FAQ's Regarding Return to School
Dear Dawson ISD Parents,
We would like to give you an update for our plan to re-open school. Please keep in mind that information changes on a daily basis and this plan is subject to change. We feel that it is important to provide you with what we currently know in order to give you an idea of what we are doing to mitigate the virus and to provide your students with the excellent instruction that they deserve.
You will be able to choose between the 2 following options for instruction for your child:
1) Face-to-Face, or
2) Distance Learning
In order for a student to be counted as present, they must complete the work within a specific time period within a day (we are still working on the details of this). Daily student participation in the learning activities will be required.
-Classwork will be accessed through Acellus, Google Classroom, Class Dojo
-Videoed classroom lessons will be placed in the Google Classroom/Dog House/Class Dojo
-Teachers/ACE Coordinator will make contact with student
Distance Learning Attendance
Daily student participation in learning activities will be required. Each day students will have to show “engagement” in order to be marked present in the form of submitting work, interacting with teachers on progress of content or in engagement on our online learning platform.
Choosing Instructional Pathway
Elementary Homeroom and Jr/Sr High Advisory teachers will be calling parents on August 6th to introduce themselves, visit about child needs and determine the educational pathway appropriate for your student.
1) All students will receive daily temperature screenings by Telethermograph System scanners at the door. If your child’s temperature is 100.4 (CDC Guidelines) or greater, the student will not be permitted to attend school. Students will be allowed to complete lessons through Distance Learning until they are able to return to school.
2) All student areas, including classrooms, will be disinfected daily.
3) All classrooms and restrooms will have hands-free sanitizing stations installed.
4) All iPads and computers will be disinfected before each use.
5) Gym/Playground equipment will be sanitized daily.
6) All water fountains to be used by students will have water bottle filling capabilities. All students will receive water bottles.
7) Face masks will be available for all students.
8) Dawson ISD will follow Governor Abbott’s guidelines in regards to face coverings. Adjustments will be made as guidelines change.
9) Classroom dismissal will be staggered to maximize social distancing.
10) Restroom, Recess, Library, & Locker times will be staggered to maximize social distancing.
11) Jr/Sr High School end-of-day dismissal will include additional exits to alleviate congested areas.
12) Elementary end-of-day dismissal will be modified as follows until further notice:
-Car Riders will dismiss at 3:15 P.M.
-Walkers will dismiss at 3:20 P.M.
-Bus Riders will dismiss at 3:25 P.M.
Daily temperature screening of all students will be performed. If the temperature is 100.4 or greater, the student will not be permitted to attend school. All buses will be disinfected after every use.
There will be designated tables for grade levels. Students will be dismissed to classrooms upon finishing breakfast.
1) Additional seating will be added to each cafeteria to allow social distancing.
2) The cafeteria will be sanitized after each lunch setting.
3) To minimize contact with the school facilities, please have students’ lunches from home prepared ahead of time and sent with the student in the morning.
4) The cafeteria will be limited to students and faculty only at this time.
Visitors to the Campus for Essential School Operations
1) All visitors will have their temperature checked.
2) All visitors must complete the COVID-19 questionnaire before coming onto campus. A checklist will be provided by the school.
3) Visitors will be required to wear masks (as long as the Governor Abbott’s Executive Order is in place)
4) Parents will need to make an appointment in order to meet with their child’s teacher.
It is our goal that our students will receive the kind of outstanding education that they deserve so they are “Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow!” As stated earlier, new information is coming out each day and this plan is subject to change. Parents, we appreciate what each and every one of you do for our students at Dawson ISD. We would not be successful without your support and truly appreciate your patience.
Stacy Henderson, Superintendent of Schools
Andrea Farish, Elementary Principal
Robert Bray, Jr/Sr High Principal
Preliminary Return to School Plan (as of 7-21-2020)
Parent Return to School Survey
Letter From Superintendent Henderson (7-14-2020)
Greetings Dawson ISD Parents,
The Texas Education Agency has released new guidance for the 20-21 school year. This guidance is heavily based on the governor's executive order (GA-29) released July 2, 2020.
According to the guidance from T.E.A, "Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks." There are several items in the guidance regarding school operations, recommendations, required plans, mitigation protocols, funding, and virtual school options. The agencies full guidance document can be found here: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-SY-20-21-Public-Health-Guidance.pdf. In addition, the agency is sending each school district a shipment of PPE (personal protective equipment), including masks and hand sanitizers, for staff and students who choose to utilize them.
Executive order GA-29 states "Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household." There are some exceptions for those with medical conditions and children under the age of 10. There are also some counties that are exempt from this order.
Our administration team is meeting this week to discuss options regarding staff professional development and the 20-21 school year. We will be required to offer an online option for parents who choose to keep their students home. This option must keep the same pace (scope and sequence) the students in the classroom are keeping. We will be required to keep a daily log of those students for the district to receive funding for online learners. You will receive a short survey in the next few days. Your response to that survey will help us plan and tell us where our parents stand on the new recommendations from T.E.A. and the governors new order. I ask that you take the time to answer it for us. As we develop plans, protocols, and logistics, we will communicate those to you.
I realize the question of "will my child be forced to wear a mask" is on many of our parents minds.
I have been tracking the Texas and Navarro county data for several months. As of today, 99.66% of Texans are not active COVID patients (99,385 active cases/29,000,000 Texas residents= .33% of the population), and 108,485 have recovered. This number has been consistent for the past few months and is very positive news. As of today, 91% of the viral tests administered in Texas are negative: formula= cases reported/(total tests-antibody tests). Each parent can check these numbers daily for themselves, including the recovery numbers, by going to the Texas DSHS dashboard: https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83
In Navarro county, 99.8% of residents are not active COVID patients (103 active cases/50,113 residents= .2% of the population), and 360 have recovered. Each parent can check these numbers daily for themselves, including the recovery numbers, by going to the Navarro County Dash-board https://navarrocountyoem.org/index.php/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/
In Dawson, Texas, we have two active cases to my knowledge.
I firmly believe in making education decisions in the best interests of our students that are research based. Free play time, physical education, and time to socially interact are critical to a child's mental and physical health. Children learn to think critically when solving problems among their peers. They learn to be creative when playing outside during unstructured free play. They learn how to socially interact when no adults are guiding their lunch room conversations. Most students need to be in a classroom with a highly qualified teacher for them to realize their appropriate academic growth each year.
I also firmly believe keeping our children and staff safe is a top priority. Dawson ISD has, and always will be, proactive to protect against potential threats. We will work to keep our students and staff safe when a viable threat poses itself to us. We practice several safety drills annually, and during flu season, we distribute extra hand sanitizer, enforce good hygiene, and ramp up our custodial practices. We do this because we love and value our staff and students.
Public schools do more than teach reading and arithmetic. We provide a safe environment where all kids are welcome and can reach their potential in a plethora of areas. We help the kid who struggles with math excel with a welding machine, or the kid who struggles in sports excel in computer science or playing an instrument. We work in conjunction with our parents to teach the young boy how to become a gentleman and to never quit. We show the young girl that she can become whatever her heart desires as long as she works hard and never gives up. We also teach them about freedom, the constitution, democracy, personal responsibility, and how to become a lifelong learner. As a Texas independent school district, we make decisions that are best for our students daily.