Happy summer Doss families and community!
This message is intended to provide a quick update regarding the reopening of our school as we grow closer to the 2020-2021 school year. Know the situation with reopening schools is fluid and based partially on the number of COVID-19 cases in Travis County. Finalized schedules for reopening schools may come throughout July and into August. It is the goal of AISD and Doss Elementary to ensure the safety of our students and staff members. This is what we know at this time:
- School will start on August 18th, 2020 either in person, virtually, or both.
- AISD’s 2020-2021 calendar was approved last spring and is currently valid until any changes are made by the board of trustees.
- We will be moved into our wonderful new, modernized campus by August 18th.
- Expect to have both synchronous (virtually and in person) and asynchronous (self paced virtual or in person) learning at the beginning of school.
- Pre-K through 2nd grade will use Seesaw primarily and 3rd through 5th will use Blend (Canvas) primarily to support virtual teaching and learning for the 2020-2021 school year.
- Staff will be thoroughly trained on health and safety procedures to ensure the safety of our students and staff as we return to school (see below for more information).
- We are currently planning various return-to-school models that will be implemented at a moments notice.
- Parents will have the option to keep their children home if they do not feel it is safe to return.
Stay tuned to the Doss PTA web page for ongoing updates and reach out to me for any questions you might have. I will update this page when we have new information from our campus or district.
Nathan Steenport, PhD
Principal at Doss Elementary
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Need to Know: COVID-19 models and procedures
Even in the middle of a pandemic, AISD is committed to keeping the focus on student outcomes and achievement. In order for us to keep the focus on high student performance, we need to be prepared for a variety of possibilities. There will likely be a point in time when any one of our 127 schools may need to switch its instructional delivery model based on the health conditions at a particular school site.
Our preparations include being able to deliver distance and face-to-face learning, as well as a hybrid approach.
As we move toward reopening, we would like to share with you some procedures you can expect to see on campus:
- A no-touch temperature check and screening of students, by a staff member wearing personal protective equipment, will occur at designated spots before students can enter the school building. Screenings will take place in vehicles when possible.
- Each person who arrives without a mask will be provided one. However, due to a limited national supply, staff and students will be encouraged to bring their own.
- Student capacity in the classroom will be limited. Staff and student capacity will not exceed 25% of the classroom space. Depending on the specific class size and the ability to safely distance, this will average six to eight students per room.
- Meals will be offered in the classroom. This is to ensure safety for students and staff and is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Texas Education Agency recommendations.
- A staff member or student will need to meet the CDC criteria for returning if they are displaying symptoms, presumed positive or have received a confirmed positive COVID-19 test.
- A staff member or student will need to quarantine for 14 days if they have had direct exposure to someone that is displaying symptoms and/or is presumed or confirmed positive for COVID-19.
- Additionally, every student and staff member that has had direct contact with the affected student/staff member in the last seven days will also need to quarantine for 14 days. This includes, but is not limited to, the students and staff in a class, on a bus route and in group extracurricular activities.
- The need to shut down an entire campus, the school’s food service operations or an entire extracurricular activity for a period of time will depend on the level of contact, isolation of groups and guidance from health authorities
- Also, we understand the need for families to have options as we reopen, and are working to have at-home learning platforms available as well.
Other procedures have and will be developed, and we will soon be sharing more. We hope this begins to paint the picture of the framework we have been focused on to assure student and staff safety. Please know we have been working nonstop to consider safety measures, teaching models and multiple scenarios that will impact our students, families and staff members.