parents/guardians opt to quarantine their student due to close contact, the District will deliver remote conferencing during the exclusion period. This is a temporary, synchronous virtual learning option for students, not to exceed 20 school days during the 2021-2022 school year. 

COVID-19 Notifications

Lamar CISD will maintain an online dashboard of confirmed active, positive COVID-19 cases on its website, which will be updated daily. Parents will be notified if a student in their child’s class is a confirmed positive COVID-19 case.

Protocols for Campus Visitors

If the County's COVID-19 Risk Level is at Red, all District campuses and facilities will screen visitors during the school day and staff will utilize virtual meetings and electronic communication options when necessary. (This includes parents, first day of school visitors, etc.)

Afterschool groups, parent organizations and other visitors can visit our campuses before/after school hours and during student holidays. Parents who wish to have lunch with their student(s) will sit in a designated area, as determined by the campus. 

ARD, 504 and LPAC meetings can be held virtually or in-person at the request of the parent/guardian. Campuses should designate an area near the front of the building for these meetings.

Campus Operations

Many campus operations will return to normal for the 2021-2022 school year. Campuses will no longer have directional hallways, and class transitions and arrival/dismissal procedures can return to normal. 

Campuses can plan afterschool events such as dances and proms, and attend in-person field trips and student competitions. Staff can attend in-person professional development as necessary.

Classroom and Campus Protocols

Desks or tables should be socially distanced as much as instructionally possible.

Transportation

Buses will be regularly cleaned, focusing on high-touch areas such as bus seats, steering wheels and door handles.

Athletics and Fine Arts

At this time, all athletics and fine arts activities will continue as normal and gym/stadium/auditorium capacity is 100 percent. We will continue to work with TEA and UIL and make updates to these protocols as necessary, with Board approval.

Breakfast/Lunch

  • All students will continue to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost during the 2021-2022 school year due to USDA waivers. 

  • All meals will be served using the “Offer vs. Serve” method as opposed to the straight serve method where all meal components are placed on trays.

  • Elementary breakfast will continue to be served as grab-and-go style.

  • Lunches will no longer be prepackaged and milk boxes will be utilized during the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Keypads will be reinstated at all cash registers.

  • Cash/checks will be accepted for student lunch accounts and a la carte items, however, change will not be given and the excess amount will be placed in the student’s meal account.

  • The sale of a la carte items will start on the first day of school for all secondary campuses and the first week of September for elementary campuses. 

  • Child Nutrition staff will sanitize serving lines between each lunch and can provide sanitizing solution and gloves upon request to clean cafeteria tables.

  • Because students are unable to wear masks during breakfast and lunch, students should be socially distanced at least three feet apart while eating, whenever possible.

Sanitization Procedures for Shared Technology Devices

  • Students will need to share technology equipment or bring their own devices for on-campus instruction.

  • Students are expected to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using a shared technology device. 

  • Students retrieving or returning laptops or iPads will need to follow the procedures below:

    • Students should wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to retrieving a shared device.

    • Students should retrieve ONLY their device. 

    • When the student is done working, the student should return only their shared device to the proper location.

Specials

  • P.E. classes should be conducted outdoors whenever possible. Students should be socially distanced as much as instructionally possible.