When our campuses reopen and students return on August 17, you will notice 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. Students and staff will also go through training on 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. A sign will be posted on all main entrances to each campus as a reminder with the following self-screening questions. Anyone answering "Yes" to these questions should not enter the campus.
How will Frenship comply with the Governor’s mask mandate?
The following information is provided for greater clarification on face coverings in Frenship ISD. Based on the Governor’s mask mandate for all people 10-years-of-age and older, Frenship ISD will follow the State's guidelines and require face coverings (mask or face shield) over the nose and mouth for students in grades 4 - 12. Most students turn 10 years of age during their 4th grade year. Therefore, Frenship ISD made the decision to require face coverings for all 4th grade students to create uniformity across the grade level.
This requirement will be in effect in areas where it is not feasible to maintain at least six feet of social distancing, which includes classrooms, hallways, common areas, and buses. Face coverings may be removed to consume food or drink, or to engage in physical activity outdoors while maintaining a safe distance. The same requirements apply to all staff members.
For students in grades 3 and below, face coverings will continue to be recommended, but not required.
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 will implement enhanced and increased cleaning and sanitation practices across the District. Prior to the first day of school, all Frenship custodial staff will complete additional training for CDC-based cleaning procedures. Each campus will also be assigned a lead custodian who will be responsible for ensuring all new procedures and increased cleaning is conducted throughout the day.
Teachers will also remove 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 will be 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 lab-confirmed case until non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than three 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.