Student Health Protocols
- All parents are responsible for ensuring that a daily self-screening of each student occurs prior to coming to school or boarding school transportation.
- All students will be instructed on methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at school.
- All students should practice appropriate social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
- All students should regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds.
- All students will be trained on proper handwashing techniques and participate in scheduled handwashing times throughout the day.
- All students (health exceptions) are required to use non-medical grade face coverings, covering nose and mouth.
Employee Health Protocols
- All Pearland ISD employees will be required to complete a daily self-screening prior to coming to work.
- All employees shall know, understand and practice methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at work.
- All employees must practice appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (i.e. cough/sneeze into arm, cover mouth with tissue, etc.).
- All employees shall regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds.
- All employees shall maintain recommended social distancing from others, unless intervening in an emergency where an individual's safety is compromised.
- All employees shall use, at a minimum, non-medical grade face coverings, covering nose and mouth.
- Following federal, state and local mandates, the use of non-medical grade face coverings will be enforced in all Pearland ISD facilities.
- Face coverings will be required for all Pearland ISD staff.
- (Updated 7/20/20) All students (developmentally appropriate and health exceptions) are required to use non-medical grade face coverings, covering nose and mouth.
- Any individual coming to campus during the instructional day will be required to wear a face covering for building access.
Health and Hygiene Practices
- Hand sanitizer stations will be at the entrances of each facility.
- Campuses will have structured times for student handwashing.
- Students and staff will be instructed in proper handwashing techniques.
- Students and staff will be trained in proper health hygiene and disease transmission prevention measures.
- Signage for proper hygiene practices will be posted throughout the buildings, in the restrooms and at the entrances.
- All buildings will post self-screening and mitigation practices.
- Classrooms will be arranged to provide the maximum social distancing possible within the constraints presented by the facility and the functions within that classroom.
- Isolation rooms will be identified at each campus/facility.
- When permitted, student gatherings will be held outdoors.
- Large group meetings and assemblies will be limited, held outdoors when feasible and held virtually when applicable.
- Maintenance staff will monitor HVAC systems to ensure better air exchange in buildings.
- Close off shared drinking areas and adjust restroom capacity.
- Limit locker usage.
- Remove or limit soft furnishing and shared toys.
- All practices will be reviewed to promote social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Multiple entry points will be established (where applicable).
- Students will report straight to classrooms whenever possible.
- All areas of the building (gym, cafeteria, larger classrooms, common areas, etc.) will be utilized to limit the size of student groupings.
- Multiple exit points will be established (where applicable).
- Campuses will implement staggered release procedures (where applicable).
- Students will be released straight from their classroom whenever possible.
- Whenever possible, the transitioning of students will be limited during the school day.
- Traffic patterns will be established throughout the campus that separate individuals to the greatest extent possible.
- Staff and signage/floor marking will be posted to reinforce physical distance expectations.
- Students will be encouraged to move directly from one class to the next without congregating in the hallway during transitions.
- Considerations will be made at all levels based on student needs.
All Food Services staff will use PPE while performing job responsibilities and will be trained to practice health and hygiene regulations. To ensure the safety of students and staff, no outside food deliveries will be accepted. Visitors will not be allowed during breakfast/lunch times.
Parents are encouraged to make online payments to student meal accounts in order to reduce exchange of cash at the point of service.
- Students will be seated to allow social distancing (when applicable).
- Cafeteria and serving areas will be cleaned as students transition.
- Students will utilize the cafeteria for lunch on a limited basis.
- Students may eat in various locations throughout the building to maximize social distancing.
- Cafeteria, serving and eating areas will be cleaned between uses.
As a response to COVID-19, Pearland ISD encourages all families, with the ability to do so, to transport students to and from school. Bus transportation will be offered; however, the standard number of transported students compromises the ability to socially distance. For this reason, students utilizing bus transportation will be required to utilize face coverings.
- Students in all grade levels will be required to complete an online transportation request form through Skyward in order to be scheduled for bus service. Online transportation requests must be completed by August 1, 2020, in order to receive service when school begins.
- Bus seating will be assigned for all students.
- When possible, siblings or students residing in the same household will be seated together.
