The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and Millsap ISD’s Safe Return-to-School plans will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus, especially in Parker County.
Millsap ISD will follow recommendations for school opening and operation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Texas Education Agency, as well as state and local health officials. Circumstances related to COVID-19 may change throughout the coming school year, and this document will be updated as conditions change.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will health and safety training be provided for all staff and students?
Yes. All staff members will receive COVID-19 prevention training prior to the opening of school. All students will receive instruction on health protocols related to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 at the start of the school year.
Where will the health screener/self-report form be found?
The health screener/self-report form will be found at www.millsapisd.net/screen.
Will a Help Hotline and Questions Corner be available like in the Spring of 2020?
Yes. The Help Hotline, (940) 682-3100, will be monitored during business hours and the Questions Corner can be found at www.millsapisd.net/help.
How many students will be assigned to each classroom?
At this time, the class size requirements are the same as a regular school year. The maximum number of students per class varies by grade level and also varies by class at the secondary level. If all students are attending school each day, class counts will remain the same and social distancing will occur to the extent possible. Staff worked throughout the summer to increase available space in classrooms in order to allow more space between desks.
Will cafeterias be open and will school lunches be served?
Cafeterias will be open to serve breakfast and lunch daily. The physical setup for the cafeteria and the schedule will be adjusted to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time. Each campus cafeteria space will be evaluated to ensure social distancing. Some students will be eating in the cafeteria spaced according to the recommended guidelines while other students may eat in other large spaces. Student classrooms may be used for lunches as part of a rotation. All school meals will be served by employees, meaning student self-serve tables will not be used. Safety and health measures will be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.
Will my elementary child still have specials?
Yes. Millsap ISD believes in developing the whole child and these activities will still be provided.
Will bus transportation be provided for students?
Yes, transportation will continue to be provided. Parents are encouraged to provide their own transportation, if possible. Social distancing will be utilized to the extent possible. Family members will be seated together to maximize spacing.
What precautions will be in place for athletics, fine arts, and other extracurricular activities?
Safety guidelines are constantly updated for workouts, rehearsals, and practices. The district will continue to follow all guidelines provided by UIL, TEA, and the state. The Athletic Department will release the guidelines for athletes.
Will students have recess or the ability to play and socialize with other students?
Yes. Campuses will limit the number of students at recess at one time and may create different play areas for activities to further reduce student interactions. Students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands before and after recess.
How will traditional safety measures such as intruder protocols, drills, etc. be affected?
Traditional safety measures including drills will continue to be implemented, but COVID-19 health/safety protocols will be incorporated to the extent practicable. Some measures such as limiting the use of outdoor spaces will be affected as those areas are now needed to help alleviate spacing requirements. In such cases, increased awareness and other measures will be implemented. At all times, the most immediate safety needs will be met.
Will students be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs and organization meetings?
Yes, students who select At-Home Learning or In-Person Learning may participate in clubs and/or organizations when available. Some club meetings may be held virtually, as applicable. Students must have their own transportation to and from campus. Some extracurriculars will require on-campus activities.
Will students be able to have field trips and off-campus activities?
There is no guidance on field trips or off-campus activities at this time. Millsap ISD will post that information when it becomes available.
Will students still get to have pep rallies, plays, and other large group events?
Campuses will review options to modify large group gatherings but will endeavor to preserve the traditions of Millsap ISD in accordance to current health and safety guidelines.
What happens if a student or a teacher tests positive for COVID-19? Will the entire classroom have to quarantine? What if multiple classrooms and students/staff are impacted? Will students be able to participate in At-Home Learning during the quarantine?
Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home. When notification of a possible exposure occurs, in coordination with local health authorities, the campus/district will investigate who may have had close contact with the student. Based on the results, a determination will be made as to whether an entire classroom or multiple classrooms are required to quarantine. In the event students are required to temporarily quarantine, the education of these students will continue through At-Home Learning for the duration of the quarantine period.
Who will be notified if there is a case on my child’s campus?
Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students or staff who participate in any on campus activities.
How do I notify the school if I find out the results of my child's COVID test after hours or on the weekend?
Please notify your child's school nurse as soon as you have results of a COVID test even if it is after hours or on the weekend at the following numbers: MES 940-274-2611, MMS 940-274-2702, MHS 940-274-2656
Will computer devices or internet hotspots be made available to students who need them?
Yes. All students will have a device checked out to them. Internet hotspots are available upon request.
Can students change their commitment from In-Person Learning to At-Home Learning after the start of the school year?
Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in these two options, parents will be asked to make a commitment for at least one full six-week grading period. Special circumstances that affect a family will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the campus principal. Please note that if a student switches between In-Person Learning and At-Home Learning, then that student may not have the same teacher(s) or course schedule, as teachers may or may not be teaching both an At-Home and an In-Person class.
Will The Zone still be offered?
Yes, The Zone will still be available to families who are participating in In-Person Learning.
Will courses taken in At-Home Learning be included in GPA calculations and class rank for high school students?
