Due to COVID-19, Frenship ISD has implemented new and enhanced safety measures including signage promoting disease mitigation, increased cleaning, readily available hand sanitizer throughout the campuses, and operational adjustments to promote social distancing when feasible. In addition to the new adjustments, all students and staff went through training at the beginning of the school year to learn Frenship’s new health protocols and strategies to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
All staff, students, and visitors are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering any Frenship facility. Signs are posted on all main entrances of each campus as a reminder with the following self-screening questions. Anyone answering "Yes" to these questions should not enter the campus.
How is Frenship complying with the Governor’s mask mandate?
On March 2, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 that rescinds the state-wide face covering mandate effective March 10. In addition, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released new guidance requiring school boards to take formal action to remove or modify the district’s face covering policy.
On March 12, the Frenship ISD Board of Trustees held a school board meeting to discuss how to address the Governor’s new order. After careful consideration, Frenship ISD parents will have the personal choice to decide what is best for their child. However, as recommended by the City of Lubbock Health Department and stated in the new executive order, Frenship strongly encourages students, staff, and visitors to continue wearing face coverings when not socially distanced.
If the community begins to see a substantial increase in cases, Frenship has developed a plan that could once again require face coverings if certain criteria is met. (See Disease Level Charts on page 7-8 of the ReOPENing Parent Guide)
All other safety protocols and quarantine requirements will remain in place.
Temperature checks for staff and students may be conducted as needed. According to TEA, regularly performing a forehead temperature check of otherwise asymptomatic students in school is not recommended.
Enhanced and Increased Cleaning Procedures
Frenship has implemented enhanced and increased cleaning and sanitation practices across the District. Prior to the first day of school, all Frenship custodial staff completed additional training for CDC-based cleaning procedures. Each campus is also assigned a lead custodian who is responsible for ensuring all new procedures and increased cleaning is conducted throughout the day.
Additionally, teachers removed porous and hard to clean surfaces from classrooms to assist with effective sanitizing and disinfecting procedures. High touch areas such as restrooms, entrances, desks, door handles, faucets, sinks, touch screens, keyboards, etc are cleaned daily or between use as much as possible.
Frenship will comply with all health and safety requirements established by the Governor, the health department, and the Texas Education Agency. Safety and health measures may be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.
Are visitors allowed at the campuses?
Parents and other adults can visit schools; however, TEA is requesting that schools limit visits to those deemed essential.
Visitors are expected to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before entering any Frenship facility. There will be an additional screening process in the front office of each campus/facility where campus staff will ask the visitor to verbally answer “Yes” or “No” to the overall statement that they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
At this time, visitors are not allowed to eat with students on campus because of limited space.
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?
Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home to recover. When notification of a possible exposure occurs, in coordination with local health authorities, contact tracing will be conducted. Based on the results, a determination will be made as to whether an entire classroom or multiple classrooms are required to quarantine.
The school will close off areas that were heavily used by the individual with a test-confirmed case until non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than seven days have already passed since the individual was on campus, per TEA and CDC guidelines.
Information related to an individual’s personal medical condition and diagnosis is considered sensitive and confidential. Any necessary notification to staff or parents will be made by the District based on guidance from the City of Lubbock Health Department. Notifications will be made in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations including confidentiality requirements of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
(See more detailed information on page 6 of the Parent Guide.)