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Plan to Safely Reopen

The Caldwell Independent School District will hold in-school instruction with safety and COVID-19 prevention measures in place as well as offer families a high-quality, rigorous and engaging online experience through the At-Home Online Learning program. Additionally, the school district has outlined an instructional model that provides for a continuation of instruction in the event a classroom or a school must temporarily move to an Intermittent At-Home instruction model due to COVID-19.
Although there are no strategies to completely eliminate transmission risk in schools, we are committed to keep transmission as low as possible in order to safely continue school.
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On Campus
At-Home Learning
Intermittent School to
At- Home Learning
(Temporary At-Home Due to Closures or Illness)
  • Regular in-school instruction
  • CISD instructors and curriculum
  • All core and elective courses
  • Music, PE, & Library
  • Technology & Learning software
  • Transportation for eligible students
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Counseling services
  • Health prevention measures
  • Enrollment by use of 2020 School Choice Form
  • CISD instructors and curriculum
  • Real-time and self-paced instruction
  • Daily Attendance
  • Formal class schedule
  • Limited Electives-CHS students consider doing a Hybrid schedule
  • Counseling services
  • Internet and Chromebook required
  • Temporary due to class or campus closure
  • CISD instructors and curriculum
  • Real-time and self-paced instruction
  • Extra-Curricular activities may become unavailable
  • Counseling services
  • Daily self-health monitoring
  • Home internet and laptop (Chromebook required)
School Options:
schoolOn Campus (Face-to-Face) Plan
The On Campus plan allows students to attend school in the traditional classroom environment. It is the District’s plan to reopen schools on August 24, 2020 for students unless otherwise determined by State or County authorities. To address the current COVID-19 environment, CISD has developed a set of health and prevention measures for all staff, students, and visitors. These measures may be tightened or loosened dependent on the COVID-19 Stage Protocol (see page 9).
The school hours have been adjusted to allow students and staff additional time to properly wash their hands and follow important health protocols.
CES/CIS 7:50 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.     CJHS 7:55 a.m. to 3:42 p.m.     CHS 7:51 a.m. to 3:45 p.m
The Superintendent of Schools, the Director of Nursing, and the Assistant Superintendent who serves as the COVID-19 Response Coordinator will monitor internal data and information from the health departments to determine whether a school or facility shall move from one stage to another. The factors for such decisions may be subject to change to account for the situation at that time.
Parents and staff will receive weekly updates via the district website to inform them of the current stage, and number of weekly confirmed COVID-19 cases within the school buildings, if any. These will be posted weekly on our website,
Caldwell ISD will follow all state and federal requirements, rely on local health experts for guidance in decision-making, and adopt reasonable practices while maintaining an effective learning environment.
  • Students (as developmentally-appropriate and per CDC guidelines), staff and visitors will wear a face mask/covering when entering a CISD facility.
  • Masks must be worn at all times except when sitting at lunch or exercising.
  • All staff will be required to take a COVID-19 Health Assessment prior to coming to work every day.
  • Parents will be asked to administer the COVID-19 Health Assessment daily prior to sending their children to school, take their temperature, and keep them home if ill.
  • Students and staff will follow current COVID-19 Return to School/Work Guidelines.
  • Individuals who develop symptoms of the COVID-19 illness will be sent to the nurses' office, placed in isolation and sent home immediately. Parents/Guardians will need to make every effort to receive children within 30 minutes.
  • Students will be instructed on methods to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at school.
  • Students will be trained on proper hand washing techniques and participate in scheduled hand-washing times throughout the day.
Campuses will utilize online meeting options to limit campus visitors when possible. All essential visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering at the start of the school year. As the year progresses, this requirement may be moved to a recommendation as long as COVID-19 community spread is greatly reduced. Essential campus visitors are limited to CISD staff and contractors who provide support to the facilities or to the instruction of students, and state and local officials.
  • Individuals who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.
  • All visitors entering the building must sanitize hands upon entry.
  • Visitors proceeding beyond the secure vestibule area will be subject to screening by way of a symptom screening form.
  • Visitors and staff will adhere to safety protocols including physical distancing for meetings.
  • Cleaning/disinfecting will occur after each meeting.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will occur throughout the school day.
  • Nightly deep cleaning.
  • Each classroom and restroom will be cleaned/disinfected at the end of each day.
  • All high touch areas will be disinfected throughout the day.
  • Cleaning supplies will be provided for each classroom and common area to maximize room-to- room cleanliness.
  • Custodians will wear masks and gloves during work hours.
  • The cafeteria will be disinfected regularly.
  • Staff will have access to supplies to clean/disinfect working surfaces and shared objects after each use and during breaks in instruction.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the building in common areas.
In response to COVID-19, Caldwell ISD encourages all families, with the ability to do so, to transport their children to and from school. Bus transportation will be offered; however, the standard number of transported students compromises the ability to socially distance. For this reason, students utilizing bus transportation will be required to wear face coverings/masks at all times on board as developmentally-appropriate.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available when boarding the bus.