Courses taken by students participating in At-Home Learning will be included in calculating GPA and class rank in accordance with EIC (Local) policy.
Will all courses be offered in At-Home Learning for students?
No. Based on the course requirements, there are some specialized courses that will not be available in At-Home Learning (see specialized course list below). For these courses, the student will have the option to attend the class on-campus or choose to have their schedule changed in order to remain in a fully remote environment. In addition, there are some specialized courses that are offered in At-Home Learning but may require in-person laboratory learning experiences based on specific course learning outcomes regarding equipment, software, and technology. The list below outlines which courses are available to remote learners on-campus only and which will require students to come to campus to demonstrate certain skills.
List of Specialized Courses: COMING SOON
Will any transportation be provided for At-Home Learners?
Transportation for At-Home Learners attending on-campus courses will not be provided, except as documented through IEP paperwork in order for students to have access to their Special Education services.
Will meals be provided for students who select At-Home Learning?
Options are being explored for providing meals to Free/Reduced Lunch-eligible students who select At-Home Learning. This information will be provided as soon as possible.
Are immunizations required for students enrolled in At-Home Learning?
Yes, at this time the Texas Department of State Health Services has not waived the vaccine requirements for students.
Will my child have virtual access to their campus nurse during the school day?
Yes, parents and students may contact the school nurse by phone or e-mail during school hours.
Will students identified as English Learners, Dyslexic and/or Gifted and Talented receive services during At-Home Learning?
Yes. More information will be available at a later date.
Will students receiving services from Special Education or 504 be eligible for At-Home Learning?
Yes, all students in Millsap ISD will have the opportunity to choose In-Person Learning or At-Home Learning.
Will an ARD/504 meeting be required if At-Home Learning is chosen?
ARD and 504 meetings will be scheduled on a case by case basis. For students served in special education, the schedule of instructional and related services should be accurately documented in the ARD/IEP to reflect the supports and services the student requires for FAPE. A parent/guardian may request an ARD or 504 meeting at any time.
What if my student does not currently receive 504 or special education services but I am concerned he/she might have a disability?
Contact your campus principal who will inform you of the process.
I have chosen At-Home Learning for my student, but he/she requires an evaluation for 504 or special education this school year. Will the evaluation also take place via virtual methods?
If your student requires an initial or re-evaluation, the parent/guardian will be contacted to discuss the evaluation and determine components that can be completed virtually versus those components that require face-to-face interaction. Appointments with evaluation staff will be scheduled at the campus to complete face-to-face components.
Will there be an attendance requirement for At-Home students?
Yes, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will require daily attendance and daily participation in the At-Home Learning Model. Students will be required to participate in online classes daily and traditional attendance rules will be enforced. A student will be considered absent if the student does not engage in the designated live-instruction and/or independent learning activities each day.
How will At-Home learning differ from the instruction provided during the At-Home learning last spring?
Students who select the At-Home Learning Model will be required to engage learning each day. Daily learning will include active participation in the learning activities, completing assignments, and/or virtually participating with teachers/students. In the spring of last year, students’ assignments were provided at a reduced amount of instructional minutes as compared to the traditional school day. At-Home learning this year will be a full course load of instruction and assignments that are comparable to what students who are attending In-Person learning receive. In addition, grading procedures will be the same as In-Person learning. Teachers delivering At-Home instruction will receive additional training and support in best practices that are effective in a remote, online learning environment.
Will resources be available for parents to support their students’ At-Home learning?
Yes, resources will be available for parents to support students, understand the learning expectations, and navigate through the digital tools. Resources will be available August 2020.
What happens if my child’s campus is temporarily closed during the school year?
During the period of the school closure, students will remain at home and will engage in learning activities that are primarily delivered through an online learning management system. Live, teacher-led instruction and peer collaboration will be scheduled to expand students’ opportunities to engage with content and interact with teachers and classmates. Daily student participation in the learning activities will be required. Coursework load will be comparable to In-Person learning.
How will teachers address any potential learning needs resulting from last spring?
To support all students, the 2019-2020 last six weeks standards will be spiraled through the 2020-2021 learning plan. Students will participate in formative assessments and Measures of Academic Progress to identify learning strengths and gaps. Teachers will use individual student results to personalize student learning and reduce learning gaps.
How will student progress be reported?
Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format as per the MISD Grading Guidelines. Assessments and grades will be entered into our grading system. The expectations for coursework and grades will be the same for the In-Person Learning Model and the At-Home Learning Model.
Will STAAR/EOC be administered in 2020-2021?
Yes, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has indicated the STAAR testing will still occur during the 2020-2021 school year, in compliance with state and federal legislation.
May a student opt for Paper Packet learning for the 2020-2021 school year?
No. To ensure instructional continuity and equal access to high quality instruction, Millsap ISD will offer two learning options. The In-Person Learning Model and At-Home Learning Model will be supported with digital tools. Millsap ISD is currently designing a plan to ensure that all students who select At-Home Learning can access quality instruction. Additional information coming soon.