ODESSA, Texas ( Big 2 / Fox 24) – Ector County ISD will have their first day of school on Wenesday, and some of the will be returning to the classroom in person.
About 50% of parents responded to an ECISD survey said they wanted to send their kids back to school in person. But the district said they are phasing in students so the percentage of students actually on campus will be less than 50%.
After months of preparations, ECISD said they are ready to take in students this year. And school nurses across the district are prepared to care for students in any health situation.
“We have run through some different scenarios with our nurses so when they step on campus, they are fully prepared to handle any situation that might come their way,” Alica Syverson, with Ector County ISD said.
As some students prepare to return to the classroom for the first time in months, Syverson said school nurses will continue to operate on campus, but they’ll also be implementing new safety measures.
“There will still be students who might need a band aid or get a nose bleed during the day,” