- Medina Valley ISD
- Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: If my student is receiving face to face instruction and then moves to online due to illness, do they still have to wait until the end of the six weeks to return to campus?
A: No they do not. Changes due to illness will be accommodated.
Q: Will hand sanitizer be available in all classrooms?
A: Every classroom will have hand sanitizer available. In addition, sanitizing stations will be placed at all building entrances and throughout the hallways. Frequent hand washing will also be encouraged.
Q: What are the mask/face covering requirements?
A: Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks.
When an individual can properly social distance by maintaining at least six feet from other students, teachers, and staff members, a mask/face covering is not required. As students, teachers and staff members move about or transition from one place to another a mask/face covering is required.
It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during those activities, schools must require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. Schools may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. However, schools must require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.
Please visit the University Interscholastic League (UIL) website for the most up to date guidelines regarding UIL/Extracurricular activities and mask/face covering requirements. UIL Interscholastic League
Q: If I choose in-person instruction for my child(ren) but decide that I want them to do remote instruction, when can I make that change?
A: A student may make the change from in-person instruction to remote instruction at any time. Please give notice to the campus principal if you decide to make this change so that the campus is prepared to deliver remote instruction to your child.
Q: If a child has a note from his/her doctor stating that they do not have to wear a mask due to health reasons, are they allowed to attend in-person learning.
A: If your child has a note from his/her doctor concerning the wearing of a mask, please contact the campus principal. He/she will schedule a meeting with you and the school nurse in order to determine the proper learning environment for the student.
Q: Will daily screening be required of students and staff?
A: The following requirements have been put in place in regards to screening.
Q: Teachers and staff must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day.
A: Parents/guardians must ensure that they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab confirmed with COVID-19. Visitors are restricted to essential business only such as scheduled appointments, illness of child, or family emergencies.
Q: What types of masks are acceptable?
A: Masks may be either disposable or cloth, and must completely cover the mouth and nose. A neck gaiter is acceptable as long as it completely covers the mouth and the nose. Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth whenever a mask is not feasible or whenever the educational context may benefit from the ability to see an individual’s full face.. CDC guidance on how to properly wear a mask can be found here.
Q: Will elementary campuses still have recess?
A: Elementary campuses will have recess. Principals are developing schedules now and will incorporate recess into the school day. Students will be monitored in order to ensure appropriate distancing
Q: Will masks be required during recess and PE?
A: Masks will not be required during recess or PE. Students will be monitored to ensure that social distancing is maintained.
Q: What are the consequences if a student does not wear a mask?
A: Students who refuse to comply with face covering protocols will follow campus disciplinary guidelines. Students refusing to wear a mask or proper face covering will be required to participate in remote instruction, as students attending in-person instruction are expected to follow all safety protocols.
Q: Will I be allowed to eat lunch with my child? Can I have lunch delivered to my child?
A: Lunch periods will be closed to visitors due to limited seating capacity and safety concerns. Students may bring lunch to school with them, but no outside food deliveries will be accepted.
Q: What are the safety measures being taken for students that ride a bus?
A: Students will be required to wear a mask at all times while on a school bus. Students will also be required to sanitize their hands before getting on and off the bus. Any student not complying with the Covid-19 safety requirements will no longer receive bus privileges.
Q: Can parents walk their kids to class on the first day?
A: Parents will not be able to walk their children to classrooms on the first day. Staff will walk the younger students to their classrooms. (Added 8/6/20)
Q: I have heard concerns about the school nurse's office and regular visitors (inhalers/daily medication). Some parents are concerned that they do not want their child to have to go to a "sick area" to get their daily medications / inhalers.
A: Please contact your campus nurse for specific information on administering medications. (Added 8/6/20)
Q: What protocols will be in place for students who ride the bus to and from school?
A: Bus transportation will be provided to those students who qualify for transportation. Because of the need to space students apart on buses, parents must register students for bus service. Students will be required to wear masks on buses and will apply hand sanitizer to their hands when entering and exiting the bus. Buses will be sanitized after each route. Efforts will be made to limit seating to one student per seat. However, students may have to sit two per seat on routes with higher ridership. Morning routes will have students load from the back of the bus to the front. End-of-day routes will have students load buses in reverse order of how they are dropped off at their bus stop. Students who are dropped off first will sit at the front of the bus, with students who are dropped off last sitting at the back of the bus. (Added 8/6/20)
Q: What will the procedures be for parents who drop-off and pick-up their children from school?
