Special Education Summer Procedures

  • Per TEA guidance issued 5/18/2020 entitled “Summer Instruction, Activities and School Visits: Guidance for Reopening and Student Interaction”, school buildings are now open to instructional activities such as extended school year services and special education evaluations. 

    In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our teachers, evaluators, and students, and in order to reduce the likelihood of spread of any airborne illness, Georgetown ISD has put into practice the following procedures with regard to Extended School Year services and evaluations for special education.  These procedures will be effective for sessions offered during the time frame of June 29 until the end of the designated services, or until GISD schools resumes normal operations. Sessions offered during the summer (before August 15) will be accepted at the family’s discretion. If a family declines to schedule a face to face session during this time it will not impact their agreed-upon educational services or evaluations. 

    Signage
    As required by the TEA, signs must be posted on the campus at least five business days prior to testing. No exceptions.

    Arrival 
    Upon arrival at a GISD facility, the parent and student should remain in the car and call the phone number provided by staff. A staff member will meet the parent and student at the car. The staff will be wearing a mask, and it is encouraged that the student attending the session also wear a mask. The staff will maintain a distance of 6 ft, consistent with social distancing guidelines. Parents and students will be asked to answer questions regarding recent history of potential COVID19 symptoms or proximity to those with symptoms (symptom check-list suggested by TEA is provided below). The temperature of the student will be taken before leaving the car. The evaluator will also submit to the same symptom checks prior to beginning the workday. Students will be taken into the building by staff to a designated and sanitized space. The student will be required to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer before sessions begin.  Parents will not be permitted to wait in the school building. The parent may remain in their car on school premises or may choose to leave.  For evaluations, the parent must be able to return within 15 minutes of a call from the staff member/evaluator.

    For students riding district transportation, social distancing guidelines will be followed.  The symptom checks-list and temperature checks will be completed prior to a student’s arrival on campus by district staff. District vehicles will also be sanitized daily. 

    Learning and Activities 
    During summer sessions, every effort will be made to limit direct contact. Masks will be worn by staff as long as it does not interfere with the validity of a test administration or rapport building with students. Students are  encouraged to wear a mask during the duration of their time on campus unless the mask is determined to be a deterrent to the student demonstrating optimal performance.  Hand sanitizer will be readily available in the classrooms, and hand washing of more than 20 seconds is encouraged.  The testing space, classrooms, bathrooms  and materials will be thoroughly sanitized daily.  

    Departure 
    Once the session ends, the parent will pick up their student.  A staff  member will meet the parent at the pre-designated area with their student. Staff will maintain a distance of 6 feet, consistent with physical  distancing guidelines. Exchanges will be verbal and waves in lieu of physical contact such as handshakes.

    For students riding district transportation home after a summer session, physical  distance guidelines will be followed, as well as thorough sanitization of the district vehicle. 

    If your child tests positive for COVID-19 within 7 days of testing or completing ESY services, please notify the district special education office at 512-943-5008.  We appreciate your support and assistance during this time, and we will work hard to make this process as smooth and comfortable for everyone as possible.

Georgetown ISD Special Education Fall Procedures

  • In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our teachers, evaluators, and students, and in order to reduce the likelihood of spread of any airborne illness, Georgetown ISD has put into practice the following procedures with regard to Extended School Year services and evaluations for special education.  These procedures will be effective for sessions offered during the time frame of  August 20th until September 10th,, or until GISD schools resumes normal operations. Sessions offered during the Fall (before August 20th to September 10th) will be accepted at the family’s discretion. If a family declines to schedule a face to face session during this time it will not impact their agreed-upon educational services or evaluations. 

    Signage
    As required by the TEA, signs must be posted on the campus at least five business days prior to testing. No exceptions.

    Arrival 
    Upon arrival at a GISD facility, the parent and student should remain in the car and call the phone number provided by staff. A staff member will meet the parent and student at the car. The staff will be wearing a mask, and it is encouraged that the student attending the session also wear a mask. The staff will maintain a distance of 6 ft, consistent with social distancing guidelines. Parents and students will be asked to answer questions regarding recent history of potential COVID19 symptoms or proximity to those with symptoms (symptom check-list suggested by TEA is provided below). The temperature of the student will be taken before leaving the car. The evaluator will also submit to the same symptom checks prior to beginning the workday. Students will be taken into the building by staff to a designated and sanitized space. The student will be required to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer before sessions begin.  Parents will not be permitted to wait in the school building. The parent may remain in their car on school premises or may choose to leave.  For evaluations, the parent must be able to return within 15 minutes of a call from the staff member/evaluator.

    For students riding district transportation, social distancing guidelines will be followed.  The symptom checks-list and temperature checks will be completed prior to a student’s arrival on campus by district staff. District vehicles will also be sanitized daily. 

    Learning and Activities 
    During Fall sessions, every effort will be made to limit direct contact. Masks will be worn by staff as long as it does not interfere with the validity of a test administration or rapport building with students. Students are  encouraged to wear a mask during the duration of their time on campus unless the mask is determined to be a deterrent to the student demonstrating optimal performance.  Hand sanitizer will be readily available in the classrooms, and hand washing of more than 20 seconds is encouraged.  The testing space, classrooms, bathrooms  and materials will be thoroughly sanitized daily.  

    Departure 
    Once the session ends, the parent will pick up their student.  A staff  member will meet the parent at the pre-designated area with their student. Staff will maintain a distance of 6 feet, consistent with physical  distancing guidelines. Exchanges will be verbal and waves in lieu of physical contact such as handshakes.

    For students riding district transportation home after a Fall session, physical  distance guidelines will be followed, as well as thorough sanitization of the district vehicle. 

    If your child tests positive for COVID-19 within 7 days of testing or completing ESY services, please notify the district special education office at 512-943-5008.  We appreciate your support and assistance during this time, and we will work hard to make this process as smooth and comfortable for everyone as possible.

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