VISD prepares virus protocol for safe back-to-school
Vernon ISD is preparing for the return to classes. With school starting back in less than a month the district’s board of trustees discussed how school will function, even with the shadow of another coronavirus outbreak threatening the school year.
The trustees discussed the district’s Safe Return to School Plan as part of the July trustee meeting last week.
“No. 1 is we will stay in compliance with all CDC recommendations,” Superintendent Jeff Byrd said. “The governor has said no more masks. We will emphasis hand washing and etiquette for coughing and sneezing.”
Byrd said a plan is in place to modify for potential increase in social distancing, if required. He said the district will again have water fountains closed and instead offer bottled water.
There will be enhanced cleaning, and a plan is in place to improve ventilation.
The district will again have contact chasing protocol in place and diagnostic testing.
Byrd said the district will continue working with Wilbarger County, the City of Vernon, and Wilbarger General Hospital with planning meetings so that every entity can stay up-to-date on the latest local developments. He said the district will also work with parents and local pharmacies to offer vaccination
opportunities for every eligible student. Children 12 and up can take the Pfizer vaccine, while trials are underway for children younger than 12 and could possibly be approved during the school year.
Byrd said accommodations for children with disabilities will be made and a plan is in place to assist students with any emotional, mental or academic
needs arising from potential Covid outbreaks during the school year.