By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Childress students will go back to school on Aug. 13.
Superintendent Carl Taylor said teachers, administrators and staff are excited to have students back on campus.
“Plans have been put in place to keep students and staff as safe as possible,” Taylor said. “Heightened disinfecting protocols are in place in all areas of our district facilities from the classroom to buses to the field of play.”
Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom, cafeterias, building entrances and exits, gymnasiums and all methods of transportation. Face coverings are required for all staff, for students fourth grade and up and all visitors, Taylor explained. Face coverings will be required for all attendees of sporting events as well.
Parents are being asked to screen their student(s) each morning for common symptoms of COVID. Before entry into school facilities, school staff will take the temperature of each student, Taylor added. Staff will complete COVID screenings each day as well. Only essential visitors will be allowed into the school buildings and must complete a COVID screening.
“All large group assemblies and gatherings that would normally take place during the school day have been canceled as an additional protective measure,” Taylor said.
Parents have the option to choose in-person learning (on campus) or virtual learning (online) for their student(s). Taylor said students must continue with the option chosen on the first day for the entire six weeks. Learning options may be changed at the end of each six weeks period. If students are required by a health care professional to quarantine because of COVID-19, they will move to virtual learning regardless of where they are in the six weeks.
Taylor said attendance requirements and grading policies will remain the same as they have been for the last few years for all students, regardless of their learning environment. Virtual learners will be expected to complete their assignments in the same time frame as their peers attending on campus.
Assignments must be submitted by 3:35 p.m. for the day, and attendance will be taken at 3:45 p.m. for virtual learners, explained Taylor. Virtual learners will have to submit the assignment(s) for the day to be considered present for attendance purposes.
“Childress ISD is committed to providing quality education to all students in whatever capacity they choose to learn while maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff,” Taylor said. “Go Bobcats.”