How do I sign up and receive a Chromebook
Parents are asked to complete the Registration Survey - Back to School Survey if they need a Chromebook or Hot Spot. SURVEY LINK is HERE
An Email will be sent out the afternoon of 8/17/20 regarding devices.
Will classrooms have dividers?
The classrooms will not have dividers. The desks will be placed as far apart as possible, and more frequent hand washing/hand sanitizing will be planned according to the TEA guidelines we follow. Teachers and students may create dividers, but our real hope is that students will be encouraged by parents, as well as teachers, to keep their masks and/or face shields on during inside instruction. The teachers are also encouraged to hold class outside as often as possible.
Will we be limiting the amount of traveling from class to class?
Our elementary students will remain in their classrooms and our teachers will rotate. In Middle School and High School, the hallways will be monitored, the passing periods will be shortened, masks will be required, and the restrooms and lockers will be sanitized after each passing period.
Have we hired extra teachers to space the kids out for this?
We have not hired extra teachers.
What will middle school extracurricular activities look like for students (adults if MS or HS games or events or held)?
Middle School activities will begin once traditional instruction begins. During periods of activity such as practice, playing games, or exercising masks will not be required. During periods of inactivity such as meetings or spotting student athletes will be required to wear a mask. During MS and HS games capacity at the stadium will be at 50 percent with fans being prevented from interaction with student athletes to minimize outside exposure.
Will class sizes be reduced to allow for social distancing?
When we start back to school in a face-to-face situation, DISD students will be spaced as far apart as possible, but most classrooms will not allow six-foot spacing. DISD is monitoring the survey that went out to see how many students will return for brick and mortar instruction. Once the numbers are determined, classes will be adjusted to try to accommodate smaller numbers. However, the district does not plan to increase the number of teachers at this time.
Will we have Rotating lunches to also allow for distancing?
Lunches will be scheduled to allow students to have time to get their food and eat either in classrooms or socially distanced in the cafeterias. Budget permitting, DISD hopes to purchase some outside tables for students to use on good weather days.
What happens if a teacher is exposed or tests positive?
Our TEA guidelines are as follows:
- If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local 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).
- Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 7 days have already passed since that person was on campus.
- Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must 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 on any on campus activities.