Back-to-School Safety Protocols
Burleson ISD is dedicated to maintaining safe learning environments for all students and employees.
As we plan to welcome students back to campus to start the 2020-21 school year, the District has a number of safety protocols it plans to implement for students and staff returning to school. Fundamental to BISD students' and employees' return to physical spaces will be the cooperation of the whole community in complying with the reopening strategy.
These are just some of the District’s current considerations, pending further guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and health officials. Finalized plans will be announced as we get closer to the start of school:
- Medical Screenings: Families will be asked to complete a weekly pre-screening questionnaire related to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to determine whether students should be proceeding to school.
- Physical Distancing
- Entering the School: Students will be asked to maintain six feet of distance from one another, and spot temperature checks will be taken, as needed, for students who appear unwell or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
- Within the School: Students will be asked to maintain six feet of distance from one another and desks will be separated by the same distance, where possible. Lunches will be delivered to classrooms to minimize mixing student populations and creating large gatherings that limit physical distancing.
- Signage and Education: Reminding students and staff about check-in screenings, physical distancing, and practicing proper hand hygiene.
- Contact Tracing: Support contract tracing for confirmed COVID-19 cases, determining risk exposure, and transitioning learning, as needed.
- Face Coverings: Based upon guidance from Cook Children's Medical Center and TEA, all students, visitors, and employees may be required to wear face coverings on campus and while riding school buses.
- Exceptions would be made for yet-to-be-determined younger age groups.
- Exemptions for students with developmental delays, autism, and special needs would be examined on an individual basis.
- Masks would be able to be removed as needed for proper instruction and where six feet of distance can be maintained from others.
- Students would not be disciplined or excluded for not wearing a mask properly. However, education would be encouraged regarding potential asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19.