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In this video, Dr. Larkin discusses the Back to School Plan with parents and answers frequently asked questions.

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Back To School

Dear Pampa ISD Families,

 

Where to begin?  As I write this article, I am reflecting on the almost surreal experience that we have had over the past four months—yes, it has only been 4 months---but it feels like a lifetime on some days!  I have grappled with finding the best way to communicate ALL of the THINGS that we as a school district have been doing, learning, planning, and preparing for throughout this summer. In a time when questions outnumber answers 10:1, I felt it apropos to write this communication in a Q&A format.  Below are the five most common questions I am asked the most frequently. Here goes…

 

“So, what are you all going to do about school this year?”

 

Most of the people in school leadership have been asked this question more in the last two months than ever before.  In fact, before Covid-19, I was never asked about IF we were going back to school; it was just an assumption on everyone’s part that we would.   Nevertheless, Covid-19 changed that assumption forever.

Yes, I am very pleased to announce that we are returning to school!  However, as I discussed in my previous articles, “school” will be different this year…at least until the increase in the spread of Covid-19 and mandatory quarantine protocols are not a reality in Texas.

 

“How are you all making decisions about what school will look like this year?”

 

Although it is true that we are making thousands of decisions about innumerable aspects of school operations, teaching/learning, and safety measures, most of our decisions are anchored in legal and guidance documents from authorities at every level.  Additionally, the guidance from these authorities is in a constant state of flux.

For example, we received updated safety guidance on opening schools from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday, July 23!  This information, although helpful and detailed, came about 6 weeks later than we needed it.  The University Interscholastic League (UIL), which governs all students activities in public schools including football, volleyball, marching band, just to name a few, published their guidance and expectations for early Fall events on Tuesday, July 22.  Again, we needed this information at least a month ago.

 

 

We are frustrated with the authorities, just as our local stakeholders may be frustrated with us. Our parents, teachers, and students want to know answers now---actually—they wanted to know them several weeks ago.  So did we!  The truth is that these authorities are doing the best they can and they are making decisions in a very political, polarized, and challenging time.

Another authority that we receive information from on a daily basis is the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This entity, led by Commissioner Mike Morath, governs most of our operations in public schools including how all legal policies are implemented and how many aspects of teaching and learning must be conducted.  We received our most recent updated guidance from TEA on July 23, 2020.  We receive updates them TEA about 3-4 times a week –and we have since March.  Each update has more detail and more changes.

 

 

We have been working since early June on local guidance and operational procedures for everything in our schools from custodial protocols, transportation systems, school-based operations, to classroom instruction, and even how we will make our restrooms, cafeterias, and gymnasiums meet requirements and be safe for our students and staff.  Despite all of the legal and administrative guidelines that we receive each day from the CDC, TEA, and UIL, we have worked hard to involve and engage our stakeholders in making as many decisions as possible.

Throughout the month of July, we have conducted numerous virtual and face-to-face meetings with principals, directors, teachers, parents, students, and community members to gather their input and feedback on our back to school plans.  We have also received responses to surveys throughout June and July from over a thousand stakeholders.  We use all of this information and feedback to update our plans.

 

 

The key thing to remember is that once we publish our plans and we begin school, things will continue to change and evolve.  We will continue modifying and updating our procedures and plans throughout the entire school year.  This will require swift decision-making and a mindset of flexibility with grace from everyone—staff, students, parents, and community.

 

I have heard that parents can choose if their students go to school or if they learn virtually this year. Is that true?  If so, how will that work?

 

Yes, both in-person learning on campus and virtual learning at home options are available for students in Prekindergarten through Grade 12.  Campus in-person students will attend school on a regular instructional schedule and will engage in classrooms on campus all day, every day.  Virtual students will remain at home and will engage in the same learning activities on our remote learning management system CANVAS.  All students (In-Person and Virtual) will access learning materials and submit assignments using the LMS system CANVAS.

There are four (4) rationale for this: 

 

  1. This provides alignment and equity for student learning opportunities, grading, and access to resources for ALL students regardless of learning environment. 

