Savoy ISD is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation concerning COVID-19. The district is prioritizing the development of procedures to protect the health and safety of our staff, students and families. The situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is continuously changing, and Savoy ISD’s plans and procedures will be constantly evaluated to follow the guidance of the CDC, state and local health officials and adapt to the changing situation of the COVID-19 virus, especially locally. This document is subject to change and will be updated as conditions change.
Our district’s standard health procedure is to ask that ill students and staff stay home. This is especially important with any person who is running a fever, has a cough and/or difficulty breathing. In those cases, we ask that you contact your health provider immediately. Should anyone with these symptoms come to school, we will ask that they return home immediately. We thank you ahead of time for your cooperation with this.
The symptoms of influenza and COVID-19 are very similar (fever, body aches, coughing and generally feeling bad). If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical attention. We ask that parents and students self-assess daily.
At this time the first day of school is Aug 19. Parents may choose either at school or at home instruction. This date is being re-evaluated by both state and local officials and could change.
Students are eligible for extra-curricular activities no matter which option they choose.
The school will be contacting parents soon to see what option they want to start with. We will also ask about what internet availability and technology equipment the student has at home.
Infection Control/Operational Measures
- Savoy ISD will follow guidelines set forth by the CDC and public health authorities.
- All staff will conduct a self-assessment for symptoms before reporting to work each day. Parents are also asked to assess each student before bringing them to school.
- A symptom check involving health questions and temperature check will be administered first thing each morning. If a student has a temperature on 100 degrees or higher or is exhibiting other symptoms, parents will be asked to come get them within 30 minutes.
- Students in grades 4-12 are required to wear masks (this is a state mandate). Masks include masks and or shields.
- If at all possible parents are asked to bring their students to school to avoid bus congestion. All students who ride the bus are required to wear masks and or shields while on the bus.
- Faculty and staff will wear masks or shields except while working outside and away from other people.
- Students will be asked to follow safe social distancing practices and will be spread out to the extent possible. Lunch schedules, restroom visits, class seating and class changing schedules will be adjusted to maximize distancing.
- The frequency of room sanitizations will increase.
- Students will sanitize hands upon entry and exit from rooms.
- Water fountains will be closed. Parents are asked to send students with a clear filled water bottle at the beginning of the day with the student’s name written on it. The district will have water bottles available at cost. A student can charge if they need to. No student will be denied water.
- Visitors will be limited to the vestibule areas just inside the main entrances at each campus. Non-essential deliveries will not be allowed. Examples of non-essential deliveries include but are not limited to balloons, flowers, presents… What is essential and what is not will be at the principal’s or designated administrator’s discretion.
- Until these restrictions are lifted, there will be no large group gatherings or non-essential indoor events.
- Athletic teams will not use away locker rooms. They will go already dressed in uniforms. We will take our own water.
- The gym attendance is limited to 50% capacity. Attendees must wear masks and are asked to observe social distancing.
- Procedures are subject to change as the situation changes. Your patience and open communication are appreciated.
Procedures for those who choose face to face instruction
- Traditional in-school learning aligned to state standards and regular Instructional plans. Students learn from teachers at their SISD campus following the regular schedule (Monday-Friday).
2. Students will do more online activities in order to familiarize them with this platform and sync with at home learners whenever possible.
3. No lockers will be issued.
- Families must adhere to health and safety guidelines on campus and on buses, including required face coverings to be worn by students in 4th-12th grades (per executive order GA-29).
4. Campuses will develop schedules and protocols to maximize distancing in common areas (labs, flexible spaces, libraries, conference rooms, etc.), including how to sanitize between use. Hand sanitizer will be available in all common areas.
5. Desks and tables will be arranged to maximize space and spread out as much as possible.
6. Small group close proximity instruction will be greatly limited or eliminated.
7. The use of outdoor space for learning will be utilized when possible at all levels. When outdoors and spread out, students will be given mask breaks.
Procedures for those who choose at home instruction
- At home instruction will be more comprehensive and more regularly scheduled than the at home instruction used last spring. Students will be required to show daily activity and progress. At home classes will not be pass/fail. Regular grades will be given.
- Regular check ins will be required in order to get attendance credit. Students are still subject to the 90% attendance requirement.
- Actual instructional plans will vary somewhat and be individualized depending on the student’s technology and internet access, but students who choose this option will have to show daily effort, completion of work and progress to be successful.
- Virtual support will be given by SISD faculty.
- A parent may choose for their student go from in person to remote learning at any time but once a student chooses remote learning, they may not return to in person instruction until the end of the next six-weeks grading period.
Cafeteria Procedures/Food Service
- Cafeteria staff will wear face coverings and gloves, following all health and safet protocols (per executive order GA-29).
- No visitors will be allowed during lunch.
- Lunch tables will be spread out across the cafeteria to maximize space between groups.
- Lunch times may be adjusted to maximize distancing,
- Microwaves will not be provided in the cafeteria due to the opportunity for cross-contamination with a high-touch device.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria
- Both face to face and remote students will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities.
- It will be the responsibility of the remote student’s parents to transport them to extracurricular practices.
- Savoy ISD will follow all guidelines set forth by the state, local, and UIL governing bodies. When possible, all groups should practice social distancing.
- Savoy ISD ensures that students with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education.
- Accommodations and supports, including modifications to the general education curriculum, will be provided per the IEP or the 504 plan.
- All ELL supports will be provided per the plan developed by the LPAC. Social, Emotional, and Mental Health plan.
- Counseling will be available to both in-person and remote learners.
- The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) launched a statewide mental health support line to help all Texans experiencing anxiety, stress, or other emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The line is available anytime day or night, at 833-986-1919. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge. More information on COVID-19 related mental health resources can be found at h ttps://hhs.texas.gov/services/mental-health-substance-use
The following methods of communication will be used:
Savoy Elementary (903)-965-7738
Savoy High School (903)-965-4024
Savoy Administration (903)-965-5262
- District webpage (www.savoyisd.org)
- Elementary and High School facebook pages
- District mass text program (parents are encouraged to sign up)