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Classroom Procedures – Face to Face Learning

Standard Classroom Procedures

Classroom protocols and procedures include expectations regarding no sharing of school supplies or personal items, face coverings, maintaining social distancing, no or limited group work, and frequent hand washing or sanitizing. Teachers will ensure high-touch areas in the classroom are wiped between classes.

Each classroom will include:

  • Posted visual reminders of distancing requirements, hand washing and hand sanitation, including marking off areas for common spaces and distancing best practices.
  • Refillable alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations, tissues, and trash cans will be available in the classrooms and common areas to limit the need for student and staff movement.
  • Access to disinfectant to sanitize working surfaces.
  • Students and staff will maintain consistent cohorts to minimize contact and the possibility of virus transmission.
  • Use of plexiglass shields on desks and tables as an additional barrier, especially when six feet of social distancing cannot be followed.
  • Place student desks or working areas a minimum of six feet apart, if possible.
  • Use of outdoor spaces for learning will be considered. Classroom groups working outside will maintain at least 12 feet of social distancing from other classroom groups.
  • Limit student movement within the classroom such as turning in assignments, materials being passed out, etc.
  • Supplies and equipment should be cleaned between each use.
  • Leave the classroom door open to allow for additional ventilation during class and in between classes, so students don’t touch doors or handles.

Water Fountains

  • Students are expected to bring their own reusable water bottle for use throughout the day and expected to take water bottles home to be cleaned daily.
  • A refillable water fountain has been installed at each campus and students are expected to use those to refill water bottles.
  • Other water fountain use will not be permitted.

Recess/Playground

Richardson ISD strongly believes in the importance of outdoor play and recess time to support students academically, physically and socially. Administrators will provide training for staff on guidelines and procedures associated with outdoor play and student activities. A schedule will be developed for students to access the playground equipment. Teachers will monitor students to ensure safety guidelines are followed.

  • Students will wear masks during outdoor activity that involves close contact (within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes) with other students.
  • Students must maintain social distancing while lining up to return to class and sanitize or wash hands before re-entering the building.
  • All students and staff will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.
  • While in the classroom, brain breaks and “mask breaks” will be implemented as needed at the discretion of the campus/teacher.
  • Playground equipment will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Elementary Specials

The following procedures apply to specific, specialized elementary classrooms/areas.

Visual Arts

  • Whenever possible, specials classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.
  • Students will use their own supplies and avoid sharing equipment, utensils and supplies as much as possible. District will provide rotational supplies for each art classroom as well as supplies for students who cannot provide them.
  • Students should complete cleaning protocols and sanitize their areas in between use.
  • Individual classroom cohorts will travel to the art room one at a time.
  • Art equipment will be sanitized and disinfected after each use.
  • Plexiglass shields will be used when social distancing guidelines cannot be followed.
  • Students and staff will be expected to wear required PPE.
  • Keep doors open, when possible, to support increased air ventilation and reduce contact with door and door handle.
  • Students will sanitize hands when entering and leaving art room.

Music

  • Whenever possible, specials classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.
  • Individual classroom cohorts will travel to the music room one at a time.
  • Students and staff will be expected to wear PPE as required, even while singing.
  • Students will sanitize hands when entering and leaving the music room.
  • Students will sit and stand facing the same direction.
  • Every effort will be made to safely distance students using social distancing guidelines while also taking into account classroom space.
  • Classroom will be marked using social distancing guidelines and movement may be limited to the immediate space indicated.
  • Personal music kits will be provided by the district.
  • Instruments, mallets or recorders will not be shared at this time.
  • Doors will be kept open, when possible, to support increased air ventilation and reduce contact with door and door handle.
  • For the 2020-21 school year only, 6th grade will not offer band, orchestra or choir due to the need to prevent cohort mingling, staff exposure to multiple cohorts and inability to locate spaces in all buildings where social distancing can be followed. Optional virtual or in-person opportunities may be provided when and if it is permitted by officials.

Physical Education

  • Whenever possible, specials classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.
  • Students and staff will be expected to wear PPE as required.
  • Doors will be kept open, when possible, to support increased air ventilation and reduce contact with the door and door handle.
  • Any activities bringing students into close physical contact, or requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment, will be avoided.
  • PE equipment will be disinfected and wiped down after each use. Students should disinfect equipment after each use.
  • Students will sit and stand six feet apart and the gym floor and bleachers will be marked using social distancing guidelines. Movement will be limited to the immediate spaces indicated.
  • Individual classroom cohorts will travel to the PE area one at a time, when possible.

Library

  • Students and staff will be expected to wear PPE as required.
  • Doors will be kept open, when possible, to support increased air ventilation and reduce contact with the door and door handle.
  • Visual reminders will be added and furniture rearranged to help students maintain social distancing while in the library.
  • Individual classroom cohorts will travel to the library one at a time.
  • Students and staff will wash or sanitize hands upon entering and after visiting the library.
  • High-touch surfaces (table tops, chairs, book shelves, desks) will be disinfected regularly.