  2.   If/when In-Person students move to a virtual environment, (due to increase in covid cases, exposure quarantine, or school closure, etc.) the students will have no disruption in their instructional schedule because they are already working in the LMS and are confident in navigating the system. 

  3. By having all students working in an LMS, we limit the number of exposure risks from sharing documents, papers, materials, etc. in the in-person classroom. 

  4. We believe that asking teachers to design and plan for two very different environments is just not practical.  Teachers will design learning through the LMS for all students to access every day.  They will conduct some traditional teaching activities in the classrooms and will be facilitators for all students as they take on more ownership of their learning through the LMS.  Regardless of the environment, all students will receive instruction daily from Pampa ISD teachers.

 

Some electives will not be available for virtual at home learning due to limitations in the nature of the coursework, such as auto-mechanics, welding, etc.  Additionally, some courses may require remote learners to come on campus to demonstrate certain skills.  Students and parents will know these restrictions by August 3 and will have other courses they can choose if they prefer to learn remotely. 

 

We will publish final back to school guidelines by August 3.  We are asking that all parents consider their options, and register their students for either face-to-face or virtual school for the first six weeks.  They can change their mind, but only after each six-weeks grading period.   No student will be enrolled, receive a schedule, or be assigned to a teacher without the parents informing us of their decision.  Online registration for choosing which learning environment parents want for their students will be available on Aug 3.

 

What about Extra-Curricular Activities?  Are we still going to be able to do these things?

 

Yes, I am so excited to be able to say that we are going to be able to do these things this year.  

Yes, they will look and feel different, but we still get to engage in these events and competitions.  The research is very clear on the importance of extra-curricular opportunities on the overall success and development of the whole-child.   The UIL governs most of these activities and there are numerous changes for the events in early fall.  For example, the UIL dictates that we only allow 50% capacity in our football stadium and that our athletes must wear masks while on busses and in locker rooms.  Additionally, the marching band has restrictions as well on the number of students who can be together in a concert/practice hall and the distancing that must occur during performances and practices.  Our coaches and directors received this guidance on July 22 and they are working around the clock to develop systems and procedures to make this all work for our students.  Please be patient with us and we will appreciate your grace in advance.  These restrictions will be inconvenient for everyone.  However, we are thrilled that our students have not lost these opportunities.  Let us work together to keep our local positive cases low so we can continue to enjoy these events. 

 

What about safety measures?  What is the school doing to keep everyone safe?

 

It is no surprise that safety is on everyone’s mind when it comes to returning to school.  In fact, safety is not a new concern; it has been and always is our first concern.  If you recall, the Pampa ISD has taken great strides in securing our facilities, equipping our buildings with security cameras, and training our staff and students on the dangers of cyber bullying, drugs/alcohol, and engaging in risky behaviors.

 

I am pleased to also report that before Covid-19, our school system had developed a state of the art system to combat germs and keep our staff and students healthier during the cold and flu season.  After Covid-19, we have improved on those systems and have collaborated with a regional company called Germ Blast to support us should cases rise in our classrooms this school year.

 

We received guidance from the CDC on reopening schools just this past week (July 23).  We have been and are refining school operating procedures to ensure that we are following the requirements before we allow our staff and students back into our buildings in August.  Some of the things we have been doing are writing protocols and procedures for limiting the spread of germs and possible exposure to communicable diseases such as covid-19.  We have had numerous discussions about the use of masks/face coverings.  There will be times that we must require them and there will be times that they will be optional.  As we get closer to the first day of school, these and many other protocols including hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting will be decided and communicated with all of our stakeholders.

 

We understand that most people still have numerous questions about starting school back this year.  We do too!  Please know that we are working hard to gather the most up-to-date information and working closely with our amazing team of teachers and leaders to make the right decisions for the right reasons every day.  We also recognize that each one of us have varying priorities as we approach going back to school.

