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Roadmap to Reopening – Klein On-Campus FAQs

This frequently asked questions (FAQ) guidance is being provided based on the public health situation as we understand it today. Changes to the public health situation over the course of the year may necessitate changes to this guidance. The district is following TEA public health guidance for schools.

Klein ISD Employees: An employee-specific FAQ is available on KNET or by clicking HERE.

Health & Wellness

Are students and staff required to wear masks?
All staff and students (grades PK-12) must wear face masks while on Klein ISD property. This includes buses, all hallways, and in common areas. Students and staff will wear face masks when entering and/or exiting the gym, playground, or activity space and when not actively engaged in rigorous physical activity. In light of recently updated CDC guidance, please review our mask expectations here.

If one student tests positive for COVID-19, does that mean the teacher and the rest of the class have to quarantine for 14 days? 
It depends on the situation. Every campus will have a nurse/administrator who will receive reports of COVID-19 cases/exposures. Families and employees will be notified, and the school will then work with the families and staff to determine the next steps based on TEA public health guidance for schools, the CDC, and local health officials.  

  • Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (feeling feverish, fever of 100.0 or more, loss of taste or smell, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, headache, chills, sore throat, shaking or exaggerated shivering, significant muscle pain or ache, diarrhea) 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 24 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.

If a student or staff member on campus tests positive for COVID-19, will the building be shut down?
Klein ISD will follow guidance from TEA, as well as local, state, and federal health officials. At a minimum, the building will be deep cleaned and sanitized. Steps will be taken to trace contact and to notify staff and families about possible exposure to the virus and to screen for symptoms. A decision to close the campus will be made in conjunction with health officials and the district’s Emergency and Risk Management team.

How will Klein ISD notify affected students and families if they have been exposed to COVID-19?
Campuses will communicate with families through email, calls, and/or texts to notify families of students who may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Campuses will be thoroughly disinfected, and if the campus is closed, students will resume their learning online with their teachers until a return date is determined.

What happens if my student gets sick or is exposed to the virus from a sick relative at home?
The district is following TEA public health guidance for schools. Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (feeling feverish, fever of 100.0 or more, loss of taste or smell, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, headache, chills, sore throat, shaking or exaggerated shivering, significant muscle pain or ache, diarrhea) 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 24 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.

We expect parents/caregivers to keep sick children at home. If a student is exposed to COVID-19 through a close contact, a parent/caregiver must call the school to report. The student should not report to campus. After review by the school nurse, the student may be required to remain off-campus for up to a 14-day incubation period; in that case, parents/caregivers are strongly encouraged to opt to have their students receive remote instruction for the 14-day incubation period in order to promote student learning.

Every campus will have a nurse/administrator who will receive reports of COVID-19 cases/exposures and then work with the families and staff to determine the next steps based on guidance from the TEA, CDC, and local health officials.

As more is learned about COVID-19, we expect that there may be changes to this health guidance, and we will keep our families informed.

Will there be a nurse on my child’s campus?
Yes. Klein ISD is proud to say that we have at least one full-time, certified registered nurse on every campus in the district. 

Who will be responsible for helping students keep their face coverings on when in school?
All school staff will work to educate the students about the importance of wearing a face-covering in situations where adequate social distancing cannot be achieved. We ask that families work with their children at home to practice wearing a face covering and also to stress the importance of wearing a face-covering to keep everyone healthy.

Klein ISD will do our best to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Education Agency, and American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, but we cannot guarantee that all students will be 6 feet apart at all times of the day, including in the classroom. We expect our students to play an active role in adhering to these guidelines established for the safety of students and staff within our schools.

Will students’ temperatures be checked daily at school?
No. Temperature checks of asymptomatic students at school are not recommended. All nurses are being provided with updates on a regular basis and receive guidance on screening and evaluation protocols.

All staff and students participating in Klein On-Campus commit to conducting a daily COVID-19 screening at home prior to entering a Klein ISD campus/facility. Reminders will be posted at building entrances. Students who exhibit any of the symptoms on the COVID-19 screening tool should not report on campus and should follow their Klein Online schedule. Families should contact the school with any updates and changes.

What are the return to school rules for someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19 but they do not have any symptoms? 

The return criteria for an asymptomatic individual would be 10 days from when the sample was taken to test, not the date the result was received.  If symptoms develop during quarantine, the individual would need to be fever free for 24 hours and improved symptoms before return to school. 

What happens if my student is exposed to the virus from someone at school?

Individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the school administrator.  Guidance will be provided on dates of quarantine and measures to take while in quarantine. Siblings who attend separate schools may not need to quarantine simultaneously – it will depend upon the situation. 

Will the district be using plexiglass dividers between desks?
Our facilities team is looking at every classroom space to determine the best way to create social distancing among students, including rearranging desks and tables. Classrooms will have different configurations based on student capacity and square footage. Dividers will be used in areas where it is difficult to create appropriate social distancing like reception desks, sink areas, and some cafeteria tables.

