LISD Health Updates - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

 

 

 
Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 4/17/2020
 
 
Academics (Testing, Instruction, Academic Calendar)

By law, if an LEA (Local Education Agency - Lovejoy ISD) continues to provide educational opportunities to the general student population during school closure, the school must ensure that students with disabilities also have equal access to the same opportunities, including the provision of Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE).
 
All special education teachers will work based off of a student’s IEP to design remote learning which meets students needs and addresses students goal.
 
General education teachers will implement accommodations for students. Special education teachers will collaborate with general education teachers to determine what supports are needed for each student to access the remote learning and put the supports into place.
 
Special education teachers will modify the online curriculum as determined by a student’s IEP. Special education services and related services provided remotely will be a blended approach that will include one-on-one sessions with the teacher, virtual small-group instruction, instructional videos, online activities, and provided at-home activities as needed. 
We will be sending a menu of developmentally appropriate hands-on activities for our Pre-K students. This menu will be sent on a weekly basis and will include a sample schedule of an at-home day. The menu will contain ideas for fine and gross motor skills, emergent reading and writing skills, math and science. We will also include links for age-appropriate online sites.
Kindergarten Round-up has been delayed. We will continue to evaluate the on-going health situation and will provide information in the coming weeks regarding the Kindergarten Round-up process. 
This morning, the Governor of Texas waived the STAAR testing requirement for 2019-2020. STAAR testing will not be conducted for students this Spring.
Collin College is currently on an extended break, but will be working closely with LISD regarding dual credit classes. We will update you as soon as we have additional information
College Board has canceled all face to face exams and is exploring online testing options and will keep LISD updated. See full press release from AP Central.
 
Each school webpage has a student resources section that will provide the appropriate grade level resources. To find - Visit your campus website >> Students Page >> Student Resources.
Lovejoy is discussing all possible modifications in order to reduce any effect on the school calendar. The Texas Education Agency is hosting daily conference calls with superintendents and we expect more information in the coming days.
 
 
Closure Information 

Lovejoy ISD will follow the direction of local, state, and federal health authorities should it be necessary to close schools to limit the spread of infection.

With Governor Abbott's executive order on April 17th, to close schools for the remainder of the school year. We are unsure how graduations will be handled. The Texas Education Agency will be providing districts with additional information and guidance regarding graduation options in the coming weeks.  
 
Currently, Lovejoy ISD is looking at several ways to celebrate our students and will be communicating with our families as soon as we hear from TEA.
Lovejoy ISD is not expecting virtual learning to take place next week. However, we have asked our teachers to begin thinking about and exploring what virtual learning might look like should it be needed in the future. 
 
We know our teachers care deeply for our students and may choose to reach out to students to connect with them during the school closure, but it is not an expectation that students are working during this upcoming week. 
At this time, Lovejoy ISD is working with state, local and federal health officials regarding the best course of action for the coming weeks. As we receive additional information and guidance, we will update our Lovejoy families and community. 
 
Lovejoy ISD will be closed at least through May 4th
 
 
Employee Questions

We know that this is an unprecedented time, and many of our employees are concerned about their own families. The district has an emergency provision in district policy that allows employees to continue to be paid during emergency situations. All LISD staff will be paid during district closure.

 
 
Events & Contests
All events, meetings, activities, and facilities in Lovejoy ISD are canceled for the remainder of the school year.
UIL has suspended all UIL activities, including contests, practices, rehearsals, and workouts until further notice. See full press release from the UIL.
 
 
Facility Operations
Custodial teams will physically sanitize with disinfectant all high-touch areas such as doorknobs, fixtures, drinking fountains, cafeteria tables, light switches, keyboards, telephones, desktops, etc. Custodial staff will then follow-up with an electrostatic sprayer to positively charge a disinfectant fine mist that clings to every side of an exposed surface to ensure complete coverage. The disinfectant is safe and non-toxic. 
 
 
 
Food Distribution / Meals 
Lovejoy ISD will be working to provide our families in need of assistance meals during the closure and we will be reaching out to families on Monday, March 16th.
 
 
Health, Safety & Community
We have such a generous and loving community that is always willing to jump in and help one another. At this time, the best way to help is to share Lovejoy ISD updates and resources with friends and family and follow the recommended CDC guidelines such as social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. 
 
Should a specific need arise in the future, the district will send out requests and will post updates to all who have kindly offered their support. 

If you or a member of your household have worked with medical professionals and have been officially diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact Sancy Fuller, Executive Director of Special Education and Student Services (Sancy_Fuller@lovejoyisd.net), so we can ensure we are providing the appropriate supports.

If you suspect you or someone from your family may have COVID-19, please contact your health provider.

The district is closely monitoring the evolving situation. LISD is in contact with local, state, and federal health officials, as well as other school districts, to ensure we are adhering to all guidelines and best practices. Lovejoy ISD will keep the community updated as more information becomes available.


Lovejoy ISD is facilitating social distancing by closing all schools and canceling district activities through April 3rd. The district is following the guidance of local, state and federal health authorities in our continued response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

We ask our parents and guardians to partner with us to best ensure the health and safety of our students and staff by continuing to monitor their child’s health. Students and staff who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home. They should not come to work or school with a fever of 100 degrees or higher using an oral thermometer. They should not have any signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). By doing this, the exposure of illness and the possibility of it spreading to students and staff are minimized.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

 

However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
If families or staff have traveled to any Level 2 or Level 3 affected areas, individuals should self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the U.S. as recommended by the CDC

 

All LISD employees must report travel to their immediate supervisor via email. 

 

Students and families must report travel to their campus Principals via email.

 

It is important to notify LISD of any travel to affected areas so that we can better address attendance upon your child’s return. The Texas Education Agency is working to determine procedures to address this public health situation and absences.

 
 
High School Specific Questions 
We know this can be a very uncertain time for our high school Seniors and their families. At this time, we are unsure of the impact COVID-19 will have on Senior events. As we continue to monitor the situation and receive additional guidance from the CDC and local health officials, we will reach out specifically to our Seniors and their families regarding any changes. 
The Dallas Museum of Art is closed until further notice. LISD will work on rescheduling Prom and will take guidance from local health officials regarding the ability to schedule large group activities. Any rescheduling is pending the ability to return back to school.