  • All bus drivers will wear face coverings/masks.
  • All students, as developmentally-appropriate and per CDC guidelines, will wear face coverings/masks while riding the bus.
  • Buses will be cleaned/disinfected between each transportation run and at the end of the day.
  • Transportation staff will be trained in proper cleaning/disinfecting procedures.
  • All Caldwell ISD vehicles will be equipped with cleaning and disinfecting supplies.
To minimize foot traffic in the building and to allow for adequate physical distancing for students during eating periods, no outside food deliveries will be accepted and there will be no visitors allowed in the cafeteria. These restrictions may loosen as the year progresses, however, it is important to allow campus staff the flexibility to space out students throughout common areas so that social distancing is possible.
  • Cafeteria and serving areas will be cleaned between uses.
  • Students may eat in various locations throughout the building to maximize social distancing.
  • Cafeteria, serving, and eating areas will be cleaned between uses.
  • Signage and staff will reinforce social distancing throughout the cafeteria.
  • All CISD child nutrition staff will use face coverings/masks and gloves while performing job responsibilities and will be trained to practice health and hygiene regulations.
CISD will be asking parents to assist campus staff in the implementation of arrival and dismissal plans. When transporting children to school, please follow all signage, drop off and pick up children at the appropriate locations, and quickly exit the parking lots.
  • Parents will not be permitted to walk students inside the school building.
  • Parents who need to pick up their children early should call the school offices in advance and then call again upon arrival at the school. Parents should not attempt to come into the office or the campus, but should ask for their child to be brought out to them by a campus official.
  • Each group of students will be directed to a designated location prior to the start of school.
  • Water fountains will not be accessible. The District will provide bottled water, however, students may bring their own water bottles to school.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at entrances, exits and common areas throughout the building.
  • All areas of the building (gym, cafeteria, larger classrooms, common areas, etc.) will be utilized to limit the size of student groupings.
  • Dismissal exit points will be established.
  • Campuses will implement staggered release procedures.
It is our commitment to maintain a warm and inviting learning environment in our classrooms while simultaneously following health guidelines.
Specifically, if it is not possible to distance students 6 feet apart in a classroom, students (as developmentally appropriate) and staff will wear a face mask/covering. If it is possible to keep a physical distance of 6 feet and students are sitting alone, they may remove their face covering as permitted by their teacher. CISD will adhere to any State or County executive orders which may require face coverings at all times.
Each classroom will have the following:
  • Visual reminders of distancing requirements in all classrooms, marking off areas for common spaces and distancing best practices. •
  • Access to alcohol-based hand sanitizer. •
  • Access to disinfectant supplies to sanitize working surfaces. •
  • Desks or tables will be physically distanced as much as spatially possible. •
  • Shared supplies will be limited and cleaned between uses. Students will be taught to hand wash or sanitize between uses of school supplies. •
  • Based on district guidance, teachers will develop, teach, and implement procedures that:
    • Limit student movement within the classroom such as turning in assignments, materials being passed out, etc.
    • Establish student responsibilities to clean personal areas and materials/supplies.
    • Reinforce hand washing protocols and intermittent use of hand sanitizer.
    • If tables are used, limit the number of students per table to provide as much social distancing as possible. (Table dividers may be used with younger students).
    • To the extent possible, locked doors will be propped open between classes to minimize contact with doors and door handles by students and staff entering or exiting classrooms.
Extracurricular/Cocurricular activities, practices and competitions will be conducted following safety protocols provided by CISD, University Interscholastic League (UIL), and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This will include health screening, group sizes, sharing and sanitizing of equipment, locker room usage, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in gym areas and equipment will be sanitized on a regular basis.
  • Locker room use will be determined by TEA/UIL. If locker rooms can be accessed, all locker room space will be utilized to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Bus travel will follow transportation guidelines provided by CISD and TEA.
  • Spectator attendance at games and contests may be limited based on TEA and UIL guidelines.
  • Ticketing for events may be utilized to control capacity of facilities.
  • Event procedures will be in place to minimize face-to-face interactions.
  • Separate entrances and exits may be utilized and event doors may be propped open to minimize physical contact with handles.
  • Spectator seats may be marked and/or configured in a way to enforce social distancing.
  • Concessions and/or concession sales may be limited to encourage social distancing and to follow health and safety guidelines.
  • School-wide indoor pep-rallies will not be held during the Fall semester.
  • Outdoor pep-rallies or gatherings must include appropriate social distancing. Virtual pep rallies may replace outdoor pep-rallies.
  • Assemblies and student activities must adhere to recommended social distancing.
  • Hand washing or hand sanitation stations will be available for any activity.
  • Use of face coverings should be implemented per face mask protocols.
Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum social distancing between students.
