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COVID-19 Response Plan for Spring Semester
Big Red Community:
On Wednesday, January 5, Belton ISD will move to Scenario 3 of our COVID-19 Response Plan. The decision to transition is based on an increasing incidence rate in Bell County which indicates a higher community spread.
As we move into Scenario 3, prevention and mitigation strategies will once again be enhanced at our facilities. Masks, while optional, are highly recommended. Other Scenario 3 mitigation strategies include:
- Signage at all facilities stating masks are highly recommended.
- Social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
- Daily staff self-screening for symptoms and reporting to administrators.
- Increased spacing at lunch.
- Increased disinfection around campuses.
- Increased cleaning of classroom surfaces.
- Minimized sharing of materials and disinfecting shared items between uses.
- Maximized spacing in classrooms and using seating charts to keep students in consistent groups.
- Limiting school visitors for educational purposes only.
- Plexiglass shields required at reception areas and available for small group instruction.
- Signage directing traffic flow in a single direction when possible.
Please watch for more details from your school administrators about how prevention and mitigation strategies will impact your campus. For more information about the district’s COVID-19 Response Plan, please visit bisd.net/responseplan.
We encourage students and families to continue to utilize hygiene and self screening practices that have served us well throughout the pandemic. COVID-19 affects people in different ways and can include a wide range of symptoms that are similar to allergies, a cold, strep throat and flu. Please stay home and get tested if you have symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. Call your school nurse for information on COVID-19 testing locations.
Additionally, Belton ISD will host a community-wide vaccine clinic at the Pittenger Fine Arts Center (400 N. Wall Street, Belton) on Friday from 1-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A limited number of Pfizer vaccines will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for anyone ages 5 and up.
We appreciate the continued support of Belton ISD. With your partnership, our priority continues to be providing in-person teaching and learning. We’re looking forward to a great spring semester.