Strong Start Plan

Last Updated: 8/26/2020 6:42 PM

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Strong Start Plan



On-Site Instruction 

Health and Safety Protocols 


• All staff members are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day on a school approved screening form. If a staff member is experiencing any of the symptoms listed below in a way that is not normal for them, the campus administrator will be notified, and the staff member will not report to the campus. Symptoms to screen for include: 

  • 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 

  • Diarrhea 

• Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for these COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school. Students who are experiencing symptoms in a way that is not normal for the student will be kept home from school. Students who ride the bus must be screened by the parents/guardians before boarding the bus each morning. 

• Teachers will monitor students throughout the day and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present in a way that is not normal for the student. 

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. 

• When a student or staff member receives a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the district will notify staff members and parents/guardians of students known to have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive student or staff member. 

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. 

• Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to submit a medical release from a physician's office or health department prior to returning to school. 

• 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: 

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

  2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); 

  3. and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

• In the case of an individual who is considered close contact 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 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)

Face Coverings 

• To create a safe environment for CISD staff and students, CDC recommendations for face coverings will be followed. All staff and students will utilize face coverings when moving through hallways and while in common areas including restrooms, gyms, libraries, computer labs, cafeteria, etc. Face coverings will also be utilized to the greatest extent possible in the regular classroom setting. If social distancing can be achieved or partitions are in place masks may be removed. 

• For the purposes of this document, masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth. Face shields may be superior to cloth face coverings in many circumstances, given improved ability to see mouth movements and improved air circulation. 

• It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some activities. Schools may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. 

• Facemasks 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.

• Students and staff will be responsible for their own facial coverings. 

Social Distancing Every effort will be made to implement recommended social distancing in the school setting. See Work and Learning Environment section of document for details. 

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. 

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

Visitor Screening & PPE Requirements 

• All individuals entering the building and visiting the office area will be required to wear a face covering and complete a school provided screening.  

• In extremely rare situations when individuals must move beyond the office area: 

  • All visitors will be screened through the use of a symptom screening form. 

  • Physical distancing of a minimum of 6 ft. will be followed. 


Disinfecting and Hand Sanitizing Protocols 

Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations 

• On the first day a student attends school on campus, the school will provide instruction on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigation practices adopted in the local school system. 

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

• Staff will be expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands. 

• Hand sanitizer will be provided each time students enter or leave the classroom. 

• Hand sanitizer will be provided if students move to a different work location within the classroom. 

• Students will be required to thoroughly wash hands after recess, before eating and following restroom breaks. 


Supplies and Materials 

• The sharing of supplies will be extremely limited. When supplies must be shared, they will be sanitized after each use. 

• Staff/ Students will utilize disinfectant wipes to sanitize high-touch and working surfaces. 

Campus Cleaning Protocols 

Daily Campus Cleaning 

• Each classroom and restroom will be disinfected daily. 

• All high touch areas will be disinfected daily. 

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

• Custodians will utilize face coverings and will sanitize hands before moving from room to room. 

• If in use, 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. 

Additional Cleaning Measure for COVID-19 Positive Cases on Campus 

• If a staff member or student receives a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, the school will close off areas that were heavily used by the individual and thoroughly clean the areas using disinfecting cleansers, unless more than 10 days have already passed since that person was on campus. 

Work and Learning Environments 

Classroom Configurations and Procedures 

• Desks or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally possible with a goal of maintaining a distance of 6ft between individuals. In classroom spaces that allow it, student desks will be placed a minimum of six feet apart. In classrooms where students are regularly within six feet of one another, more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing will occur and face coverings/masks will be required at all times. 

• Class sizes will be kept small when possible. 

• To the greatest extent possible, contact with individuals from other designated student groups will be limited. 

• Group work may be implemented while maintaining appropriate distancing and safety measures. 

• Any materials or furnishings that must be used by multiple students will be cleaned with disinfectant wipes following each use. 

• Students will have their own designated materials and supplies. This includes individual bags of supplementary aids and/or manipulatives for student use that could also be sent home in the event of school closure. 

• The use of outdoor space for learning will be considered when possible. Classroom groups working outside will maintain separation from other classroom groups to the greatest extent possible. 

• Supplemental services will be provided while maintaining safety protocols. 

• The recommended procedures will be applied to all classroom settings, including special education locations when possible and appropriate. Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. 

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. 

• Campuses will develop schedules and protocols for the use of common areas, including how to sanitize space between uses. When needed, students will bring personal supplies from the classroom. All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting common areas. 

• Virtual meetings will be utilized when possible. 

• In-person meetings will maintain social distancing and facial coverings will be required. 


• Students will be oriented on cleaning and safety protocols in the first week of school.

• Proper handwashing technique will be taught to all students and consistently reinforced. 

• The scheduling of whole class restroom breaks is recommended to eliminate co-mingling of students across various classes and to ensure monitoring of social distancing guidelines. 

• The number of occupants utilizing each restroom at any given time will be limited to mitigate the chance of exceeding maximum occupants per social distancing. 

• After a restroom break, students will be required to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer before reentering the classroom. 

• Restrooms will be disinfected at multiple times throughout the day. 

Transitions, Arrival and Dismissal 


• Where possible, one-way traffic throughout campus corridors will be established. 

• Walking pathways throughout the building will be designated “stay to the right.” This includes the entrance and exit doors. 

• When possible, it is recommended that students make transitions outside of the building. 

• When transitioning during the day working surfaces will be cleaned every transition.


• Buildings will open at 7:30 a.m. with students reporting directly to classrooms. 

• Students arriving prior to 7:30 a.m. will wait in cars with parents until the buildings open. 

• Families of walkers who arrive prior to 7:30 will be contacted and asked to make adjustments to arrival times. 

• When possible, separate entrances will be utilized to reduce traffic when possible. 

• All staff will be utilized for morning duty to maintain a line of sight in hallways and distancing of hallway cohorts. 

• Visitors will not be allowed in the building during arrival. 

• Campus-specific bus procedures will be established. 


• All staff will be utilized for afternoon duty to maintain a line of sight in hallways and distancing of hallway cohorts. 

• Student groups will remain separated until students are called for pickup. 

• 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. ) 

• Separate exits will be utilized if possible. 

• Campus-specific bus procedures will be established. 

Daily Schedule 

Start time: 7:55 with staggered arrival times 

End time: 3:30


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

• Breakfast will be eaten in the classrooms following the campus’s breakfast procedures. 


• Meals will be individually packaged. 

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

• Masks will be worn in the lunch line. Social distancing protocols will be followed during lunch periods with the goal of having students sit 6ft. apart. 

• Interaction between classroom groups will be limited during lunch periods 

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

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


• Staggered recess schedules will be utilized with classroom groups assigned to different outdoor areas for recess. 

• All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground. 

• In addition to recess, classroom brain breaks will be implemented to ensure students have ample opportunities for movement within the classroom setting. 



• PE classes will be conducted outdoors when possible with classroom groups separated as much as possible. Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed. Students and staff will wear face coverings when transitioning to PE and recess but will not be required to wear them during exercise while maintaining social distancing. 

• Students will use their own art supplies. 

• Music and PE equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use. 

• When possible, “block classes” such as music, library, guidance, etc. will meet in the group’s designated homeroom classroom. In circumstances that allow it teachers will move from classroom to classroom rather than students moving. 


• Face covering will be worn during the entire bus trip. 

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

• In order to reduce the number of students on the bus, families are encouraged to provide their own transportation if at all possible. 

• A student exhibiting ANY symptom of COVID-19 may not board the bus and needs to remain at home. Students with mild symptoms who are able to complete work at home may contact the school for remote learning assignments. 

• Students will use hand sanitizer when boarding the bus. 

Field Trips 

• Field trips will be conducted virtually. 

• At this time, off-campus field trips will not be scheduled. 

Campus Events 

• No in-person assemblies will be held in the fall. 

• Technology-training sessions will be held to familiarize parents with district instructional programs. 

• Meet the teacher, open house, parent conferences, etc. will be held virtually. 

