Welcome to Cotton Center ISD! The Best Kept Secret in West Texas!
Located in the South Plains of Texas, on FM 179, Cotton Center ISD is spread out over 132 square miles and serves around 125 students on two campuses.
Cotton Center ISD has a rich history of excellence in academics, athletics and vocational programs and is committed to putting students first.
As a district, we are focused on providing an excellent educational experience for all students that prepares them for their future. We want a student’s time at Cotton Center ISD to be a launching point for the rest of their college and career endeavors.
I hope you will consider Cotton Center ISD for your child’s educational needs.
Who We Are
Excellence in the Learning of Knowledge and Skills!
The mission of the Cotton Center Independent School District is to graduate all students with the skills and values to compete successfully as life-long learners.
These are the return-to-campus protocols for Cotton Center ISD campuses and administration buildings. The district will review this plan every six months and, as appropriate, revise it. The district will seek public comment on protocols and incorporate such input into plan revision while taking into consideration the timing of significant changes to CDC guidance on reopening schools. If deemed necessary, the plan can be translated to Spanish or another language and can be provided in an alternative, accessible format to a parent with a disability upon their request. Since this is an ever-changing situation, the district may need to change protocols at any time to address specific needs and circumstances in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and the community. Please note,health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. As a result, Cotton Center ISD will continue to consult available guidance through governmental agencies and other information deemed relevant to monitor the situation. The district will comply with applicable federal and state employment and disability laws, workplace safety standards, and accessibility standards to address individual needs.
ON CAMPUS FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION
Campus screening protocols
All district faculty and staff will complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms each day before entering any school facility. The district may require further screening of employees at any time based on current state and federal guidelines. Employees exhibiting symptoms will be separated from others and sent home.
Employees must ask themselves if they have experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours:
• fever or chills
• shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• muscle or body aches
• new loss of taste or smell
• sore throat
• congestion or runny nose
• nausea or vomiting
Parents and guardians will be required to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms, including a temperature check, each day prior to sending them to school. If the student presents any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 (i.e. shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell), they should not come to school. Upon arrival to school, personnel will take each student’s temperature as well. Students with a temperature reading higher than 100.2 degrees will be required to put on a mask will be immediately taken to a designated area. Parents or guardians will be required to promptly pick up any student with a temperature of 100.2 degrees or other COVID-19 symptoms.
Cotton Center ISD will provide training and professional development for staff on sanitation and mitigating the spread of infectious disease.
In the morning, students will report to their class upon arrival between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m. unless they are eating breakfast. Students eating breakfast will enter the cafeteria, get their breakfast, and then be seated. Students will be seated leaving a space in between to maintain social distancing. Students who arrive earlier than 7:45 a.m. will be seated in the cafeteria with a space in between to maintain social distancing.
Students who eat breakfast will go to the cafeteria. At 7:45 a.m. all students will go to their 1st period class to avoid students gathering in common areas.
Students will be divided by the three entrances to the Junior High/High School campus. 6th-8th grade students will enter through the doors closest to the main office. 9th and 10th grade students will enter through the second entrance and 11th and 12th grade students will enter from the other side of campus.
Classroom protocols and procedures will include expectations for not sharing school supplies to the fullest extent possible, proper distancing, limited large group work, and hand washing or sanitizing upon each entrance, etc. Teachers will have access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize high-touch and working surfaces as well as shared objects in between classes. Thorough hand washing technique will be taught.
Whenever possible, students and staff will maintain consistent groupings of people to minimize the spread of the virus. Students will be grouped with their class (lunch, recess, gym, music/art, and computer lab) and then within their class they will be grouped with three other students.
In classrooms where students are regularly within three to six feet of one another, teachers will plan for more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.
Class size will depend on the number of students who choose to participate in on-campus learning. Desks or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally possible. Partitions will be used on a limited basis.
Based on building capacity and student enrollment, campus administration will determine areas that may be utilized for lunch. These areas could include the lunchroom, gym, the library, or other large areas within the school building.
Support staff and administrators will monitor the cafeteria and hallways to promote proper distancing practices. Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in both the cafeteria and in the gym and library. Cafeteria capacity will be based on current guidelines. Physical distance will be provided with an empty seat in
between each student. Posted signage and staff will reinforce proper distancing and traffic patterns in the cafeteria. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrances and exits to the cafeteria.
All students are expected to wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to entering the cafeteria. Students obviously are not required to wear masks while eating or drinking, etc.
Students eating in the cafeteria will be required to sanitize or wash their hands before entering. The schedule will include separate lunch periods , for 6th-8th, and high school. Students eating in the cafeteria will be socially distanced.
Cotton Center ISD will take into consideration the guidance provided by the county and state and will follow any executive orders. Administration will notify parents if the decision is made for students in grades 4th and up to wear masks. However, students and teachers may choose to wear face coverings when not required.
Student movement will be staggered to limit the number of people in various areas during transitions. Traffic patterns will be established to separate individuals to the greatest extent possible.
VISITORS TO CAMPUS
Campus visitors will be limited. Visitors will be expected to complete the required health screening of having their temperatures checked upon entry. Visitors who are screened and proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.
