Reconnect 2020 EMS ISD Return to School Plan
  • With the constantly evolving situation with COVID-19, and the regularly changing guidance from state education and health officials, this plan will be reviewed and updated as needed to reflect new requirements from the Centers for Disease Control; federal, state, or county orders; or the Texas Education Agency.

  • Beginning September 8, 2020: Choice Remote and In-Person Learning

    NEW 9-3-2020! Watch these in-person learning videos to learn more about updated transportation, mealtime, classroom learning, and campus cleaning procedures to ensure students are learning in safest possible environment.

    EMS ISD believes that face-to-face, in-person instruction with a teacher provides the best environment for the development of the whole child, including meeting the needs of the student’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. In the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic, EMS ISD understands the need for a remote learning environment for some children who have medical concerns, who live with an individual who has medical needs, or who need to remain in a controlled environment to lessen the ability to contract an illness. For the 2020-2021 school year, EMS ISD students will have the option of participating in one of two learning platforms once we are able to utilize our buildings:

    In both options, courses will be taught by highly qualified, certified EMS ISD teachers. Additional supports for the social and emotional needs of students and staff will be available in either option. Should it be necessary to close school buildings to the public for any reason again, all students would return to remote learning. Parents may review all resources and receive updates on our EMS ISD website.

     

  • COVID-19 Exposure, Reporting, Return to Campus

    Please review the information below if you have questions regarding COVID-19 exposure, reporting, quarantine or isolation, or returning to campus after exposure. Further information is available through the COVID-19 Identification Flowchart. Please direct any additional questions to your child's campus nurse.

    COVID-19 symptoms include fever 100 or greater, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, significant muscle pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.

     

  • DIRECT EXPOSURE

    What do I do if....

    ...my student has COVID-19 symptoms or has been diagnosed through a lab-confirmed positive test result?

    Keep your student home and contact your campus nurse. If your student has symptoms, begin a 10-day isolation from the time of your test or the onset of symptoms. If your student has been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a lab-confirmed positive test result, begin a 10-day isolation from the time of the test or the onset of symptoms, whichever is earlier. 

    ...my student has had direct exposure to someone with COVID-19?

    This is considered a "close contact." Keep your student home and contact your campus nurse. If your student has had direct exposure through close contact to someone with COVID-19, begin a 14-day quarantine from the last-known contact with the lab-confirmed individual and monitor for symptoms.

    ...someone in our household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

    The individual experiencing symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and the remaining members of the household should quarantine until the test results are returned. Keep your student home and notify your campus to report your child's absence and close contact with a symptomatic individual.

     ...I need to report a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case during non-school hours?

    Visit Let's Talk on the district website and complete the COVID-19 After-Hours Reporting Form. Someone from the campus or district will follow up with additional instructions.

  • INDIRECT EXPOSURE

    What do I do if....

    ...a member of our household has been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

    This is considered a "contact of a contact." If a member of your household has been exposed to COVID-19 but is not experiencing symptoms and the student was not in close contact with the positive COVID-19 individual, then your student may continue attending school on campus. Continue to monitor for symptoms and follow CDC guidelines by:

    • Maintaining good hygiene
    • Practicing social distancing
    • Wearing a mask
    • Washing hands frequently
  • RETURN TO SCHOOL

    What do I do if....

    ...my child is ready to return to school?

    Your student can return to school when all three of the following criteria have been met:

    • At least one day (24 hours) has passed since with no fever without the use of fever reducing medications and
    • Ten (10) days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and
    • Symptoms are improved

    You also may submit a medical professional's note indicating an alternative diagnosis or obtain an acute infection test that comes back negative for COVID-19 to gain clearance to return to school. Students must check-in with the school nurse before being allowed to return to classes.