Small Group Support Days
Magnolia ISD has set forth guidelines and recommendations for in-person instruction in order to be as close to traditional school as possible while providing a safe learning environment for our students and our employees. As a Magnolia community, we all need to work together to follow the safety measures outlined below for the health, and wellbeing of our teachers, students, and staff.
This information is subject to change as we receive additional guidance from TEA, the Governor, or state and local officials.
- The definition of a face mask or covering.
- Masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Your child is required to wear a face covering.
- Per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order issued July 2, 2020, all persons over the age of 10 are required to wear a face covering. Elementary students will not be required to wear a face covering. Students in intermediate, junior high, and high school will be required to wear a face covering.
- If a secondary student arrives at their campus without a mask, they will be given a disposable, medical-grade mask.
- Students will be required to provide his/her own face covering. The campus will have disposable masks available if needed.
- Face coverings must cover the mouth and the nose and allow for the teachers to still be able to identify the student.
- District has installed plexiglass shields in the reception areas, library, clinics
Protocols for Campus Visitors
- Only visitors essential to school operations and academic purposes will be permitted to enter Magnolia ISD facilities.
- All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering.
- All visitors will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening form prior to entering the building.
- Parents needing to drop off items for their child will have a designated place at the entrance to the campus.
- Schools will utilize virtual meeting options when possible to reduce the number of campus visitors.
- Campus meetings such as individual parent meetings, ARDS, 504, RtI, LPAC, PTO, etc. will be held virtually to comply with Texas Education Agency Guidance for visitors. When a virtual meeting is not possible, special arrangements may be made with the campus principal that will adhere to visitor protocols, screenings, and face-covering requirements.
- Parent organization meetings will be held virtually to minimize outside contact and large group gatherings.
Arrival, Dismissal and Transitions
- Upon arrival, temperatures will not be taken. Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed.
- Campuses will make adjustments to the end of the day procedures to limit the number of people in the hallway. This will include entry, exit, and transition procedures to reduce large group gatherings.
- The intermediate campuses already have staggered bus arrival and dismissal to assist with social distancing.
- Students will be released directly from their classrooms whenever possible.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- All high touch areas will be disinfected throughout the day. This includes door handles, desks/tables, shared laptops/tablets.
- End of each class period, the teacher will clean the desks.
- Classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer so students can use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the classroom.
- Nightly deep cleaning.
- Students will not be allowed to use the water fountain for drinking but can use the water fountains to fill their water bottles.
Breakfast and Lunch
- Breakfast and lunch will be available in the cafeteria for all students on campus each day.
- Menus for each school can be found on the Child Nutrition website or at Nutrislice.com.
- Curbside meals will be available to pick up at all campuses except Magnolia Jr High and Bear Branch Jr High.
- Breakfast and Lunch will be charged according to the National School Lunch Program eligibility (full-price, reduced-price, or free depending on eligibility).
- Meal prices are as follows: Breakfast $1.25 PreK-12
- Lunch Grades PreK-4: $2.45
- Grades 5-12: $2.70
- Reduced Meals Breakfast $.30 Lunch $.40
- Adults Breakfast $2.50 Lunch $3.75
- No visitors will be allowed in the building for lunch.
- Parents will be encouraged to make prepayments on student accounts using MySchoolBucks to avoid cash transactions during meal service.
- Food will be pre-packaged to expedite the serving process and help limit the number of students in the food service lines at one time.
Classroom and Non-Classroom Organization
- Hand sanitizers will be provided in each classroom. Students will sanitize their hands entering and exiting the classroom.
- Desks/tables will be physically distanced when possible.
- Based on district guidance, teachers will develop, teach, and implement the following:
- Limit student movement within the classroom such as turning in assignments, passing out materials, etc.
- To the extent possible, locked doors will be propped open between classes to minimize contact with doors and door handles.
- When feasible and appropriate such as physical education class, it is preferred for students to gather outside because of the reduced risk of virus spread outdoors.
- Elementary campuses may choose to add another special rotation to music and art such as library or computer to allow students to stay within their class.
- Large assemblies will be eliminated such as elementary morning assembly.
- Transportation will be provided for all groups during Small Group Days. Click here to check your child’s bus route. Instructions and login information can be found here.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for students boarding the bus.
- All bus drivers will wear a face covering.
- It is recommended elementary students wear a face covering on the bus.
- It is required for secondary students to wear a face covering on the bus.
- Buses will be cleaned/disinfected between each transportation run and at the end of each day.
- Drivers will open certain windows and adjust roof hatches to optimize the best air circulation possible throughout the bus.
Physical Education and Recess
- Yes, students will have PE and recess. Elementary students will stay within their class and rotate activities throughout the week.
- Staggered schedules can be utilized when needed.
- All students and staff will be required to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.
Athletics, Extracurriculars and Fine Arts
- The district will follow all guidelines provided by UIL, TEA, and the state. These safety guidelines will be published as soon as they become available.
- All students will be allowed to participate in extracurriculars while following District, and TEA guidelines.