Taft ISD FAQ
1. Will there be more vaccination opportunities offered by the school district? Taft ISD will offer as many as possible, as well as providing information on any Vaccination clinics taking place in the city of Taft. Currently Taft ISD will be hosting two vaccination clinics on August 24th and August 26. Please see flyer located on the Taft ISD Home Page or utilize the following web link https://www.taftisd.net/apps/news/article/1481316.
2. Are Face Coverings Required at Taft ISD? Due to recent changes in local/state guidelines, individuals in Texas are not required, but are highly encouraged to wear face coverings while on Taft ISD campuses. Parents who send their elementary children to school with a face covering it is understood that your children are expected to wear their masks. Staff will assist in monitoring these students and their mask-wearing. Face masks are available at each school’s front office.
3. Are sanitation supplies available for classrooms? In addition to hand sanitation stations placed throughout the school, each classroom has available hand sanitizer bottles and sanitization wipes to help keep classroom surfaces clean and safe.
4. Is Social Distancing still taking place in school? Social distancing strategies will be maintained for staff and students to the extent possible in classrooms and communal areas. In locations where social distancing is not possible, a layer of prevention strategies is utilized such as self-screenings, temperature checks, and additional sanitization. Please see additional information on COVID-19 Health Protocols and Safety sheet located here https://3.files.edl.io/b3e2/21/08/23/030127-32993920-ddef-430c-8ba5-ad05f6a67f85.png.
5. Will parents and family members receive notification when there is a new case in our school? Current counts of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases as determined through tests done at a health facility or clinic will be available to the public on the Taft ISD website at https://www.taftisd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1760406&type=d&pREC_ID=2228960 . In addition, Taft ISD will release notification of positive cases on the school campus.
6. Will students or staff members be notified if they are close contact? In addition to general notification Taft ISD will inform staff and parents of students who are identified as being close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
7. If my child is sick and stays home does it qualify them as being in attendance according to TEA Remote Conferencing Guidelines? Taft ISD is committed to providing instruction for all students. In order to qualify as being in attendance for FSP funding purposes the following criteria must be met:
- The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition.
- The total amount of remote conferencing instruction does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year.
In addition, one of the following requirements also must be met:
- The student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States. The documentation must include a statement from the physician that the student is to remain confined to their home or to a hospital.
- The student has a positive test result for a communicable condition listed in 25 TAC §97.7.
- The student has been identified as having been in close contact with COVID-19
For additional information on Remote Conferencing please see TEA Remote Conferencing FAQ located on the Remote Conferencing tab under the Community COVID-19 information page for more specific information.
8. What if a student does not qualify for Remote Conferencing but has extenuating circumstances which prevent, he/she from attending school? In addition, students with extenuating circumstances who are unable to attend school and do not qualify for Remote Conferencing, will be provided with virtual learning. While these students do not currently qualify as being in attendance, we will utilize the hours to assist in meeting the 90% attendance requirement.
9. How will students continue their education while they are sick? Each campus has a plan of action to engage students in remote instruction. Please see Remote Conferencing tab under the Community COVID-19 information page for more specific information.
10. Will hardware technology be available for remote instruction? Except for Pre-K, during the first full week of instruction of the 2021-2022 school year, students were issued laptops and hotspots as needed. If your child did not receive remote technology devices, please contact your child’s campus for more specific information on available technologies.