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Phase 3 Roadmap to Reopening
 
Re-entry Plan
Please note: The information in this document is subject to change as directives are provided by governing agencies and/or health officials or as environmental needs change.

Student and Staff Safety Protocols
Two Dimensions is committed to the health and safety of every student and staff member as well as our community. We will follow the guidance and best practices of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), Harris and Navarro County Department of Health, Texas Education Agency, and local governance

General Safety and Health Procedures
• Staff and students are required to wear face coverings when in hallways and common areas as well as during arrival and dismissal.
• Physical distancing of at least six feet is encouraged at all times.
• Students and staff should wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day as well as during specified times.
• PPE will be provided to the extent it can be obtained for staff and students.
• Visitors will be required to complete health screening and wear a mask upon entry to the campus.
 
Social and Emotional Support
Two Dimensions ISD will address the mental and social-emotional health of students and staff by support in the following areas:
• Beginning of the school year lessons and engagement with teachers.
• Information for families on how to access resources for mental health and wellness.
• At-home learning support provided to parents through consistent, scheduled communication with teachers.
 
Screening and Isolation
All students and staff will be regularly screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals who are present with symptoms will be separated from the general population and sent home.
 
Screening
• Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day.
• Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their students to school.
• Teachers will monitor students and refer to the front office if symptoms are present.
Isolation: Student or Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms
• Should a student display COVID-19 symptom, the school will provide a clinical assessment to determine if a student needs to be sent home.
• Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than one hour from the time the school contacts the parent/guardian.
• Other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus (e.g., go on a walk outside, move to a different classroom, etc.) so that the classroom can be disinfected.
• District communication will be provided to the parents of students who came in contact with a COVID- 19 positive student or staff member.
• Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will following district protocols including isolation from students and other staff members.
• Students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to submit a letter showing the negative test results prior to returning to school.
• Two Dimensions will follow District and State policies and procedures for sick leave should a staff member become ill will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Face Coverings
The use of face coverings is required for all staff and all students in all common areas and during arrival and departure. Face covering are not required when outside, unless students are in close contact. The District will rely on guidance from the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), Harris and Navarro County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with executive orders from Governor Greg Abbott and local city and county officials.
 
Staff Requirements
• Staff will wear face coverings when physical distancing is difficult and during substantial and moderate transmission levels. This requirement may be modified as the county enters Minimal to Low Transmission.
• Maintain up-to-date contact information with the Human Resources office and campus administrative staff.
 
Student Requirements
• Students in all grades will wear face coverings as feasible during substantial and moderate transmission levels, including in the classroom at the substantial transmission level. This requirement may be modified as the county enters Minimal to Low Transmission.
• The individual needs of students will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to the campus administration.
 
Campus Visitors
Campuses will utilize virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors whenever possible. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering during substantial and moderate transmission levels. Individuals who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.
 
Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements
• All individuals entering a building will be required to wear a face covering during substantial and moderate transmission levels.
• Virtual meetings will be used whenever possible.
• Individuals proceeding beyond the reception area will follow the following guidelines:
o All visitors will be subject to screening by completing a symptom screening form.
o Visitors and staff will maintain physical distance (6 feet or greater) for ARD and other meetings in smaller conference areas.
 
Disinfecting and Hand Sanitizing
• Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to each campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria, and in common areas throughout the campus.
• Shared objects will be disinfected between each use.
• Staff will be expected to regularly wash and/or sanitize their hands.
• Requirement for hand washing and/or use of District-provided hand sanitizer:
o Provide hand sanitizer upon entry to classrooms and have periodic teacher reminders throughout the day.
o Thoroughly wash hands upon entry to the campus, when returning from outside/outside the classroom, before eating, and after restroom breaks.
o Staff will have access to disinfecting wipes to regularly sanitize high-touch and working surfaces and shared objects.
o Staff will limit the use of shared supplies.
 
Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting
General Procedures
• Ensure ventilation systems are working properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible if this does not pose a safety threat to students or staff.
• Campuses are deep cleaned during the summer months, prior to schools opening. Additional deep cleaning is done during holidays as a general procedure. This is intensified as described below if a case is identified on a campus.
 
Daily Campus Cleaning
• Each classroom and restroom will be disinfected daily.
• All high/frequent touch areas will be disinfected daily.
• Cleaning cloths will be changed for each classroom and commons area to maximize room-to-room cleaning.
• Custodians will wear masks and gloves during work hours.
• The cafeteria will be disinfected between lunch periods.
• Staff will have access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize working surfaces and shared objects after each use and during breaks in instruction.
 
Additional Cleaning Measures for COVID-19 Positive Cases on Campus
• If a classroom or facility is closed due to COVID-19, quaternary disinfectant, which is recommended for use on the virus that causes COVID-19, will be used to defog and disinfect.
• Staff will defog and disinfect classrooms, restrooms, gym, and all additional areas to include the entire building.
 
