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Students must complete a self-screening at home prior to coming to school or getting on a school bus. Any student showing symptoms will be assessed by the campus health office. If the campus health personnel determines the student should go home, the student must be picked up from the school within an hour.

Staff, including substitute teachers, will self-screen daily for symptoms, if sick they will not be allowed to work and must follow district protocol.

  • When a student displays symptoms of COVID-19, the school health personnel will assess and determine if and when a student needs to be sent home.
  • Students who are sick will put on facial covering, move to a separate isolation area, and should be picked up within an hour from contacting the student's parent or guardian.
  • Students and staff of a symptomatic student that has been symptomatic during the school day will be moved to another classroom or outside area temporarily while areas are being disinfected and cleaned.
  • Staff/teacher displaying COVID-19 symptoms or has a confirmed case must follow district protocols.
  • Campus COVID Team will identify those who have been directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a facial covering) or being in close contact which is defined as being within six feet of the individual for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a facial covering, within 48 hours before the individual's onset of symptoms. Those individuals will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to that individual.
  • District communication will be provided to the parents of students who came in contact with a COVID-19 positive student or staff member.
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to provide a doctor’s release before returning to school.
  • The classroom and other common areas will be disinfected once unoccupied.

Campus COVID Team will identify those who have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive or symptomatic individual. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of the individual for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a facial covering, within 48 hours before the individual's onset of symptoms. Those individuals will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to that individual. During that 14 day quarantine, the student will take part in virtual learning.

Currently, if an employee or student is exposed they are encouraged to get tested based on their healthcare provider's guidance. Most insurance covers the cost of the actual test (doctor office and urgent care visit fees would be covered based on their insurance plan design - deductibles would need to be met and then coinsurance). Multiple tests would still be covered the same as the initial test. TISD will not incur the costs of tests or medical treatment.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building including school entrances, common areas, offices, and in every classroom.
  • Staff and students will be required to wash or sanitize their hands regularly.
  • Frequently touch areas and surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day.
  • The campus will be cleaned and disinfected every night to maintain a clean and safe learning environment, following CDC protocols.

Yes. The Governor's Order on July 2nd requires facial coverings, such as masks, for staff and neck buffs for students K-12 while on school buses and in common areas, hallways, restrooms, and other areas where 6 feet of distancing cannot be maintained. Pre-Kindergarten students will be required to wear masks during transition times and dismissal and not in the classroom.

Exceptions will be made based on the developmental appropriateness and needs of individual students.

Yes. Students will be provided with orange neck buffs and staff will be provided with masks and face shields. Students and staff may provide their own neck buff, mask, and shield if it complies with the requirements and specifications outlined by the district.

Failure to wear a facial covering will be a dress code violation. Campuses will have a stock of disposable masks to provide students a mask if a student fails to bring a mask to school, or if a student's mask is no longer clean and safe to properly wear.

Student desks and learning stations with tables will be spaced apart to the greatest extent possible within the classroom. Social Distancing signage will be displayed throughout the campuses for awareness. Campus leaders and the principal will be responsible for implementing guidelines and communicating them to students and parents. Additionally, Texarkana ISD will comply with social distancing, health, and hygiene recommendations set forth by the Texas Education Agency and coordinated with the local health department.

The district is working with campus leaders to examine campus schedules and limit student movement as much as possible. While it is possible to keep elementary students in a location, the student choice provided at the secondary level will require transitions.

These areas will be highly monitored and campus leaders will implement procedures to protect the health of students and staff. Arrival to school, dismissal from school, and passing periods will be staggered in order to maximize social distancing in hallways. Arrival and dismissal will take place at different entrances, whenever possible, in order to limit student interaction. Schools will also implement one-way hallways whenever possible to limit traffic in a given area.

The campus will work to identify the maximum number of students per restroom and create processes to ensure the restroom's capacity limits are adhered to by students and staff.

  • Social distancing protocols, sanitizing, and the wearing of masks will be implemented on school buses to protect student safety.
  • Students who do not live in the same household will be seated at least six feet from other students on the bus (in most cases, this will mean one student per row, on opposite sides of the bus). The seat directly behind the driver should be left empty for distancing purposes. While this is the current protocol by TEA, more guidance will be forthcoming on increasing the number of students able to be transported.
  • Whenever possible, windows will be opened to improve airflow by allowing outside air to circulate in the bus.
  • Masks should be worn and hand sanitizer used prior to boarding the bus.
  • Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles.

Yes, students will have recess and the ability to socialize, but social distancing may change how this looks on campus. Guidelines are being developed by Texarkana ISD and will align with guidance from the Texas Education Agency. The format of the recess may be staggered and limited to low interaction with play surfaces, such as the playground.

  • All students will be socially distanced within the cafeteria. Campus administration will clearly mark cafeteria tables and service lines for social distancing. To help ensure appropriate distance while eating, students may eat breakfast and lunch in their classroom or outside.
  • Elementary students will access meals through the service lines provided. Meals will be served to each student in a closed styrofoam container where food will not be exposed.
  • Secondary campuses will access meals through the service lines and with a themed line and snack bar but will be served in a closed styrofoam container. This is subject to change based on safety guidelines.

Virtual learners will be provided the opportunity to pick up meals at the TMS Bus loading area on College Drive. Breakfast will be available from 9:00am-9:30am and Lunch from 1:00pm-1:30pm. Times and location is subject to change based on updated information and guidelines from the Texas Education Agency.

Virtual learners will be provided the opportunity to pick up meals at the TMS Bus loading area on College Drive. Breakfast will be available from 9:00am-9:30am and Lunch from 1:00pm-1:30pm. Times and location is subject to change based on updated information and guidelines from the Texas Education Agency.

Close contact refers to individuals who are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Texas Department of Health defines close contact as;

  • being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or 9
  • being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield; if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious.

Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.

There will be strict visitor limitations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our staff and students. All authorized visitors must complete a health screening and wear appropriate facial coverings before entering the building. Only parents that have been cleared will be allowed past the front office for scheduled appointments. It is encouraged for individuals to call the campus directly in advance to make appointments instead of arriving in person to schedule.

As of July 21, 2020, UIL has changed the start date of fall sports. Please access the link for more information at https://www.uiltexas.org/policy/covid-19. Similar to summer strength and conditioning activities, practices and contests will follow protocols established by UIL, TEA, and Texarkana ISD. In-season and off-season activities will follow the most current guidelines available. Attendance at scrimmages and games for spectators is yet to be determined and will be communicated as this information becomes available from the UIL and/or TEA. This may also impact ticket sales and seating configurations.

District and campus events are temporarily suspended until further notice. More information will be available based on guidelines from TEA and UIL.