Secondary Specialized Classrooms and Extracurricular Programming

All extracurricular practices and contests, during or after the school day, will be conducted following safety protocols provided by guidance from RISD, UIL, TEA and health authorities. This will include COVID-19 screenings, group sizes, limiting the sharing of equipment, sanitizing of equipment, appropriate locker room usage and cleaning, maintaining cohorts and distancing. All students and parents are expected to communicate with athletic  trainers, coaches or athletic coordinators to notify them of any COVID-19 symptoms, positive tests, or close contact with others who have reported a positive test.

RISD, TEA, UIL and/or local health authorities will determine if students are to participate in competition (e.g . football, drill team competitions, etc) . Additionally, these organizations will determine if, when or how spectators can watch events. RISD will install streaming services to allow parents to watch athletic games and competitions remotely if they are not permitted in a venue. Due to copyright issues, Fine Arts programs will not be available for streaming.

  • All booster club meetings should be held virtually to minimize outside exposure to campuses.
  • RISD and public health guidelines regarding COVID-19 screenings, group sizes, distancing, PPE, and sharing and sanitizing of equipment must be followed by all extracurricular groups.
  • All students in extracurricular activities are expected to wear PPE based on RISD guidelines and according to the activity.
  • All coaches, fine arts directors and sponsors are expected to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand washing and hand sanitation should take place before and after each practice or rehearsal.

Fine Arts

  • Large group practice sessions, sectional and rehearsals will adhere to social distancing guidelines, when possible, provided by the authorized entity.
  • In-person private music lessons are not allowed on campus facilities until further guidance is provided by an authorized entity. Private lessons may continue virtually if agreed upon between families and the teacher. All district guidelines and pricing will be adhered to. Students can access private practice rooms and communicate virtually with private lesson instructors.
  • Off-campus fine arts performances will only be conducted if specific guidance is provided by an authorized entity.
  • Concerts and performances will be adjusted based on the most recent health and safety guidelines.
  • Students must complete cleaning protocols and sanitize their areas in between use.
  • Art equipment will be sanitized and disinfected after each use.
  • Plexiglass shields will be used when social distancing guidelines cannot be followed.
  • Keep doors open, when possible, to support increased air ventilation and reduce contact with the door and door handle.

Cheer / Drill Team / Country Western Dance

  • Practices and performances will not be conducted until updated safety protocols are provided from public health authorities.
  • Students will enter the locker room to change on a staggered schedule.
  • Equipment, such as ballet barres, will be disinfected and wiped down after each class period by the teacher or sponsor.
  • During any floor work, students should maintain at least 6 feet apart when possible, but preferably 10ft between each other (when not wearing masks).
  • Dance, cheer, drill team and country western dance will be encouraged to bring their own water bottle and a personal towel to wipe perspiration. Students must take home their water bottle and towel daily to clean and disinfect.
  • Student groups will not share equipment and props.

Physical Education

  • Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.
  • Any activities bringing students into close physical contact, or those requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided.
  • Students and staff will be expected to wear PPE as required.
  • Doors will be kept open, when possible, to support increased air ventilation and reduce contact with the door and door handle.
  • Students will sit and stand six feet apart and the gym floor and bleachers will be marked to follow social distancing guidelines. Movement will be limited to the immediate space indicated.
  • PE equipment will be disinfected and wiped down after each use. Students or staff will disinfect equipment after each use.
  • Handwashing or hand sanitization will occur as students enter or leave PE area.

Athletics

  • Athletics practices and contests will follow protocols established by UIL, TEA, RISD and public health authorities. In-season and off-season activities will follow the most current guidelines, requirements and public health orders available.
  • Coaches will provide an orientation of protocols and expectations for students at the beginning of their respective season.
  • Specific entrances and exits of athletic facilities will be used by students for appropriate separation and distancing. Signage will serve as a visual cue and reminder for students.
  • Student-athletes will be assigned to groups for the purposes of maintaining proper distancing and capacity in locker rooms to dress before and after practice sessions.
  • Athletic equipment and uniforms will be issued to athletes. These items will be taken home each day and not left in their athletic locker. Practice uniforms will be laundered at home. Game-issued uniforms will be laundered at campus with coaching staff following proper protocols.
  • Equipment used during practices will be sanitized frequently during practice sessions.
  • Athletic areas will be frequently disinfected during the week.
  • Athletes will not be allowed to socially congregate before, during, or after practices and workouts.
  • Water breaks will occur in small groups while using disposable cups. Coaches will organize water breaks with safety and efficiency in mind. Athletes on teams with smaller numbers such as volleyball and  basketball may bring their own reusable water bottle clearly marked with their name. Sharing of water or sports drinks will not be allowed at any time.

