McKinney ISD

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Instructional Plan for Fall of 2020

Please note: Updates are indicated in bold, red text.

Dear MISD Staff and Families,

Thank you all for your continued patience and flexibility as we collectively work together to make available a first-class opportunity for MISD students to learn and grow. As we are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of education today, tomorrow, and for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, McKinney ISD is in a position to deliver a rich educational experience this fall in spite of the many obstacles that lie before us. I am keenly aware that there are numerous opinions and theories as to how to resume school safely and responsibly, and as is usually the case, viewpoints are as varied as each person’s unique experiences and circumstances. I assure you that McKinney ISD desires and expects a safe emotional and physical environment in which to work and to learn. We are also committed to ensuring that MISD students receive continuity of instruction, even when they are not physically in school.

To that aim, McKinney ISD has worked collaboratively to establish guidelines that provide a safe learning environment for staff and students as we enter the Fall of 2020. Due to the fact that we realize some parents may be hesitant to send their children back to school, we will be sending out an email form the week of July 13th so that parents can inform us if your child/ren will attend in-person or virtually. It is crucial that we have your choice by Friday, July 17, so that we can make appropriate plans for opening school. After submitting your decision, you will have until Thursday, July 30—two weeks prior to the start of school—to change your decision. After July 30, we ask that you commit to your choice for the duration of the first nine weeks of the 2020–2021 school year. (A link will be available soon on the MISD homepage and this page for parents who would like to change their decision after submitting the Commitment Response Form.) Students who choose to learn virtually will be allowed to attend school during extra-curricular activities. However, we are currently evaluating the feasibility of which electives we can offer virtually and which will require students to attend in-person.

I thank you all, in advance, for your continued partnership with MISD as we plan for what will undoubtedly be an exciting year.

Sincerely,
Dr. Rick McDaniel

Click here to complete the McKinney ISD Commitment Response Form.

Click here to complete the McKinney ISD Change of Decision Form.


This plan is subject to change dependent upon state and TEA recommendations and guidelines.

Please note:
Synchronous learning requires all participants to be present at the same time, virtually (e.g., live interactive classes with students and teachers).
Asynchronous learning does not require all participants to be virtually present at the same time (e.g., self-paced online courses).


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Elementary (PreK-5th)

In-Person Learning

The in-person learning model for PreK through 5th grade will look like a typical school day for students and teachers.

Virtual Learning

  • The virtual learning model for PreK through 5th grade will require support from adults at home and within the online classroom environment. Activities will be designed to ensure that students continue learning at the pace of the current McKinney ISD scope and sequence.
  • Schedules for elementary students who are virtual learners will be structured to require them to participate in asynchronous (PreK-2) and synchronous (3-5) learning, depending on the identified learning model. Virtual learners in grades 3-5 will follow the same “bell” schedule established by their campus. Art, Music, and PE for K-5 will be provided via an asynchronous model for all virtual learning students. It will be vital for teachers and parents to openly communicate the schedules for the students.

Attendance

  • Attendance for elementary students will be taken daily for both in-person and on-line. The 90% attendance rule is for all students, whether attending in-person or on-line.

Teachers

  • All PreK-5 teachers will teach either in-person students or virtual students. Art, Music, and PE teachers at the elementary level will teach in-person students and will provide asynchronous learning for virtual students.
  • Because things can change rapidly, all teachers must be prepared to teach both in-person and online starting day one.

Secondary (6-12)

In-Person Learning

  • The in-person learning model for 6th through 12th grade will look like a typical school day for students and teachers.

Virtual Learning

  • Students will attend classes virtually, following the same “bell” schedule as if they were attending classes in-person. However, students learning from home may learn synchronously the first 35 minutes of each period and asynchronously the rest of the period. This will be determined at the discretion of the teacher and lesson design for the class each day.
  • Synchronous learning requires all participants to be present at the same time, virtually (e.g., live interactive classes with students and teachers). Similar to “on campus” instruction.
  • Asynchronous learning does not require all participants to be virtually present at the same time (e.g., self-paced online courses). Defined as a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer, other electronic devices or over the phone.
  • Direct instruction from the teacher during the class period is subject to vary, depending on the lesson plan design and need for two-way discussion. Virtual students may be asked to work independently or in groups but still be expected to stay logged on for the duration of the period during the asynchronous time.

Attendance

  • Attendance for secondary students will be taken each period daily for both in-person and on-line.
  • Secondary students who are online must attend the duration of each class period may participate synchronously the first 35 minutes of each class period and asynchronously the rest of the period. This will be at the teachers’ discretion based on the lesson being taught.
  • The 90% attendance rule is for all students, whether attending in-person or on-line.

Teachers

  • All secondary teachers will teach both virtually and in person throughout the school day.
  • Teachers will engage virtual learners every day at the designated time for each period to begin and will remain online for the duration of the normal time allotted for each period synchronously for approximately the first 35 minutes and asynchronously the rest of the period. Direct instruction from the teacher during the class period is subject to vary, depending on the lesson plan design and need for two-way discussion. Virtual students may be asked to work independently or in groups but still be expected to stay logged on for the duration of the period during the asynchronous time. Teachers have full autonomy to temporarily stop any recording, mute audio or video as needed throughout each class period.