 

For some, getting as close to normal as possible is something that you have hoped for and want to see as our students come back into our buildings.  For others, making sure we are doing everything we can to keep each other healthy and safe is a huge priority.  I truly believe that we have honored both of these values within our back to school plans and I think that you will see and feel this as we begin school in August.

 

Honestly, the truth is—we all just wanted this to go away so we would not have to ask the questions at all.  Well, it has not gone away and we are doing our very best to cope, to prepare, and to inspire everyone to find a way to make this work for our students. They deserve our very best and we know that these restrictions, inconveniences, and changes will not last forever! 

 

#TogetherWeCan Start Strong and Stay Safe!

 

 

Dr. Tanya Larkin, Superintendent

Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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.
  • Pampa ISD will follow TEA guidelines for class size.  At this time, the class size requirements are the same as a regular school year. The maximum number of students per class varies by grade level and also varies by class at the secondary level. If all students are attending school each day, class counts will remain the same and the 6 foot physical distancing recommendations of students will not be possible.


  • Cafeterias will be open to serve breakfast and lunch daily. The physical setup for the cafeteria and the schedule will be adjusted to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time. Each campus cafeteria space will be evaluated to ensure physical distancing. Some students will be eating in the cafeteria, spaced according to the recommended guidelines, and other students may eat in the classroom if necessary. All school meals will be served by employees, meaning student self-serve tables will not be used.  Safety and health measures will be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions. Students are allowed to bring their meals with them, but no visitors will be allowed to bring meals to students throughout the day.


  • Yes, transportation will continue to be provided for all who qualify. Parents are encouraged to provide their own transportation if/when possible to help limit the number of students on buses.


  • To support contact tracing, students will be assigned seats, and a seating chart will be maintained by the bus driver. The bus driver and students will be required to wear face coverings and use hand sanitizer provided when boarding and exiting the bus. Pampa ISD will comply with all health and safety recommendations established by the Governor, the health department, and the Texas Education Agency. School buses will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily following each route. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.


  • Signage reminding students and staff about Physical Distancing, handwashing, and infection prevention will be posted throughout the school.  Elementary classrooms will be assigned to specific restrooms, provided scheduled times for students for breakfast, lunch, and gym access to reduce the number of students in any given area as much as possible.  Secondary students will be encouraged to follow physical distancing guidelines.


  • Safety guidelines are being developed for conducting all on-campus workouts, rehearsals, and practices. The district will continue to follow all guidelines provided by UIL, TEA, and the state. These safety guidelines will be published as soon as they become available.  


  • Students taking Dual Credit courses at Clarendon College will be required to follow the Clarendon College guidelines while on the PISD campus.  All Dual Credit courses are offered online through Clarendon College Pampa Center.  Students connect to Dual Credit courses while at Pampa High School.  They do not travel to Clarendon College Pampa Center.


  • We understand how important this is to the students and to their development.  We will follow safety guidelines when possible while also recognizing the need for play and social interaction.  Elementary campuses will limit the number of students at recess at one time and may create different play areas for activities to further reduce student interactions. Students and staff will be required to wash their hands and use sanitizer before and after recess and use hand sanitizer.  We will also clean and disinfect recess equipment regularly throughout the day.
  • Yes, students who select Virtual Learning or In-Person Learning may participate in clubs and/or organizations when available. Some club meetings may be held virtually, as applicable. Students must have their own transportation to and from campus. Each extracurricular sponsor will share expectations for both in-person and virtual students at the beginning of school.


  • 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 investigate who may have had “close contact” with the student. 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 Virtual Learning for the duration of the quarantine period.


  • During the period of the school closure, students will remain at home and will engage in learning activities that are primarily delivered through Canvas, the District’s Learning Management System. Teacher-led instruction and peer collaboration will be scheduled throughout the day to expand students’ opportunities to engage with content and interact with teachers and classmates. Daily student participation in the learning activities will be required. Instructional time will also be dedicated for independent learning activities. A structured schedule will be provided to students indicating required times for participation when appropriate.
  • Yes.  All students will have an iPad (PreK - 1) or chromebook (Grades 2-12) checked out to them. Wifi hotspots are available at various locations throughout Pampa. Students will be responsible for repair cost due to negligence or mistreatment of the device along with replacement cost of lost or stolen devices.  Private devices will not be allowed on the school network due to cyber security and internet safety filtering restrictions.


