The health and safety of our students, staff, families and community is our top priority, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that we follow safety protocols. Every decision made will be based on the latest guidance and direction from local, state, and federal authorities on operational considerations.
Please keep in mind that these guidelines are subject to change due to changes provided by the State and as the local health situation dictates.
Student health protocols
- Daily COVID-19 Screening Checklist - Parents will be responsible for ensuring their students are screened at home daily. Staff will be responsible for screening themselves daily for symptoms.
- Daily monitoring of temperatures. Student temperatures will be monitored upon arrival at campus and/or prior to boarding a BCISD bus.
- Parents must ensure that they do not send a child to school on campus or board school transportation if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19.
- All students should do a daily self-evaluation (above) 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.
- Students and staff will be trained in proper health hygiene and disease transmission prevention measures.
- All students should maintain 6 feet distancing from others whenever possible.
- When permitted, student gatherings will be held outdoors.
- Students will be seated with as much separation as feasible without disrupting the educational experience.
- All students and staff are required to use non-medical grade face masks or face shields covering nose and mouth, as much as reasonably possible. Parent may provide a cloth mask or face shield. Required for all grades PK-12. (THIS BULLET IS CURRENTLY UNDER FURTHER REVIEW)
- Students utilizing bus transportation will be required to wear face coverings while on the bus.
- Any campus visitors during the instructional day will be required to wear a face covering for building access.
Health, hygiene & mitigation practices
- Hand sanitizer stations will be at the entrances of each facility.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be provided in every classroom and library.
- Hand sanitizer will be placed in entrances to large gathering areas (e.g. cafeterias, gyms, libraries, etc.).
- Signage for proper hygiene practices will be posted throughout the buildings, in the restrooms, and at the entrances.
- Minimum door touching procedures will be implemented where possible.
Individuals confirmed or suspected of COVID-19
Any individuals (students or staff) who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (See checklist) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and 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:
A. In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:
1) at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
2) the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
3) at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared
B. 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
C. 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 two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart 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/.
Response to a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case in the school
Required Actions if Individuals with Lab-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School:
- If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify state health officials, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than three days have already passed since that person was on campus.
- Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate in any on-campus activities.
Campus cleaning/sanitizing plan
- Campuses will be cleaned/sanitized throughout the instructional day.
- Custodial staffing will be realigned to allow for ongoing cleaning of touch surfaces during the instructional day. The district custodial staff will also utilize disinfection foggers on a regular basis for classrooms and common areas.
- Additional disinfection will be provided on all campuses by a contracted company on a regular basis.
- Classrooms will be equipped for cleaning between changing classes of student groups.
- Cleaning products will be properly stored when not in use.
As a response to COVID, Bay City ISD encourages all families, with the ability to do so, to transport children to and from school themselves. 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 while on the bus.
- All students are required to pre-register for bus transportation if they want to ride the bus. Even if a student was previously eligible for transportation, they must pre-register again for the 2020-2021 school year in order to ensure transportation services at the start of the school year. (Link to form further below.) Registration for bus transportation must be completed by August 1st.
- Bus seating will be assigned and will operate at the lowest capacity possible according to pre-registration numbers.
- Temperatures will be taken by a bus aide prior to boarding the bus. Parents need to be available if a student cannot board the bus due to fever.
- All students will use hand sanitizer upon boarding the bus.
- All students will need to use non-medical grade face masks, covering nose and mouth while riding the bus.
- All bus drivers will wear face coverings.
- Bus windows will 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.
Arrival / Dismissal / Transitioning
Arrival to Campus
- Multiple entry points will be established.
- Entrance doors will be open and monitored to reduce repeated touching where possible.
- Student temperatures will be monitored as they enter the campus via a pass- through monitor.
- Students will report straight to classrooms whenever possible.
- All areas of the building (gym, cafeteria, larger classrooms, common areas, etc.) will be utilized to limit the size of student groupings.
Dismissal from Campus
- Multiple exit points and pick up areas will be established.
- Exit doors will be open and monitored to reduce repeated touching where possible.
- Students will be released straight from their classroom whenever possible. QR code readers will be used whenever possible to facilitate small group dismissal and prevent large groups from gathering.
- The transitioning of students will be limited during the school day.
- Whenever possible, elementary teachers will rotate into the classrooms to limit student transitioning.
- Students will have a campus schedule designed to limit student transitioning during the school day when possible.
- Considerations will be made at all levels based on student needs and students’ developmental levels.
- Hallway travel patterns will be adjusted to control the direction of student traffic flow and decrease crowding where possible.
All child nutrition staff will use personal protective equipment (PPE) while performing job responsibilities and will be trained to practice health and hygiene regulations. To ensure the safety of students and staff, no outside food deliveries will be accepted. Visitors will not be allowed during breakfast/lunch times.
- When possible, students will have breakfast and lunch in the classrooms.
- If needed, students may eat in various designated locations throughout the building to maintain social distancing.
- When possible, additional time will be added to lunch shifts and/or additional lunch shifts will be added to allow for social distancing in lunch lines and in seating areas.
- Students will be seated with as much spacing as possible.
- Cafeteria serving areas will be cleaned between lunch groups. Eating areas will be cleaned as students transition between lunch shifts.
- To limit exposure, informal campus visits will be restricted. (including during meal time).
- Campus visitors will be limited to those essential for school operations.
- Before visitors are allowed onto campus, he/she will be screened to determine if he/she has been in close contact with an individual who has COVID-19 symptoms, or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and if so, he/she must remain off campus until he/she meets the criteria for reentry. Screening of visitor temperatures will also be conducted and recorded.
- Essential meetings will be done by appointment or through a virtual format.
- To ensure the safety of students and staff, no outside food deliveries will be accepted (i.e. food, gifts, DoorDash, etc.).
- Until further notice, the use of field trips to enhance the educational experience will be postponed.
- Until further notice, there will be no large student assemblies.
Any student social activities (i.e. dances, celebrations) must be conducted in open air venues, or limited to fewer than 50 participants. All such activities, regardless of location, will be in compliance with social distancing guidelines and current orders.
Employee health protocols
- All BCISD employees will be required to complete a self-screening daily.
- All employees shall know, understand and practice methods to protect themselves and others from 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 six feet distancing from others.
- All employees shall use non-medical grade face masks or face shields covering nose and mouth.
- All employees will be required to report health/exposure concerns to Human Resources for review and leave determination.
- Athletics and Extracurricular Activities will be conducted in alignment with the Texas Education Agency and University Interscholastic League (UIL) guidelines.
- Virtual learners will be allowed to participate in after-school extracurricular activities.
- CTE courses that require hands-on learning may require lab and/or in-person instruction and may require some in-person attendance to complete course requirements. However, CTE courses that are 100% lab-based will not be available for virtual learning and course schedules will need to be changed. Counselors will meet with virtual students who may need to change their schedule selections.
- Non-UIL activities will follow the same COVID-19 related guidelines as UIL activities.
- Hand washing or hand sanitation stations must be available for any activity.
- Use of face coverings should be implemented as feasible.