In accordance with Governor Abbott's Executive Order, the District has suspended normal school operations for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, along with the cancellation of all UIL events, extracurricular activities, rentals, and school events during the same period.
We ask that all families and staff planning travel please complete the
COVID-19 Self-Report Form.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regularly updates information about the novel 2019 Coronavirus. In addition to monitoring their most current guidance, we continue to also follow direction of local, state, and federal health agencies.
For the most updated information, visit the CDC Coronavirus webpage,
or the Texas Department of State Health Services local information and advisories on the DSHS Coronavirus page.
President Trump’s advisement includes the guidance that the closing schools can help reduce viral spread. We plan to communicate emerging changes to our plans promptly through the same media outlets that our families are accustomed to during weather events
BCISD will continue to follow our Attendance Guidelines for Illness
-related exclusions from school. A student will be sent home if they have a fever of 100.0 Fahrenheit or higher, or any other contagious symptoms. The student will need to remain home until symptom-free for 24 hours, without the use of medications. It is important that parents can be reached during the day, or that they quickly return calls from campus staff to ensure that sick students are taken home promptly.
Based on the current information, health officials are recommending the same steps to protect against COVID-19 that we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Call and inform the campus Nurse of any confirmed contagious diagnoses.
Our custodial department is taking extra precautions by frequently cleaning classrooms in the evenings with hospital-grade, non-toxic disinfecting solutions. Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are working carefully to encourage frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently. We can protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by practicing everyday habits that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses.
BCISD Coronavirus (COVID-19) Action Plan:
What actions Burnet CISD has taken prior to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
- Students with symptoms of any contagious condition are sent to the nurse’s office to be evaluated and are sent home as required by District guidelines.
- Attendance guidelines for illnesses are developed and communicated annually along with expectations for sick students and staff members to stay home.
- Encourage families and staff to report confirmed cases of any contagious condition.
- The District has a cleaning protocol in place that includes cleaning frequently-touched surfaces in all classrooms, buses, restrooms, and locker rooms. Electrostatic wands are used to spray classrooms with hospital-grade, non-toxic disinfectant on a weekly basis, and restrooms and locker rooms on a daily basis.
- The District provides disinfectant wipes to all classroom teachers for use at any time.
- Soap dispensers are checked on a nightly basis.
- Multiple hand sanitizer dispensers are located on all campuses and checked on a nightly basis.
- The District has a dedicated conference line that allows for telephone conference calls among administrators.
- Business continuation plans are in place for essential District functions to be addressed remotely as needed.
- The District provides telehealth services for all staff members at no cost.
- Attendance at campuses is monitored on a daily basis, especially during flu season.
- The 2014 Bond provided for warm water in restrooms at all campuses to encourage handwashing.
- The District participated in a tabletop exercise in the fall of 2019 with Burnet County Emergency Operations planning for the need of mass vaccinations or pharmaceutical dispensing.
- The District has a communication plan for school closures and school emergencies that utilizes multiple platforms (i.e. SchoolMessenger, District Website and District social media).
- The District has an Emergency Operations Plan in place which is reviewed at least annually.
- The District has a student-parent reunification plan in place in case of a campus displacement during the school day. This plan is reviewed annually.
What Burnet CISD is doing in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak:
- The District sent letters to all parents and staff on February 24 and March 12, 2020 regarding the Coronavirus.
- The District is monitoring the CDC Coronavirus webpage on a daily basis.(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).
- The District has created a Coronavirus webpage for parents and community members. (http://www.burnetcisd.net/coronavirus/).
- Additional electrostatic wands are being purchased to allow all classrooms to be sprayed with hospital-grade, non-toxic disinfectant on a daily basis.
- All District travel is being reviewed utilizing CDC guidance for US travelers. Student travel may be reconsidered depending upon the destination.
- Students and staff are being reminded about the importance of universal precautions: handwashing, cover for cough and sneezes, etc.
- Emergency operation plans are being reviewed.
- Staff are being reminded to stay home if sick.
- Parents are being reminded to keep children home if they are sick.
- Health Services staff have prepared brief educational announcements for daily use on campuses beginning March 2, 2020.
- Campuses are posting signage with handwashing technique in restrooms.
- The District has been in contact with Burnet County Emergency Management to ensure communication and coordination. Burnet CISD will participate on March 19 in a meeting of the Burnet County Local Emergency Planning Committee to discuss the Coronavirus.
- The topic of Coronavirus Response has been added to the weekly agenda of the Superintendent’s Cabinet.
What Burnet CISD will do in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Burnet County or in Burnet CISD:
- Deploy the applicable portions of the District Emergency Operations Plan.
- Consider limiting or canceling all travel, including field trips or travel to competitions.
- Consider limiting or canceling all school events such as competitions, concerts, or PTO meetings.
- Consider limiting or canceling all building rentals.
- Consider limiting or restricting outside visitors and volunteers.
- In coordination with local, state, and federal health authorities, consider closing campuses or entire District.
- Consider conducting Board Meetings via telephone conference.
- Ensure communication about changes, closures, etc. are timely, and as comprehensive as possible.
- Develop communication specific to the needs of stakeholder groups such as parents, staff, community, etc.
- In the event of school closure, adjust curriculum and instruction plans according to altered schedules.
- Maintain close contact and communication with Burnet County Emergency Management.
- Maintain close contact with the Texas Education Agency and Region 13 Education Service Center (see Feb 28 letter below)