Transportation Roadmap to Reopening

  • We will continue to monitor recommendations the Center for Disease Control and our elected officials. This page will be updated to reflect ongoing recommendations and requirements as we receive them. https://www.gpisd.org/SafetyPlan

    Transportation Protocols

    All students who are eligible will have access to district transportation.  The following safety protocols will be followed:

    Disinfection Process for Transportation

    • All buses will be disinfected as they return from morning, midday, afternoon routes and all approved extra-curricular activities.
    • Drivers and Monitors will be required to wipe down the hand sanitizer station, the driver’s seat, steering wheel, controls and remove all trash and any belongings left on the bus.

    Social Distancing on Buses

    • Students will load from the back to the front and unload from the front to the back.
    • Students will always be required to badge onto the bus and keep their ID with them.
    • Some windows will be lowered to circulate air.

    Personal Protective Equipment

    Drivers

    • All drivers will wear masks and gloves
    • All drivers will use hand sanitizers (located on all buses) before putting on the gloves and when removing them. Gloves will be removed inside out.

    Monitors

    • All Monitors will wear masks, gloves and face shields. (It will be up to the monitor if they want to wear both mask and shield or shield only)
    • All monitors will use hand sanitizers (located on all buses) before and after loading students.

    Students

    • Will be required to wear masks.
    • Will be required to use the hand sanitizers (located on all buses) when loading and unloading.

    Screen and Protocols

    To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our employees and students, we will be requiring employees to complete a self-screening which includes a temperature reading and answering a set of questions related to COVID-19 symptoms including:

    Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?

    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
    • Significant muscle pain or ache
    • Diarrhea
    • Congestion or runny nose


    Have they been in close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have Covid-19?

    Close Contact: This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as: a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or b. being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (with or without a mask); 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 two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.

    Daily Health Screenings for Students

    While a daily screening for symptoms should be completed each morning before coming to school, the following protocols will be implemented regarding screening for temperature upon arrival at the campus:

    • All individuals should be screened at home before coming into the school for fever, cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion and runny nose or shortness of
    • Infrared temperature screening shall be completed at
    • Students with a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to stay in
    • Identified sick persons will be isolated immediately and sent home as soon as
    • Parents should not enter the facility unless arranged by an administrator. Students will be escorted outside the building and delivered to a verified

    Student or Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms on Campus

    • When a student has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and send the home if
    • Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than 1 hour from the time the campus contacted the student’s parent/guardian.
    • If the nurse determines that the child should be sent home, other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus so that the classroom can be disinfected.
    • District communication will be provided to the parents of students who came in contact with a COVID-19 positive student or staff
    • Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols including isolation from students and other staff

    Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19

    Protocols for Personal Protective Equipment

    Protective measures, including the use of face coverings, will be determined by the level of disease activity of Covid-19. The District will rely on data and recommendations from state and local governments as well as the Texas Education Agency.

    General Guidelines

    • District staff members will wear masks or clear shields, or a combination of both when interacting with
    • Students in grades 3 – 12 will wear masks or clear shields, or a combination of both in classrooms.
    • Students in grades PK – 2 will wear clear shields in classrooms and will wear masks in areas/times that social distancing will be difficult (ie. arrival, dismissal, restroom breaks, transitions in hallways.)
    • Face shields will be provided for all students and staff
    • Face shields will be cleaned by students at the completion of each day if
    • Staff will be provided gloves and cleaning supplies to clean touchpoint surfaces throughout day as
    • Anytime social distancing cannot be maintained masks are
    • Please note that social distancing will still be practiced even with the use of gloves and masks as much as is possible.

    Protocols for Disinfecting and Hand Sanitizing

    Frequent disinfection and hand sanitization will ensure health wellness of students and staff.

    Hand Washing/Sanitizing

    • Each campus nurse will review handwashing and respiratory etiquette with the staff prior to the start of school. The campus nurse will train students as needed via Powerpoint or classroom visit.
    • A schedule will be initiated for elementary students to wash their hands, including, but not limited to after recess, before eating, following restroom breaks, before and after physical education or specials
    • Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol will be available at building entry points, in each classroom, in the cafeteria, and in common areas throughout the
    • When students leave a classroom, they should be instructed to wash hands or perform hand hygiene with hand sanitizer before going to next location and to limit the touching of anything not essential.
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