• HEB ISD Return to Learn 2021-2022

  • Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
    Return to Learn Plan: 2021-2022

    Updated: September 22, 2021


    HEB ISD will return to traditional, in-person learning and will not offer an online option for the 2021-2022 school year.

    HEB ISD will return to the robust curriculum and expectations in place prior to the COVID closure. Below are the additional public health protocols in place for the 2021-2022 school year.

    These recommendations may be subject to change.

     

    Return to Learn Protocols

    Masks

    • While the wearing of masks is optional due to the Governor’s Executive Order (GA-38), the District strongly recommends that students, staff, and visitors wear masks at all indoor district facilities to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
    • A student suspected of having a communicable illness (such as flu, COVID-19, Pertussis, etc.) will be provided a mask to wear until the student is picked up by a parent/guardian.
    • The Texas Education Agency’s School Health Operations Requirements state that school systems must allow individuals to wear a mask if they choose to do so.
    • Masks will be available for students and staff in the campus’ main office and clinic.

      

    Campus and Classroom Precautions

    • HEB ISD will socially distance to the extent possible.
    • At elementary campuses, large group assemblies will be modified to reduce the number of students in one area and to increase social distancing.
    • At secondary campuses, all large assemblies, in which social distancing is not possible, will be optional.
    • All classroom teachers will maintain a current seating chart. The seating chart must be on file with the home campus per Tarrant County Public Health.
    • Students will face forward in classrooms that have individual desks to the extent possible.
    • Students will be asked not to congregate before, during, or after school in common areas.
    • Parents or students may request desk shields and/or face shields for the student to use in school. Students will be responsible for their own desk shields and face coverings. Please communicate with your student’s teacher if you would like to make a request.
    • Desk shields will be set up in elementary cafeterias during lunch.
    • Students should continue to bring their own refillable water bottle from home.
    • All staff and students will receive training related to proper hygiene practices, including hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
    • Staff and students will be expected to regularly wash and sanitize their hands.
    • The district will continue to provide hand sanitizer throughout every campus and facility.
    • The district will continue to provide EPA-approved surface cleaner for all campuses, departments, cafeterias, and classrooms. Surface cleaner will be available for students that request to clean their desk or eating area.
    • To the extent possible and when appropriate, outdoor learning spaces will be utilized.

      

    Visitors

    • All visitors must sign-in when entering a district facility and complete self screening for COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Any visitor with possible symptoms of COVID-19 must remain off campus until he or she is fever free for 24 hours, are symptom free and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
    • Any visitor who has had close contact should remain off campus for the 14-day period if he or she is not fully vaccinated OR has not had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

     

    Health Screening

    • Students, staff, or visitors may not enter a district facility if any of the following apply:
      • Diagnosed with COVID-19
      • Waiting for results from a COVID-19 test
      • Exhibiting one major or two minor COVID-19 symptoms
        • Major symptoms of COVID-19 (1 symptom)
          • Fever (100.0 or greater) and/or chills
          • Persistent cough
          • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
          • New loss of taste or smell
        • Minor symptoms of COVID-19 (2 or more symptoms)
          • Sore throat
          • Congestion or runny nose
          • Diarrhea/nausea/vomiting
          • Sudden onset of persistent headache
        • Waiting for results from a COVID-19 test
    • Parents and/or guardians must screen their student’s health condition daily using the criteria listed above.
      • A “yes” response to any of the above criteria requires the individual to remain at home. The parent/guardian should contact the campus nurse for further guidance on the student’s return to school.
    • Employees must screen their health condition daily using the HEB ISD health criteria listed above.
      • A “yes” response to any of the above criteria requires the individual to remain at home. Employees on a school campus should contact their supervisor and campus nurse for further guidance. Employees not on a campus should contact their supervisor and the school district's COVID nurse for further guidance.
    • An individual diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to school when all three of the CDC symptom-based criteria are met:

     

    at least 24 hours passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications   the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)   at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

     

    Close Contacts and Quarantine

    • Per TEA, “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 classroom or extracurricular or after-school program cohort if a test-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participated in those classrooms or cohorts.”
    • “Close contact” is defined as coming into contact in one of the following ways with an individual who has a positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis:
      • Direct exposure to infectious secretions
      • Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes
      • Either of the above occurred in the past 10 days, while the infected individual was infectious
    • “Potential close contact” is defined as being in one or more classrooms, co-curricular activities, or on a school bus with an individual who has a positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
    • Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.
    • Any individual identified by a health agency or medical professional as a close contact to a COVID positive case should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for the next 10 days and seek medical advice and/or COVID testing if symptoms develop.
    • Students with a positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 test must quarantine and are eligible to receive instruction by Remote Conferencing. (Please note, Remote Conferencing is limited to 20 days per school year and will not begin until 9/13/21).
    • Students who have a household member with a positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 test may elect to quarantine and will be eligible to receive instruction by Remote Conferencing. (Please note, Remote Conferencing is limited to 20 days per school year and will not begin until 9/13/21).
    • Per TEA guidelines, “Parents of students who are determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may opt to keep their students at home during the recommended stay-at-home period. Parents who opt to send their children to school in the two weeks following exposure are encouraged to closely monitor their children for symptoms.”
    • Students who receive a potential close contact letter and choose to self quarantine will receive an excused absence but are not eligible to participate in Remote Conferencing.