- Hand sanitizer will be available on each bus and students will use the hand sanitizer upon entry to the bus.
- All bus drivers and monitors will wear appropriate face coverings.
- (Updated 7/23/20) All students (developmentally appropriate and health exceptions) are required to use non-medical grade face coverings, covering nose and mouth.
- Each bus will be sanitized between routes and Transportation staff members will be trained in proper sanitizing procedures.
- When possible, windows and roof vents will be opened while the bus is operating to increase the fresh air flow through the bus. Air conditioners will continue to be used in conjunction with the open windows.
- Bus stop locations may change from previous years in some areas to reflect the actual students who are utilizing bus service. As a result, some locations may require a student to walk a bit farther to a bus stop than in the past.
- For students choosing to use the optional bus fee service, payment may be made in full for the entire year once the fees are added in Skyward, or monthly payments may be made throughout the year. If monthly payments are made, payments are due on the first day of each month (August through May.) If payment is not received within 15 days, bus service will be discontinued for the student. The parent or guardian may request to have service reinstated, but it is subject to the delinquent payments being made and the availability of route service and capacity to accommodate the student.
Campus Cleaning Plan
- Campuses will be cleaned throughout the instructional day.
- Custodial staffing will be realigned to allow for ongoing cleaning of touch surfaces during the instructional day.
- Classrooms will be equipped for cleaning between student transitions.
- Teachers and students will be trained on cleaning techniques.
- Cleaning products will be properly stored when not in use.
Response to Lab-Confirmed Case of COVID-19 (Deep Cleaning)
Deep cleaning is triggered when an employee or student is identified as lab positive for COVID-19. Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected by custodial staff, unless more than 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus.
- Athletics and Extracurricular Activities will be conducted in alignment with UIL guidelines.
- (Updated 7/20/20) Students who choose the remote learning option will able to participate in UIL and extracurricular activities. Those extracurricular and co-curricular activities which can be held in a remote environment will be done so at the discretion of the campus and sponsor.
- There will be no indoor pep-rallies during the Fall semester. Outdoor pep-rallies or gatherings must be in compliance with state social distancing guidelines.
- Any student social activities (i.e. dances, celebrations) must be conducted in open air venues or limited to less than 50 participants. All such activities, regardless of location, must be in compliance with federal, state and local social distancing guidelines.
- Hand washing or hand sanitation stations must be available for any activity.
- Use of face coverings should be implemented as feasible. All employees, parents, visitors and students must wear face coverings or face shields upon entry to an area where UIL activities are being conducted and when not actively practicing or exercising, unless an exception applies.
- Pearland ISD staff will follow the response protocol in the event a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.
- Clubs and campus organizations are encouraged to meet virtually.
- For all UIL extracurricular activities, the district will follow all federal and state guidelines for spectators. The district reserves the right to limit spectators at its discretion to ensure social distancing and satisfy participant health and safety requirements. Elementary, Middle School and Junior High students will only be allowed to attend events with a parent/guardian. High School students may attend events without a parent but will be required to leave if they do not follow campus guidelines.
- All spectators attending an event must wear a face covering (age and health exceptions).
- Pearland ISD will restrict all visitors to schools to only those essential to school operations.
- Visitors will not be allowed to visit during lunchtime.
- Excluding the parental drop-off and pick-up times, before visitors are allowed onto campuses, campus staff must screen all visitors for COVID-19 symptoms.
- Essential meetings will be done by appointment or through a virtual format.
- To ensure the safety of students and staff, no outside food deliveries will be accepted (i.e. food, gifts, DoorDash, etc.).
- If possible, campus staff will establish a “no contact” system to allow parents/guardians to drop off essential items to students during the school day.
- Until further notice, field trips will be postponed.
- Until further notice, there will be no large student assemblies.
- Pearland ISD will work with Brazoria County Health Department (BCHD) for Contact Tracing for any individual with a positive COVID-19 test.
- Each campus or facility will create an isolation room for individuals who are suspected to have COVID-19 symptoms.
- For contact tracing, the district will assume that an individual is infectious two (2) days prior to showing symptoms or two (2) days prior to an asymptomatic positive COVID-19 test.
- Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes while not wearing a mask or face shield.