Back to School 2020
- Back to School 2020
- Agendas and Minutes
- Committee Members
- SFISD Learning and Calendar Survey Results
- Back to School 2020-2021 Re-Start Committee Board Workshop 7-1-20
- Connecting the Future 2020-2021 Back to School Plan
- 2020-2021 SFISD Virtual Learning Guide (Updated 7-30-20)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
- District Communication
- Press Releases
- Frequently Asked Questions
- References and Resources
- UIL Information
- Santa Fe ISD
- Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ's by Category
Classroom and Instruction
When will on campus instruction begin?
At this time and unless conditions prohibit, we will plan to offer on campus instruction beginning September 8, 2020.
What options do I have as a working parent with younger children?
SFISD is currently working on a plan to provide Campus Virtual Learning Labs for students needing support meeting certain criteria. Virtual Learning Labs will be open on each campus but are limited to space. The Virtual Learning Labs will provide a place for students to interact virtually within their classes CANVAS course, while being monitored by an SFISD employee. The Virtual Learning Lab is providing monitoring only. An application survey link will be sent to parents by Friday, July 31st, 2020. Families of students qualifying will receive communication and direction on next steps during the week of August 3rd, 2020. Please check your inbox and/or Skyward Family Access to fill out your application. Thank you!
How is virtual learning for the first 3 weeks of school going to work?
Please refer to the 2020-2021 SFISD Parent Virtual Learning Guide on the district website. Sample schedules are highlighted in this guidebook to offer you a clearer picture on the responsibilities of the instructor and the learner.
Can the learning option (Virtual vs. Face-to-Face) be changed before face to face instruction starts?
Yes, the online or face to face decision can be changed before returning face to face. We will communicate the process for this as we get closer to returning to face to face instruction.
Will AP classes be taught virtually as well as regular classes?
Please refer to the 2020-2021 SFISD Parent Virtual Learning Guide on the district website. Description of courses and sample schedules are highlighted in this guidebook to offer you a clearer picture on the responsibilities of the instructor and the learner.
What school supplies do my children need as a virtual learner?
SFISD will provide each student with a laptop for virtual learning. Student technology distribution has been provided since June and offered through our Technology Department on Wednesdays. The technology distribution schedule is being updated to provide multiple dates and times to accommodate schedules. Information from SFISD technology will be released on Friday, July 31st, 2020. There is no need to purchase any additional supplies or equipment for virtual learners.
Will my daughter continue to get the assistance for her dyslexia during virtual learning?
Through SFISD Virtual Learning, accommodations for students with disabilities will follow he student's IEP or 504 service plans when applicable. Accommodations may not fundamentally alter the content or standards of the instruction.
For specific questions about your child’s services, please contact the Office of Special Services at 281-925-9050 for addiotnal information.
Will students be able to have recess or breaks during the day?
The District’s Back to School Plan and campus school plans will include procedures for recess, lunch, etc.
Will students have the same attendance requirements?
Yes. The minimum attendance for class credit rule of TEC 25.o92, will be in effect for the 2020-2021 school year, and TEA will not be issuing any waivers to local districts to exempt themselves from the rule. Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted. Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus attendance in satisfying this requirement.
Healthcare and Support
Will students be required to wear masks?
SFISD will comply with the Governor’s Executive Order GA-29 regarding the wearing of face masks when practical and when social distancing is not feasible
Can a student wear a face shield in place of a mask while at school?
Students can wear a face shield in addition to a face mask but not in place of.
My student takes daily medication(s). Will they be allowed to take them at school? How do I drop off medications to the clinic?
SFISD will continue to support students in their health and safety needs. Medications at school will still be administered according to SFISD policy. Prior to your student(s) return to on-campus instruction, contact their campus nurse to schedule a time to drop off their medication(s) and required doctor documentation. Students will not be allowed to bring medications to the clinic or carry them on their person.
It is encouraged to administer any medications such as morning/breakfast and evening doses (after 2:00 pm), at home if at all possible. This is to minimize your student’s possibility of being exposed to any illnesses.
My student has a specific action plan for their medical condition (diabetes, asthma, seizures, anaphylaxis, etc.). How do I provide the clinic with this information?
You may email, fax, or have the student bring this information to their campus nurse. Templates for these action plans are available on the Health Services/Nurses page of the SFISD website. These exact templates are not required but are available for physicians to complete if they request one or do not have their own form.