A: For car pick up and drop off, parents will remain in their cars. Walk-up pick-up and drop-off will be limited to those parents who physically walk to campus and those parents who have children that require assistance in buckling or unbuckling themselves in a car seat or booster seat. Walk-up pick-up is only available at elementary campuses and parents may not line up at the school entrance until 3:00 pm. (Added 8/6/20)
Q: Many portable classrooms do not have sinks. How is the school going to address this situation? According to CDC guidelines, the use of hand sanitizer does not substitute for regular handwashing.
A: Students will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Students utilizing classrooms that do not have sinks will need to use the student restrooms in the hallways in order to wash their hands. (Added 8/26/20)
Q: Is it recommended that in person learning students prepare for remote learning just in case there is a possible exposure? Are there smooth transition procedures in place for parents and students so that there is not interruption in learning/grades?
A: Yes. The District is prepared to switch to completely remote learning if there was a shut down that needed to occur. (Added 8/26/20)REMOTE LEARNING QUESTIONS
Q: Would it be an option for PRE-K students who are distant learning to do paper packets instead of online?
A: Paper packets will not be provided based on current state guidelines for remote learning.
Q: If I choose remote instruction for my child(ren) but decide that I want them to do in-person instruction, when can I make that change?
A: Students wishing to change from remote instruction to in-person instruction may only do so at the end of a six-weeks grading period. The District will ask parents to notify campuses two weeks prior to the end of the six weeks if they wish to transition from remote instruction to in-person instruction.
Q: How will the transition from remote learning to in-person learning be handled? Will these students join classes already formed or be put into new classes made up of transitioning students.
A: The District will ask parents to notify campuses two weeks prior to the end of the six weeks if they wish to transition from remote instruction to in-person instruction. This will give the campus ample time to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible. This will also allow principals to determine the appropriate placement for those students. Since remote instruction will mirror in-person instruction, students will likely be placed in established classrooms when transitioning to in-person instruction.
Q: For students choosing remote learning, will they need to be logged on from 7:45 to 3:15 like they were at school?
A: Teachers will notify remote learners of expectations for each class. Students will not need to be logged in for the duration of the school day. Teachers will be available for live support during school business hours only as scheduled by the teacher.
Q: If I choose remote learning for my child(ren), can they still tour campus, meet teachers, and take yearbook pictures?
A: Virtual video tours and meet the teacher videos will be posted by each campus. A final decision has not been made on yearbook pictures.
Q: Can students who choose remote instruction participate in UIL and other extracurricular activities?
A: Students who choose remote instruction may participate in UIL and other extracurricular activities as long as they maintain all eligibility requirements. Students in athletics will be required to attend practice and the athletic period in person.
Q: If I choose remote instruction for my child(ren), are district devices available for check-out?
A: The District does have Chromebooks and hotspots available for check-out for students who lack a device and/or internet access. Please contact your campus principal to make arrangements for check out.
Q: How does the district plan to serve special education students who choose remote instruction?
A. The District has developed a Special Programs Action Plan, which details how services will be delivered to special education students who choose remote instruction. That plan can be accessed here.
Q. How does the district plan to serve Gifted and Talented students who choose remote instruction?
A. The District has developed a Gifted and Talented Action Plan, which details how services will be delivered to students in the gifted and talented program who choose remote instruction. That plan can be accessed here.
Q: For students who choose the remote instruction option, will assignments be due daily or weekly?
A: Students will have lessons each day. Teachers will assign work to remote students just as they will to in-person students. Due dates will be established by the teacher. The remote model will not be like the remote model this past spring where students could complete several days of work at a time. Student engagement will be required each day of instruction.
Q: How will remote student work be graded?
A: TEA requires that grading policies for remote students be consistent with grading policies for on-campus students. District and campus grading guidelines will be followed regardless of the learning environment that a student chooses.
