Nurses , school board discusses district’s COVID-19 protocols

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CCCCSD reports three positive cases

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  • CCCCSD NURSES Farran Morris (right left) and Vicki Childress present the school district’s COVID-19 protocols to the Crockett County CCSD School Board during their Aug. 19 regular meeting at the OHS Library. MELISSA PERNER | THE OZONA STOCKMAN
    CCCCSD NURSES Farran Morris (right left) and Vicki Childress present the school district’s COVID-19 protocols to the Crockett County CCSD School Board during their Aug. 19 regular meeting at the OHS Library. MELISSA PERNER | THE OZONA STOCKMAN
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Crockett County School Board members heard about the district’s safety protocols and guidelines during the Aug. 19 regular meeting.

School District Nurses Farran Morris and Vicki Childress presented to the board the district’s plan on the day the district had its first student test positive for COVID-19.

Morris said she contacted the Texas Department of State Health Services immediately and got guidance from them. Parents who had students that had come in close contact with the positive child were then notified and a statement was released to all Ozona Elementary School parents and the public.

Morris said the positive student and the students who came into close contact must stay at home for 14 days and be monitored.

“It went very smoothly. Our teachers are sanitizing in between classes and students are keeping masks on in the classroom,” Morris said.

This week, Ozona High School reported two students had tested positive. The high school is following the same protocols as OES did on the first case.

Childress said the district’s protocols were compiled from recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, Texas Education Agency, DSHS and University Interscholastic League.

“Nobody has the same answer, so we compiled what was best for our district,” Childress said.

The district received personal protection equipment from TEA, including reusable masks for every student and teacher that will be distributed this week, Childress said.

Morris also said they are looking into getting lanyards for kids to hold their masks.

“We are encouraging everyone to wash their masks daily. Any soap and water will work,” Childress said.

Students are screened at every campus when they arrive at school in the mornings. Screening involves temperature checks and asking if they COVID-19 symptoms, been tested for COVID-19 or been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are only screening once a day right now, that is the requirement. We’re constantly putting information out there about the symptoms. We are also trying to impose more of the self-screening with parents. We also screen every visitor and visitors have to wear masks,” Childress said. “We cannot diagnose someone, we can only screen. We are not telling parents that when they go to their doctor they will be tested for COVID. That is up to the physician. We don’t force them to go see the local clinic. We don’t tell them they have to be tested. We just recommend they see their local healthcare provider, and have a doctor’s release to return to school.”

Childress said if a student does not get tested, after they have screened positive, then the student must stay home for 10 days, be fever free for 24 hours without medication and have decreased symptoms before they can return to school.

“We do have children that have allergies that are really bad. We do have children with other symptoms. We take a full set of vital signs and call the parents. We can’t take the chance of saying to the child ‘it’s just allergies, go back to class.’ That’s the reality right now in Crockett County,” Childress said. “For the most part, the families have been really understanding.”

On wearing masks, Childress said if students are sixfeet apart or more, then they can remove masks.

“We don’t encourage that a lot in a classroom setting,” Childress said.

Also, students that are sick are sent immediately to the school nurses, not to the campus office.

Childress said students are being respectful about wearing them, even when reminded.

Guidelines are continually being sent to Morris and Childress daily. They also said they are communicating with the CDC, DSHS and the Family Health Center of Ozona.

Childress also said PPE is hard to come by on some items, but that none of what they have is being wasted.

“We are taking it one day at a time,” Childress said. Full school guidelines can be found on the district’s website at www.ozonaschools.net

First week of school

All three campus principals reported to the board that they have had a decrease in the number of virtual learners, with requests from parents and students to return in person.

The principals are letting those that chose online learning to return in person at any time.

On the first day of school, the district had a total of 144 students enrolled in online only learning out of 703 total students.

“Even with our technology, students are notravel-t receiving the rigorous education that they would receive in person,” said Superintendent Raul Chavarria.

Football Tickets

The district released the guidelines to purchase tickets for the first home varsity football game this Friday against Sonora.

OHS Band, Varsity Cheerleader, Varsity Football and Varsity Coaches will be allowed four tickets each to be purchased until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.

The remaining tickets then go toward general admission to be purchased from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Lion Stadium Home Ticket Booth.

Tickets will not be sold the night of the game. Cost for tickets is $5 each with children under 4 getting in free as long as they stay seated with a parent or guardian.

Face coverings, or masks, are also mandatory to enter the stadium. Social distancing must also be followed.

The district is complying by UIL guidelines by allowing only 50% capacity at games. Home side bleacher seating is for 450 fans and 75 along the fence for a total capacity of 525.

Sonora fans were sent 300 tickets. Those tickets can be purchased by contacting Sonora ISD Administration Office.

Bands for both schools will sit in the end zone areas, and are not counted toward capacity.

The UIL has left it up to local districts as to how they will handle ticket sales.

“Our focus is letting our fans and our parents in the stadium,” Chavarria said.

On out of town games, the OHS Band will not be traveling, but cheerleaders will travel, Chavarria said.

“It’s a logistics nightmare to try to practice social distancing on a bus. We have separated as much as we could on buses. Kids will be wearing masks. Buses will be sanitized before and after trips. There is sanitizing PPE on the buses,” Chavarria said.

Guidelines will be evaluated for every home game, and changes could be made in future games, Chavarria said.

The board also:

• Tabled the agreement with Menard Special Education Cooperative due to agreement not ready.

• Accepted the 2020-2021 Appraisal Calendar and appraisers.

• Approved the annual agreement for the 2020- 2021 Purchase of Attendance Credits.

Future Meetings

The board will hold their final budget workshop at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. The next regular board meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16. All meetings are open to the public.