School Arrival & Dismissal

  • When possible, separate entrances will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, walkers and daycares. All staff will be utilized for duty to maintain a line of sight in hallways and distancing of hallway cohorts. Students will go straight to the designated areas set by each campus. Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms. Due to different campus configurations, each campus has put in place set arrival and dismissal procedures. Please see the campus website for this information.

    Bus Transporation

    As schools reopen, students using school bus transportation services will follow revised protocols.  Starting at the time when students arrive at their designated bus stop and board the school bus, the new safety and sanitizing protocols will need to be followed.

    Transportation COVID-19 Protocol:  Parent Information

    The Burleson ISD Transportation Department offers the following guidance to parents and caregivers regarding school bus transportation for daily bus routes as well as field trips. Bus routes will run at regular capacity. Although the district is implementing the safety protocols and disinfecting efforts described below, families are encouraged to drop students off, carpool or walk with their student to school to reduce possible exposure on buses.  We are requiring all of our drivers and students to wear masks while on the school bus.

     

    General Education/Special Needs/Shuttle Loading and Unloading ProceduresBus Stop Expectations

    • Students should practice social distancing whenever possible (if there is adequate space, and it is safe to do so) while waiting for and approaching the school bus.
    • Students should NOT share food, drinks, or personal devices.

    Morning Boarding Bus Procedures

    • Students should practice social distancing as they approach and board the bus.
    • Use hand sanitizer (provided near the bus stairwell).
    • Seating:  Students will be seated starting from the back seats, then toward the front.
    • Bus in motion rules:  Standard Burleson ISD bus rules apply.
    • Students should NOT share food, drinks, or personal devices.

    Unloading at Campus

    • Unloading will start from the front to the back.
    • Students should practice social distancing and follow campus guidelines.

    Afternoon Campus Boarding Bus Procedures

    • Students should practice social distancing as they approach and board the bus.
    • Use hand sanitizer (provided near stairwells).
    • Seating:  Students will be seated starting from the back seats then toward the front.
    • Bus in motion rules:  Standard Burleson ISD bus rules apply.
    • Students should NOT share food, drinks or personal devices.

    Unloading at Bus Stop

    • Unloading will start from the front to the back.
    • Students should practice social distancing and avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more.
    • Students should NOT share food, drinks, or personal devices.

     

    Disinfecting Protocol

    Between each AM & PM Campus drop-off

    • School bus drivers, bus assistants, and staff will be spraying and wiping down seats and high-touch items with disinfecting spray.
    • Bus seating areas will be disinfected after each bus route, particularly high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, and stairway handrail.
    • When possible, bus windows will be open to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.

    Weekly Deep Disinfecting Process

    • Deep cleaning:  Electrostatic spraying of bus interiors will occur twice weekly.

     

    Bus Arrival & Dismissal

    Student

    Arrival

    • Students will load and unload the bus at staggered times at the direction of the bus driver. 
    • As students depart from the bus, they should immediately walk into the building and designated area for morning arrival. 
    • Students will not congregate with other students after exiting the bus. 
    • Students should maintain appropriate social distance guidelines as they enter the building and report to designated waiting areas.

    Dismissal

    • Students will wait in a designated "pre-loading" area for each bus to arrive.
    • Students will load onto the bus at staggered times at the direction of the bus driver. 
    • Students will maintain current social distance guidelines as they load and are seated for the duration of the bus ride home.

    Parent

    • When possible, parents should help with student supervision at the bus stop.

    Teacher/Staff

      • Assigned staff will supervise student arrival and dismissal, ensure that students are wearing masks, and direct students to waiting areas.
      • Staff will ensure social distancing during arrival and dismissal.
      • During dismissal, teachers will supervise designated pre-loading areas for students waiting for the bus to arrive.

Cafeteria - Breakfast & Lunch

  • Based on building capacity and student enrollment, campus administration will determine areas that may be utilized for lunch. These areas could include the cafeteria, classrooms, the library, or other large areas within the school building. Due to the different building configurations, each campus has created a plan for lunch. Please see your campus website for information about specifics about a campus lunch configuration. 

    Teachers will monitor the cafeteria and hallways to promote social distancing practices.  Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in both the cafeteria and in classrooms. Cafeteria capacity will be based on current guidelines. Physical distance will be provided around each occupiable seat. Posted signage and staff will reinforce social distancing and traffic patterns in the cafeteria. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria.

Standardized Dress and School Supplies

  • Due to the difficulties the COVID - 19 Pandemic has created for our families, BISD is not requiring standardized dress for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Instead, we ask that students follow the following dress code. Of course, if you would like to send your student to school in standardized dress, that is always acceptable. In addition, other than basic school supplies (paper, pencil, a pencil bag, crayons) we are not requesting that parents purchase additional school supplies.

Standard Classroom Procedures

  • Classroom protocols and procedures will include expectations regarding not sharing school supplies, social distancing, no or limited group work and hand washing or sanitizing, etc. Teachers will ensure high-touch areas in the classroom are wiped in between classes. In classrooms where students are regularly within six feet of one another, schools should plan for more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing and should consider whether increased airflow from the outdoors is possible.  The use of outdoor space for learning will be considered when possible. Classroom groups working outside will maintain appropriate social distancing from other classroom groups. Due to the different configurations of buildings and classrooms, each campus has created a set of procedures unique to each school. Please check the campus website for these details.

