Safely Reopen CCISD Committee Releases Preliminary Recommendations

Safely Reopen CCISD Committee Releases Preliminary Recommendations
Posted on 06/08/2020
CCISD

The Clear Creek Independent School District convened a committee of health professionals, parents, students, staff and community members to develop a set of recommendations to address the challenges associated with reopening schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee’s preliminary recommendations follow a set of charges approved by the CCISD Board of Trustees. The recommendations below may change based on community feedback, school board authorization, and state and federal health guidelines.  

Charge 1: Develop potential school resumption options for the 2020-2021 academic year for consideration by the CCISD Board of Trustees.  Each option shall consider the needs of all children.

Recommendations:

  1. Develop school calendar options, including but not limited to:
    1. The current approved school calendar August 18, 2020 – May 27, 2021.
    2. A modified school calendar with transitions to online learning in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence.
    3. Flexible student attendance schedules, as needed, to comply with potential social distancing requirements.
  2. Offer learning options that may include in-person, in-person and distance learning hybrid, and distance learning.
  3. Provide personalized supports to students with specialized needs/services such as special education or people with underlying medical conditions, English language learners, deaf and hard of hearing, speech, gifted and talented and others.
  4. Communicate return to school calendar and schedule options and all health/safety protocols.

Charge 2: Consider delivery models of instruction to address the challenges associated with social distancing and the pandemic that will lead to high levels of academic achievement with an understanding that future and potential school calendar disruptions are possible.

Recommendations:

  1. Emphasize the importance of teachers developing positive relationships with students and parents in all learning environments.
  2. Embed social and emotional learning expectations in all environments to ensure positive, supportive teacher-student, teacher-parent, and student-student relationships are developed/maintained.
  3. Implement teacher professional learning on how to develop and maintain high levels of academic engagement for in-person, in-person/distance learning hybrid, and distance learning.
  4. Assist teachers to fully utilize itslearning, including the integration of Microsoft Teams.
  5. Establish class expectations and routines from the start of the school year for students to use itslearning.
  6. Enhance distance learning through improved resources that allow for synchronous and asynchronous options.
  7. Implement training on distance learning for students and parents.
  8. Develop optional and targeted learning opportunities outside of traditional school hours.
  9. Utilize a grading system that reflects learning and recognizes high levels of student achievement.
  10. Enhance lesson engagement to increase motivation for in-person and distance learning opportunities.

Charge 3: Address the physical and emotional health of all students and staff in all areas of operations, including transportation, child nutrition, and extracurricular programs.

Recommendations:

  1. Develop/implement health and safety protocols that address:
    • health/safety policies and practices,
    • basic health screenings for students and staff,
    • personal protective equipment,
    • stay at home requirements,
    • Return to school requirements,
    • cleaning/disinfecting facilities, vehicles, furniture and equipment,
    • safety equipment, as appropriate, for use in district facilities and vehicles,
    • respiratory hygiene,
    • hand washing/sanitizing, and
    • social distancing.
  2. Develop individual facility schedules and plans based on the unique floorplan of each building.
  3. Develop/implement mental health supports for students and employees.
  4. Provide trauma-sensitive professional learning for all staff.
  5. Work collaboratively with parents to develop individualized health plans for each student who is high risk, medically fragile and/or immune deficient.
  6. Work collaboratively with employees to develop individualized health plans for each employee who is high risk, medically fragile and/or immune deficient or cares for someone who is medically fragile or immune deficient.
  7. Develop health/safety protocols for each extracurricular activity.
  8. Analyze and select additional safety equipment, as appropriate, for use in each extracurricular activity.
  9. Sanitize and disinfect all facilities, vehicles, furniture and equipment between uses and at the end of each day.
  10. Verify the safety and health measures of outside facilities and make appropriate plans/mitigation strategies to adjust accordingly and ensure consistency.

Charge 4: Mitigate the digital divide among students within Clear Creek ISD service area.

Recommendations

  1. Provide enhanced communication, both in quality and frequency, between teachers and parents.
  2. Consolidate communication to parents of secondary students from multiple teachers to a single communication platform.
  3. Deploy laptop computers to students in grades 4 and 5.
  4. Determine broadband and computer access needs for students in grades PK-3 and broadband access needs for students in grades 4-12 through Back-to-School survey data.
  5. Provide training for parents on the use of CCISD online learning software and resources.
  6. Make campus computer labs available for students during extended hours while adhering to all health and safety protocols.
  7. Provide transportation services for students in areas without internet service to bring them to school to utilize computer labs.
  8. Create a mobile computer lab with hotspots and laptops.
  9. Publicize CCISD outdoor wireless locations.
  10. Partner with community centers to provide CCISD access points for students to connect securely.
  11. Partner with community organizations to fund the donation of hotspots and computers to families in need.

The Safely Reopen CCISD Committee will present these recommendations to the CCISD School Board of Trustees during its regularly scheduled board workshop on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the community room at CCISD Challenger Columbia Stadium and seating will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. The meeting will be streamed live at www.ccisd.net/boardmeeting.

Public input window will open at 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2020 through an electronic form available on www.ccisd.net. The committee will host an in person public input meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in the community room at the CCISD Challenger Columbia Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Entry will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. The meeting will be streamed live on www.ccisd.net.

To learn more about the Safely Reopen CCISD Committee, click here.

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