There are more than 80,000 students in AISD and only 130 school buildings! That’s about 616 students per building.
For some ages parents think they can social distance for others, not so much. A 4 year old going to preschool will probably not understand the importance of social distancing. Young kids love to touch all kinds of things, hug people and touch their face. Also masks are not the most comfortable things so trusting your 4 year old not to take it off and touch it, is a risk.
For older kids in 4, 5, and 6 grade you can trust more than 4 year olds but still not have friends they want to see, games they want to play like football, soccer etc., and personally i’m going into 5th grade and I couldn’t take a walk with my friend let alone see them for the first time in months and not totally forget about social distancing.A parent with a 5 year old and a 7 year old says:
“Yeah, I think that elementary school kids understand the importance a lot more”
AISD makes some new rules for back to school.
- A no-touch temperature check and screening of students, by a staff member wearing personal protective equipment, will occur at designated spots before students can enter the school building. Screenings will take place in vehicles when possible.
- Each person who arrives without a mask will be provided one. However, due to a limited national supply, staff and students will be encouraged to bring their own.
- Student capacity in the classroom will be limited. Staff and student capacity will not exceed 25% of the classroom space. Depending on the specific class size and the ability to safely distance, this will average six to eight students per room.
- Meals will be offered in the classroom. This is to ensure safety for students and staff and is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Texas Education Agency recommendations.
- A staff member or student will need to meet the CDC criteria for returning if they are displaying symptoms, presumed positive or have received a confirmed positive COVID-19 test.
- A staff member or student will need to quarantine for 14 days if they have had direct exposure to someone that is displaying symptoms and/or is presumed or confirmed positive for COVID-19.
- Additionally, every student and staff member that has had direct contact with the affected student/staff member in the last seven days will also need to quarantine for 14 days. This includes, but is not limited to, the students and staff in a class, on a bus route and in group extracurricular activities.
- The need to shut down an entire campus, the school’s foodservice operations or an entire extracurricular activity for a period of time will depend on the level of contact, isolation of groups and guidance from health authorities.
This list was copied from a recent AISD email.
These are good plans but they will only lower the risk of COVID-19 IN school and do not monitor what you do outside of school, meaning that you could come into class not having symptoms or a fever and still be contagious. The CDC’s fact sheet at What you should know about COVID-19 shows that some people have no signs of COVID-19 showing again that this virus is unpredictable. This is only one of the things that could happen and then AISD would have to do another campus shut down which apparently is not loved by students and there parents. things that can still happen like someone being exposed to someones than coming into school without a fever or symptoms. These could all lead to another complete campus shut down. Wich could lead to another month or more of online learning which apparently neither parents nor kids like.
“I wish that every grade would have the same coriculum. We received short daily premade videos and I would rather have just daily live videos.” -parent
We spoke to a parent asking her why she wanted to go back to AISD schools and why not.
She is going back to AISD schools:
“We didn’t really have a choice, I didn’t really make a back up plan either AISD did it so fast.” -parent
“If we had to go back into to the building I wouldn’t feel so comfortable because us as a community is not doing well, and we need some clear plans”