  • To support all students, the district curriculum will highlight academic standards that teachers will consider as they plan to address the potential learning impacts resulting from the school closure. Teachers will use formative assessments and supplemental resources to personalize student learning to address areas of need.
  • Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format in alignment with Board Policy EIA Local and Guidelines for Grading.  Assignments and grades will be entered into our system that is now called Ascendor. The expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for In-Person Learning and Virtual Learning will be the same. 


  • Yes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has indicated that STAAR testing will still occur during the 2020-2021 school year, in compliance with state and federal legislation.


  • Switching between virtual and face-to-face instruction will be allowed at the beginning of a 6 week grading period. The parent/guardian must initiate the process two weeks prior to the beginning of the grading period. An exception to this is students who must stay home due to illness or quarantine according to the district’s health screening guidelines.


  • Parents/guardians will select “In Person” or “Virtual” enrollment  prior to the start of school through an online survey that will be published along with guidelines Aug 3-7, 2020.  Links to registration will be found on the Pampa ISD website.
  • Yes, Latchkey will be available to families who are participating in In-Person Learning at the Austin, Lamar and Travis Elementary campuses.  Email graycountylatchkey@gmail.com for more info.
  • Students who select Virtual Learning will be required to virtually attend and participate in class daily. Virtual Learning this year will include a full course load of instruction and assignments that is the same as what students who are attending school In-Person will be required to complete. In addition, grading procedures will be the same as In-Person learning. All teachers will be delivering  instruction through the LMS and will receive additional training and support in best practices that are effective in a remote, online environment. 


  • Yes, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will require daily attendance and participation in Virtual Learning.  Students will be required to participate in virtual classes daily and traditional attendance rules will be enforced.  A student will be considered absent if the student does not engage in the designated live-instruction and/or independent learning activities each day.  TEC 25.092 Students must attend at least 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade.  The requirement remains in force during the 2020-2021 school year.


  • Students will be provided with some instructional materials that will vary based on the grade level and coursework of the student. Most resources may be provided digitally. The design of classroom instruction will account for student’s access to specific instructional materials in the home.


  • Yes. Families will need to purchase typical school supplies.  Students who are participating in Virtual Learning will need to purchase the necessary listed supplies from the grade level supply list in order to complete their assignments at home.  We do not recommend purchasing technology for your student.  Private devices will not be allowed on the school network due to cyber security and safety filtering restrictions.  


  • Courses taken by students participating in Virtual Learning will be included in calculating GPA and class rank in accordance with EIC (Local) policy.


  • Most courses will be offered virtually through Virtual Learning except for those courses that are unable to be conducted online.  A list of these courses will be available in August.


  • No. Based on the course requirements, there are some specialized courses that will not be available in Virtual Learning (see specialized course list below). For these courses, the student will have the option to attend the class on-campus or choose to have their schedule changed in order to remain in a fully remote environment. In addition, there are some specialized courses that are offered in Virtual Learning, but may require in-person laboratory learning experiences based on specific course learning outcomes regarding equipment, software, and technology. The list below outlines which courses are available to remote learners on-campus only and which will require students to come to campus to demonstrate certain skills.


    **Virtual/Face-to-Face for Electives


    Transportation for Virtual Learners attending on-campus courses will not be provided, except as documented through IEP paperwork in order for students to have access to their Special Education services.

     

     

  • Yes, students who select Virtual Learning may participate in UIL events/courses if they meet all UIL requirements, are enrolled in the applicable course section, and are able to attend on-campus practices and competitions. Students must have their own transportation to and from the campus. Expectations for Virtual participation will be shared with students and parents at the beginning of school.


