Dear Spring Branch ISD parents and guardians:
We are excited to welcome our students back for the first day of school next week, on Aug. 16.
The safety of our students and staff remains our very highest priority. The district is monitoring the spread of viruses and other infectious diseases and will adjust mitigation procedures as needed. We continue to consult with our local medical advisors and with the Texas Education Agency and are monitoring the situation closely.
Spring Branch ISD has developed a Health and Safety plan for the new school year. Please read the details of the plan here on the front page of our website: https://www.springbranchisd.com/.
Here are some important things to remember regarding our health and safety protocols for this year:
- Masks are optional for students and staff. The governor of Texas and the Texas Education Agency have ordered school districts not to mandate masks in schools this year. While masks are optional, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks be worn indoors by all individuals age 2 and older. We strongly urge parents to make the best decision for their children regarding masks at school. Every child will be respected and fully supported in our schools.
- If a child tests positive for COVID-19, the school will conduct a case review and notify the parents or guardians of any student determined to have had close contact with that COVID-19 positive student.
- We will continue to publish on our website a dashboard showing the number of COVID-19 positive students and staff at every Spring Branch ISD school.
- Hand sanitizers or hand washing stations will be readily available in the classroom, common areas and where food is served.
- We will continue the use of hospital-grade disinfectants to clean all flat surfaces and high touch areas.
- Social distancing will be encouraged wherever possible.
- Individuals with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test will isolate at home for 10 days. Students required to isolate at home will be provided an opportunity for online learning during that time.
- Each day individuals are expected to self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and other viruses and infectious disease.
We look forward to a great school year!
Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools