Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan
UT Charter School System (UTCSS) is committed to the safety and well-being of all staff and visitors as the district welcomes back all students and campus-based personnel back to our campuses for the 2021-2022 school year. UTCSS will not offer remote instruction for the 2021-2022 school year, so all students will be required to attend school on campus.
This plan is the district’s guidance on the safe return to in-person instruction. Guidance concerning COVID-19 will be updated every six months as mandated by the Texas Education Agency. The information in these guidelines outlines the current best practices provided by federal, state, and local health officials for mitigating COVID-19 infections in the learning/work environment. Read the Safe Return to In Person Instruction Plan 2021 as a pdf.
In the event of a positive, test-confirmed case, the entire UT Elementary community will be notified via a notification letter. If there is a positive, test-confirmed case in your child’s classroom, you will be notified via a close contact letter. In addition, if there is a positive, test-confirmed case on campus, we will report it to the Texas Department of State Health Services as required by the Texas Education Agency.
UT Elementary uses various forms of online communication methods to keep our community updated on events and information in the Lee community. All of these options are intended for use within the school’s community and should not be shared with vendors, solicitors or anyone who might want to spam the list.
- Class Dojo is a private, secure, invitation-only platform for parents to connect with teachers and UT Elementary administration. Class Dojo is accessible through a website or their downloadable app. If you do not have an account, please contact Jennifer Montoya at the front desk.
- Every week, UT Elementary sends a parent information email. If you are not receiving these emails, please contact Jennifer Montoya.
- UT Elementary uses Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/UTElementary, as an additional way to reach families.
MY child is or may be sick. What do I do?
If your child is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or illness in general, keep them home.
Keep your child home when they are sick or if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:
|Chills||Headache||Congestion or runny nose|
|Fatigue||New loss of taste or smell||Nausea or vomiting|
|Muscle or body aches||Sore throat||Diarrhea|
If someone in your family tests positive or if you have questions about your child’s health contact Nurse Kerry. Email her directly anytime at Kerry.email@example.com or call (512) 495-3305 from 9am to 1pm. After 1pm until 4pm call Solis Rough (512) 232-1227. Mr. Rough will forward your message to Nurse Kerry. Nurse Kerry is available and ready to help.>
Please note, if there is a positive case on campus, we will let everyone know. If there is a positive test in your child’s classroom, we will let those parents know as well.
Positive Test for COVID-19
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting any of the above symptoms for COVID-19, parents are required to quarantine their child at home. In the case of a positive test result, children must remain home until they have met the conditions for re-entry.
Conditions for re-entry are:
- Keeping your child from in-person instruction until at least 10 days have passed since the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, AND
- The child is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.)
If your child has been identified as a close contact, we strongly recommend that your child stays home for 10 days and remains symptom-free during that time.
Healthy Habits Start at Home
Parents are our students first teachers. Help you student stay safe by modeling good habits at home.
Masking is strongly recommended.
- Explain the ‘why.’ Teach your children that we are wearing masks not just to protect ourselves, but also our friends, families and community.
- Wear a mask in public indoor settings and outdoors when crowded.
- Help your child find a properly fitted mask, ensuring it is comfortable with no gaps at the cheeks or chin.
Allow your children additional time to wash their hands. Help them with the proper technique and let them know when they did a good job!
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Mask Wearing Guidelines
Educational Rights and Responsibilities during COVID Information
Educational Rights and Responsibilities during COVID Poster
Póster Derechos y responsabilidades educativas durante COVID
Additional information from Texas.gov in Spanish
Información adicional de Texas.gov en español
Resources for Parents and Caregivers
- Resources for parenting during this unique time
- Parenting resources in English
- Recursos para padres en español
Class Dojo to stay connected to teachers
UT’s Coronavirus site for all official UT updates, information and resource
Texas Education Agency COVID-19 Support and Guidance page
Austin Public Health Coronavirus Information Page
Resources for Faculty and Staff
- Teleworking and working remotely
- Security guidance for working remotely
- Microsoft 365 Home (Outlook and other MS Office programs)
- ZOOM teleconference software (and LAITS’s ZOOM Wiki)
- Voicemail login (and UT Voicemail user guide)
- Voicemail User Guide (including sending voicemails to your inbox)
- To enable remote work during COVID-19 isolations, ITS is providing the Bria Enterprise softphone client enabling use of your UT phone number on compatible smart phones, desktop/laptop computers, and tablets.