Posted Date: 06/29/2021
Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services
The Texas Education Agency recently announced the availability of $11.2 billion in federal funding made available to school districts through ESSER III under the American Rescue Plan. This is a substantial sum of money, though amounts vary significantly from district to district. This page on our website will be used to communicate with our staff, parents, and community members about the ESSER III funds (ESSER stands for Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief). These are federal funds sent to the states to help cover costs associated with learning loss due to COVID-19 and the cost of online instruction, facilities improvements, and the pandemic.
Kerens ISD is proud to have offered the opportunity for in-person instruction for all students during the 2020-21 school year. Thanks to the support of our faculty, staff, students, and community, we developed this plan in the summer of 2020 and with full consideration of public comment and feedback. We have persevered throughout the year, despite the occasional setback, to keep students in school and to maintain open lines of communication with our entire school community. For the 2021-22 school year full in-person instruction will continue, along with expanded services, activities, and extracurricular programs. This statement is meant to satisfy the requirements for accepting additional funds through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.
The top priorities of Kerens ISD are the safety and academic success of all students.
SAFE RETURN GOALS 2021-2022
1. Follow the Center for Disease and Control and the Texas Education Agency guidelines to keep our students and staff safe.
2. Assess academic gaps and provide accelerated catch-up growth opportunities.
3. Evaluate the social and emotional needs of our students and staff.
4. Keep schools open all year without having to endure school closure.
All plans are subject to change based on regulations by the Texas Education Agency and the Office of the Governor of Texas. Parents will be notified if changes are necessary.
Back to School 2021-2022
Entering into the 2021-2022 school year Kerens ISD plans to continue the learning initiatives it has established and will provide new learning opportunities for our students.
Instructional Settings and Continuity of Services
Kerens ISD after careful review of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the distribution of vaccinations, has made the decision to open our Campus doors to all students for face-to-face learning for the 2021-2022
For the 2021-22 school year full In-Person or Face to Face Instruction will continue. along with expanded services, activities, and extracurricular programs.
Alternative instructional settings may be needed in response to extenuating circumstances. Kerens ISD is awaiting further guidance from the Texas Education Agency regarding students who have a physician’s verification documenting a specific medical need and whose children meet the criteria established for a remote learning program.
Local community transmission and situational changes may justify asynchronous instruction at various times during the school year.
Assessing and Address the Impact of Learning Loss
Use of screeners and/or benchmark assessments to help identify student strengths, learning gaps and disabilities
Provide learning interventions that lead toward student progress and growth.
Incorporate Differentiated Learning Platforms that Continuously Adapt for Student Growth
More Instructional Time to address the impact of Learning Loss
Kerens ISD will offer additional learning opportunities that may include
During the day tutorials to recapture the learning loss
After school tutorials to help with students not passing STARR and EOC’s
Tutoring through partnerships
Rigorous Instructional Materials and Teacher Supports
Implementation of additional Career Tech Courses at the Secondary Level
Implementation of the Accelerated Reading at the Elementary Level
Implementation of Read 180 Program at Both KES and KSS campuses.
Texas Resource System’s researched based curriculum
A continuation of the Frog Street Curriculum for prekindergarten
Increased use of technology in the classrooms
Mental Health and Behavioral Supports
Kerens ISD will continue to utilize various programming, resources, and partnerships that benefit the mental, social and emotional needs of the student.
Offer in school counseling with a Beahavioral and Mental Health Counselor
Partnership with Social Workers to provide outreach/services to students and families
PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Continue with community partnerships to benefit the whole child
Implement Youth Led Programming
Establish Student Councils
Ensure the continuity of Food service programs
Continued development of specialized instructional spaces within buildings
Addition of space as needed for the safety of staff and students
Update as needed for improved technology use within the schools
Building improvements as needed for the safety of staff and students
Proposed COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
Face Coverings No Longer Required
Face coverings will no longer be required for any student or staff member; however, masks may be worn by those who feel more comfortable doing so.
Face coverings will not be required in any educational space or activity including school buses, athletics, etc.
Face mask will be available for distribution upon request.
COVID Immunizations Not Mandatory
Kerens ISD will continue to provide information to the community about COVID immunization opportunities as a courtesy for those who wish to access the vaccine. However, the COVID immunization will not be required for staff or students.
Kerens ISD staff will be encouraged to log their vaccination information with their respective campus, however, that will not be mandatory.
Kerens ISD will continue to partner with Navarro County and the State of Texas to offer the vaccine to students and staff.
Kerens ISD will continue to encourage good hand hygiene, such as reminding students to wash hands after using the restroom, before meals, etc., and provide access to hand sanitizer stations.
Touchpoints (i.e. doorknobs, light switches, etc.) will continue to be disinfected throughout all buildings on a daily basis.
School buses will continue to be disinfected twice daily.
Teachers and staff will continue to have access to disinfectant supplies to clean high-touch areas regularly if desired.
Quarantines of healthy/non-symptomatic students and staff will be discontinued.
Should a student or staff member test positive for COVID, or show symptoms commonly associated with COVID, they will be asked to isolate for 10 days (unless they provide documentation of being fully vaccinated).
The person in isolation may return if they receive a negative COVID test after day 5 of isolation.
Cafeterias & child nutrition
Employees must adhere to Food Services Guidance
Use disposable student food service items (e.g., utensils, trays).
Ensure that all non-disposable food service items are handled with gloves and washed with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.
Visitors in KISD Schools/Facilities Permitted
In the 2021-2022 school year, visitors will be permitted in schools as they were pre-COVID.
Schools keep a log of visitors and where they visited, for potential contact tracing purposes.
Face coverings will not be required for visitors, however, they may wear one if they are more comfortable doing so.
Playgrounds and Recess
Playground use is allowed with proper safeguards.
Stagger groups using playgrounds and/or limit multiple group usage.
Wash hands before and after recess.
Athletics and Activities Resume as Normal
Athletics and activities will resume normal processes in 2021-2022 in partnership with governing bodies.
Field Trips Resume
Field trips will resume in 2021-2022.