• Keller ISD Communications 

     

    From: KISD Communications <communications@kellerisd.net>

    Date: Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 2:11 PM
    Subject: Keller ISD On-Campus Safety Preparations

    Keller ISD Families and Staff,

     

    Keller ISD is dedicated to creating a safe learning environment for all employees and for those students who choose to return to campuses for In-Person Instruction.


    As the District reopens its campuses, we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the precautions and protocols being put into place to keep our students and staff safe. The full details of these protocols can be found online at www.KellerISD.net/BackToSchool/Safety. Keller ISD’s focus as it approaches school safety will be on prevention, mitigation, and response to the spread of COVID-19 within school communities. 


    Preventing COVID-19 From Entering Schools

    • Daily Screenings
      Each student and every employee, before coming to school, will be expected to complete an online self-screening to determine whether he or she is exhibiting any symptoms or otherwise should be concerned about bringing COVID-19 into the school environment. 

    • Education
      Signage will be placed around the campus to remind families and employees to complete these screenings, and communications will be provided to families to remind them to keep students home when sick and to maintain good hand hygiene. 


    Mitigating COVID-19 Transmission

    • Face Coverings Required
      Students up to first grade will be required to wear face masks while they are on the bus, in hallways, in common areas like restrooms, while entering and exiting the building, and when requested to do so by an adult when very close is necessary. Students in second grade and up, along with all employees, will be required to wear a face mask throughout the day, including in class and on the playground. Limited exceptions to this rule will only be made for eating, drinking, therapy, or to meet other individual student needs with the permission of a teacher or administrator. Campus administrators will work with the families of those students who do not adhere to the face mask requirement. Those students who consistently refuse to wear a face mask may be transferred to Remote Instruction. 

    • Physical Distancing
      Whenever possible, students and employees should maintain at least six feet of distance from others. Desks in classrooms will be spread out as much as possible, and where distancing is not possible, plexiglass or other barriers may be erected. Passing periods and classroom transitions may be staggered to accommodate such distancing. 

    • Encouraging Frequent Hand Washing
      Students will be educated on the need for frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer stations will be available in classrooms and throughout campuses. 

    • Cleaning High-Touch Surfaces
      Campus cleaning staff will clean high-touch surfaces such as door handles, handrails, and wash stations throughout the day. 

    • Classroom Sanitization
      Cleaning staff will nightly sanitize classroom spaces using hospital-grade cleaning products. Teachers will be provided with disinfectant spray and paper towels to spot clean surfaces as needed during the day. 


    Quick Response to Positive Cases

    • Isolating Students and Employees Who Test Positive
      Those who test positive or receive a positive diagnosis from a health professional will be asked to isolate at home for at least 10 days. Substitutes will be utilized for isolated classroom teachers, and students will be temporarily moved to a remote instruction environment. Those who live in the household of an individual who has tested positive or received a positive diagnosis from a health professional will be asked to isolate for 14 days. 

    • Contact Tracing Protocol
      A thorough contact tracing investigation will be undertaken any time a positive case of COVID-19 is identified. Age-appropriate questions will be asked of students and their families will be involved in the process to identify what, if any, action may need to be taken involving those in close contact with the individual who has tested positive. 


    Keller ISD is prepared to equip its campuses with the tools they need to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses throughout the school year. At this time, this includes: 

    • Distributing 200,000 Disposable Masks

    • Distributing 50,000 Washable, Reusable Masks 

    • Distributing 3,500 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer 

    • Equipping Cleaning Staff with Hospital-Grade Disinfectant (Oxivir Tb) 

    • Providing signage and floor markings for education and reminders 

    • Distributing disinfectant spray and paper towels to all classrooms for spot cleanings


    The fundamental requirement of students and employees returning to Keller ISD schools will be the cooperation of the whole community with the District’s reopening strategy and protocols. Everyone must daily approach these precautions with an open mind and show respect, care, and consideration for not only their fellow students and colleagues, but also the families and greater community to which they return at the end of each day. We truly believe that if everyone can follow the requirements of this reopening strategy, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 among our community and protect the most vulnerable among us. 


    For more details on these safety protocols, please visit www.KellerISD.net/BackToSchool/Safety


    Thank you for your support for Keller ISD and for keeping our community safe.  

     

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    From: KISD Communications <communications@kellerisd.net>
    Date: Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 10:22 AM
    Subject: Keller ISD Adjusts Start Date to August 26

    Keller ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously at its August 3 Special Meeting to adjust the start of the 2020-21 school year to Wednesday, August 26, with the first three days of school to follow an Early Release schedule, with families choice of In-Person Instruction or Remote Instruction, taking effect that day.

    This additional week will allow Keller ISD employees more time, prior to students entering the buildings on August 26, to plan, adapt to new safety materials and protocols, and receive training needed for the new school year. 


    With this change, the deadline for families to select their student’s Instructional Choice has been extended to August 12. Families can also change their selection by simply resubmitting their form. To access the form, families can consult the email they should have received on July 28, or visit www.KellerISD.net/BackToSchool/SelectionInstructions for more information. 


    Keller ISD will continue to provide families with back-to-school information at www.KellerISD.net/BacktoSchool. We appreciate our community’s continued patience and understanding as we navigate through this challenging situation.