Career Technical Education

  • Teachers will be trained in safety and social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to comply with the guidelines and requirements from RISD, state of Texas, and public health authorities.
  • Information and expectations regarding protocols will be shared with students.
  • Any shared workspaces and equipment will be sanitized between each individual use.
  • Teachers will use cameras and additional technology to provide a visual of close up or intricate demonstrations on specialized equipment.
  • Teachers will limit the use of shared workspaces and equipment as much as possible.
  • Students will wear facial coverings, wash hands with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer before and after handling shared equipment and workspaces.
  • CTE Specialized classrooms will be disinfected per campus and district protocols.
  • Student training and instruction will occur in assigned small groups to allow for social distancing.
  • Instruction will occur in open, ventilated spaces whenever possible.

Hallways and Lockers

Elementary

  • Students will observe and follow school hall traffic flow directions while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
  • Campus principals will identify hallway traffic directions and use visual reminders on the floor or ceiling to direct student movement. Transition schedules will be used to limit the number of classroom cohorts that are in the hallway at one time. If one-way hallways cannot be implemented, students are expected to stay to the far right of the hallway when walking.
  • Students will not be assigned a locker. Students will be permitted to bring backpacks to class.
  • For campuses and grade levels that implement departmentalization of subject areas, teachers will move to students for transitions in instruction and students will remain in their homeroom class.
  • Students and staff must wear PPE in the halls, maintain distancing, and avoid gathering in large groups during passing periods.

Secondary

  • Students are expected to observe and follow school hall traffic flow directions while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
  • To prevent congregating during transition times, students will not be assigned a locker. Students will be permitted to bring backpacks to class.
  • Staggered release times from each class will be organized to limit the number of students in the hallway during transitions. Campus administrative teams will determine schedules based upon the individual needs of their campus.
  • In two-way hallways, students are expected to stay in the far right of the hall when walking.
  • Visual markers will be developed to help students maintain physical distances and adhere to established campus traffic flow in hallways.
  • Traffic patterns will be established throughout the campus that separates individuals to the greatest extent possible.
  • Students should immediately report to their next class and not congregate in the hallway.
  • Students and staff must wear PPE in the halls and avoid gathering in large groups during passing periods.

Emergencies and Drills

Richardson ISD will continue to follow the standard response protocol and its emergency actions of lockout, lockdown, evacuate, shelter and hold.

  • Campus administration will implement a protocol to assign each physical classroom to one of two groups, designated by a sign at each campus.
  • An administrator will provide instructions via intercom prior to drill, notifying staff and students that a drill is commencing and that one designated group will delay exiting their classrooms for a specific period of time to allow for greater social distancing and reducing the hallway traffic. At the conclusion of the drill, the groups will stagger re-entry to the building to maintain social distancing. All safety guidelines and expectations, including wearing PPE, will be implemented during drill.
  • In the event of an actual emergency, campus administrators will emphasize that social distancing is not required because of the real emergency such as a fire, lockdown, shelter for dangerous weather, or evacuation.
  • “I Know What To Days” will continue and ensure students and staff have the opportunity to practice and review the new protocols for all emergency drill procedures.

On/Off Campus Activities, Field Trips and School-Wide Events

On-Campus Activities

  • PTA, Booster Club and other meetings should be held virtually until large in-person gatherings are deemed safe by health authorities.
  • PTA and Booster Clubs must collaborate with and seek approval from campus and district administration prior to any event that is planned on campus.
  • When possible, campuses will record or stream campus activities for parents and stakeholders to view remotely.
  • Back to school and transitional events, including student schedule or supply pickups, will be planned to minimize large congregations in one spot or at one time.
  • No in-person assemblies will be held until further notice is provided based on current health conditions related to COVID-19.
  • Meet the teacher, open house, parent conferences, ARDS, LPAC meetings and other meetings will be held virtually.
  • No visitors are permitted in school buildings including PTA volunteers, mentors, and partner volunteers.
  • Campus club meetings should be held virtually when possible. If meeting in-person is required, groups should use larger meeting spaces to accommodate distancing, or provide multiple meeting opportunities.
  • No large assemblies, including pep rallies, grade level celebrations, assemblies or performances should occur until further notice is provided.

Field Trips

  • Physical, in-person field trips are not allowed until further notice is provided based on current health conditions related to COVID-19.
  • Virtual field trips will be considered as often as possible.
  • Class trips, such as to Sky Ranch, will not be allowed until further notice.

Off-Campus Activities / Competitions

  • Student participation in academic contests (such as robotics and the academic decathlon) will only be considered and attended if specific guidance is provided by an authorized entity.
  • Student travel in extracurricular activities and games will only be considered and attended if specific guidance is provided.
  • Special education community-based instruction guidance will be followed to ensure these learning environments are available to students per ARD/IEP recommendations.
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