We are excited to welcome everyone back for the 2021-2022 school year! All instruction will take place in person at our schools. Per Governor Abbott’s executive order, face coverings (masks) are optional for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. There is no COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, staff, or visitors.
The following information is a synopsis of our back-to-school plan for health and safety. You can view the complete plan at this link.
Face coverings will not be required for staff, students or visitors. An individual may choose to wear a mask if desired. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to recommend that individuals two years of age and older who are not fully vaccinated wear masks indoors.
Per Governor Abbott’s executive order, school districts may not require students or staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The state of Texas has not added the COVID-19 vaccination to the required immunization list for students.
As partners working together to maintain a healthy school environment, we ask parents and employees to report confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the school district. Parents should report positive cases to the front office staff or school nurse; employees should report to the campus principal. The school district will not require students and staff to quarantine due to exposure. The school district is still required, however, to report positive cases to the Henderson County Public Health Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES
If a student has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact the school as soon as possible. Parents should not send students to school who have tested positive or who are symptomatic.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and have a significant improvement in symptoms. Those who suspect they could possibly have COVID-19 should take a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and isolate until test results are received.
If a student must isolate after testing positive for COVID-19, the school/teacher will provide assignments on Google Classroom where students can access make-up work in a similar manner as for students absent for other reasons. Students will be counted absent for the day if they are not at school.
Employees will have to use personal leave while they are isolating.
VISITORS & MEETINGS
Masks are optional for visitors but recommended. Visitors are welcome to attend special school events such as pep rallies, awards assemblies, etc. Parents may walk their child into school on the first day of school but should drop students off in the car line after the first day of school.
CLEANING/SANITATION PROTOCOLS & MITIGATION
Frequent cleaning and sanitation will support a healthy learning environment for students and staff. BISD will continue with cleaning and sanitation protocols in its buildings and campuses. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout buildings along with opportunities to wash hands frequently.
EXTRACURRICULAR AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
All extracurricular and co-curricular activities will resume with full capacity. Students nor spectators will be required to wear face coverings but face coverings are encouraged.
RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
For social-emotional support, please contact the school counselor. If a student has a health-related issue, please contact the school nurse or the campus principal. Employees should contact a campus administrator.
Elementary and Intermediate Meet the Teacher (Come and Go event) 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
Meet the Bears at Bear Stadium
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
First Day of School
2021-2022 School Hours
BES 7:40 am-3:16 pm
CES 7:45 am-3:21 pm
BIS 7:50 am-3:27 pm
CIS 7:50 am-3:27 pm
BJH 8:00 am-3:35 pm
BHS 8:00 am-3:35 pm