Work and Learning Environments
Classroom Configuration
• Desks and/or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally possible.
• When possible, eliminate shared supplies. Sanitize supplies between use.
• Campuses will be organized so that students remain in the same groups (pods) for as much of the day as possible. For Pre-K through 5th, this will be the full day.
• Remove bean bag chairs, blankets, pillows, and other shared, non-essential items from the classroom.
• Recommended procedures will be applied to all classrooms, including special education when possible and appropriate. Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
 
Collaborative Work and Projects
• When possible, technology will be utilized when students are involved in collaborative work.
• Group or pair work can be implemented while maintaining physical distancing.
• It is recommended that students wear face coverings when working in pairs or groups.
• Students will be provided every opportunity to opt-out of physical face-to-face group or pair work.
 
General Classroom Supplies
• Age-appropriate signage will be posted in all classrooms regarding protocols and prevention.
• Multiple locations of hand sanitizer, tissues, and trash cans will be available in several locations to limit student and staff movement.
• Each room will have a door stop for no-touch entry between classes.
 
Specialized Classrooms
• When appropriate, students will be provided face shields instead of facemasks for safety when there is an increased risk of burn or injury.
• Specialized equipment will be sanitized between each use. There will be adequate supplies to minimize the sharing of high touch materials or limit use of supplies of equipment to one group of students at a time.
• Special education classrooms and service locations may have additional protective barriers in place to support a safe environment for our students
 
Physical Education Classes
• 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.
• Visual markers will be on the gym floor.
• Equipment will be disinfected after each use.
• Activities requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided.
• Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided.
 
Common Areas
Meeting Spaces
• Meetings will be limited to video conferencing when possible.
• If meetings must be held in person, all social distancing protocols will be implemented.
• Face coverings during substantial and moderate transmission levels
• Physical distancing
• Limited sharing of materials/supplies
 
Administrative Spaces - Reception, Offices, Conference Rooms, Mail Room
When possible, meetings will be conducted virtually. However, if the need arises to meet in person campuses will follow these guidelines:
• Facial coverings or masks will be utilized during substantial and moderate transmission levels.
• Please stand behind the shield guard installed at the reception desk.
• Hand sanitizer will be provided in front office spaces.
• Distances of 6 feet will be provided between all occupied seats and workspaces when possible.
 
Flexible Learning Spaces
• The number of students in these areas will be limited as driven by available space and social distancing guidelines.
• Common spaces and supplies in these spaces will be disinfected frequently.
 
Restrooms
• Students must wash hands and then use hand sanitizer before entering the classroom.
• Increased disinfecting will occur throughout the school day.
• Each campus will comply with health agency recommendations and physical distancing.
 
Transitions
• Students and staff will follow protocols for face coverings.
• Staggered releases from each class will be organized to limit the number of students in the hallway during transitions.
• Classroom doors will be propped open to reduce high touch areas when possible.
• Traffic patterns will be established throughout the campus that separates individuals to the greatest extent possible.
o When transitioning between classes, students shall travel corridors as far to the right as possible.
o Where possible, one-way traffic throughout campus corridors will be established.
• Staff and signage will be posted to reinforce physical distance expectations.
 
Arrivals
• Entry doors will be designated based on arrival method: day-care providers/parent drop-off to school
• Designated entry doors will be propped open for no-touch entry. Any open doors will be continuously monitored by staff to stop unauthorized access and to monitor for threats.
• Entry protocols will be established to maintain physical distance.
• Sanitizer stations will be placed at each entrance and students will sanitize hands upon entry.
• Students will go directly to their classroom, or designated location upon arrival.
• Lockers will not be assigned - students will carry all needed materials and lunch with them.
• Parents may not accompany students into the building.
 
Dismissal
• Dismissal times will be staggered to limit the number of students in hallways and exit areas at any given time.
• Sanitizer stations will be placed at each exit and students will be encouraged to sanitize hands prior to exit.
• Parents picking up students during the day will call ahead so that students can be accompanied to parent vehicles upon arrival.
 
Breakfast and Lunch
• Students Pre-K through 5 will have breakfast and lunch in the classroom. Students in grades 3 through 5 may have meals in both the cafeteria and classrooms, depending on the number of students in the school and the current guidelines.
• Signage and staff will reinforce physical distancing and traffic patterns in the cafeteria.
• Meals will be packaged as “grab and go” for ease of pick up and transport to eating locations.
• Hand sanitizers will be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria.
 
On Campus Activities
• Any school-wide event that is approved to be held on campus should adhere to physical distancing requirements outlined by Two Dimensions, TEA, and CDC. (For example: grade level pep rallies, assemblies, performances, etc.)
• School-wide events will be live streamed and/or occur virtually when possible.
• To limit large gatherings, campus club and organization meetings should be held virtually. In-person meetings require prior administrative approval.
 
