Frequently Asked Questions

We strive to communicate timely, relevant information regarding our upcoming reopening procedures and "Return to Learn" plan. As we continue to improve plans and procedures that help ensure safe, efficient practices are in place, we will provide additional FAQs to this resource. 

Safety Measures

Yes. In working with local health officials, SISD has reconsidered previous guidance and will perform daily temperature checks of students and staff. In making the safety of all students and staff a priority, SISD will rely on parents to help with screening procedures as well. Parents will need to keep their student home if he/she feels ill. SISD will provide a general screening document to parents in the coming days.
Yes.  We will do so with smaller groups and distancing restrictions.  
  • Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum social distancing between students. 
  • Visual markers will be on the floor and bleachers as reminders of social distancing rules. 
  • Students will be placed in smaller, appropriate groups for instruction and activities for appropriate social distancing. 
  • Students will need to provide their own water bottles. 
  • Restroom use will be the practice of “one in and one out.” Equipment will be disinfected after each use. 
  • Any activities bringing students into close physical contact will be avoided. Activities requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided. 
  • Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided.

Cleaning Procedures | Disinfecting Routines

Students will have the opportunity to continue to receive instruction. Depending on the campus model and the amount of time the student will be out will determine the amount of time in distance learning.
Seminole ISD is actively working to provide each building and classroom with the appropriate supplies needed to promote a safe, productive learning environment. We are currently well-stocked with cleaning supplies.
  • Parents will be asked to administer a COVID-19 Health Assessment daily, which includes checking their children’s temperature and looking for common symptoms of the virus. Parents will need to keep their student home if he/she feels ill. SISD will provide a general screening document to parents when TEA makes that available.
  • Student temperatures will be checked at school for COVID-19 related screening at the beginning of the day. 
  • Cooperation from parents and students will be critical to ensure we limit possible viral exposure. If students do not meet the exclusionary criteria, students should report to school for face to face instruction. 

Face Coverings / Masks

Key point: Per the Governor’s order - face coverings should be worn when 6ft social distancing cannot be maintained. There will be many times during the day in which we’ll be able to ensure social distancing. Keep in mind that SISD will have clear face shields for all students.
In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, when a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others cannot be achieved, face coverings are required.  To be clear, there will be many opportunities throughout the day for students to remove their face coverings. Please be reminded that SISD has purchased clear face shields that are a good alternative during instructional time. Students are required to wear masks during bus transportation, arrival, dismissal, bell changes, or moving around the campus. We encourage parents of younger students to begin discussing and practicing how to safely wear face coverings with their children over the next couple weeks so the transition will be easier for them.
Yes. When moving through the building or to a different class and social distancing cannot be maintained, students will be required to wear a face covering.
Yes. Students are able to bring their own masks to school for transitional periods and are encouraged to wash at home.
We don’t think so. However, if social distancing cannot be achieved, face coverings will be required.
Yes. Social distancing will be encouraged by staff when students are participating in recess, PE, library, and music classes.
Students in 4th grade and above are required. We will highly recommend all students to wear face coverings in certain situations. All students should wear them in transition for entrance and exit of the campus and when social distancing cannot be achieved. SISD will be purchasing clear face shields for all students and staff as an alternative for in-class instructional time.
Not at this time. All campuses are scheduled for a soft opening on August 13-14. Seminole ISD is diligently working to appropriately plan for various scenarios. Your continued grace, patience, and understanding is always appreciated.

Day-to-Day Routine

Each campus will send communication to parents regarding pick-up and drop-off procedures. We are not permitting parents to walk their student(s) to their classroom.
It will vary from campus to campus.
  • At the elementary level, students will either eat in their classroom or in a setting that allows for social distancing.  
  • Lunches will be served in covered containers. 
  • At the secondary level, students will be spread out in many areas of the school and outdoors, weather permitting. When transitioning to and from the cafeteria, in lunch lines, etc. students will be expected to wear a face covering. Once seated and eating, students may remove their masks. High School students will be permitted to leave campus.
High School students are the only ones who may leave for lunch. Students in PK - 8th grade will not be allowed to leave campus nor have a visitor join them for lunch. Students may bring lunch, but no drop-off or delivery of lunch is allowed.
It will vary from building to building. Our elementary campuses will have the opportunity to stagger breaks throughout the day to avoid congestion. Our secondary campus will utilize face coverings and one-way traffic where possible.  
Visitors will be allowed on campuses on a very limited basis using the guidelines below.
  • Visits must be official school business and have a scheduled appointment
  • All visitors required to wear masks and utilize hand sanitizing stations upon entry
  • Parents will be required to drop off students at designated drop off locations
  • Students may bring lunch, but no drop-off or delivery of lunch allowed
  • No visitors will be allowed to eat with students
  • Students in PK - 8th grade will not be allowed to leave campus for lunch
  • Until further notice, classroom parties will not be allowed
We will notify the campus if someone tests positive on that campus. We will not disclose identifiable information about that student or staff member. However you will be contacted personally if your student has been determined to have been within close contact with someone who tests positive.

Academic Questions

Yes. Students who wish to participate in distance learning are provided that opportunity.
This will vary from campus to campus. Additional information will be provided by each individual campus.
Distance Learners will participate in both asynchronous (real-time with the rest of the class) and independent learning.
Yes. To participate fully, students will need the same supplies for both in-person or at-home learning.
Seminole ISD is purchasing plexiglass table dividers and face shields for in-class instruction. Small groups typically entail 3-5 children at one time.
Yes. The district will provide devices for all staff and students enrolled in Seminole ISD.
The Seminole ISD staff will provide shields for all students, and review the importance of social distancing with all students through social stories. Social stories will be presented daily at the beginning of the school year with assistance from the special education department staff trained to help students with sensory deficits.
Yes, similar to in-person meal procedures, students enrolled in distance learning may request a school provided meal. Please visit our Food Services webpage for information regarding Free/Reduced Meals, Payment Information, and Menus.
All campuses will begin at 7:55 am.

Social | Emotional Well-Being

Yes. We pride ourselves in employing professional, empathetic educators who are invested in not only the educational preparedness of our students but the social and emotional lessons learned through interactions that come with a classroom setting.
Seminole ISD counseling staff will continue to evaluate and prepare support for our students and staff. They will provide families with resources and a means for additional support.
Additional information from individual campuses will be provided via ParentSquare and our social media platforms. Staff and administration will work together to educate students about classroom safety, procedures, as well as, provide a tour of the school.
Seminole Junior High Staff has provided an online Orientation for incoming 6th graders. If there are additional needs, please reach out to the campus office.
Yes. Proper social distancing and sanitation protocols will be followed at each of these classes.
The Counselors for the District will continue to collaborate with one another to identify various services and needs, while determining effective solutions on how to better serve our students.