Gladewater ISD is continually monitoring the spread of COVID-19, while receiving regular updates and guidance from local, state and federal agencies. We are challenging ourselves to make this the best year ever for our students, in spite of the unusual circumstances presented by the pandemic. We ask for and appreciate your patience and support as we adjust and adapt to better serve our students. GO BEARS!
MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS - Per the governor’s executive order, students, teachers, and school employees must wear a mask, face covering, or face shield throughout the school day and on the school bus, except during certain athletic, extracurricular, or physical activities. For the safety of all students and staff, students who repeatedly refuse to wear a mask or face covering when required will be placed on remote learning. Students who refuse to wear a mask or face covering on the bus will lose their bus riding privileges.
The following exceptions apply:
DAILY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS - In addition to masks and face coverings, all GISD schools will observe the following guidelines and precautions:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who may participate in UIL and/or extra-curricular activities? Only students who receive on campus instruction will be allowed to participate in UIL and extra-curricular activities.
What happens if the school shuts down? If there is a campus shut down, all students will be moved to remote learning.
If a student is quarantined at home due to COVID exposure or testing positive for COVID, will the student be counted absent? Students participating in on-campus learning who have to be quarantined at home due to exposure to COVID or testing positive for COVID will be switched to remote learning for the duration of the quarantine and allowed to return when the quarantine period has expired. Remote learning students are not counted absent if they are engaged with every class on every school day (see Remote Learning Student Expectations on the GISD website).
What about drinking water? Water fountains will not be used. Students should bring their own water. There will be a supply of drinking water on each campus.
How will campuses/buses be sanitized? Campuses will be deeply cleaned and sanitized frequently each day. Teachers will work to keep individual work areas sanitized during the day. Hand sanitizer stations have been added to each classroom and in prominent areas of the building. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized frequently during the day.
Buses will be sanitized and wiped down at the end of each run. Hand sanitizing stations have also been installed on all buses.
REMOTE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS AND FAQ - For the 2020-21 school year, our students who are learning remotely at home will participate in asynchronous remote instruction. This means that students will learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. With very few exceptions, students may do their schoolwork on their own schedule, but it is important to note that students must be engaged in their remote learning every school day.
Our remote instruction will be delivered through the Google Classroom platform, but may also include various other forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments.
Here are a few questions and answers to help parents and students understand the details and expectations.
What are the expectations for students?
Since students are expected to be engaged in every subject every day, what does engagement look like? There are three ways in which a student may be engaged in a course:
How will attendance be taken for remote learners? Attendance will be solely based on the engagement requirements listed above. Here are some important points to keep in mind to keep from being marked absent:
A student who is not engaged in EVERY class on EVERY GISD school day will be marked absent.
What will the workload be like for remote learners? Students are expected to be engaged in academic work that is equivalent to direct content work that a student would engage in during a normal day at school. Our teachers will plan online lessons based on the following standards:
Our online lessons will be deeper and more thorough than the ones assigned last spring. Texas school districts are expected to teach the full curriculum to remote learners and not a scaled down version.
Students are not expected to sit and work on remote lessons for hours on end. Frequent breaks and physical activity are encouraged throughout the day. While remote learning students must be engaged every school day, they have the flexibility to do schoolwork outside of normal school hours as long as they have completed the day’s schoolwork by 11:59 PM each night.
How will tests be taken? Teachers and administrators at each GISD school are working on secure methods for administering tests and quizzes to students who are learning remotely. Teachers will communicate their method of testing with their students and parents.
How will grades be taken? All GISD schools will follow the normal grading guidelines with all students. Students learning remotely will be subject to the same grading guidelines as students learning at school.
Parents of remote learners will receive progress reports and report cards at the same times as parents of students learning at school.
What if I need a school breakfast or lunch for my student(s)? Parents of remote learners may pick up both breakfast and lunch at their child’s school each day between 10:30 and 11:00 AM in the driveway nearest to the back entrance of the cafeteria. For specific directions, please contact your child’s school.
Gladewater ISD will follow guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and state and local health agencies. This document will be updated as the situation evolves and guidance changes. Our priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community.
Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19:
1. Any individuals who themselves either:
(a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:
This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as:
For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person with COVID-19:
Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.
However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who developed COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and has recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) does not need to stay home.
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