What other health precautions will be in place?
Klein ISD will continue to educate our students, staff, and community members about the importance of frequent hand-washing; covering a cough or sneeze; not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; staying home when sick, and other measures to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

Klein ISD will provide extra cleaning, including disinfecting every bus and room daily. Teachers will set up procedures for cleaning the classroom during the day. Hand sanitizer stations will be installed on every campus, and additional equipment will be provided in high traffic areas.

We will provide at least two bottle fillers at each campus. Students will not be allowed to use the water fountain for drinking but can use the water fountains to fill their water bottles. Disinfectant wipes will be available for students and/or staff to use on the bus and in the classroom. We are also increasing the fresh-air intake of our HVAC system to the highest setting to pull in more outside air as well as upgrading our HVAC filters. Campuses will implement procedures to minimize hallway traffic.

We will create universal signage for all facilities including, but not limited to, signs for the use of face coverings per official orders, social distancing, hand-washing/sanitizing, directional signage for all staff, students, and visitors when they are permitted to be on campuses.

How will immune-compromised students be accommodated? 
Students with health-related issues who do not feel comfortable participating in Klein On-Campus may choose to attend Klein Online learning that is facilitated by a certified Klein ISD teacher.

Will campuses be required to have a quarantine space for students who show symptoms while at school?
Yes, every campus will have a designated quarantine area where students will wait to be picked up.

Will extra custodial staff be provided during the day vs. evening so that extra disinfecting can take place?  
Yes, staff allocations will be redirected from the evening shift to the day shift to assist with the disinfecting of high touch areas throughout the day.

What supplies are allowed to be used for cleaning/disinfecting purposes?
The district will use Environmental Protection Agency-approved disposable wipes and cleaning solutions. Our cleaning agents are peroxide-based and low odor.

Curriculum & General Instruction

If my family starts the school year by choosing Klein On-Campus, but then we change our minds, can our students opt into Klein Online?
Yes. Families will always have the option to move into Klein Online. Students who are ill or have been exposed to the virus will be moved into this option as quickly as possible until it is safe for them to return to school. 

How will Klein Online differ from the At-Home Learning that occurred in the Spring?
At-Home Learning was a response to an immediate crisis. Grades were based on weekly assignments completed during At-Home Learning, or the third marking period grade was replicated as the marking period 4 grade, only if the marking period 4 grade was lower than the 3rd marking period. Klein Online is initial instruction of grade-level or course content with required attendance and grades assigned for student feedback and accountability purposes. Klein Online is school with live instruction by certified teachers in a virtual environment. It will also include periods of self-paced and independent learning.

For families who decide to choose Klein Online Learning, will the student still be able to transition to Klein On-Campus Learning once it is safe to return to campus?
We are developing a process to allow families to opt back into our Klein On-Campus Learning should they change their minds and/or health conditions permit and staffing allows; families are committed to their original choice for the first grading period of school. 

Will elementary school students have recess?
Yes. Outdoor play and learning will be encouraged as public health conditions allow. Students will be required to wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon re-entry to the building. Per CDC guidance, playground equipment will not be cleaned as part of the daily sanitizing protocol. 

Will STAAR testing continue?
TEA mandates determine STAAR testing and accountability requirements. At this time, TEA has indicated that standardized state assessments and accountability requirements are in effect for the 2020-2021 school year.

Will dual-language programs continue, and, if so, how will instruction be facilitated for students?
Yes, the two-way dual-language programs will continue to be implemented in Klein ISD during the 2020-2021 school year. Families will have the option of Klein On-Campus and Klein Online.

What will the schedule be for students who choose the On-Campus Learning option?
Students will follow their usual campus schedules, including all courses selected and/or assigned, as well as extracurricular activities. School hours are as follows:

  • Elementary: 8:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
  • Intermediate: 8:50 A.M. – 4:20 P.M.
  • High School: 7:15 A.M. – 2:46 P.M.

Meals

If I choose Klein Online for my student, will he/she still have access to free breakfast/lunch?
The provision of student meals will be dependent upon waivers granted by USDA and TDA for the National School Lunch Program. At this time, this information has not been made available to Klein ISD.

How will students eat lunches? 
Elementary students will pick up their meals from the serving line, and some students may eat in the cafeteria and some will eat in their classroom. Secondary school students will eat in the cafeteria with dividers on the tables or follow other social distancing practices. 

Transportation

Will there be social distancing on the school buses?
TEA Guidelines: Students in grades PK-12 will wear face coverings on buses, hallways, common areas, and when social distancing is not feasible, including in classrooms, to the extent it is developmentally appropriate. This applies to both school (indoor and outdoor) and bus settings. Face coverings will be available on school buses for students who arrive without them, although students are expected to bring their own face covering. Hand sanitizer will be provided as students enter and exit the bus.

In all cases, windows will be lowered to allow for appropriate ventilation (weather permitting). Buses will be disinfected on a daily basis. Family members will be seated together, and seating charts will be used to limit possible exposure.  



Community health data continues to change in our Klein ISD community, and we are continuously monitoring this information and adjusting our plans accordingly. We are sharing these preliminary plans with the understanding that as we get closer to the start of school, plans could change based on conditions.

Updated on September 1, 2020

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