EMS ISD Return to In-Person Learning
EMS ISD staff have been working hard to prepare for students' return to campus September 8. Procedures for transportation, mealtime, classroom learning, campus cleaning and more have been updated to ensure students are learning in safest possible environment. Watch the videos below to learn more.
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Linda Parker gives an overview of September 8, where learners will either continue in a remote setting or return to campus. Staff have worked hard to prepare for students’ return to buildings. Every classroom has a safety tote, which includes sanitizing spray, masks, cleaning wipes, and gloves. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s campus administrators.
District dietician Meghan Martinson discusses the procedures the Child Nutrition department has implemented to keep students safe during breakfast and lunch. All cafeteria staff will wear face masks and social distancing will be practiced when students stand in line. Breakfast will be grab-and-go, pre-packaged salads will replace the salad bars, and packaged condiments will be available. Please deposit money into your student’s meal account online to help limit contact as they pay for meals. For more information, visit the Child Nutrition website.
Protocols When a Person With COVID-19 Has Been on Campus
Director of Health Services Hollie Smith tells us what happens when a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 has been on campus. Those who have been in close contact will be identified, contacted and asked to stay home for 14 days. The district will contact Tarrant County Health Department and follow their guidance. Also, the campus will disinfect areas the infected person had traveled.
How to Wear a Mask
Creekview Middle School sixth-grader Elliot and CMS eighth-grader Elijah show us how to properly wear a mask.
Classroom Cleaning and Disinfecting
Director of Operations Dwayne Jones discusses updated classroom cleaning and disinfecting protocols. More custodians will work on campus during the day; campuses will be treated with an electrostatic sprayer nightly; large areas will be treated with a sprayer equipped for these areas between classes and nightly. Hand sanitizing stations will be installed at all entries, and portable sanitizing stations are available at campuses, too.
Director of Health Services Hollie Smith discusses the screening process for COVID-19. Parents, please screen your students before they go to school. Visitors will be asked if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and if they have been in contact with anyone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Campus Social Distancing
Executive Director of Elementary Services Lisa Dunn talks about social distancing on campuses. When students arrive, they can enter a variety of doors to alleviate foot traffic and go directly to their classroom. Carpets and extra furniture have been removed to provide more classroom space. Students will stay within their classroom families, and don’t move between classes and keep their own supplies. When students transition to lunch or recess, they will follow a predetermined route to limit contact with others. Finally, dismissal will be staggered.
Executive Director of Secondary Services Walter Berringer discusses what middle and high school campuses are doing, including creating one-way hallways to limit contact. For your child’s campus-specific safety plans, visit emsisd.com/campussafetyplans.
Cleaning and Safety for Bus Riders
Director of Operations Dwayne Jones discusses the disinfecting process for buses. Hand sanitizers have been installed on buses so students can use them. Riders and bus drivers will wear masks, and drivers will also wear gloves. Also, children will sit two to a seat when feasible.