Q: For students who choose remote instruction, how will attendance be taken?
A: In accordance with TEA guidelines, attendance for remote learners will be taken daily. Teachers in remote instructional settings will check daily for student engagement. If a student is engaged for the day, then he/she will be marked present. Engagement means that any of the following three has occurred for the day: The student made progress in the Learning Management System (Google Classroom or Seesaw) that day; or Progress from student interaction with the teacher that day; or Turning in of assignment(s) that day.
Q: Will cafeteria meals be available for remote learners?
A: Yes. Child Nutrition will have curbside meals available for parents to pick up, as was done during the spring closure and during the summer break. The meals will be charged based on the student’s eligibility status which can be free, reduced, or paid, depending on the meal application submitted or state eligibility. The meals will be available only for students enrolled in Medina Valley ISD. Meals will be available as curbside at LaCoste Elementary, Potranco Elementary, Luckey Ranch Elementary, and Medina Valley High School. Remote MVISD students may pick up meals at any of these campuses, regardless of which campus they are assigned to.
Q: Are there different school supply lists for remote learning?
A: Please contact your campus principal for information on supplies.(Added 8/6/20)
Q: How is the district handling BIP students that have opted for Remote Learning.
A: BIP students will be served in accordance with the MVISD Special Programs Action Plan, which can be accessed here. For more information, please contact Stefanie Keller-Perkins, Director of Special Programs. (Added 8/26/20)
Q: Are there any accounts/passwords we need to set up prior to the first day so that it's a seamless start?
A: Remote learners should have received an email the week of August 17 detailing how to long into the remote system. If you did not receive that information, please contact the Curriculum and Instruction Department. (Added 8/26/20)GENERAL & MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS
Q: On certain forms, my child is still showing up in their previous grade. How can I change this?
A: Your child will appear in their previous grade until we perform our yearly rollover in late July. This is perfectly normal.
Q: A hybrid learning model was included in the parent/guardian survey that was sent out, but it is not an option listed in recent correspondence from the District. Is hybrid learning still an option?
A: The survey was sent out prior to receiving final guidance from TEA on instructional settings for the 20-21 school year. After reviewing TEA guidance and assessing available staff and resources, it was determined that the District should focus on on-site instruction and remote instruction. Doing so will best utilize staff and will optimize the instruction that is delivered to students.
Q: What is the school start date? Has this changed at all?
A: In congruence with the posted district calendar, classes are scheduled to start just over one month from now on August 25, 2020. MVISD is closely monitoring state and local guidance and will inform families of any changes as soon as possible.
Q: Are school hours changing?
A: School hours for all campuses will be the same as they were last year. Those hours are posted on campus webpages.
Q: Will parents be informed of every COVID case at the campus their child(ren) attends? Will I be informed if my child(ren) is/are currently attending remotely?
A: Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, a central office administrator will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students enrolled at the campus if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers, or staff who participate in any campus activities. Parents of remote students assigned to that campus will also be notified. Additionally, communication will be provided to the parents/guardians of students who came in close contact with the COVID-19 positive student or staff member, informing them of the need to quarantine.
Q: If a student is required to quarantine, are they counted absent or can they do virtual learning during that time?
A: A student who is required to quarantine will not be marked absent if they participate daily in remote learning coursework.
Q: Will there be STAAR testing in the 2020-21 school year?
A: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has indicated that STAAR testing will still occur during the 2020-2021 school year, in compliance with state and federal legislation.
Q: What will quarantining procedures be?
A: Please see the COVID Response Protocol which can be found here.(Added 8/6/20)
Q: What is the policy on students returning from out of state?
A: As of August 21, 2020, the CDC has dropped its recommendation for travelers to quarantine for 14 days upon returning from trips overseas or out of state during the coronavirus pandemic. (Added 8/26/20)
Q: I have read through all of the FAQ, but I do not see any answers regarding accommodations for teachers with compromised immune systems or who are at high risk. What can be, or is being, done for these teachers? There is a lot about students, but I see nothing about teacher safety.
A: Please contact Human Resources at email@example.com with your concern. (Added 8/26/20)