Any visitors wishing to have lunch with a student must have prior approval from the campus principal at least one day in advance.
WATER FOUNTAIN USAGE
In order to mitigate the use of water fountains, students are expected to bring their own reusable water bottle for use throughout the day and are expected to take water bottles home to be cleaned on a daily basis.
Parents are asked to secure a reusable water bottle for their child to bring to school daily. Parents are asked to assist students, as needed, to clean water bottles daily.
Teachers and staff will demonstrate how students should fill water bottles instead of drinking directly from the water fountains. Teachers will ensure that students take water bottles home to be cleaned each day.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Administrators will provide training for staff on guidelines and procedures associated with outdoor play and student activities. Administrators will develop a schedule for students to access the playground equipment. Teachers will monitor students to ensure safety guidelines are followed. Campuses may consider limiting the number of students per recess group. Staggered schedules and consistent cohorts may be utilized.
Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students. PE equipment will be disinfected and wiped down after each use. Visual markers on the gym floor will serve as reminders of proper distancing rules. Students should avoid touching their face at all times, but especially while playing games. Access to handwashing will be provided during PE.
Middle school PE, athletics, and band will be separated by grade level. Further guidelines for extracurriculars will be provided by coaches and sponsors.
GUIDELINES FOR OUTDOOR PLAY
Students may wear masks during an outdoor activity. Students should maintain proper distancing while lining up to return to class and sanitize or wash hands before re-entering.
All students and staff are expected to wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.
MUSIC AND ART
Appropriate distancing measures will be followed. Music equipment will be sanitized after each use.
Students will use their own art supplies and avoid sharing equipment as much as possible. Workstations will be sanitized between each use. Art equipment will be sanitized after each use.
Visual reminders will be added, and furniture rearranged to help students maintain proper distancing while in the library. Students and staff will wash/sanitize hands upon entering and after visiting the library.
COTTON CENTER ISD COVID-19 STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL
(No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or students)
• Health prevention measures are in place.
• Daily intensive cleaning and frequent cleaning of common areas.
• Limited visitor access.
• Monitoring virus trends in the community via health departments.
If these conditions are present, Cotton Center ISD would use a regular Monday-Friday schedule for all students in addition to remote learning for those families that choose.
The district will ensure inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrades to improve air quality in school facilities, including:
• Mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems;
• Filtering purification and other cleaning, fans, control systems; and
• Window and door repair and replacement.
(One or more confirmed active case(s) of COVID-19 at one facility)
• Persons who came within close contact of an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be personally contacted by district personnel and advised to selfquarantine for 14 days.
• Affected area is closed for deep cleaning.
• Self-health monitoring, prevention information, and “stay-home-if-ill” communication to all persons at the school or facility. Affected area is closed for deep cleaning.
If these conditions are present, we would use a regular Monday-Friday schedule for all students in addition to remote learning for those families that choose. Large group and/or "high-risk" activities will continue to be restricted as needed.
(Three or more confirmed active COVID-19 cases in one specific area)
• Students and staff of that area will be advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.
• Students impacted move to remote learning.
• Affected area is closed for deep cleaning.
• Self-health monitoring, prevention information, and “stay-home-if- ill” reminders sent to all persons at the school or facility.
If these conditions are present, we would use a regular Monday-Friday schedule for all students in addition to remote learning for those families that choose so. Large group and/or "high-risk" activities will continue to be restricted as needed.
(Active COVID-19 cases exceed 10 or more in one facility)
• Entire faculty will be closed for a minimum of two days.
• All students and staff at this campus may return if symptom-free upon determination by the school district and health authorities.
• Those in close contact of the confirmed COVID-19 positive persons will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days per CDC guidelines.
• District-wide communication to staff/parents with health monitoring guidance.
If those conditions are present, we will move to an alternating day schedule. Students in grades Pre-K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 will go to school Monday and Thursday. Students in grades K, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 will go to school Tuesday and Friday. There will be remote learning for all grade levels on days not attending school in-person. On Wednesdays, the campus will be closed for deep cleaning. Social distancing protocols will be closely monitored, and "high-risk" activities may be restricted or prohibited.
(Active COVID-19 cases exceed 15% of occupancy in any facility)
• All district facilities close for a minimum of 14 days.
• Disinfection of all facilities and school buses.
• All auxiliary areas such as playgrounds and athletic fields are closed. Extracurricular activities are cancelled.
*If these conditions are present, instruction ceases until threat level improves. Some small-group instruction may be allowed with strict social distancing protocols in place.
In the event that the number of cases in Hale County increase past a certain threshold deemed unsafe, the district will plan for, coordinate, and implement activities for a longterm closure, including:
• Providing meals to students;
• Providing technology for online learning to all students; and
• Ensuring educational services meet all federal, state, and local requirements.
In the event of a school closure, students will be able to make up any lost instructional time during the summer. Cotton Center ISD offers summer school four days a week during the month of June.
*Re-entry plan must be posted on district website within 30 days of receiving ESSER III Notice of Grant Award. School must include its website address in ESSER III Application.