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Brownsville ISD has worked hard on developing a plan for reopening in the Fall of 2020. The priority is the health and safety of our students and faculty and this plan will address and provide guidance for school leaders to reopen their campuses safely and in accordance to health and safety protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Texas.The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, and school system leaders should do everything feasible to keep students, teachers, staff, and our communities safe. Research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) among others, has found that while children do get infected by COVID-19, relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized or have severe symptoms. Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that COVID-19 risks must be balanced with the need for children to attend school in person, given that the lack of physical access to school leads to a number of negative consequences.
This guidance document contains information on four sets of practices recommended by the Texas Education Agency that minimize the likelihood of viral spread, including some that are requirements for all schools and others that are recommendations.
PROVIDE NOTICE: Requirements for parental and public notices.
PREVENT: Required practices to prevent the virus from entering the school.
RESPOND: Required practices to respond to a lab confirmed case in the school.
MITIGATE: Recommended and required practices to reduce likely spread inside the school.