      

    Responding to Possible COVID-19 Cases on Campus

    • Campuses must immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian. The school nurse will provide the parent with the criteria for the student’s return to school.
    • Asymptomatic siblings or household contacts of the symptomatic person may remain on campus.
    • District staff will clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as is feasible.
    • Students who report feeling feverish should be sent to the clinic for nurse assessment to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

      

    Required Actions if Individuals with Lab-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a District Facility

    • If an individual has been in a district facility and is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the Coordinator of Health Services will notify the Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPH), 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).
    • Potential close contacts will be notified and instructed to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Notification will be sent to impacted staff and families if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified within a district facility.
    • HEB ISD will continue to monitor and post daily totals of lab-confirmed cases on our Data Dashboard.

      

    Cleaning and Sanitization

    • HEB ISD has developed a targeted cleaning process that specifically addresses COVID-19.
    • HEB ISD custodial employees have been trained on COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Each district facility will be cleaned daily with EPA-approved products in accordance with CDC guidelines. (This includes individual classrooms and common areas).
    • If a positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 case occurs within a district facility, additional cleaning measures will be taken, as appropriate.
    • The district will continue to provide hand sanitizer throughout every campus and facility.
    • The district will continue to provide EPA-approved surface cleaner for all campuses, departments, cafeterias, and classrooms. Surface cleaner will be available for students that request to clean their desk or eating area.
    • Disinfecting will occur during the day by wiping high contact surfaces as often as possible.
    • Disinfecting will occur nightly in every classroom, common areas, high traffic areas, and on high-touch surfaces by either hand wiping or electrostatic applications.

      

    Transportation

    • It is strongly recommended that students wear a mask while riding on a school bus.
    • If a bus rider tests positive for COVID-19, the entire bus will be notified of a possible exposure.
    • Each bus will be sanitized between routes using EPA-approved cleaner dispensed with the deionization process.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available for students to use as they board each bus.
    • Bus windows will be open based on weather and temperature parameters to allow for air circulation.

     

    Return to Learn: Stakeholder Consultation

    Return to Learn Stakeholder Consultation We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Return to Learn and ESSER III Surveys and focus groups in May and June 2021. We had over 1500 responses from the community who completed the June online survey. Parents, teachers and district staff were notified of the ESSER survey through email. We had various focus groups consisting of the District Level Improvement Committee, Instructional Council, Principals, the Educational Operations Team, the Executive Leadership Team and the School Board. The district also consulted with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) on the development of the 2021-2022 Return to Learn plan. In addition the district reviewed Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Public Health Guidance, and the Governor's Executive Order (GA 38). 

    The results of the community mirrored the school and district staff results. The top ten most important needs identified for the district to address were: (1) technology, (2) extra cleaning of facilities, (3) tutors/interventionists, (4) social emotional health, (5) Special Education, (6) family engagement, (7) vaccination opportunities, (8) ESL support, (9) notification of close contacts at school/work and (10) Summer School. Ranking as the least important need to address was Saturday School. Public comment opportunities occurred during the Board meetings in June, July and August 2021.

     

    Vaccination Opportunities

    The district will partner with Tarrant County Public Health and Star Wellness to offer vaccination opportunities to all eligible community members. This will include student and staff vaccination clinics and pop-up sites for the community. As these events are scheduled they will be shared on our district website and via global emails.

     

    Return to Learn Academic Plan (ESSER III)

    The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. The intent and purpose of this funding is to help schools safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. Addressing the academic learning recovery of students is paramount, as well as, the return to in-person learning. 

    The ESSER III initial allocation was $20,452,557 and second allocation will be $10,226,278 for a total grant allocation of $30,678,835.  This one-time only grant will be for three years.

    • 2021-2022 including the summer 2021 and summer 2022
    • 2022-2023 including the summer 2023
    • 2023-2024 including the summer 2024 (carry-over period)

    The ESSER Grant requires at least 20% of the budget must focus on academic recovery.  The Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD placed almost all of its funds on the Return to Learn Academic Plan.  Our academic learning recovery will focus on the following:

    • Early Literacy K-2
    • Math K-12
    • EOC (End of Course) for secondary students to graduate on time
    • Social Emotional Health
    • Other related areas include:
      • Expanding Summer School
      • Increasing Technology
      • Increasing Tutoring
      • Increasing Translations
      • Increasing Instructional Materials
      • Providing required compensatory services for SPED students
      • ARD committees are reviewing accommodations and instruction to address the gaps caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

    To accomplish our academic learning recovery goals, HEB ISD will hire the following additional positions:

    • Elementary Full Time Interventionists
    • Secondary STAAR/EOC Teachers
    • ESL (English as a Second Language) Teachers
    • Special Education Professional Staff
      • Diagnostician
      • Dyslexia Specialist
      • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Teachers on Special Assignment to provide curriculum support for teachers

     

    ESSER 3 Budget