On Campus Operations - Elementary
What are school hours for on campus students?
Elementary school students attend from 7:55 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
What safeguards will be in place for students who ride the bus?
Approximately 35% of Humble ISD elementary students have selected online learning. That will reduce the number of students on our buses and allow for more social distancing between families. Siblings will be encouraged to sit together and leave space between other households. Students may sit two to a seat.
The Governor’s Executive Order requires that people 10 years and older wear masks in indoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. Students 10 and older will need to wear masks on the bus while the order is in place. Students should bring their own mask. The bus driver will have extra masks available for students age 10 and up if necessary.
Hand sanitizer will be available, and windows will be opened, weather-permitting.
How will physical distancing work on elementary campuses?
With reduced numbers of students on campus because some students are online, and outdoor learning encouraged, physical distancing can occur throughout the school campus.
What safeguards will be in place on elementary campuses?
- Students will enter classrooms upon arrival at school, rather than sit in hallways or the cafeteria to maximize social distancing.
- Teachers and staff will emphasize frequent hand washing; covering a cough or sneeze; not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; and other health and safety measures.
- All Governor’s orders will be followed including current face mask order.
- Signage on campus will encourage hand hygiene and physical distancing.
- Hand sanitizer will be in classrooms and throughout the campus.
- All students will have their own supplies. Sharing will be minimized to the extent possible.
- Use of flexible seating options will increase spacing to the extent possible.
- Wiping of tables, materials, high touch surfaces, and technology will occur.
- Buildings will be misted every night.
- Where age appropriate and when feasible, teachers will minimize contact between students that is within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. Outdoor learning and activities are highly encouraged.
- Although multiple classes may attend PE at the same time, the classes will not mix. Outdoor activities are highly encouraged.
- Scheduled restroom breaks will be minimized and individual student visits as needed will be encouraged with all students required to use hand sanitizer upon their return to the classroom.
- Restrooms will be assigned to a block of classrooms to minimize mixing.
- Restrooms will be sanitized and wiped down throughout the day.
- There will be no singing in music class the first 9 weeks of school unless it is outdoors with proper social distancing.
- Zones will be established on the playground to discourage students from mixing with other classes, but play will be encouraged. Play is a very important part of social and emotional development.
- Increased space between classes and students during lunch. More flexibility in lunch spaces including outdoors, weather permitting.
- Child Nutrition Services is developing plans to minimize lines and expedite food service.
- Plexiglass dividers will be available for shared instructional activities, such as guided reading, and guided math where appropriate.
- Drills that are required by law will be conducted with physical distancing between groups.
- Elementary schools will not schedule field trips or large group assemblies in the fall semester.
- Visitors to campus will be very limited. Visitors will not be permitted to eat lunch on campus with students. Parents may drop off lunches to the office.
- Increased dismissal areas and staggered times will allow for distancing at dismissal.
- Outdoor learning and utilizing all parts of the campus to spread out will be highly encouraged.
- Water fountains will be changed to bottle filling stations - at least 2 per campus.
- Air filters are being updated from MERV 7/8 to MERV 13.
- UV lights are being added to air handlers and HVAC units (where they are not currently in place) to kill bacteria and viruses.
- Building air will be purged more often throughout the day (air changes) and HVAC units will be run longer before and after regular hours.
- We warmly welcome all forms for personal protective equipment (PPE) for all staff and students.
- All parents are required to screen their children every day before sending them to school. Any student who is ill should stay home. Online learning may be available if the student is not too ill to work.
- Every staff member will self screen for symptoms everyday and if ill, not be on campus.
- Humble ISD is making in-district, convenient COVID testing with a 24 hour turnaround available to all staff.
Will there be temperature checks upon entry? What will happen with students who are sent to the nurse with fevers or other Covid-19 symptoms?
Everyone will self-screen from home. Students who develop symptoms during the day will be assisted by the nurse. The District found during summer athletic activities that conducting temperature checks of asymptomatic students was ineffective. Some students who did not have fever tested positive for COVID-19 that same week. Partnering with parents to obtain information worked best at identifying cases.