  • Virtual learners will have access to meals.  Student/parent will need to contact the campus each day to order and will be required to pick up their meal curb-side at their campus.  Campus menus will be posted on the school website as well as through REMIND.
  • Yes, at this time the Texas Department of State Health Services has not waived the vaccine requirements for students.
  • Yes, parents and students may contact the school nurse by phone or e-mail during school hours. Students who are learning in person will have access through the campus nurse for primary medical care via our telemedicine program. Please contact your campus nurse for information regarding this program. 


  • Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in these two options, parents will be asked to make a commitment for a full grading period. Switching between Virtual and In-Person instruction will be allowed at the beginning of a 6 week grading period. The parent/guardian must initiate the process two weeks prior to the beginning of the grading period. An exception to this is students who must stay home due to illness or quarantine according to the district’s health screening guidelines.


  • Yes. Resources will be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools. These resources will be available in August during parent orientation sessions at each campus.

     


  • Yes. More information will be available at a later date and provided to the parents/guardians of those students.


  • Yes, all students in Pampa ISD will have the opportunity to choose In-Person Learning or Virtual Learning.  All student accommodations will be provided whether a student attends virtually or in person.  Virtual accommodations may be different than In-Person and those will be discussed through the normal ARD process.


  • ARD and 504 meetings will be scheduled on a case by case basis. For students served in Special Education, the schedule of instructional and related services should be accurately documented in the ARD/IEP to reflect the support and services the student requires for FAPE. A parent/guardian may request an ARD or 504 meeting at any time.

     

     
  • Contact your campus to request a meeting to discuss your concerns.  An evaluation may be requested at any time.


  • If your student requires an initial or re-evaluation, the parent/guardian will be contacted to discuss the evaluation and determine components that can be completed virtually versus those components that require In-Person interaction.  Appointments with evaluation staff will be scheduled at the campus to complete face-to-face components.  


  • The primary communication tool will be Remind district-wide, but Dojo may still be used for the
    behavior component.
  • Yes, school supplies will be needed whether students are attending virtually or in person.
  • High School: 8:00-4:00
    Junior High: 7:55-3:55
    All Elementary Campuses: 7:45-3:50
  • Yes, students may bring their own hand sanitizer. It will also be readily available at school for all
    students.
  • Students/parents will need to contact the campus each day to order and will be required to pick up their meal curb-side at their campus.


  • Staff will work to maintain physical distancing during dismissal.  In addition, anytime students are in hallways, they will wear face coverings.  Dismissal plans may also be different than last year to allow for multiple entrances and exits.  Any changes to dismissal locations will be communicated by each campus.


  • All students will wear face coverings in hallways, bathrooms, and other common areas to limit the spread of germs.  Special circumstances will be addressed individually at each campus.


  • All students will wear face coverings in hallways, bathrooms, when moving about the classroom, and other common areas to limit the spread of germs.  When students are sitting at their desks with appropriate spacing, teachers will allow students to remove their face coverings.  Special circumstances will be addressed individually at each campus.


  • High school will continue to have an open campus for lunch at this point.

     

     
  • There is added flexibility in how attendance will work this year.  If a student is not feeling well, he/she will be able to attend asynchronously for the duration of the illness.  To be counted present, students must meet PAVE guidelines for each day absent.


  • Children will be able to bring their own lunch boxes and water bottles/thermoses/cups to school.


Safety Protocols for Athletics

 

Pampa Athletics will follow all TEA and UIL risk mitigation guidelines.  The following strategies will be utilized in addition to UIL and TEA guidelines.

 

Hydration:

  • Athletes will be responsible for bringing their own water bottles.
  • No sharing water bottles.
  • Trainers will be available to refill water bottles (players will remove and replace lids).
  • Trainers will also have water bottles that they can provide to players without any touching by the player.
  • During games and some practices single-use pre-filled cups will be available.
  •  

Towels:

  • Athletes are encouraged to provide their own towel to use during practice (wipe away sweat, etc.).
  • Towels will also be available on the sidelines for a one time use with a bin provided to discard once used.
  • Used towels will be laundered and sanitized daily.