All Students

  • Both in-person students and remote students will demonstrate mastery of concepts using traditional methods as well as assessments emphasizing application over memorization.
  • Both in-person and virtual students will have the same expectations and experiences regarding the curriculum.
  • Both the in-person and virtual learning experiences will provide the same expectations around coursework and grading. Further, all high school credit courses will count in GPA calculation and class rank, per the APG course guide.
  • All students will dress appropriately (following the MISD dress code —including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required—see Student Handbook) and participate in class.
  • All students will abide by the Student Code of Conduct, Student Handbook, and Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of students during the instructional day. FERPA rules and regulations will be applied.

Student & Staff Safety Protocols

Protocols for Screening and Isolation

All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms regularly and individuals who present with symptoms will be separated and sent home.

Screening Protocols

  • Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day.
  • Parents or guardians are expected to screen their child/ren for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their students to school. TEA states that “regularly performing a forehead temperature check of otherwise asymptomatic students in school is not recommended, but the practice is also not prohibited by this guidance.” MISD will not be doing temperature checks on every student, rather, teachers will have thermometers and will take the temperatures of students who state that they don’t feel well. Also, if there is a confirmed case in a classroom, staff members may take temperatures of students in that classroom as a mitigating measure to closely monitor.
  • Teachers will monitor students and call the nurse if symptoms are present.

Isolation Protocols for Students or Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms

  • When a student has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, etc., the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home.
  • Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within one hour.
  • District communication will be provided to the students/staff who were in contact with a student/staff member who was lab-confirmed positive for COVID-19.
  • Students and staff who have displayed symptoms of (presumptive positive) or tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and be fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms resolved before returning to campus; unless a written alternative diagnosis is received from the healthcare provider and discussed with the campus nurse prior to the student or staff member’s return. Students who have to be in isolation can become synchronous learners during that time.

Protocols for Face Coverings

Face masks will be highly recommended and may be required in accordance with state mandates.

Protocols for Campus Visitors/Volunteers

  • Visitors/volunteers will not be allowed on the campuses for two weeks after in-school learning begins. The first day that visitors/volunteers will be allowed on campus is Thursday, September 17. A parent of Pre-K, kindergarten and students new to the campus will be able to walk their child/ren into the building on the first day of school. To help maintain social-distancing, we ask that only one parent per Pre-K, kindergarten, and new to the school students enter the building with their child. 
  • After September 17th, campuses may have additional guidelines for the number of lunch visitors per lunch period.
  • Visitors/volunteers must follow the virus prevention and mitigation requirements of the school.
  • Individuals who proceed beyond the reception area will be asked a series of questions about their health and maintain physical distancing for ARDs and other meetings in smaller conference areas.
  • Campuses will utilize virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors when possible.

Protocols for Hand Sanitizing and Disinfecting

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

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in the cafeteria, and in common areas throughout the campus.
  • Recommended mechanical hand washing upon return from outdoors, before eating, and following restroom breaks.
  • Staff will have access to virex spray to sanitize working surfaces and shared objects.
  • Each classroom and restroom will be cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • The cafeteria will be disinfected between lunch periods.
  • If a classroom or facility is closed due to COVID-19 spread, it will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Custodial staff will clean and disinfect classrooms, restrooms, weight rooms, athletic facilities, and all additional areas in the entire building.

Work and Learning Environments

General Classroom Configurations and Procedures

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be strategically placed around the building.
  • Desks should be spaced as far apart as much as instructionally possible.
  • Teachers should:
    – Eliminate communal supplies as much as possible.
    – Limit student movement within the classroom as much as possible.
    – Outline hand washing and sanitizer protocols.
  • Minimize teacher workspace to increase student work area and eliminate extraneous furniture.

Physical Education Classroom Protocols

  • PE classes will be conducted outdoors whenever possible. Weather/temperature will be a consideration. Appropriate social distancing will be followed.
  • 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 will be avoided as much as possible.
  • Procedures will be implemented in the locker rooms to promote social distancing.
  • Equipment will be disinfected.
  • Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided.

Instructional Considerations

  • Teachers should limit the number of students participating in small group instruction.
  • When possible, technology should be utilized when students are involved in collaborative work.

Technology

  • Students in MISD each have their own device, and the device should only be used by the owner.

Special Education/504/LPAC Considerations

For a parent/guardian selecting at-home (online) instruction for a student who receives accommodations or modifications, ARD, 504, and LPAC Committees will determine the unique needs of the student and make support and service recommendations for implementation in the at-home (online) learning format.

Common Areas

Common, Flexible Learning Areas (Courtyard, Library, Cafe, Gym)

  • Classes/grade levels sign up to reserve common areas.
  • Limit number of students as driven by available space and social distancing guidelines.