All nurses will be provided with updates on a regular basis and receive guidance on screening and evaluation protocols. Nurses will keep a close watch on any student who comes to the clinic with fever or flu-like symptoms. If a student has a fever of 100 degrees or more, parents will be called to pick up their child and that child will be isolated from other students and staff until they are picked up.
Will there be a nurse in the building every day?
Yes. Humble ISD elementary schools are staffed with a Registered Nurse.
Are masks required of students and staff?
We will follow the Governor’s orders that are in place including requirements for masks and/or face shields. If there is no requirement, families will decide what is best for them. All staff and students are welcome to wear as much Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks, gloves, face shields or scrubs, as they choose. The Governor’s current mask order exempts children younger than 10. If a child has a medical issue that makes it impossible for them to wear a mask, please work with your building nurse.
Will parents, visitors, and volunteers be allowed on campus?
Virtual meetings are encouraged as a health and safety precaution. All visitors will be screened before being allowed on campus per TEA Public Health Guidance. Access to campus will be very limited.
What steps is Humble ISD taking to have UV light air purification systems installed as part of the school’s air-conditioning systems?
UV light helps kill viruses in the air. Humble ISD is currently seeking bids on installing these systems at all campuses that currently do not have one. UV purification systems for air handlers are on a six-to-eight-week backorder due to high demand. The District is exploring all options for the most timely and cost-efficient way to secure the purchase of this equipment. The following schools already have UV light air purification systems: Atascocita Springs Elementary, Bear Branch Elementary, Deerwood Elementary, Elm Grove Elementary, Groves Elementary, North Belt Elementary, Ridge Creek Elementary, Woodland Hills Elementary, Creekwood Middle School, West Lake Middle School and parts of Humble High School.
When it comes to younger students, the curriculum is play-based and hands-on. How will play-based learning work with blocks, games, manipulatives, puzzles, kitchen, puppets, play-doh and other materials?
Play-based learning will continue to be encouraged with young learners. Humble ISD can mist all of it to sanitize.
What are the cleaning procedures?
Desks, tables and playground equipment are cleaned daily. Frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant that is effective against multiple disease-causing viruses and bacteria. Cleaning supplies have been upgraded and misting machines are used after hours to further sanitize the campus.
How can parents keep children healthy?
Parents can help by keeping children home who are sick, have symptoms, or are running a fever. Parents should closely monitor their children every morning prior to coming to school. Under current guidelines, if a child has COVID-19 symptoms, the child cannot return to school until at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications); and the individual has improvement in symptoms.
Parents whose children have extenuating health factors may want to consider 100% online learning. A list of health factors that may be concerning include the following: asthma, severe respiratory issues such as cystic fibrosis, immune -compromised illnesses, and students in medical needs classrooms.
Can parents donate extra cleaning supplies to their child’s classroom?
Clorox wipes are welcomed. Lysol cannot be accepted due to individuals’ sensitivities.
Why would elementary schools operate with all students on campus every day, while middle schools and high schools operate with only about half of their students on campus every day?
- Many parents believe that on-campus instruction is the best opportunity for our youngest students to be successful for a variety of reasons.
- Elementary students mix less, as they are mostly in self-contained units, and adjustments to limit mixing will be encouraged. Keeping groups separate when possible is one measure that will be used to protect against the spread of illness. With an emphasis on outdoor learning/play spaces, many seating/spacing options, and reduced sharing of materials, we believe we can offer an in-person environment for healthy students and staff.
- With larger populations, and larger people, that constantly mix on secondary campuses, a more cautious approach is prudent at middle and high schools.
Will there continue to be Elementary Holiday/Staff Workdays?
Yes. Humble ISD intends to follow its 2020-2021 calendar. Elementary Holiday/Staff Work Days for elementary students only will be Sept. 21, Nov. 30, Feb. 15, and March 22.