HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
Students and staff will be regularly reminded about the importance of proper handwashing. Teachers may allow for more breaks to give students the opportunity to wash their hands, either at a classroom sink or in a restroom.
In addition, we will place no-touch hand sanitizer units throughout our buildings and on our buses. Students and staff will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly.
Masks and PPE
Lindale ISD will follow any mandates and/or executive orders issued by Governor Greg Abbott regarding masks. As of July 2, the governor is requiring all Texans, 10 years of age and older, to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces.
We are discouraging students from using the drinking fountains. Instead, we recommend that all students bring water bottles to school so that they can refill them. Students should not share water bottles with others.
Students will be spaced apart as much as possible to help with social distancing. Students will face one direction as much as possible. Lunch times will be altered to allow fewer students in the cafeteria at one time. All school staff members will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria. Cafeteria tables and chairs will be cleaned after each student setting or lunch period. Visitors will not be allowed during lunchtime to help with social distancing. Parents and guardians will be allowed to drop off food to their students through the front office.
Cleaning & Disinfecting
Our custodial staff will significantly increase the wiping down and disinfecting of public spaces and high-touch surfaces across our buildings and throughout the school day. We will also provide greater access to cleaning materials for our teachers and staff so that they can clean and disinfect spaces, as needed.
Each evening, our custodial team will conduct a thorough cleaning of our spaces, again disinfecting high-touch surfaces like sinks, drinking fountains, door handles, tables, and desks.
Due to the possibility that students will need to engage in remote or online learning at some point in the school year, the district will provide I-Pads or tablets for students who do not have reliable access to a computer at home.
We also know that not all families have reliable internet access at home. The district is exploring options for securing Wi-Fi hotspots for some of our students to ensure they have the tools they need to learn remotely.
Busing & Transportation
Buses will be cleaned before every route. Bus drivers and monitors will be required to wear masks. If Governor Abbott's mask mandate is in place, students will be required to wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be available to all students upon entering and exiting the bus. Students will be spaced out as much as possible. If you are able, families are encouraged to use personal vehicles to transport your student to and from school, to decrease the number of students on buses.
Athletics & Extracurricular Activities
At this time, we plan to offer athletics and extracurricular activities in the fall semester. However, activities, practices, and schedules may need to be modified to ensure students remain physically distanced and can maintain proper hygiene. Each activity will look a little different, and coaches and advisors will be able to provide you and your students with more information.