Locker Rooms:

  • Teams will provide as much social distancing as feasible.
  • Athletes and coaches will be expected to wear face coverings while in locker rooms, film rooms, offices, etc.
  • Locker rooms, meeting rooms and other common areas will be sanitized following each practice.

 

Transportation:

  • Athletes and coaches will wear masks when on the bus.
  • Buses are cleaned and sanitized prior to and immediately following trips.
  • Athletes will be assigned seats for each trip.

 

 

Clinic Procedures Related to COVID-19

  • Students or staff who present with symptoms will be evaluated and assessed by the school nurse.
  • If COVID-19 symptoms are present: the staff member will be sent home, and the student will be isolated from other students and asked to put on a face covering until the parent arrives.
  • Nurse will notify the campus administrator to move the student’s class so that the space can be disinfected.
  • The student will be escorted to the vehicle upon parent arrival.
  • The campus nurse will provide parents/staff with Return to School Criteria. 
  • Contact tracing for lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be conducted.

Notification Procedures Related to COVID-19  

  • 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. If you were determined to have had close contact you will be individually contacted.
  • Contract tracing for lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be conducted to determine who came into close contact with the individual who is the confirmed case.
  • Close contact is defined as:
    • being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or 
    • being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield.

Example: A Pampa Elementary School (PES) student tests positive in the third grade.  The appropriate stakeholders (parents/staff) will be notified that a student has tested positive at the campus. Through contact tracing, PISD determines who has been in “close contact” and contacts those families to determine next steps (which may or may not include self-isolation depending on if face coverings were worn and the degree of contact). 


Definition of COVID-19 Symptoms  

In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, individuals will be asked if they have recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit,
  • Loss of taste or smell,
  • Cough,
  • Difficulty breathing,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • Headache,
  • Chills,
  • Sore throat,
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering,
  • Significant muscle pain or ache, and/or
  • Diarrhea

Definition of Close Contact     

This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as: 

a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or 

b. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield;( if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days  or at the same time the infected individual was infectious).

Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.   

 

Return To School Criteria

Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19 

Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) 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. 

 

  • 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:
    • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery(resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
    • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
    • at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 
  • 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. 


Health and Safety Measures

Infection Control Measures

  • Schools will abide by any Governor Order regarding face coverings (Executive Order, July 2, 2020, everyone age 10 or older in county with 20 or more active cases is required to wear a face covering inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of Physical Distancing from another person not in the same household.)
  • Students and staff will be REQUIRED to wear face coverings when they cannot maintain physical distance as well as in hallways and common areas and during arrival and dismissal. Campus specific requirements will vary based on student age, appropriateness, and context.  Face coverings include cloth masks, gaiters, face shields or anything else that provides covering over the nose and mouth.

- Please note that if the number of cases in Pampa and other data points increase past a certain threshold, regardless of a Governor’s Order, face coverings may be required in the future (please see the Phased System of Response for Contagious Disease outlined in this Back To School Plan).

-It is important to note that if students or staff come into “close contact” with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days if they were not wearing a face covering.

  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet will be encouraged at all times, including 12 feet between cohort groups

where possible (PreK-5th).

It is important to note that under any scenario where all students are allowed to attend every day, that physical distancing will not be possible as there is not enough square footage in our classrooms or campuses with most students attending daily.

  • Water fountains will be available for filling of water containers only.
  • Staff will work to maintain physical distancing during restroom breaks where possible. All students and staff are

required to wear face coverings when using restrooms.

  • Students and staff are encouraged to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE will be provided as needed to staff and students.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom, building main entrances, and throughout common spaces.
  • Staff will be expected to regularly wash or sanitize hands.
  • Students will receive instruction on effective hand-washing. Elementary students will wash hands or use

hand sanitizer before eating, following restroom breaks and after recess.

  • All secondary students will be encouraged to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer regularly.
  • Students, staff, and visitors will be encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if not available,

covered in their elbows. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash, hands should be washed immediately

with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer should be used .

