Classroom setup and operations will follow TEA guidelines. Signage will be posted in all facilities to reinforce protocols and best practices for prevention.
In accordance with the Protocols for Face Coverings, students will be required to wear masks. An exception will be granted when students are in their assigned seats, behind desk dividers, and social distancing is being observed. All students will socially distance and wear masks in hallways, restrooms, other common areas, and upon entering or leaving the school. The district will provide one face mask for each student.
7-25-2020Student social distancing requirements within the classroom will consider the grade level and include the appropriate classroom configuration for all age levels. Desks will be set up to maximize social distancing.
7-25-2020For Pre-K through grade 2, social distancing will be incorporated in the students’ daily rituals and routines enabling the students to effectively learn the practice of social distancing. Additionally, the district will make every effort to ensure the configuration of the classrooms promotes social distancing for this age group. Elementary classes will not be allowed to mix or be grouped together with other classes. For higher elementary grades, middle and high school, students will be expected to socially distance from each other and from staff.
Multiple locations of hand sanitizer, tissues, and trash cans will be available to limit student and staff movement. When possible, the use of communal supplies will be eliminated. Shared supplies will be sanitized between use. Blankets, pillows, rugs, and other shared non-essential items will be removed from the classroom. Students will use their own district-issued technology and minimize the sharing of electronic devices. In-person group or collaborative work will be avoided. When group work is needed, technology will be used for collaboration. If in-person group or paired work is required, such as in science labs, students will be required to wear a mask.
Career and Technical Education Classes
Approved EPA Disinfectants will be used to disinfect classrooms and other campus areas. Custodial staff will focus their efforts on disinfecting, restrooms, indoor athletic areas, cafeterias and other high-touch surfaces and common areas in school buildings. Teachers will be asked to assist students with disinfecting student desks as students depart at the end of the day or for their next class. For more information on the Career and Technical Education Plan click here.
Dual Credit and Early College High School Classes
Classes for students enrolled in an Early College High School that normally takes place in-person at an El Paso Community College Campus (EPCC) will follow EPCC procedures for the delivery of instructional content, including content delivered via online instruction. Other dual credit courses, such as OnRamps, will follow the established procedures of the higher education institution. If any on-campus instruction is required by the higher education institution, such instruction will be offered subject to Ysleta ISD’s Health and Safety Plan.
Extracurricular, Co-Curricular, and UIL Activities
The extent to which a school will be able to offer extracurricular, co-curricular, and UIL activities will depend on many factors related to the risk of disease spread, including whether students can perform the activity indoors or outdoors while maintaining social distance. Any UIL-regulated activity must also comply with UIL directives. Students will need to check their school website for the most current information. Student clubs generally will not be allowed to meet in person without staff supervision. For more information on the Athletics Plan click here.
Fine Arts Classes
All Fine Arts classes will be offered for both Classroom Learning and Online Learning, though modifications in instruction and practice/rehearsal will be necessary based on the class structure or art medium. All Ysleta ISD health protocols – to include social distancing and use of masks – will be enforced to the extent practicable for the activity.
For online instruction, the district has purchased smartmusic©, a web-based music educational resource and practice tool, for all music students in grades 5-12. A limited supply of musical instruments is available to rent from the district, though accessories such as reeds, valve oil, straps, guitar footrests, etc. are the responsibility of the student/parent.
The district is following all national, state, local, and CDC guidelines/recommendations regarding group performances; therefore, no musical performances are being scheduled for the fall. With music, dance, theater, and other similar performances being canceled for the fall, performance attire/equipment should not be purchased. If health conditions improve and performances can be scheduled in the spring, all impacted students will be notified.
School districts in El Paso County will not participate in competitive marching band. Many, if not most, districts across the state have adopted a similar approach to this year’s marching season. If UIL decides to host a competitive marching season in the spring, and if it is safe for students and staff to participate, the district will reassess at that time.
A cost-effective list of supplies for online art classes will be provided to students by their teacher at the beginning of school. Art teachers will provide lessons enabling students to create artwork utilizing minimal supplies and commonly found household items.
Physical Education (P.E.) and Health Classes
P.E. and health classes will follow the Ysleta ISD Protocols for Physical Education and Health. Whenever possible, P.E. classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students. Any activities bringing students into close physical contact or requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided. Visual markers will be used to remind students of social distancing rules. Students will not be required to change into workout clothes, and the use of locker rooms will not be permitted. Equipment will be disinfected after each use. Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided. For more information on the Physical Education Plan click here.
Special Education Classrooms
Recommended procedures will be applied to all classroom settings, including Special Education service locations, when possible and appropriate. Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Special Education classrooms and service locations may have additional protective barriers in place to support a safe environment for students. For more information on the Special Education Plan click here.