Strong Start Plan

Last Updated: 9/17/2021 3:35 PM

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Strong Start Plan

On-Site Instruction 

Health and Safety Protocols 

Presence of Symptoms 

• Each campus will designate an office or room for the nurse with sufficient space to allow for social distancing (at least 6 ft). 

• When a student displays symptoms of COVID-19, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when the student needs to be sent home. 

• Students who are ill will be removed from the classroom. Parents/guardians will be notified and should make arrangements to pick the student up within 30 minutes. After being sent home, students must meet the district defined criteria before returning to school. 

• Students exhibiting mild symptoms who are able to complete work from home may engage in remote learning while absent from school. 

• Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols for separation from students and other staff members, testing and returning to work. For individual guidance, staff members should contact the CISD Risk Management or Employee Benefits offices. 

Confirmed Diagnosis 

• If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school district will notify DeWitt County Health Department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

• Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools will 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 on campus activities. 

Students Who Have COVID-19 

As provided in this Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Rule, school systems must exclude students from attending school in person who are actively sick with COVID-19 or who have received a positive test result for COVID-19. Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is test-confirmed with COVID-19, 2 until the conditions for re-entry are met.

Students with COVID-19 may not return to school until the following criteria are met:

i. at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared or confirmed lab test. or;

ii. a release from a doctor.

Students Who Are Close Contacts

From TEA

Given the data from 2020-21 showing very low COVID-19 transmission rates in a classroom setting and data demonstrating lower transmission rates among children than adults, school systems are not required to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing. If school systems are made aware that a student is a close contact, the school system should notify the student’s parents. Parents of students who are determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may opt to keep their students at home during the recommended stay-at-home period. For individuals who are determined to be close contacts, the stay-at-home period can end for students experiencing no symptoms on Day 10 after close contact exposure, if no subsequent COVID-19 testing is performed. Alternatively, students can end the stay-at-home period if they receive a negative result from a PCR acute infection test after the close contact exposure ends. During the stay-at-home period, the school system may deliver remote instruction consistent with the practice of remote conferencing outlined in the proposed Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) rules.

Cuero ISD will send out notification to all individuals in a room, area, or extracurricular activity that a positive individual may have accessed.     

Close contact is considered

  1. Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (IE. being coughed or sneezed without a mask or face shield) or

  2. someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes cumulatively starting from 2 days before the infected person’s illness onset or 2 days prior to them being tested for COVID-19. 


Student Sent Home By Nurse

If an individual is sent home by school nurse having had symptoms that may be COVID-19 and wants to return to school:

i.obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis 


ii. at least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of symptoms without the use of medications)



CDC recommends staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their health care provider for testing and care.  CDC has an added recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested three to five days after exposure, regardless of whether they have symptoms.

STAFF with COVID-19 may not return to school until the following criteria are met:

i. at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared or confirmed lab test. OR;

ii. a release from a doctor.

STAFF Who are close contacts


May come to work if they have no sign or symptom. Must test every other day for ten days from contact

If symptoms arise staff must meet the following criteria to return:

 i. at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.;OR

iii. a release from a doctor.



If unvaccinated and confirmed close contact, employee may return to work if the following criteria are meet:

i. at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.;OR

ii. Must test every other day for ten days from contact

Face Coverings 

We strongly recommend use of face coverings but CANNOT require them to be worn.

• To create a safe environment for CISD staff and students, CDC recommends face coverings.  We recommend staff and students utilize face coverings when moving through hallways and while in common areas including restrooms, gyms, libraries, computer labs, cafeteria, etc. 

• Facemasks/ coverings may be any color or design, but may NOT depict alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sexually-related, offensive, or inappropriate for the school setting images or language. Principals have sole discretion of what is inappropriate.


Campus Visitor Protocols 

Visitor Access to Building 

• In order to limit potential exposure for staff and students, visitors will not be permitted beyond the school office without an appointment

• Families are encouraged to contact the office by phone rather than entering the building. 

We recommend individuals entering the building and visiting the office area to wear a face covering.  

Hand Sanitizing Protocols 

Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations  

• Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria, and in common areas throughout the campus. 

Campus Cleaning Protocols 

Daily Campus Cleaning 

• Each classroom and restroom will be disinfected daily. 

• Buckets of sanitizing wipes are available in each classroom and common areas to maximize room cleanliness. 

• The cafeteria will be disinfected between lunch periods. 

• Staff/Students will have access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize working surfaces and shared objects after each use and during breaks in instruction. 

Common Areas 

• Common areas include spaces that are used by multiple groups of students or staff for instructional activities, eating, play, meetings and collaboration. This includes computer labs, cafeterias, gyms, playgrounds, flexible spaces, campus libraries, conference rooms, workrooms and other meeting rooms. 

• Virtual meetings will be utilized when possible. 

• In-person meetings will be by appointment only

Arrival and Dismissal 


• Buildings will open at 7:30 a.m., if a student enters they must report directly to their  classroom

• Visitors will not be allowed in the building during arrival, unless an appointment has been made


• Campus may designate staggered dismissal groups. (for example, staggering the groups of walkers, car riders, bus riders and daycare students will help manage student movement in the building and decrease the risk of potential crowding outside at dismissal time. ) 

• Campus-specific bus procedures will be established. 

Daily Schedule 

Start time: 7:55 

End time: 3:35


• Breakfast will be served to students following the campus-specific procedures which are dependent on space, staffing and student counts. 

• Breakfast/ Brunch will be eaten in designated areas following the campus’s breakfast procedures. 


• Campuses will develop campus-specific lunch procedures dependent on space, staffing and student counts. 

• Parents/Guardians are prohibited from having lunch on campus with students.

• Student’s may bring their own. No food delivery to campuses. 


• PE classes will be conducted outdoors when possible with classroom groups separated as much as possible. 

• Students will use their own art supplies. 


•  We recommend face coverings be worn during the entire bus trip. 

• Students who need to ride the bus will complete a bus registration process. 

Campus Events 

We will have Meet the teacher, open house, and parent conferences(by appointment)

Parents will be allowed to attend class performances and assemblies

Intervention and Enrichment 

Intervention and Enrichment through small group instruction will be scheduled for students to best meet their individual academic needs. During this time, students may engage in assigned group activities, project-based learning activities, small group instruction and digital platforms. Teachers will provide students a plan for the activity to be completed during this designated time. 


In state travel, if you travel to an area with COVID-19 travel bans and believe you were exposed, to return to school you must meet the following criteria:

  • Doctor's release saying you are safe to return to school or;

  • COVID test confirming a negative or;

  • Quarantine for 10 days or;

  • Proof of vaccination

Out of state travel and believe you were exposed, to return to work you must meet the following criteria:

  • Doctor's release saying you are safe to return to work or;

  • COVID test confirming a negative or;

  • Quarantine for 10 days or;

  • Proof of vaccination


Out of country travel or cruises, to return to work you must meet the following criteria:

  • Quarantine for 14 days after arrival home or; 

  • Release from doctor or;

  • Proof of vaccination

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