INFORMATION FOR STAFF
Midland ISD is prouder than ever of the dedication and caring of our teachers and staff. In an effort to keep our teachers, campus staff, and all other employees informed, we will be sharing critical information here. Please check back frequently for updates and visit the FAQ page.
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Did you TEST POSITIVE for COVID? If so, please follow these guidelines before returning to work.
Midland ISD will begin the school year under the At Home Instruction Model. This will continue for the first four weeks of school. MISD staff will report as usual during this time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What steps is MISD taking to ensure safety should in-person work or classes resume in August?
A: In order to protect the health and well-being of our staff, students and community, the following measures are in place
- All employees must self-screen for symptoms before leaving home. Do not report to work if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and call your healthcare provider and supervisor instead.
- All employees must complete the Building Entry Form each day prior to entering any MISD building. This form is essential for contact tracing.
- All employees must wear a mask upon entering the building, while in the building, and anytime you are out of your workspace or a visitor is in your workspace.
- Employees are encouraged to practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others whenever possible.
- Employees are encouraged to wash your hands frequently, including upon entering the building, before eating, after using the restroom, and after touching door handles.
- All visitors to MISD facilities must make an appointment.
School will begin the first four weeks under the At-Home Instruction Model.
Q: Will parents and students have access to schools and school properties?
A: In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, access to MISD schools and offices are by appointment only. Please call or email in advance to prevent encountering any delays.
Q: Will staff and visitors be screened prior to entering buildings?
A: Temperatures will be checked at the door for those wishing to enter school property.
Q: Where can I get tested for COVID?
A: The Texas Department of Health and Human Services provides guidelines on self-checking, as well as resources for getting tested. You may also call 68-Nurse at 855-686-8773.
Q: Do I need to have a mask to enter a building?
A: District personnel must wear a face covering (face shield or mask) while inside school buildings. Students over the age of 10 years old are required to wear a mask in compliance with statewide executive orders.
Q: Will hourly employees be required to clock in and out?
A: Yes. The same policy standards will apply during this time. Contact your supervisor if you have questions.
Q: How often will buildings be sanitized?
A: Each building will be sanitized nightly, in addition to the regular cleaning schedule during the day.
Q: What should employees do if they have safety concerns?
A: Safety concerns should initially be addressed through your supervisor. You can also contact HR through the COVID Hotline at 432-240-COVD (2683) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What happens when an employee or student reports a positive COVID test?
A: MISD requires that all employee confirmed cases of COVID-19 be reported via the form. All student confirmed cases are required to be reported to the campus nurse. After learning of a confirmed case, MISD Health services will reach out to any individuals who came into close contact with the infected person. The district facility where they were last present will be disinfected. Temporary closure of the building may be necessary for the disinfection process. In the event of a temporary closure, learning will switch to the At-Home Instruction model. All staff and parents connected to the facility where the infected individual was last present will receive notification of the positive case.
Q: What if I have a close family member who has tested positive?
A: You should monitor your health closely. If you show any symptoms, you should get tested, and report the results to HR. If you have questions, contact the MISD COVID Hotline at 432-240-COVID (2683) or email@example.com.
Q: Will employees/teachers lose pay if they are out sick with COVID or otherwise quarantined?
A: Yes, this is possible. However, the FFCRA provides some provision for continued compensation. The Department of Labor provides more informaion.
Q: How will subs be impacted in the event of classroom closures/positive cases on campus?
A: Substitute teachers provide a vital function for the effective operation of a school district. Substitute teachers will be used as needed for classroom coverage.
Q: I am afraid to come to work. What are my options?
A: Please review options provided by the Department of Labor. Applicable laws and policies will be enforced regarding failure to report for duty without medical documentation. Visit this website for more eligibility information. Employees will be required to provide medical documentation to determine work availability and reporting requirements. This can be done through the MISD COVID Hotline at 432-240-COVID (2683) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can I bring my child with me while I teach during these first four weeks (August 19-September 9) of At-Home Instruction?
A: Teachers may bring their school age children with them to their own classroom August 19-September 9, while the children attend their online classes. Central Office staff may not bring their children to the office. MISD staff with children who are not yet of school age may apply to the MISD Early Learning Centers.
HEALTH, SAFETY AND OPERATIONS
Q: What health screening protocols will be in place?
- Students with Symptoms
- The school nurse will immediately isolate the student, ensure the student is wearing a mask, and contact the parent and health care provider.
- The student will be sent with the parent to isolate at home or report to a health care provider based upon the guidance of the health care provider.
- Employees with Symptoms
- Employees who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath, etc.) should notify their supervisor and stay home.
- Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees and students should not return to work or school until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
- Employees or students who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor or their school nurse and follow CDC recommended precautions.
Q: What are the protocols for isolation?
A: Each campus will identify a room where students/staff can be isolated if they present COVID-19 symptoms.
Q: What are the protocols for personal protective equipment (PPE)?
A: Employees are required to wear a mask or face shield while on campus. Students who are over 10 years of age are required to wear a mask while on campus facilities as well as on school buses. Instructional staff will be provided a clear face shield.
Q: What are the safety protocols for students riding the bus?