• Parents will be allowed to attend class performances virtually.

• Extracurricular attendance will be posted at a later date pending UIL directives. 


Remote Instruction 

General Expectations for Remote Learning 

• The goal of remote instruction is high levels of learning for all students. 

• The remote instruction model for students requires a strong partnership between the teacher and family. Family training sessions to ensure families are able to access online resources and have the information necessary to successfully access work will be conducted during the first week of the school year, and ongoing, two-way communication between the teacher and the family is an essential component of the remote instruction model. 

• Remote instruction and activities are designed to ensure that students continue learning at the pace of the current Cuero ISD scope and sequence and gain the reading, writing, social studies, and mathematics skills essential to their future success. Student academic work will ensure engagement that is equivalent to direct content work that the students would be engaged in over a normal school year. 

• To ensure high levels of learning for all students, the students’ learning schedule will require students to participate in asynchronous learning. It will be vital for teachers and parents to openly communicate the schedules for the students. 

• Teacher interaction with students will be predictable, following a regular, clearly-defined schedule. 

• Teachers will schedule live, interactive sessions (for tutorials) with students and will have daily office hours during which they will be available to provide additional instructional support to parents and students. 

• Students will be expected to participate in learning sessions and submit assignments on a daily basis (Monday- Friday). 

• ARD committees will determine the unique needs of students who are IEP-entitled in making support and service recommendations for students attending school virtually to ensure all IEP requirements are met. 

Each student’s daily participation status will be determined by monitoring:  

• Student progress (as defined in the approved learning plan) as assessed during live teacher/student interactions 

• Student submission of daily assignment(s) 

Families should expect to spend of minimum of 240 minutes daily completing asynchronous learning activities and an additional 45 minutes of ongoing practice and application of skills. 

Instructional Design of Remote Instruction 

Remote instruction in all grades will be asynchronous instruction only.

Asynchronous instruction is defined as a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices or over the phone. Asynchronous instruction includes pre-recorded videos. 

Students working online are required to watch all videos daily according to schedule and complete exit assignments for attendance.   

All remote instruction will include: 

• Daily interactions with the teacher, as necessary 

• TEKS-aligned curriculum resources that follow a logical course sequence 

• Formal and informal assessments that ensure continued information on student progress 

• Continued opportunities to review and reinforce essential skills 

• Specifically designed resources and/or accommodations and modifications to support students with disabilities, English Learners and students in need of enrichment 

Families selecting the remote instruction option will receive a schedule for face to face instruction, a suggested schedule for asynchronous work, log in information and guides for using Google classroom/ZOOM/SEESAW. In addition, families will receive a year in glance (YAG) and lesson plans upon request.

Remote Instruction Schedule 

Expectations and requirements for time spent in asynchronous instruction and types of assignments will vary depending on the student’s grade level. Teachers will plan asynchronous instruction for each day. 

Students selecting the remote instruction option will be required to log in to Google classroom/ZOOM/SEESAW and participate in interactive sessions daily. Elementary students may need an adult present to assist them in logging in to asynchronous learning sessions. 

Determining Student Progress 

To ensure high levels of learning, student progress must be monitored on a daily basis. During remote instruction, student progress will be assessed using both informal and formal assessment practices. 

Essential skills and student learning targets for each unit will be identified in the unit outline provided to families. Throughout the unit, progress will be monitored using: 

• Daily assignments 

• Completed independent practice assignments 

• Performance assessments 

For students who are IEP-entitled, progress will be carefully monitored and ARD/IEP Committees will convene and make appropriate recommendations to meet individual student needs to ensure continued growth in the general education curriculum and on IEP goals and objectives. 

Grading Practices 

Grading policies for remote student work are consistent with district grading guidelines as outlined in the District Grading Guidelines: EIA (legal) and (local). 

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, 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 

Out of state travel, 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

Out of state travel, state traveled to requires mandatory quarantine, to return to work you must meet the following criteria:

  • Quarantine for 10 days after arrival home


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

  • Quarantine for ten days after arrival home and get release from doctor or negative COVID test.