Returning to School Procedures for COVID
Message from Dr. Epperson
We look forward to welcoming many of our students back for in-person instruction on September 3rd. There are new routines and procedures we will implement when students return. Our goal to is to keep staff and students healthy and to keep us all in school. The more structure we can provide, the more likely it will be that we can accomplish these goals.
Please keep in mind that we are planning with best intentions in mind. If we see that something needs to be changed, we will adjust as we go. Plans can look great on paper and inevitably look different when you invite actual teenagers into the processes. We will also make adjustments as the CDC, TEA, and UIL guidelines change. Everyone has been so great to work with us through challenges the past few weeks and to celebrate with us when things go well. September 3rd will be the first day of school all over again for our teachers and students. Even students who remain in the virtual setting will need to learn some new procedures as teachers adjust to having students in the classroom while also managing a zoom meeting. We are committed to making this great for everyone, but it will take a bit of time for teachers and students to find their comfort zone again.
Students need to bring their schedules to school on a phone or a paper copy and their charged laptop. Students can also access their own schedule in HAC on their MacBook.
Welcoming 6th Graders
We will have staff ready on September 3rd to welcome 6th graders and new students and direct them to the correct locations. Our teachers do this as long as it takes to help students be comfortable. Teachers are prepared to review schedules and class locations with them. Every student will receive a campus map and teachers will help students find classes. We will provide directions each period to keep everyone comfortable and on track. The 6th grade areas of the building are fairly small so they learn very quickly. We welcome 6th graders every year and they leave on the first day happy and excited about their experience at Cockrill. This year we expect no different. I know some students (and parents) are nervous, but I am really confident we will have a great day together.
Health Services (Nurse Jessica)
Letter from MISD Health Services
Due to COVID-19, if your student will require prescription medication in the clinic for the 20/21 school year please schedule an appointment before September 1 with Nurse Jessica to bring in medication. You may call 469-302-7906 to schedule your appointment. Please have all forms filled out and signed by your physician before scheduling the appointment. If you are wanting your student to self-carry an inhaler or epipen, please bring your student with you for the appointment. All inhalers will need to have a spacer with it to be used this year. Medication will not be accepted during the first two weeks of face to face learning starting September 3.
Just as a reminder: 7th grade parents, please turn in your student’s immunization records.
General Procedures and Rules
Designated Snack Times
We will designate a snack time each day. This is intended to help students who have early or late lunches. A snack is not required, but we want to offer the opportunity for those students who need this. Once the snack is completed or the teacher indicates that the snack time is over, we need students to put masks back on.
Tables will be seated at half capacity, with seating on only one side of the tables. Round tables will be limited to 3 students per table. Students will be seated as they enter the cafeteria, and then will be invited to get in line as space is available. Lines will be social distanced by 6ft to the extent possible. Breakfast is available as either a cold or hot option and all will be ready to take as a packaged unit, with milk and juice available as an option if the student wants to grab those as well.
Students will be seated in rows facing the same direction according to a teacher developed seating chart. Desks will be separated to the greatest extent possible. A mask break area will be available that is more than 6 ft. away from classmates. This may be inside the classroom or just outside the classroom, depending on space available in each room.
Learning Commons (Library)
Students will have access to the library using a pass from their ELAR teachers. The library will not be open before school. Returned books will be quarantined for 3 days prior to being reshelved.Students are encouraged to use our digital library, Sora, to access eBooks and audiobooks to read from either their MISD computer or personal device. Students can also place books on hold through the library catalog that will then be delivered to their ELAR classrooms daily.
Students who are returning to CMS will recall that we had split lunches last year. This will continue for the 20-21 school year and will begin on September 3rd. This allows us to offer 6 smaller lunch periods rather than the 3 lunch periods we have in our current virtual schedule. This schedule alternates daily.
The teacher who sends them to lunch will give them their rotation schedule and this remains consistent throughout the year. Students should never have to navigate this. They go to class as normal, and the teacher will dismiss them to lunch at the appropriate time. After lunch, the students will return to the same class or go to their next class period. The teacher will give them instructions daily.
Hallways and Stairwells
We have designated one way hallways throughout the building to avoid students crossing paths to the greatest extent possible. We encourage students to use the maps provided below to identify their path to each class of the day. Students will sometimes need to take extra steps to get to the next class. Our front main hallway must remain a two-way corridor, so we will tape the center of the hallway to remind students to stay to the right.
All stairwells will be one directional as well which will avoid cross traffic and allow students to spread out on the stairwells.
STUDENT HALLWAY EXPECTATIONS
Students must follow one way signs. Students may not stop in hallways and must enter classroom immediately upon arrival. Students should not walk multiple laps around the hallways.
At 3:52, we will dismiss school.Bus riders will exit the building through the back cafeteria doors. Buses will load from back to front so space is utilized most efficiently. Students will wear masks.
Car riders will exit the building through the main front doors. Students will proceed to the fire lane carpool waiting area (front porch) or they will cross the front crosswalk and wait in the parking lot line. See additional details in the carpool section below.
Students needing to take home an orchestra instrument should enter the fine arts hallway through the back porch door (they will need to go through the cafeteria). No students will enter the fine arts hallway from the main hallway.
Students needing to take home a band instrument will exit the building through the back 6th/8th grade stairwell and enter the band hall through the exterior band doors. They will then proceed to the bus line or through the fine arts hallway to the front exit of the building.
If you picked up your school supply box and plan to return on Sept.3rd, your student needs to watch for announcements from the teachers about what to bring on the 3rd. We will try to spread out the supplies to be brought each day to make this manageable for the students. Some supplies will be collected and stored at school and others will travel back and forth each day.If your school supply box is still at school, it will be available in 1st period or Club CREED, depending on your schedule. The teachers will help students distribute items in the boxes.
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