Health & Hygiene Practices
Hand Sanitizing & Handwashing
- MISD will attempt to have hand sanitizer at each entrance. MISD will provide hand sanitizer in every classroom.
- Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors will be encouraged to sanitize and/or wash hands frequently. MISD will have students engage in supervised handwashing for at least 20 seconds at least two times each day, in addition to being encouraged to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating. MISD will teach students good handwashing techniques.
- Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors will be encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if not available, covered in their elbows. Used tissues will be thrown in the trash, hands should be washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer should be used.
- Campuses will institute more frequent cleaning practices, including additional cleaning by janitorial staff, as well as provide the opportunity for children to clean their own spaces before and after they are used, in ways that are safe and developmentally appropriate.
- MISD will arrange for additional cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that are touched in common throughout the day. This will include objects such as door handles, common tables/desks, shared supplies such as art supplies, and high touch devices such as shared laptops or tablets.
- MISD will arrange for cleaning of commonly-touched surfaces in classrooms between different class groups, if the same room will be used by multiple class groups. The CDC has provided guidance on cleaning community buildings to prevent COVID-19 spread. EFI, our custodial contractor, will follow this guidance.
Whenever possible, campuses will open windows or otherwise work to improve air flow by allowing outside air to circulate in the building.
During the first week a student attends school on campus, MISD will provide instruction to students on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigation practices adopted.
- 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. Face shields may be superior to cloth face coverings in many circumstances, given improved ability to see mouth movements and improved air circulation.
- Muenster ISD is required to comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks for 4th graders and up to 12th graders.
- In addition to the executive order, Muenster ISD will require the use of masks or face shields for adults or students for whom it is developmentally appropriate.
It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face shields during those activities, MISD will require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks or face shields when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. MISD may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. However, MISD must require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.
Where feasible without disrupting the educational experience, MISD will encourage students to practice social distancing. In classroom spaces that allow it, student desks may be placed six feet apart when possible.
- When feasible and appropriate (for example, in physical education classes as weather permits), it will be preferable for students to gather outside, rather than inside, because of the likely reduced risk of virus spread outdoors.
Large group gatherings will be discouraged. MISD will consider eliminating assemblies and other activities that bring large groupings of students and/or teachers and staff together.
MISD will reduce the likelihood that students meet the close contact definition (defined below) at lunch. We may have students eat lunch at their desks. It could include the use of seats that are spaced at least 6 feet apart. This probably will require lunch schedule changes. If at all possible, students should bring their own lunch.
Muenster ISD will follow the latest CDC guidelines and TEA guidance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact MISD.