A: Students will have their temperature checked before entering the bus every day. If a temperature above 100.3 is registered, they will not be permitted to ride the bus and parents will be contacted. Bus drivers will thoroughly disinfect all interior surfaces of buses. Please see the section on School Bus Safety for more information.
Q: How will you protect my child from contracting COVID-19?
A: We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Following CDC guidance and taking steps such as maintaining 6 feet of distance from others when possible, wearing a mask or face covering, and washing hands frequently all play a part. In addition to encouraging the wearing of masks for all teachers and students, MISD is developing detailed cleaning and sanitizing procedures for all campuses and school facilities, and paying extra attention to the maintenance of sinks and soap dispensers.
Q: What happens if my child’s teacher gets sick?
A: MISD requires that all employee confirmed cases of COVID-19 be reported via the form. After learning of a confirmed case, MISD Health services will reach out to any individuals who came into close contact with the infected person including parents of students. The areas where the teacher was last present will be disinfected, and temporary closure of the building may be necessary for the disinfection process. In this event, learning will continue through At-Home Instruction. All staff and parents connected to the facility where the infected individual was last present will receive notification of the positive case. The name and identify of the infected teacher will not be disclosed.
Q: What happens if my child’s classmate gets sick? Will I be notified?
A: All student confirmed cases of COVID-19 are required to be reported to the campus nurse. After learning of a confirmed case, MISD Health services will reach out to any individuals who came into close contact with the infected student, including the parents of other students. The areas where the student was last present will be disinfected, and temporary closure of the building may be necessary for the disinfection process. In this event, learning will continue through At-Home Instruction. All staff and parents connected to the facility where the infected individual was last present will receive notification of the positive case. The name and identify of the infected student will not be disclosed.
Q: What are the definitions of Low, Moderate, and Substantial on your chart?
MISD follows the CDC definitions for these levels of community spread. Substantial means there is large-scale community transmission of COVID-19 (either controlled or uncontrolled), including communal settings. Moderate means there is sustained transmission of COVID-19 with high likelihood or confirmed exposure within communal settings and potential for rapid increase in cases. Low means there is evidence of isolated cases or limited community transmission, and no evidence of exposure in large communal settings. Midland ISD is in close communication with the Midland Health Department and Midland Memorial Hospital on COID-19 tracking.
Q: I see a confirmed case at my child's school on the dashboard. Why would the school not close?
A: The school could stay open based upon the amount of time that has passed between when the individual received a positive test result and when they were last on campus. For example, If the employee or student has not been on campus since before they reported their confirmed case.
Q: What does lunchtime look like if students return to campuses?
A: Each campus will work to ensure that students observe social distancing protocol during lunch. In the event that social distancing protocol is difficult to observe in the cafeteria, schools will serve box lunches in classrooms.
Q: Will an entire campus close if one student or staff member tests positive?
A: Yes, the facility would close for cleaning and disinfection.
Q: How can I sign up to teach 100% virtually?
A: teachers who wish to teach 100% virtually need to submit a letter of interest to their campus principal. More information will be provided by your campus principal prior to August 19.
Q: When will MISD Online Academy applications become available for MISD Teachers?
A: Principals may accept a letter of interest from teachers who desire to teach remotely at any time. Letters of interest must be submitted directly to the campus principal. Principals must also consider teachers from their campus who are approved after completing the COVID-19 Concern Form as remote teachers. If selected, remote teachers may teach from home but only if they have been approved by HR after submitting their concern via the online form and after requesting and being approved for an alternative work assignment. It is very important that principals retain the letters of interest in case there is a challenge to our selection practices.
Q: Will campus administrators be responsible for monitoring virtual learning staff and students?
A: Yes. Midland ISD Online Academy (MOA) students are still enrolled on their assigned campus and a part of their accountability. Principals will also need to appraise teachers assigned to support MOA students. All teachers must be appraised using T-TESS, even those working as remote teachers. HR will provide guidance for conducting formal observations of remote teachers and classroom teachers providing instruction virtually during closure and during hybrid learning.
Q: Do teachers have to be certified to teach online?
A: Yes, or they must qualify to teach via the DOI. Some in-district charter campuses will be excluded due to teaching requirements for their campuses.
Q: Will teacher assistants be able to teach in the MISD Online Academy (MOA)?
A: No, they are not eligible to teach for MOA unless they are in an Alt Cert Program or can be considered for DOI or they are certified as a teacher. Some in-district charter campuses will be excluded due to teaching requirements for their campuses.
Q: Will MISD Online Academy (MOA) remote teachers receive the same compensation as a Regular MISD Classroom Teacher?
A: Yes. At this time, the compensation for Remote Teachers and Classroom Teachers is the same. In the future, the district may determine an alternative compensation plan for remote teachers who may be assigned full time to a standalone MOA.
Q: How will the district code Remote Teachers?
A: It is the current recommendation to leave the general assignment for Remote Teachers as is but code them as appropriate for tracking purposes, likely in master schedules. This is not predicted to pose a problem because the students are coded to the campus as well. It is no different from how we code teachers in departments or programs. This will be modified if determined appropriate.
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