If a medication is needed in conjunction as part of the action plan, the parent/guardian will need to schedule a time with the campus nurse to drop off the medication.
How will the clinic minimize the exposure risk of my student if my student has to come to the clinic daily for medications or procedures?
Each campus will designate a specific time period(s) in which students will not be allowed to go to the clinic unless absolutely necessary. This time period will be utilized and designated for daily medication administration to minimize the possibility of exposure.
The clinic will be cleaned and disinfected prior to student medication administration time period(s). Students will wear masks according to the governor’s executive order GA-29 and will follow floor markings to maintain appropriate distancing. Students will be allowed to remove their mask to confirm proper identification and while taking their medication.
How will the clinic minimize the exposure risk of my student if they need to go to the clinic for an injury, illness, or other health concern not related to COVID-19?
The clinic will be providing teachers with supplies and instructions to address minor issues (e.g. paper cut or scrape) that may be managed in the classroom. For health concerns requiring nurse attention, students will follow directional arrow markers on the floor. X’s will be on the floor for students to stand to promote social distancing. Student’s suspected of exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated in a designated area to minimize exposure to others. Strict cleaning and disinfecting practices will be followed.
What happens if my student begins exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus?
Students that begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while present on campus will be isolated in a designated area on their campus. Parent/guardian will be contacted for pick-up and are expected to pick up their student in a timely manner (within 30 minutes). Students will be instructed to wear a face mask, regardless of their age, until parents are able to pick them up.
SFISD will follow protocols for notifying local health authorities, cleaning and disinfecting, and staff/student notifications.
What happens if my student is diagnosed with COVID-19 during the school year?
Contact your campus nurse to inform them of their diagnosis. The nurse will inform you of the process that will be followed while your student is ill and review re-entry criteria.
If my student only has one of the symptoms for COVID-19, will he/she be considered as having COVID-19?
While COVID-19 is at the forefront of concern at this time, we are aware of the possibility of contracting other common illnesses. Students will be provided with comprehensive nursing assessments to determine if the student will need to follow COVID-19 protocols and re-entry criteria. Assessment findings will be provided to the parent as well as re-entry criteria for common illnesses.
What is the re-entry criteria for someone to return to campus?
In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all of the following criteria have been met:
- At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); AND
- Significant improvement in symptoms (including not having a productive cough); AND
- At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared; AND
- Be able to provide clearance from a physician or the local health district.
- Students will provide documentation to the campus nurse.
- In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19, such an individual is presumed positive of having COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until completing the 14-day incubation period and meeting ALL re-entry criteria as listed above.
- If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to campus before completing the 14-day incubation period, the individual must either
- Obtain a physician’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, OR
- Receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart from an approved testing site, that both yield negative results.
What can families do to keep students, staff and the community safe?
As health and wellness continues to be a focus in our community, we ask our parents, guardians, and the greater Santa Fe community to partner with us to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and community. Continue to monitor your child’s health and practice social distancing when possible. By following these simple steps, the exposure of illness and the possibility of it spreading to our Santa Fe ISD families and the community is minimized.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Facial masks are recommended to prevent the spread of COVID 19. According to the Center for Disease Control, face coverings are meant to protect others in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.
- Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length from other people.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
Services and Operations
How can I access counseling services?
The District is committed to providing counseling support for all students. Schools are finalizing counseling plans to best meet the needs of their students for the 2020-2021 school year. Should you require immediate assistance from a school counselor, please contact your child’s campus. You may also contact the City of Santa Fe Resiliency Center.
The City of Santa Fe Resiliency Center will remain open to answer questions or to assist individuals needing immediate assistance. Their hours are Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Or you can call the Resiliency Center at 409-218-7129.
Will the District have Transportation Services?
Yes, the district will continue to offer transportation to students who require transportation to and from school. The District’s Back to School plan will outline enhanced safety procedures and transportation regulations in compliance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Education Agency. The district will survey our student population who currently utilize bus services to determine need. This information will be shared with students and parents very soon.
Will lunch delivery/pickup continue when school starts?
Santa Fe ISD will resume home meal deliveries on Monday Aug. 3. If you have a child enrolled in Santa Fe ISD and would like to enroll in home delivered meals please email your name, child's name and address to Mealoperationsc19@sfisd.org or call YUM! Nutrition Services at 925-9070. Meals will be served based on the households eligibility for free,reduced or paid meals. Households may apply for free & reduced meals at www.schoolcafe.com
Will lunches continue to be served?
