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Frequently Asked Questions

School staff can take everyday preventive actions to protect themselves and others from getting sick with COVID-19:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or inside of the elbow, throwing the tissue away, and then washing hands.
  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose, mouth, and mask/face shield covering.
  • Maintaining a  distance of at least 6 feet from other adults, and from students when feasible.
  • Wearing a mask/face shield, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Staying home when sick, or after being in close contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Limiting the use of shared objects (e.g., gym or physical education equipment, art supplies, games) when possible, and cleaning and disinfecting these objects frequently.
The decision is made by the local school district, Texas Department of State Health Services or the Governor of Texas with guidance from the local health authority. The superintendent may act to close schools on a temporary basis without school board action.
Yes.

They may be eligible for worker’s compensation for a work-related illness. However, one would need to establish, through medical documentation, that one contracted the illness through exposure at work, as opposed to off-duty. If this occurs, one should contact the district immediately to make them aware of the illness and get information about how to file a claim.

You should immediately contact the school health aide, campus administration and/or the central office. You should refrain from communicating your suspicions or any health-related concerns to other students or their families. Refer questions from others to the central office. A school district may exclude a student for attending school if the student shows symptoms of a communicable disease, including a fever, and not let them return to school until the student is cleared to return. 25 Tex. Admin. Code Section 97.7.

Online classes began Monday, August 24. For additional questions, please contact your child’s school.

SST will provide every student with a device capable of accessing school academic offerings. Please contact your school. SST schools administration are working with families to ensure all students have access to a device. We are still in the process of distributing Chromebooks,laptops  and iPads. Due to nation-wide shipping delays, there may be a wait list to receive a school issued device. 

Yes, from Monday, August 24 until onsite classes resume. The majority of classes will be done by students independently. There may also be time when teachers will connect with students online at a specific time of day. Students are strongly encouraged to attend these class meetings. 

 Parents should contact the teacher or school if students are unable to connect to the online classroom.

Yes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires school districts to track student participation in online classes. SST Schools will use the Schoology (Learning Management System)  to collect information on the multiple ways students may participate in online learning.

Yes. Teachers are required to take grades and normal SST grading practices will be in effect (see handbook).

Additional learning opportunities will be provided based on teacher assessment. Teachers can provide enrichment and intervention in the same way they provide initial content instruction, direct student-teacher interaction or prerecorded instruction found in their Schoology course. 

Yes. Students in grades PK-12 will wear face coverings/shields in hallways, common areas, and when social distancing is not feasible, including in classrooms, to the extent it is developmentally appropriate. All employees will also wear face coverings.

It depends on the situation. Every campus will have a health aide/administrator who will receive reports of COVID-19 cases/exposures. Families and employees will be notified, and the school will then work with the families and staff to determine the next steps based on TEA public health guidance for schools, the CDC, and local health officials.  


Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (feeling feverish, fever of 100.0 or more, loss of taste or smell, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, headache, chills, sore throat, shaking or exaggerated shivering, significant muscle pain or ache, diarrhea) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.

Campuses will communicate with families through email, calls, and/or texts to notify families of students who may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Campuses will be thoroughly disinfected, and if the campus is closed, students will resume their learning online with their teachers until a return date is determined.
Yes. Outdoor play and learning will be encouraged as public health conditions allow. Students will be required to wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon re-entry to the building.
TEA mandates determine STAAR testing and accountability requirements. At this time, TEA has indicated that standardized state assessments and accountability requirements are in effect for the 2020-2021 school year. TEA has stated that students will not be retained for failing to meet the standard on standardized tests.
Yes. Parents may change the instructional option at the end of each four- week period.
Safety guidelines have been developed for conducting all on-campus practices. The district will continue to follow all guidelines provided by UIL, TEA, and the state. There will be no athletics in the fall semester.  Any offered  clubs will be virtual and free for SST students (with the exception of some mentoring programs).

At this time, TEA has indicated that they will not require school districts to shut down for COVID-19 for the 2020-2021 year. In the case of a school closure, students will remain at home and will engage in virtual learning activities through online courses. Students will be required to log onto all courses for attendance and submitting work.

Based on consultations from local and state officials, schools may not require COVID-19 testing. For students or staff who test positive, a medical clearance from their doctor will be required to return to school.

SST will implement increased signage around campuses promoting COVID-19 mitigation strategies, increased cleaning and sanitation practices, as well as frequent reminders of hand hygiene and social distancing. Students will wash their hands frequently throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will also be provided throughout the campuses and in classrooms. 

Face masks/face shields will be required for all students and staff.

Our full safety and reopening plan will be in accordance with TEA regulations. It will also be posted online, once approved. SST will comply with all health and safety recommendations established by the health department and Texas Education Agency.

Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day. Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their students to school.

All individuals entering a building will be required to wear a face covering. Individuals proceeding beyond the reception area will follow the following guidelines:

o   All visitors will be subject to screening by completing a symptom screening form.

o   Virtual meetings will be used whenever possible.

o   Visitors and staff will maintain safe physical distance for ARD and other meetings in smaller conference areas.

Yes, the district will have limited supplies of gloves, reusable and disposable masks available for students and teachers. All health aides will have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in COVID-19 related cases. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Students should bring their own mask, if possible.

SST has established a cleaning schedule that will increase the number of times campuses will be cleaned. This method is safe and will be used once students are back on campus.

SST is working with local and state officials to develop protocols and procedures to provide a safe environment for students.

Yes. 

  • For students in special education and 504 programs, accommodations and/or modifications are implemented by our teachers in their online classes.
  • For students in pullout programs, our special education teachers create online classes and provide resources and support virtually.
Restrooms will be cleaned several times each day. Restroom breaks will be scheduled and students will have designated restrooms. The number of students in a restroom at the same time will be limited.
We will have virtual home visits during the 2020-2021 school year.

Our campuses are planning to have engagement activities for parents and students.