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MISD Return to In-Person Learning 2021-2022

Remote Learning

During the 2020-2021 school year, remote learning was provided as an option to students across the state. The Texas Education Agency used disaster authority to grant school funding options that provided schools the opportunity to provide remote learning options. During the recent legislature, no new statutory framework passed which would allow districts to continue this option.

Therefore, there will be no remote learning options provided for students in Montgomery ISD for the 2021-2022 school year. All students will be welcomed back to in-person learning.

We will however, work closely with families to provide additional academic support and assistance to any student who needs to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test or exposure. Any absence due to a positive COVID-19 test or exposure will be marked as excused.

Traditional, In-Person Learning

Montgomery ISD looks forward to continuing traditional, in-person learning in the 2021-2022 school year. Health protocols will continue to be in place that support a healthy learning environment and reflect good practice to prevent and mitigate any infectious disease. Student academic achievement and progress will continue to be monitored and supported by strong instructional practices and interventions on each campus.

MISD Health Protocols

(updated 8/30/2021)

The following health protocols are beneficial for preventing any infectious disease, and individuals should stay home if experiencing signs of illness.

Student Health Protocols

All students should continue to do a daily self-evaluation prior to coming to school or boarding school transportation. Symptoms to screen for include: fever equal or over 100.0 degrees, loss of taste or smell, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, chills, sore throat, shaking or exaggerated shivering, significant muscle pain or ache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. All students will be instructed on methods to protect themselves and others from infectious diseases while at school. All students should practice appropriate hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. All students should regularly wash their hands when reporting to school and after using the restroom. All students will be trained on proper hand washing techniques. Masks will be optional for all students. 

As a reminder, please exercise personal responsibility as it relates to self-screening, personal health and ensuring the health of those around you. If your child is sick, please do not send your child to school.

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Employee Health Protocols

All Montgomery ISD employees will be required to complete a self-screening daily. Symptoms to screen for include: fever equal or over 100.0 degrees, loss of taste or smell, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, chills, sore throat, shaking or exaggerated shivering, significant muscle pain or ache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. All employees shall know, understand and practice methods to protect themselves and others from infectious diseases while at work. All employees must practice appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. All employees shall regularly wash their hands when reporting to work and after using the restroom. Masks are optional for all staff.

As a reminder, please exercise personal responsibility as it relates to self-screening, personal health and ensuring the health of those around you. If you are sick, please do not report to work.

Visitor Health Protocols

Visitors are allowed on campus following normal operating procedures. Visitors will be required to answer the health screener questions prior to coming to school or a district building in order to prevent or mitigate the spread of infectious disease. Symptoms to screen for include: fever equal or over 100.0 degrees, loss of taste or smell, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, chills, sore throat, shaking or exaggerated shivering, significant muscle pain or ache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. Masks are optional for all visitors.

As a reminder, please exercise personal responsibility as it relates to self-screening, personal health and ensuring the health of those around you. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, do not enter a school facility.

Required Actions if Individuals with Test-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School

1. Montgomery ISD is required to notify the Montgomery County Health Department of any individual who has been in a school who is test-confirmed to have COVID-19.

2. Upon receipt of information that any teacher, staff member, student, or visitor at a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, Montgomery ISD must submit a report to the Texas Department of State Health Services via an online form.

3.  The district will provide employees, students, and parents with notification of positive cases by email via SchoolMessenger if the individual who tested positive was in the same classroom or in the same extra-curricular activity.

Students Who Test Positive for COVID-19

Parents should report to the campus administration or nurse if their child tests positive for COVID-19.You can do this by completing the COVID Reporting form (click here).

1. If symptomatic and has tested positive, the student may return to school:

  • after 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • No fever in the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

2. If asymptomatic and has tested positive, the student may return to school after 10 days from the positive test or after two negative COVID tests, 24 hours apart. A rapid test may be requested and scheduled at the ESC through the the link above, as long as supplies are available.

Students will not be changed to remote learning during the COVID absence. School work missed during the absences can be requested and returned in accordance with the student handbook.

Employees Who Test Positive for COVID-19

Employees should contact their campus administration and Teresa Tipton, Benefits and Employee Relations Coordinator.

1. If symptomatic and has tested positive, the employee may return to school:

  • after 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • No fever in the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

2. If asymptomatic and has tested positive, the employee may return to school after 10 days from the positive test or after two negative COVID tests, 24 hours apart. A rapid test may be requested and scheduled through the school nurse or at the ESC through the link above, as long as supplies are available.

While no longer required, MISD is offering an additional 10 days leave for absence as a result of the employee testing positive for COVID-19 or coming into close contact with a member who has tested positive for COVID-19, and inability to work remotely. In order to qualify for paid leave, staff must provide documentation of a positive test to Teresa Tipton.

Close Contact to Individual Who Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Contact tracing and mandatory quarantine protocols are no longer required. We are stressing everyone should exercise personal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our students, families and staff members.

If you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, consider quarantining for 10 days after the date of last contact (or 7 days with a negative COVID test administered after day 5), unless you are fully vaccinated. You may also consider wearing a mask if you are not quarantining. Monitor your condition carefully for any symptoms. If symptoms develop, do not return to school. Consider seeing your health care provider or obtaining a COVID test. Employees who have been in close contact with someone in their household who has tested positive for COVID-19 may also consult with their supervisor regarding work options.

Masks

In accordance with the governor’s latest Executive Order GA-38 issued July 29, 2021, school systems cannot require students or staff to wear a mask. GA-38 addresses government-mandated face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other authority to require protective equipment, including masks, in an employment setting is not necessarily affected by GA-38. School systems must allow individuals to wear a mask if they choose to do so.

We will make as many accommodations as possible to ensure that students who do choose to wear a mask feel safe on campus. For example, upon request and whenever possible, we will accommodate a student’s request to be grouped with other students wearing a mask in the classroom setting. Additionally, students may choose to opt out of campus-wide events, like pep rallies. If you wish to make these requests, please contact your child’s campus.

Any student, employee, or visitor in the school district may wear a mask. We ask that all students and staff members respect every individual’s right to choose whether they will wear a mask while in a school or district facility.

Other Preventative Measures

Montgomery ISD will continue to restrict the use of public water fountains as well as continue enhanced cleaning protocols. Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be available at entrances and throughout the buildings.

Communication

Per Texas Education Agency guidance, the district will provide employees, students, and parents with notification of positive cases by email via SchoolMessenger if the individual who tested positive was in the same classroom or in the same extra-curricular activity.  In addition, the redesigned MISD COVID-19 tracker on the MISD website will be updated daily. The tracker will now include the number of positive cases by day, campus, and grade level as well as the percentage of COVID-19 positive students and staff throughout the entire district.

Parents who have questions about a positive case indicated on the COVID tracker may call their school office and they will do their best to accommodate you while following all privacy laws.

MONTGOMERY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

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