Below are some answers to questions regarding in-person, at-school learning.
1. What measures will be in place to ensure a safe environment?
We will implement increased signage around campuses promoting virus mitigation strategies, increased cleaning and sanitation practices, as well as frequent reminders of hand hygiene and social distancing. Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive orders regarding the wearing of masks. Bay City ISD will comply with all health and safety recommendations established by the governor, the health department, and the Texas Education Agency. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions. The following is a list of additional safety measures that will be in place to ensure a safe school environment:
- Cleaning/disinfectant protocols
- Hand sanitizer, hand washing, respiratory etiquette
- Social distancing as much as reasonably possible
- Use of masks PK-12
- Teachers wear masks
- Limiting class transitions
- Limiting the number of teachers students are with each day
- Multiple arrival and dismissal entrances and exits
- Daily parent self health screening of student
- Daily staff self health screenings
- Student temperature checks prior to boarding school transportation and/or prior to entering campus
- Breakfast and lunch safety protocols
- Campus visitor restrictions and safety protocols
2. Will health and safety training be provided for all staff and students?
Yes. All staff members will receive COVID-19 prevention training prior to the opening of school. All students will receive instruction on health protocols related to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
3. Do all parents need to complete the online Parent Portal student registration whether choosing in-person at-school learning or virtual instruction at home learning?
Yes. All students must have a student registration completed no matter if choosing in-person at school or virtual instruction at home.
Parent Portal link
Information about Registration process BCISD website link
If you need assistance completing the online registration, please contact the registrar at your child’s campus.
Cherry Elementary - 979-401-1300
Holmes Elementary - 979-401-1400
Roberts Elementary - 979-401-1500
Bay City Junior High - 979-401-1600
Bay City High School - 979-401-1100
4. If a parent chooses in-person at school, when could they switch to virtual instruction at home?
The selection of a learning environment is for a minimum of one six week grading period. Changing of a learning environment will not occur in the middle of a grading period. A parent or guardian may request for their student to change from virtual instruction to in-person or from in-person to virtual instruction for the next grading period. Exceptions in the best interest of the students may be approved by campus principals subject to availability. Students who begin receiving virtual instruction at home as a result of staying at home to isolate from COVID-19 exposure will be permitted to return to campus at the end of their isolation period, as opposed to the end of a grading period.
5. Will bus transportation be available for students?
As a response to COVID, Bay City ISD encourages all families with the ability to do so, to transport children to and from school. Bus transportation will be offered; however, the standard number of transported students compromises the ability to socially distance. Because social distancing is limited on buses, students utilizing bus transportation will be required to wear face coverings before boarding and while on the bus.
Students are required to pre-register for bus transportation in order to ensure transportation services. Transportation Department Link
6. What safety measures will be implemented for bus transportation?
- Bus seating will be assigned, and students will be distanced as much as possible.
- All students will use hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus.
- All students (age-appropriate) will be required to use non-medical grade face masks, covering nose and mouth while riding the bus.
- All bus drivers will wear face covering.
- Bus windows may be lowered when weather permits to increase air flow.
- Each bus will be sanitized between routes.
- Transportation staff will be trained in proper sanitation procedures.
- All Bay City ISD vehicles will be equipped with sanitation and cleaning supplies.
7. How will seating arrangements be determined on school buses?
Students will be positioned to maximize separation on the buses. The level of separation will be dictated by the number of riders on the bus. To support contact tracing, students will be assigned seats, and a seating chart will be maintained by the bus driver. Students are required to remain seated at all times and keep their hands and arms to themselves. Students should not touch each other or share any items. School buses will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.
8. If a teacher or classmate contracts the virus, will students be required to self isolate at home?
Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home to recover. When notification of a possible exposure occurs, in coordination with local health authorities, the campus/district will conduct contact tracing. Based on the results, a determination will be made as to whether an entire classroom or multiple classrooms are required to quarantine. In the event students are required to temporarily quarantine, the education of these students will continue through At-Home Learning for the duration of the quarantine period.
9. Will the 90/10 minimum student attendance for class credit rule be in effect for the 2020–2021 school year?
Yes. The minimum attendance for class credit rule of TEC, §25.092, will be in effect for the 2020–2021 school year. Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted. Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus attendance in satisfying this requirement.
10. Will truancy laws be in effect during the 2020–2021 school year for students receiving remote instruction due to COVID-19 related closure or health concerns?
Truancy laws will apply to students who fail to attend school (based on completion of the daily teacher assigned tasks that demonstrate engagement). Virtual instruction at home attendance satisfies attendance requirements.
11. My child is enrolled in dual credit classes for Fall 2020. What should I know as a parent/student?
Wharton County Junior College will provide guidelines for Bay City ISD students who are enrolled in dual credit courses for Fall 2020. For any questions about dual credit, contact the college or your school counselor.
12. My child has medical issues that does not allow him/her to wear a mask. What do I do?
Please contact your campus administrator and/or nurse regarding any specific medical issues that might require accommodations to wearing a mask and/or any other necessary accommodation.
13. Will students be wearing masks all day, every day?
Students will be required to wear masks in the classroom, on the bus, and in transition throughout the buildings. During physical education or recess activities outdoors, CDC guidelines do not recommend that students wear masks.
14. What are your plans for the kids that need extra help? My child usually needs help after school.
Teachers will schedule tutoring and extra help sessions as needed for virtual students and/or for students attending in-person.
15. What do I do if my child, a secondary student, is going to stay home for school to do virtual learning, but wants to take a class that has to done at school in-person?
Please contact your campus counselor for assistance with specific courses.