    Classroom Setup

    Student

    • Students will be expected to adhere to class and school-wide protocols that are consistent with CDC guidelines.
    • Students will avoid sharing school supplies.
    • Students that want to use hand sanitizer should use it at the beginning of class. If a sink is available in the classroom students should wash their hands at the beginning of class.
    • Students may bring personal classroom snacks as long as they are not shared.

    Teacher/Staff

    • Teachers will limit student movement within the classroom such as turning in assignments, materials being passed out, etc.
    • Teachers will create assigned seating arrangements to ensure social distancing. Consistent with TEA guidance, all student desks should face the same direction.
    • Teachers will create systems to limit the sharing of items such as school supplies so that no more than one student is using an item.

     

    Classroom Arrival

    Students

    • After washing hands or using hand sanitizer, students are asked to immediately sit down in their assigned seat.
    • Students should avoid touching high-touch areas if possible.

    Teacher/Staff

    • Teachers should prop doors open to allow for additional ventilation during class and in between classes so students don't touch doors or handles.

Water Fountains

  • Drinking fountains will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day. Students are encouraged to bring their own filled water bottle for use throughout the day and are expected to take water bottles home on a daily basis. (per CDC guidelines)

Recess/Playground

  • Administrators will develop a schedule for students to access the playground equipment. Teachers will monitor students to ensure safety guidelines are followed. Campuses will limit the number of classes at recess.

    Guidelines for Outdoor Play

    • All students and staff will be required to wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.

Elementary Specialized Classrooms/Areas

  • Music

    • Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed.
    • Music equipment will be sanitized and wiped down daily.

    PE

    • Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.
    • Any activities bringing students into close physical contact or requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided.
    • PE equipment will be disinfected and wiped down daily. 
    • Students should avoid touching their face at all times, but especially while playing games.
    • Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided.

    Art

    • Students will use their own art supplies and avoid sharing equipment, utensils, and supplies as much as possible. 
    • Art equipment will be sanitized and wiped down daily.

Secondary Specialized Classrooms & Extracurriculars

  • All extracurricular practices and contests will be conducted following safety protocol provided by guidance from Burleson ISD, UIL (University Interscholastic League), and TEA (Texas Education Agency). This will include COVID-19 screening, group sizes, sharing and sanitizing of equipment, locker room usage, etc.

    Students opting for the Virtual Learning environment will be permitted to participate in on-campus extracurricular activities unless decisions from TEA or the UIL are communicated that restrict participation. It will be the responsibility of the parent to transport their student to/from practice sessions, rehearsals, and on-campus contests. Parents and students choosing the Virtual Learning option will need to communicate with the appropriate campus staff (music director, athletic coach, cheer coach, drill team instructor, etc.) of their intention to participate. Extracurricular activities will only be offered on campus. 

    All students will communicate with athletic trainers, coaches, directors, or instructors to notify them of any exposure or positive tests. 

School Events & Activities

  • Guidelines for School-Wide Events/Activities

    • Campuses are prohibited from planning large attendance events such as all-school assemblies, parties, socials, pep rallies, etc. that bring large groups of students together at one time until further notice. 
    • Administration will follow all UIL and CDC guidelines in regards to games, practices, etc.
    • Any school-wide events that are approved to be held on campus must adhere to requirements outlined by Burleson ISD, TEA, and UIL. (Examples: grade level pep rallies, assemblies, performances, etc.) 
    • To limit larger gatherings, campus club meetings should be held virtually when possible. If meeting in person is required, groups should utilize larger meeting spaces or multiple meeting opportunities will be provided.
    • PTO and Boosters must collaborate with and seek approval from campus/district administration prior to any event that is planned. 
    • Back to school and transitional events will be planned in a manner that minimizes large congregation of people in one spot.

On- & Off-Campus Student Activities

  • Field Trips

    • Off-campus field trips will be scheduled as appropriate to meet curricular needs while maintaining proper social distancing practices. 
    • Virtual field trips will be considered as often as possible.

Hallways & Transitions

  • Elementary

    • Students are encouraged to observe and follow school hall traffic flow directions while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
    • Where possible, one-way traffic throughout campus corridors will be established.
    • In two-way halls students are expected to stay to the far right of the hall when walking.
    • For grade levels that implement departmentalization of subject areas, teachers will move to students for transitions in instruction and students will remain in their homeroom class.

    Secondary

    • Students are expected to observe and follow school hall traffic flow directions while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
    • Students and staff must wear face coverings in the halls and avoid gathering in large groups during passing periods
    • Traffic patterns will be established throughout the campus that separates individuals to the greatest extent possible.
    • Students should immediately report to their next class and not congregate in the hallway.

Protocols for Campus Visitors

  • Campus staff should consider utilizing virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.

     

    Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements

    • Visitors to the campuses must follow the Burleson ISD protocols and be approved by administration prior to coming onto a campus. (including mentors, college representatives, guest speakers, etc.).
    • Virtual tools will be used to conduct meetings such as PTO meetings, ARDs, LPAC, etc.
    • All visitors will be subject to screening by way of a symptom screening form before entering any Burleson ISD facility. 
    • If visitors have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry. 
    • All individuals entering the building will be required to wear face coverings based on the current executive order.