• March 13, 2020

    Dear BCISD Families,

    Thank you for your patience as we work through the ever-changing landscape regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  As you are probably aware, President Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency this afternoon. The Bay City ISD Executive Team met today, and here is what we can tell you at this time:

    BCISD will be serving free “to-go” meals at Linnie Roberts Elementary and Bay City Junior High from 10 AM till 12 noon, March 16-20th. Families are to drive up in the bus lane in their vehicles, and meals will be handed to them. One meal per BCISD student in the car will be distributed. So if there are four students in a specific vehicle, then four meals will be distributed to that car. We are encouraging folks to drive up, rather than walk-up, in order to encourage CDC recommendations regarding “social distancing.”

    Student Perfect Attendance has been suspended for the remainder of the school year. Perfect Attendance Recognition will be for August 26th, 2019 through March 6th, 2020.

    We are developing an online form for families to fill out regarding recent travels and will have that ready for you in a couple of days. As of now, Bay City ISD is closed through March 22nd. All on-campus activities as well as all extracurricular activities are cancelled through March 22nd and until further notice. This includes the Linnie Roberts Groundbreaking and STAAR Pep Rally.

    As a reminder and based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, BCISD asks that any students or staff who have traveled during spring break, or have members of their households traveling, to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, or certain European countries on the CDC list (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices), plus any additional countries added to the CDC Level 2 and 3 lists during the break, please stay home for 14 days after returning from travel. We will work with each family or staff member impacted during this extended absence to resolve any attendance issues due to self-quarantine from travel.

    We know you have questions about STAAR, make-up days and more.  Superintendents across Texas will participate in a daily conference call with TEA Commissioner Morath until further notice, and updates from the conference calls will be shared by TEA.  Please bear in mind that  many districts across Texas share our same concerns.

    We will continue to update you as we have more information. Currently, we are working on a webpage of FAQ’s and will have that ready in a few days, utilizing guidance and resources from local, state and federal agencies. Meanwhile, you can find updates on our website, via email, and on our district Facebook page.

    Thanks,
    Superintendent Marshall Scott III

    Link to CDC's information about COVID-19 

    Texas Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 link

    DSHS State Coronavirus Hotline - (1-877-570-9779) or DSHS State Coronavirus Inbox (coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov)

    Link to CDC's Travelers from Countries with Widespread Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission Arriving in the United States

    Link to World Health Organization's COVID-19 page

    Link to John Hopkins University Dashboard

    Link to Rice University's COVID-19 updates 

     

     

    March 12, 2020, 8 PM

    Bay City ISD continues to monitor the fast-changing COVID-19 pandemic.

    The safety and well-being of students, their families and district employees are our top priorities. As we continue to monitor the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Bay City ISD has decided to take immediate, proactive measures to mitigate a possible impact on the BCISD community.

    BCISD currently has NO confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, acting out of an abundance of caution, effective immediately, we will exercise the Center for Disease Control’s practice of social distancing; therefore, BCISD is extending Spring Break for an additional week. All classes/activities/events/competitions/practices have been canceled for Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22, 2020. All campuses, transportation services, and the BCISD Administration Building will be closed. The District will continuously monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
     
    All extra-curricular activities planned for March 13th through March 22nd are cancelled as well

    If you took a cruise over the break, the CDC has some additional precautions they advise you to follow: CDC- Post Cruise Ship Safety (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/covid-19-cruise-ship)

    As with any illness, the district stresses the importance of students and staff staying home if they are ill. Individuals must be fever free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing aids such as Tylenol, Advil, or Ibuprofen. In addition, students should not be vomiting or have had diarrhea for 24 hours prior to returning to school. For individuals who are not ill, we encourage you to continue proper hand-washing and good hygiene techniques to prevent the spread of illness.

    Bay City ISD continues to be proactive in providing a safe and clean school environment. Campuses are receiving a thorough cleaning and sanitizing during this Spring Break including:  desks, countertops, door handles, light switches, handrails, cafeteria tables, restrooms, locker rooms, and floors. School buses are being disinfected after each route has run daily, morning and afternoon.

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

    The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority. We continue to look to our partners at the CDC, county, Texas Department of State Health Services, and Texas Education Agency for guidance and information. We will keep you updated as we get new information.

    Thank you for your support and understanding as we work together to keep everyone safe.

    Sincerely,
    Superintendent Marshall Scott III

     

     

    Link to CDC's information about COVID-19 

    Texas Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 link

    DSHS State Coronavirus Hotline - (1-877-570-9779) or DSHS State Coronavirus Inbox (coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov)

    Link to CDC's Travelers from Countries with Widespread Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission Arriving in the United States

    Link to John Hopkins University Dashboard

    Link to Rice University's COVID-19 updates 

     

     

     

    March 6, 2020

    Bay City ISD communicated this morning, March 6th, with Carlos Plasencia, Regional Medical Director of the Texas Department of State Health Services, regarding the Rice University Field Trip on February 24th. We had a small group of students and staff visit the campus that day.

    Mr. Plasencia has verified, since our first conversation with him several days ago, that our junior high students and staff on the field trip did not come into contact with the individual in question, while at Rice University.

    This individual in question - a Rice University staff member, who had been self-quarantined since late last week – has now tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Rice University website update late on March 5th.

    The State Department of Health has assured us that they will contact us immediately if they have any concerns that arise.

    Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.

    Meanwhile, BCISD will do a deep disinfection over Spring Break.

    Bay City ISD continues to disinfect campuses each day, cleaning all touchable surfaces including: desks, countertops, door handles, light switches, handrails, cafeteria tables, restrooms, locker rooms, and floors. All campuses will be thoroughly disinfected during spring break.

    Currently, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Matagorda County. Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

    • Coughing and sneezing;
    • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
    • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
    • Rarely, fecal contamination.

    State medical experts indicate that the best ways to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus COVID -19 are the same recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu. 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (see the CDC website for more information on handwashing).
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Receive a flu vaccine if you are over the age of 6 months.

     

    Link to Rice University's COVID-19 updates 

    Link to CDC's information about COVID-19 

    Bay City's MEHOP website link

    Matagorda Regional Medical center website link 

    Texas Department of Health and Human services COVID-19 link

    Link to CDC's Travelers from Countries with Widespread Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission Arriving in the United States