Health and Safety Protocols
COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation and the below information is subject to change based upon additional guidance from TEA and state officials.
Health and Hygiene Practices
- Hand sanitizer stations will be at the entrances of each facility. Other hand hygiene stations will be provided where feasible.
- Campuses will have structured times for student hand washing.
- Students and staff will be instructed in proper hand washing techniques.
- Students and staff will be trained in proper health hygiene and disease transmission prevention measures.
- Signage for proper hygiene practices will be posted throughout the buildings, in the restrooms, and at the entrances.
Campus cleaning plan
- Campuses will provide additional cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that are touched in common throughout the day. This would include objects such as door handles, common tables/desks, shared supplies such as art supplies, and high touch devices such as shared laptops or tablets.
- Custodial staffing will be realigned to allow for ongoing cleaning of touch surfaces during the instructional day.
- Classrooms will be equipped for cleaning between changing student groups.
- Cleaning products will be properly stored when not in use.
- Campuses will be cleaned thoroughly each night
- Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms (listed below) prior to reporting to work each day.
- Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms (listed below) each day prior to sending their student to school.
- Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present.
Visitors on Campus
- Visits to campus will be restricted to those essential to school operations.
- Before allowed on campuses, all visitors will be screened to determine if the visitors have COVID-19 symptoms (as listed below) or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry. Additionally, school systems must screen to determine if visitors have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
- When practical, screening questions could be supplemented with temperature checks of adults.
Use of Masks
TEA is operating under the Governor’s current Executive Order regarding masks. TEA does allow school districts to require mask orders that exceed the Governor’s order. On July 27, 2020, the MISD School Board adopted the MISD Health and Safety Plan that includes the wearing of masks or face coverings for all staff and for students in Grades K-12. MISD does have a specific set of mask removal protocols that could be allowed for a specific instructional activity outside of food consumption and physical exercise. If masks are removed for an approved activity, other social distancing mitigation efforts are required. For more information, view the Mask and Face Covering section here.
In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Midlothian ISD will consider the following question:
Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Shaking or exaggerated shivering
- Significant muscle pain or ache
- Nausea or vomiting
This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is test-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as:
- being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face covering); or
- being within 6 feet for a largely uninterrupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day of approximately 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomatology may affect this determination. (updated by TEA 8/27/20)
Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are test-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirmed lab test. (updated by TEA 8/4/20)