Yes, the district will continue to provide lunches for students. The District’s Back to School plan will outline those procedures. This information will be shared with students, staff and parents very soon.
Is SFISD still allowing facility rentals?
SFISD facilities are available for rentals based on the organization adhering to the Governor’s Executive Order GA-28 which addresses capacity requirements, social distancing etc. To find out more information regarding facility rentals, please click this link SFISD Facility Rentals for additional information.
Technology and Devices
Will computers be checked out for virtual learning this upcoming school year?
Yes, computers will be checked out for virtual learning for the 2020-2021 school year. If your student currently has a SFISD issued device, please keep it at this time. Information will be sent out soon on dates and times of laptop distribution/swaps/returns.
What type of technology will the District be checking out to the students?
If the student is in elementary school, grades K-5, the student will be issued a laptop for remote learning if they need one. When we return to face to face instruction, they will use the computers in the classroom. If the student is in grades 6–12, we will be assigning every student a computer. When we return to face to face instruction, they will be required to bring their device to school every day and use it for the classes that will require computers.
Is there a limit to the number of devices available for checkout per family?
Each student registered with SFISD is allowed 1 (one) laptop to be checked out under their name.
Extra-Curricular / Other Activities
Will students be able to particiate in UIL sports?
The new UIL guidelines moved the official start dates back for Volleyball, Cross-Country, and Football from August 3rd to September 7th. Currently, the SFISD Athletic Department is modifying schedules, practice dates, and practice times. These will be posted on each team’s individual website when they are completed.
When does band practice/camp begin? Where is ANY information on your website about band?
The Director of Bands for SFISD has and will continue to closely monitor the updates from the Texas Education Agency. University Interscholastic League, and the Santa Fe Independent School District to make informed and safe decisions regarding camps and the marching season ahead. As of today, July 14, 2020, please reserve the week of August 3rd-7th available from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. as dates for band camp. A schedule of sectionals for proper social distancing will be released as the date draws closer.
What about UIL and Extra-curricular events?
Athletics and Extra-curricular activities and events will be conducted in alignment with UIL guidelines. Non-UIL activities will follow the same COVID-19 related guidelines as UIL activities. Additional guidelines will be shared in the district’s Back To School plan.
Is the high school having orientation this year for freshmen? If so, when is it?
The campus is currently reviewing options for freshman orientation this year that best meets the needs of students while also maintaining a level of safety for all staff and students. Once a decision has been made, it will be communicated to all freshmen parents by August 1, 2020.
Registration and Enrollment
How can I find out more information regarding student registration?
Registration for both new AND returning students is available now. You can find specific details on the registration webpage. If you have additional questions, please direct your questions to this email address at email@example.com, which has been developed specifically for registration questions. Please direct your question to this email address and someone can answer your specific question/s regarding your child’s 2020-2021 registration.
My daughter who will be a freshman this year also needs to change some classes. How do I do that?
If a student has a question about his/her schedule, they can contact the Lead Counselor, Beth Yorlano, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Registration in Skyward it shows my daughter in R.J.Wollam we moved and are now in Kubabcak's district. Is this something that will be sort out after enrollment?
You may complete the online registration and then send an email to email@example.com. Please include the following information: Student name, campus they are leaving, and campus they are going to along with a reason they need to be switched.
Will it be possible to change courses after registration?
If your student needs to change courses or has questions about his/her class schedule, they will need to contact the counselor on their specific campus.
If my Residency application needs to be notarized for registering my student/s for the 2020-2021 school year, what do I need to do at this time?
The District will be taking residency applications without notarizing the documents at this time. Please submit all residency applications to Brandy Meade, HR/PR Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning Monday, August 3, 2020, the Human Resources Department will begin making appointments for individuals to come to the Cowan Education Center located at 4133 Warpath, Santa Fe, TX, to have their documents notarized. Please make sure that you bring with you a driver’s license for identification and a utility bill to verify your residency status.
What if my child needs their Verification Of Enrollment for a driving permit?
Campus requests for student documents need to be directed to the student’s campus. If facilities are closed or you leave a message, an email or voice message will be returned within 48 hours.
Last Updated on July 30, 2020
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