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2021-22 Beeville ISD COVID-19 Safety Protocols

As of September 9, 2021

See 2021-22 Beeville ISD COVID-19 Positive Cases here (updated every Monday)

See 2021-22 Beeville ISD COVID-19 Safety Protocols Presentation (as of September 9, 2021)


Face Mask Required in All School Facilities


Face Coverings

Beeville ISD remains committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff. In an effort to mitigate the uptick of COVID-19 cases across Bee County, BISD will be issuing a mandatory mask mandate for all students and staff effective Friday, August 27, 2021, through Monday, October 11, 2021. Masks are used to cover both the nose and mouth for the purpose of forming a barrier to droplets or airborne particles that are coughed, sneezed, or exhaled when talking. Masks are also meant to protect both the wearer of the face covering and surrounding individuals.

Indoors

Face masks are required to be worn indoors, including all BISD buildings, facilities, and on school buses by all individuals (including staff, teachers, students, and visitors) regardless of vaccination status.

Masks may be removed for

  • eating or drinking;
  • playing a musical instrument when wearing a mask would inhibit the playing of the instrument (e.g., wind or brass instrument) so long as at least six feet of physical distance can be maintained from other persons;
  • athletic activities (e.g., students actively participating in sports including cheer, volleyball, basketball, etc.);
  • giving a speech or interview for broadcast or to an audience;
  • communicating with a person who is hearing impaired; 
  • temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes;

Outdoors

In general, masks are not required when outdoors. However, particularly in areas of substantial to high transmission, CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated. 

Remote Conferencing (Virtual Learning)

The Texas Education Agency recently released new guidance for school districts. This guidance includes how to address absences due to COVID-19. Among other preparations, we are actively making plans to offer remote conferencing starting the week of August 30th as an instructional option for our students who are unable to attend school due to temporary medical related conditions. Remote conferencing is a Texas Education Agency approved method of instruction for students who meet certain requirements. 

Two requirements must be met: 

(one of the following)

  • Positive test from a doctor
  • Named close contact by family member
  • Documentation from the doctor stating they have a communicable disease and must remain in the hospital or at home         
  • -AND- 
  • Total amount of remote conferencing instruction does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the 2021-2022 school year. 

One of the following requirements also must be met: 

  • Student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States
  • Documentation must include a statement from the physician that the student is to remain confined to their home or to a hospital. 
  • Student is being excluded from on campus attendance because of a test result, formal diagnosis or suspicion of having a communicable conditions as outlined in 25 TAC §97.7. Texas Administrative Code (state.tx.us
  • Student has been identified as having been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Click here to request remote conferencing.

Vaccinations
Per Gov. Abbott's order, BISD cannot require students or staff to get vaccinated. However, the CDC does recommend students and staff who are eligible to receive the vaccine should do so. At this time, the State of Texas has not added the COVID-19 vaccination to the required immunization list for students. BISD will continue to offer opportunities to get the vaccine through COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout the school year.

COVID-19 Reporting/Tracking

We ask parents and employees to report confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to the school district. Close contact reviews will not take place for staff and students. Positive cases are updated every Monday on the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

Students

Parents should report positive cases to the school nurse. As provided in this Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Rule, school systems must exclude students from attending school in person who are actively sick with COVID-19, who are suspected of being actively sick with COVID-19, or who have received a positive test result for COVID-19, and must immediately notify parents if this is determined while on campus.

Staff

Employees should report positive cases to their campus/direct supervisor. Campus/department supervisors will immediately notify the Chief of Police/ Emergency Management Coordinator.

COVID-19 Positive Cases

Students

If a student has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or is living in the same household as someone who has tested positive, please contact the school nurse. Please do not send symptomatic or sick students to school. Beeville ISD school nurses will continue to send students home who have a fever, diarrhea, are vomiting, have lost sense of taste or smell, or display significant symptoms of illness.

Staff

If a staff member has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact your campus/direct supervisor. Staff members should not report to work if they are sick or symptomatic.

Quarantine

Students

As provided in this Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Rule, school systems must exclude students from attending school in person who are actively sick with COVID-19, who are suspected of being actively sick with COVID-19, or who have received a positive test result for COVID-19, and must immediately notify parents if this is determined while on campus.

Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is test-confirmed with COVID-19, until the conditions for re-entry are met. See the DSHS rule for more details, including the conditions for ending the exclusion period and returning to school.

According to the CDC, in a K–12 indoor classroom setting, being in close contact does not include students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

Staff

According to the CDC, in a K–12 indoor classroom setting, rules for students being in close contact do not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Absences

Students

If a student must isolate after testing positive for COVID-19, the school/teacher will implement the following:

  • The teacher will work with the student and parent to provide Remote Conferencing and make-up work to the student
  • Teachers will utilize the appropriate learning management system (Google Classroom, TEAMS, Zoom, etc.) to provide students with work to be completed
  • The student will submit make-up work as noted in the student handbook (one school day per day of absence) after returning to school

‚ÄčStaff

Employees who test positive should reference the COVID-19 Board Resolution Letter sent to you via email. 

COVID-19 Testing
To help mitigate the risk of asymptomatic individuals being on campuses, school systems may provide and/or conduct recurring COVID-19 testing using rapid tests provided by the state or other sources. BISD is in the process of setting up COVID-19 testing for staff and students (with prior written permission from parents). More information about COVID-19 testing locations and process in BISD is forthcoming.

Visitors & Meetings
Visitors will only be allowed on campus by appointment with the appropriate school contact (i.e. teacher, counselor, administrator, etc). Scheduled school related functions and events will be hosted and communicated by the campus.

Lunch

No lunch or other deliveries will be allowed in BISD schools at this time. We ask that parents/guardians refrain from sending any items to schools in an effort to keep faculty, staff and students safe while preventing the spread of COVID-19. Items will not be delivered to students or staff as a precautionary measure. Also note, no parent/visitors will be allowed to visit or sit with students during lunchtime.

Cleaning/Sanitation Protocols
Frequent cleaning and disinfection will support a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff. BISD will continue with cleaning and sanitization protocols in its buildings and campuses. Sanitization stations (including disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer) will remain throughout all buildings. The District has Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available for students or staff upon request. 

Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities
All extra- and co-curricular activities will resume. Students and spectators are required to wear a mask indoors.

Resources & Support
As we transition to a less restrictive learning environment with 100% capacities in our schools, Beeville ISD is committed to supporting our students and staff in their learning and working environments. For social-emotional support, please contact your school counselor.

TEA COVID-19 Public Health Guidance & Orders

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)