Restrooms

  • Students must wash hands after using the restroom.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms will occur throughout the school day.

Water Stations

  • Encourage students to bring water bottles to school to refill from water stations.

Hallways/Corridors

  • Congregating in hallways is discouraged.
  • Access to hand sanitizer will be provided throughout each campus.
  • The District will rely on guidance from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Collin County Health Department, as well as any executive orders or directives from Governor Greg Abbott, and information from local authorities to determine the use of face coverings.

Cafeteria Breakfast and Lunch Procedures

  • Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in both the cafeteria and in classrooms.
  • Students will socially distance as much as possible.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria.
  • Lunch deliveries from outside entities or parents will not be permitted.
  • Microwaves for student use will be removed from the cafeteria.

Library

  • Will be treated in the same manner as classrooms.
  • Consider digital resources to limit the sharing of paper copies.

Work Areas

  • Schedule usage time.
  • Limit the number of people in the workspace.
  • Staff ensure equipment is sanitized before and after use.

Recess (Elementary)

  • Campuses will consider limiting the number of students per recess group. Staggered schedules can be utilized when needed.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • “Mask breaks” will be implemented as needed.

Specials (Elementary)

  • PE classes will be conducted outdoors whenever possible. Weather/temperature will be a consideration. Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed.
  • Students will use their own art supplies to the extent possible.
  • Music and PE equipment will be sanitized and wiped down.

Transitions

  • Students and staff will follow disease mitigation safety protocols for face coverings.
  • To prevent congregating during transition times, students will not be assigned an academic locker. Students will be permitted to take backpacks to class.
  • When transitioning between classes, students will travel corridors as far to the right as possible and maintain social distancing.
  • Access to hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the campus.

Arrival

  • Parents will not be permitted to walk students inside the school building. Depending on the COVID guidelines, elementary parents of Pre-K, kindergarten and students new to the campus may be able to walk their child/ren into the building on the first day of school.
  • Separate entrances will be utilized for different groups of students (i.e. grade level, bus riders, etc), and students will be directed to a designated location prior to the start of school.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at entrances and exits.

Dismissal

  • Stagger the release time of different groups of students (i.e. grade level, bus riders, etc).
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at entrances and exits.

Off Campus Student Activities

  • Student participation in academic contests (Math and Science Team, Robotics, Academic Pentathlon) will only be attended if specific guidance is provided by an authorized entity (e.g., Host site, MISD, TEA, the UIL, etc.).
  • Field trips for the first semester have been canceled.

On Campus Events/Meetings

  • Any school wide events that are approved to be held on campus need to adhere to social distancing requirements outlined by MISD, TEA and UIL. (Examples: grade level pep rallies, assemblies, performances, etc.)
  • School wide events may be live-streamed and/or occur virtually as needed, including Meet the Teacher, Open House, 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.
  • Meetings should be limited to video conferencing when possible.
  • If meetings must be held in person, all social distancing protocols should be implemented.

Extra-Curricular Programming Considerations

Cheer/Dance/Drill Team

  • Practices and performances will be conducted following safety protocol provided by guidance from MISD, UIL and TEA (COVID screening, group sizes, sharing & sanitizing of equipment, locker room usage).

Athletics

  • Athletic practices and contests will be conducted following all safety protocols provided by guidance from UIL, and MISD. This will include COVID screening, sharing & sanitizing of equipment, locker room usage, laundry, etc.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be in athletic areas and hand washing will be emphasized before, during, and after activities. Equipment will be sanitized on a regular basis.
  • Cleaning and sanitation of all athletic facilities will happen routinely.
  • Locker room use will be determined by UIL. If locker rooms can be accessed, all locker room space will be utilized according to the guidelines.
  • Bus travel will follow transportation guidelines provided by the TEA, UIL and MISD.
  • Spectator attendance at games and contests is TBD by the UIL guidelines. Crowd sizes could be limited and MISD will follow all UIL guidelines.
  • All aspects of all athletic events will be evaluated after receiving guidance from the TEA and UIL to minimize the risk of exposure for both athletes that are participating and spectators that are observing.
  • If athletes choose virtual learning, they are required to attend every practice during the athletic period, as well as before and after school practices to be recorded present and receive credit. Transportation will not be provided to and from athletic practices for students who choose virtual learning, it will be the responsibility of the student.

Fine Arts

  • Large group practice sessions, sectionals and rehearsals should adhere to social distancing guidelines provided by an authorized entity (e.g., MISD, TEA, UIL, etc.)
  • Fine Arts music private lesson teachers will be allowed to teach on campus facilities and will follow the same protocols as teachers. Private lessons can be conducted virtually if agreed upon between individual families and the lesson teacher. All district guidelines and pricing will continue to be adhered to.
  • Concerts/performances may be adjusted based on health and safety guidelines provided by an authorized entity (e.g., MISD, TEA, the University Interscholastic League, etc.) including but not limited to transportation procedures, number of attendees, and the orientation of concerts.
  • Booster club meetings should be held virtually to minimize outside exposure to campuses.