  • Visual markers will be on the gym floor and bleachers as reminders of social distancing rules.
  • Locker room and class size will be determining factors when it comes to dressing out for secondary physical education classes.
  • Students will need to provide their own water bottles.
  • Restroom use will be the practice of “one in and one out.”
  • Equipment will be disinfected after each use.
  • Any activities bringing students into close physical contact will be avoided.
  • Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided.
The Caldwell Independent School District has created a standard response in the event there is a case or cases of confirmed COVID-19 among students or staff. Each facility will be operating at Stage 1 at the start of the school year. While the protocols that follow provide District leadership guidance on how to respond, the school district will always err on the side of caution and may take additional steps in any one stage (See Chart in Appendix).
For clarity "close contact" is defined as: (a) being directly exposed to infectious secretions (being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or (b) being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield; if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious. Individuals are presumed infectious at least 2 days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individual who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency.
At-Home (Online Learning) Learning
  • Caldwell ISD’s At-Home Learning program is an option for families who, even with all the preventative measures in place, do not feel comfortable sending their children to school, especially children who are medically fragile. Caldwell At-Home is delivered completely virtual with CISD teachers providing self-paced (asynchronous) instruction. At-Home Learning is offered in grades K – 12. At the high school level, course offerings include core content courses and some electives.
  • Students will have a formal class schedule and daily attendance will be taken in each class period. Daily participation will be required.
  • High School students enrolled in At-Home Learning are eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities such as fine arts and athletics. Transportation much be provided by the parents as district transportation is not provided.
  • Students will follow traditional enrollment registration procedures. Additionally, parents are required to complete the School Choice Selection form provided through an email from the district. If you do not have the email, contact the school office.
  • Students must remain in the At-Home Learning classroom for a minimum of one grading period. If students wish to move back to At-School Learning, parents need to contact the school counselor five to ten days before the grading period ends. 7th-12th grading periods are six weeks long. K-6th grading periods are nine-weeks long.
  • Enrollment for At-Home Learning shall be completed by August 10th.HOUSE
  • Internet and computer access are required during the school day Monday through Friday. School district support will be provided as needed.
  • A high level of parental support and supervision is necessary for a student to be successful.
  • Gifted and Talented services will be provided. See Counselor for details.
  • Honors courses, Blinn courses and Advance Placement courses will be offered for CHS students.
  • Bilingual, ESL, Dyslexia, Special Education and 504 Services are available to At-Home Learning students.
  • CISD’s traditional grading system will be used for all At-Home Learning, including GPA, class rank.
In order to continue in online learning once enrolled, the following must be met:
  • The student will participate in all required coursework and online lesson on a daily basis.
  • The student will participate in all tutoring session required by teachers.
  • For CHS credited courses, students may be required to take proctored major assessments at a designated campus on assigned days and times.
  • The student must maintain academic progress and all attendance guidelines.
High School Hybrid Option
For CHS students who need an At-Home Learning model, but would also like to participate in certain electives or UIL activities, a Hybrid option may be the preferred model. Core classes are taken online and electives that cannot be taught virtually will require daily attendance on campus. Transportation is the responsibility of the family. Contact the high school for details.
The following classes may not be taken online: Athletics, Band, Ag Mech, Welding, Advanced Welding, Floral Art, EMT, CNA, Graphic Design, CTEC (Bryan ISD), Fashion and Culinary.
Students are not allowed on campus if they are online learners except if they are participating in the Hybrid Option and they are required to be on campus at a specific time.
Intermittent At-Home Learning (Temporary At-Home Due to Closures or Illness)
In the event that a student, group of students, or classroom of students has to be quarantined or otherwise determined by the Superintendent of Schools, students will move to Intermittent At-Home Learning. This is not the 100% At-Home Learning plan, nor will it be the programming similar to that of the Spring of 2020 Emergency Closure. In Intermittent At-Home Learning model, students will temporarily learn from home and their teacher(s) work remotely in a classroom to deliver instruction and support during regular school hours.CLOSED
  • Daily attendance will be required
  • Students will continue to receive instruction from CISD teachers following our district’s curriculum, including individual and/or group work in Google Classroom (online).
  • CISD traditional grading system is maintained including GPA and Class Rank.
  • Teachers will available only during the normal instructional day (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
  • Internet and computer access will be necessary. Chromebooks will be checked out to each student and if internet is not available at your home, a list of places in our community that provide free internet will be made available.
Social and Emotional Learning (Provided for All Students)
Regardless of the learning model, all CISD students will receive social and emotional support throughout the grading period. Implementation of social and emotional learning will include:
  • Teacher professional learning on social and emotional learning (SEL) and trauma-informed classrooms.
  • Students will be provided opportunities to learn specific SEL competencies.
  • Mental health and counseling supports will be available through our counseling departments.
Please note: The details in this document are subject to change as directives are provided by governing authorities and / or health officials or as environmental conditions change.