Please see the Phased System of Response for Contagious Disease chart that outlines further infection control measures that may be taken in the event of the spread of COVID-19 in PISD found in the Back To School Plan.

 

Health Screenings

  • Staff will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day.
  • Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending

their students to school.

  • Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present.
  • Visitors will be required to complete health screening to determine if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or have come into close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 upon entry into the building  *See Visitors section for more information.

Please see the Phased System of Response for Contagious Disease chart that outlines further health screening measures that may be taken in the event of the spread of COVID-19 in PISD.

Breakfast / Lunch

  • Cafeteria staff will wear face coverings and gloves and will follow all health & safety protocols. -Students will scan their student ID to pay for meals and ala carte items.

-ID is provided by Food and Nutrition.

  • Self-serve counters will be eliminated.
  • Cafeteria staff will build all plates behind clear shields. Students will point to their choices.
  • Students will be encouraged not to share food or drink.
  • "Grab and go" meals and eating in the classroom may be utilized to lower numbers in the cafeterias.

-Meals will be in disposable pack

  -Condiments and pre-wrapped silverware will be included with all meals for students eating in their classrooms.

  • Lunch tables will be spread out across cafeterias to maximize space between groups eating in the cafeteria. Some groups

may eat lunch in the classroom depending on class size and available space in the cafeteria.

  • Where possible, students may be grouped together to eat lunch with 12 feet of space in between groups.
  • Plexiglass shields will be used at cashier counters and serving counters.
  • All tables will be sanitized between lunches.
  • Virtual learners will have access to meals. Students/parents will need to contact the campus each day to order and will be

required to pick up their meal curb-side at their campus.

Online Learning Management System

 

  • PK-12: PISD will use a Learning Management System, CANVAS, to house its learning activities.

Each grade level will have learning modules that consist of daily learning material and activities. 

  • All virtual learners will use Google Meets or Microsoft Teams to connect with their teacher and other students.
  • Teachers will provide training to students on how to use these digital tools.
  • Resources will also be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools
  • In the event that students participating in In-Person Learning are required to quarantine,

the education of these students will continue through Virtual Learning for the duration of the quarantine period

 

Technology

  • All PK-12 students will check out a device for the 2020-21 school year to assist with In-Person and virtual learning
  • School devices will be distributed. Students will be responsible for damages to the device.
  • Private devices will not be allowed on the school network due to cyber security and safety filtering restrictions.  
  • Free Wi-Fi is available at
  1. Pampa ISD Administration Building
  2. Pampa Junior High
  3. Lamar Elementary
  4. Trinity Fellowship Church
  5. Central Baptist Church

Student Technology Support

Transportation

 
  • Parents are encouraged to transport their children to school daily as it is the safest means of transportation

due to COVID-19 due to the lack of physical distancing between bus riders.

  • Face coverings are required of all riders. 
  • To support contact tracing, students will be assigned seats, and a seating chart will be maintained by the bus driver.
  • All buses will have hand sanitizer for use when loading/unloading.
  • All buses will be cleaned and sanitized following each route.
  • Bus windows will be partially open (at minimum) during routes to provide for additional ventilation where appropriate.
  • Extracurricular and Cocurricular trips including field trips, all riders must wear face covering.  


PHS/PJHS Choir Plan:

  • All students and staff will wear masks and face shields while actively singing (6th-12th).
  • Chairs (PHS), folders, and face shields will be cleaned and stored daily.
  • Students will have a socially distant standing/seating arrangement.
  • Students will not share materials, unless sanitized between users.

 

Elementary Music Plan:

  • Teachers will strive to hold classes outdoors when possible and establish socially distant seating arrangements while indoors (4x5 bubbles).
  • All students and staff will wear masks while actively singing (K-5th) (teachers will also wear face shields-provided by PHS Choir).
  • Students will not share materials, unless sanitized between users.

 

Our kids need music and #togetherwecan keep music education alive and well in PISD!