- The building will open to students at 7:35 a.m.
- Middle School students will be dropped off and will enter through the southeast door by the gym.
- Siblings may be dropped off together at any of the applicable entrances.
- Contactless drop-off, with parents remaining in their cars, will be emphasized. A staff member will be at each access point taking temperatures.
- Once students have entered the building, they will proceed directly to their classrooms. Students will not be using lockers during this initial phase. They will have their backpacks with them in each classroom so that we can maintain physical separation in the hallways.
Drop-off and Pick-up During the School Day
If a student needs to leave early or arrive late, such as for a doctor’s appointment, the student will enter and exit through the front main entrance. If a student needs to leave during the day, the parent should park in one of the parking spaces in front of the main office, stay in the car, and call Ms. Drake, 214-826-2931. The student will be escorted to the car. Upon returning to school, the student should enter through the main entrance and check in with Ms. Drake.
Cafeteria and Lunch
We are currently furnishing the cafeteria with rectangular tables to allow for increased physical distancing and are installing plexiglass dividers on the tables. The lunch schedule will be adjusted to accommodate smaller groups of students.
There will be no hot meal service this year. Our food service provider, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, will offer boxed cold lunches with a salad or sandwich, two sides, dessert, and bottled water. These lunches MUST be ordered ahead of time. Ordering information will be sent out in August. Students may also bring lunch from home. Microwaves will not be available during this phase. Please do not have food delivered to campus, as we are not allowing visitors in the building during this phase.
Middle School lunch and recess times are as follows:
- Fifth grade and sixth grade – 12:25 – 1:10 p.m.
- Seventh grade and eighth grade – Noon – 12:45 p.m.
Afternoon Carpool Procedures
- All Middle School families will be assigned a carpool tag.
- MIddle School students will be called directly from the classroom to the carpool pick-up line.
- Middle School carpool will begin at 3:30 p.m.
- Middle School students will exit out the northeast door by the flagpole.
- Middle School students remaining on campus at 3:45 p.m. will be taken to the cafeteria.
After-school Care for Middle School Students
After-school Care will be available for Middle School students from 3:45 – 5:30 p.m. Students will be housed in the cafeteria with periodic breaks outside. The environment will be controlled to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Cohorts, Schedules, and Classrooms
Middle School students will be assigned to a cohort group and a classroom. Students will report to the assigned classroom each morning and will remain in that room for their academic classes. Desks will be placed three to six feet apart or divided by plastic barriers to allow for physical distancing in the classroom. In order to minimize hallway traffic, teachers will move from classroom to classroom instead of the students moving.
All middle school students will follow a blue day/green day schedule. With this schedule, each student will have four or five classes per day. For example, a student may have math, Spanish, science, and computer on blue days and history, PE, music, and English on green days. Following a block schedule aids in minimizing exposure as well as limits the materials students need to bring with them each day.
All classes will be held in the cohort classroom with the exception of science, music, computer, and PE/athletics. The science labs will be used for science classes. Students will be separated by plexiglass dividers on each lab table. Music will be held in the auditorium where students will be physically distanced for singing. Computer classes will be held in the computer lab where plexiglass will be installed between each workstation. PE/athletics will be held in the gym or outside. Locker rooms will be restricted to three to four students at one time. As a result, fifth and sixth grade students will not change into PE uniforms during this initial phase.
Backpacks and Supplies
Students will use backpacks that they will keep with them in the classroom. Lockers will not be used during this initial phase of reopening. Students need to have their own set of supplies such as markers, pencils, scissors, etc. We recommend that students have two backpacks, one for blue day classes and one for green day classes. Students can then bring the appropriate backpack for the classes they have each day. This is not required, just an organizational suggestion.
An additional change is the implementation of one-way hallways. In order to reduce congestion in the hallways, students will follow a one-way traffic pattern when changing classes.
Lunch, Recess, and Open Period
During lunch, students will eat in the cafeteria with their cohort so as not to mix with many other students. The cafeteria tables will have plexiglass barriers between students at each table. Cafeteria tables and plexiglass dividers will be cleaned between each group of students.
Recess and Open Period will be held outside. Teachers will monitor students and encourage physical distancing while outside.
Restroom Breaks and Cleaning Procedures
Restroom breaks will be given to a maximum of three students at a time. No more than three students will be allowed in a restroom at one time. Restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day.
Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer each time they leave or enter a classroom. Student desks will be cleaned periodically throughout the day as well as by the janitorial service in the evenings.
Google Classroom and Digital Resources
All students will have a Google Classroom login for accessing instruction and assignments online. Parents will be given access as well.
Teachers will use these accounts at school to reinforce skills in navigating Google Classroom and other digital resources and to make sure that students are able to access, complete, and turn in assignments online.
Every student must bring their own headphones each day.
Any assemblies will be virtual rather than in-person, either as pre-recorded videos or as live Zoom sessions. Students will view the assembly on the screens in their classrooms. Field trips will be virtual or postponed.
Face Masks and Water Bottles
Each student must wear a mask or face shield every day. Face coverings must be worn at all times while on campus unless eating lunch. Each student should also bring a water bottle each day as the water fountains will not be in use.
Electives (Seventh and Eighth Grades)
Elective classes for seventh and eighth grade students are being scheduled so that student mixing and potential exposure can be limited. Elective choices will be sent out to students via Google Forms on July 28. Descriptions of available electives will be posted on the website on July 21. Any performances such as choir, drama, or musical theater will be recorded or live streamed if we are unable to have a live audience due to health and safety restrictions.
Athletics (Seventh and Eighth Grades)
Practices and Competitions
Athletic practices will take place during the athletic period during the school day. Practices will follow the current guidelines set forth by TAPPS and UIL. Locker room use will be limited.
Athletic competitions will be governed by current TAPPS and UIL guidelines.
Buses and Transportation
Initially, bus use will be limited to essential trips only. Alternative transportation for smaller groups may include parents driving students to athletic contests. Buses will be deep cleaned each week. All surfaces exposed to students will be disinfected before and after each trip. Only one student per bench seat will be allowed. Everyone in the bus will wear a face covering. Each person will sanitize their hands prior to boarding the bus, and physical distancing will be practiced when loading and unloading.