Instructional Delivery Models
Parents will be asked to select a method of instructional delivery three weeks prior to the first day of school. This will commit students to the selected model for at least six weeks.
Instruction will be delivered using the following models:
1. On-Campus Learning in a traditional classroom setting (Pre-K through 5)
2. At-Home Learning (Synchronous Model, available for Grades 3 through 5)
3. Virtual, Self-Directed Learning (Asynchronous Model, available for Grades Pre-K through 5)
 
On Campus Learning
This option consists of in-person instruction, which includes face-to-face, in-classroom learning using safety protocols to protect our students and staff. The in-person instruction will be held Monday through Friday. Students will also complete projects and assignments on-line, making it easy to transition to virtual learning should there be a need to cancel school or limit access to a campus building.
• Students will attend school on a regular instructional schedule.
• Elementary students will be assigned to grade level classes that will be taught by a single teacher.
• Students will have a traditional schedule
• Students who require support (special education, English language learners, etc.) and interventions will receive them in person.
• Parents or guardians will complete weekly student health screenings. Students without a health screening will be screened by the campus upon arrival.
• Classroom instruction will be designed for mastery of student learning outcomes based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill (TEKS) for each content area.
• Students and teachers will prepare for potential future distance/remote learning by increasing blended (face-to-face with technology) learning opportunities. Teachers will directly instruct students on the processes to access online instruction.
• Coursework expectation and grading for in-person and at-home learning will be the same.
• Students participate for five full days each week.
• Instruction is provided by Two Dimensions teachers and staff.
• Instruction is in the core content (math, science, social studies, and English).
• Teachers utilize the District curriculum and pacing guidelines.
• Social-emotional support is provided.
• Accommodations and support services are provided.
• Implementation of preventative safety measures occurs throughout the day.
• Should students participating in Learning on Campus be required to quarantine, learning will continue through remote at-home learning for the duration of the quarantine period.
 
At-Home Learning
This option is entirely virtual and requires students to have a consistent online presence to complete their assignments. Students who enroll in At-Home Learning will be required to log in daily and follow a schedule with their teacher, completing assignments on-line.
• Students remain at home and engage in learning activities that are primarily delivered by their teacher using on-line instruction.
• Teacher-led instruction and peer interaction will be scheduled throughout the day for students to interact with their teacher and classmates.
• Teachers will teach from on-campus classrooms and will be on campus for the full contract day. The only exception to this is teachers who have documented health conditions that prohibit them from being on a campus.
• Students and teachers will prepare for potential future distance/remote learning by increasing blended (face-to-face with technology) learning opportunities. Teachers will directly instruct students on the processes to access online instruction.
• Parents/guardians commit to support and cooperate with the learning process and the unique requirements of virtual instruction
• Daily student participation in the learning activities is required.
• A portion of the instructional time may be dedicated for teacher-directed independent learning activities.
• Students are required to follow a structured schedule, which includes required time for participation in a total of 3-4 hours of live, synchronous instruction each day.
• The schedule will include breaks and lunch.
• A caregiver will need to be present to guide younger students in following the daily schedule and providing assistance, as needed.
• Remote At-Home instruction will be designed for mastery of student learning outcomes based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill (TEKS) for each content area.
• Coursework expectation and grading for in-person and at-home learning will be the same.
• Student participation is required five days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) each week.
• Instruction is provided by Two Dimensions teachers.
• Social-emotional support is provided.
• Accommodations and support services are provided.
• Internet connectivity and a computer are required.
• Two Dimensions will provide a laptop and connectivity, if needed.
• Students and teachers will interact using Google Classroom online learning management systems and/or Zoom.
• Teachers will provide training for students and parents on how to use these digital tools.
 
Virtual Self-Direct Learning
This option is entirely virtual and requires students to have a consistent online presence to complete their assignments. Students who enroll in Virtual Self-Directed Learning will need to be self-motivated and capable of logging in daily to complete assignments on-line. Some courses may not be available virtually. Electives and extracurricular activities not available through At-Home Learning may be offered on campus.
• Students remain at home and complete assignments without direct teacher instruction; however, a teacher is assigned to each student for support and progress monitoring.
• Students and teachers will prepare for potential future distance/remote learning by increasing blended (face-to-face with technology) learning opportunities. Teachers will directly instruct students on the processes to access online instruction.
• Teachers will teach from on-campus classrooms and will be on campus for the full contract day. The only exception to this is teachers who have documented health conditions that prohibit them from being on a campus.
• Time management is critical to the success of this model.
• Students and teachers must stay in communication regarding daily schedules and success completion of assignments.
• Students may show proof of participation in daily student learning by satisfactorily completing assignments that demonstrate evidence of student learning, i.e., video, picture, activities submitted as lessons and/or completed assignments.
• Virtual Self-Directed Learning will be designed for mastery of student learning outcomes based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill (TEKS) for each content area.
• Coursework expectation and grading for in-person and at-home learning will be the same.
• Student participation is required five days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) each week.
• Parents/guardians commit to support and cooperate with the learning process and the unique requirements of virtual instruction.
• Internet connectivity and a computer are required.
• Two Dimensions will provide a laptop and connectivity, if needed.
• Students and teachers will interact using Google Classroom online learning management system and/or Zoom.
• Teachers will provide training for students and parents on how to use these digital tools.
 
Assessments will be administered at the start of the school year to establish an academic baseline for all students. 
 
Parents will receive a phone call from their building principal or appointee within the next week to record their selection.