Trafton COVID-19 Policy

Trafton Covid-19 Response

 

June 30, 2020


Dear Parents,

 

We know that everyone is anxious about the coming school year. We have had many phone calls and emails asking us about our plans. We have been going over guidelines given by the Texas Education Agency as well as examining procedures at schools throughout the state.

 

The Start of the School Day:

 

Our official school day will begin at 7:55 A.M. this year, five minutes earlier than usual. This will allow time to do temperature checks of all arriving students. We will also be requesting that parents check their student’s temperatures before leaving home, and that temperature-reducing medications not be given to students before bringing them to school. Teachers and staff will also have their temperatures checked. 

 

Obviously, this may impact morning carpool, so household drivers should factor this into their daily schedules. Students may be dropped off on the McDermed campus as early as 7 A.M. The Cliffwood campus will not open for drop off prior to 7:30 A.M.

 

Hygiene and Sanitation:

 

Automatic hand sanitizers are being installed in all classrooms, and students and teachers will be urged to use them and/or wash hands frequently.

 

Rooms are cleaned nightly, but cleaning supplies will be available in all classrooms to wipe down desks and commonly touched surfaces (i.e. doorknobs, staplers, etc.) throughout the day.

 

In the event that a student shows symptoms of Covid-19, the students will be isolated until parents can pick them up, and the nurse’s area and will be thoroughly disinfected.

 

Masks:

 

As recommended by the Texas Education Agency, we are requiring that students in grades 4-8 wear face coverings for the duration of the day. Face coverings for the lower grades will be at individual parent’s discretion. Break and lunch will be times for supervised “mask breaks” with proper social distancing when they are outside and when they eat. Teachers will also wear face coverings throughout the day.

 

We will have further communication about acceptable types of face coverings later in the summer

 

Classwork:

 

We are arranging schedules so that, for the most part, teachers will move from class to class so that students are not moving unnecessarily. There may be exceptions, however.

 

Field Trips and Sports:

 

No field trips will be planned for at least the first semester of the school year.

 

PE will proceed with necessary precautions being taken for social distancing.

 

Sports are currently being evaluated for student safety. More information on Trafton’s athletic program will be given later in the summer.

 

We will send regular updates as news develops and as the TEA and Governor’s office issues further guidelines.