Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services (RIPICS) Plan

  • Burleson ISD will follow the advice and recommendations required by TEA, the CDC, and the local health authority. These guidelines are fluid and may change based on guidance from these entities. The recommendations for in-person learning have been developed in collaboration with required stakeholders, and are as follows:

    TEA Public Health Guidance/TEA Orientación pública

    CDC Recommendations

    Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 Readmission to School Criteria

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    Daily Health Screenings

    BISD employees should self screen for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to arriving at work. 

    Parents should screen their student(s) for COVID-19 symptoms each day. 

    Recommendations for Personal Protective Equipment

    Per GA-38, school systems cannot require students or staff to wear a mask. GA-38 addresses government-mandated face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other authority to require protective equipment, including masks, in an employment setting is not necessarily affected by GA-38. 

    School systems must allow individuals to wear a mask if they choose to do so.

    CDC encourages facial coverings. 

    Recommendations for Social Distancing

    BISD will follow CDC social distancing guidelines where appropriate.

    Hand Washing/Sanitizing Recommendations

    Frequent disinfection and hand sanitization will promote health and wellness of students and staff. 

    Hand Washing/Sanitizing Recommendations: 

    • Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria, and in common areas throughout the campus.
    • Staff and students will be encouraged to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.

    Campus Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Ventilation

    Daily Campus Cleaning

    • Each classroom will be cleaned and restrooms disinfected.
    • Cafeterias will be disinfected between lunch periods.

    BISD has increased the indoor fresh air intake for our heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems in accordance with industry and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, and all filters have been changed districtwide.

    Protocols for Positive COVID-19 Cases on Campus

    BISD will consult with our local public health authority on all positive situations. 

    Required Actions if Individuals with Test-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School 

    1. If an individual who has been in a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health department, 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). • •
    2. As provided in this Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Rule, school systems must exclude students from attending school in person who have or are suspected of having COVID-19, and must immediately notify parents if this is determined while on campus. As noted in the rule, exclusion shall continue until the conditions for re-entry are met: 
      • For children with symptoms, at least 5 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever-free, and other symptoms have improved.
      • Children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 5 days after the day they were tested.

    Partnership with Burleson Local Public Health

    Burleson Local Public Health Department will continue to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to anyone who is eligible. For more information, visit COVID-19 Vaccines.

    For information on COVID-19 testing availability, visit the City of Burleson's COVID-19 Testing Site

    Continuity of Services 

    Child Nutrition: 

    Breakfast and lunch will be free for all enrolled Burleson ISD students for the 2021-2022 school year. Additional items, such as bottled water and snacks will be available for purchase. 

    Social, Emotional, and Mental Health needs: 

    BISD's counseling staff will ensure that all students and staff have access to resources to support emotional health. 

    Academic Support: 

    BISD has scheduled time during each school day for enriched instruction. 

    Stakeholder Engagement:

    Determinations for the ESSER III federal grant from the American Rescue Plan involved input from school community stakeholders including administrators, teachers, parents, and students consisting of:

    Initial Stakeholder Consultations

    • Public comment review and discussion through the District Educational Improvement Committee on June 10, 2021.
    • Public Notice and PUBLIC HEARING Presentation for Applying for ESSER III Federal Grant Funding during the June 14, 2021 school board meeting.

    Application for ESSER III - September 24, 2021

    • Website active September 24, 2021

    Stakeholder Review-Updated Plan

    • Public comment review and discussion through the District Educational Improvement Committee on March 7, 2022.
    • Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan stakeholder survey July 27, 2022.



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    Updated 7/28/22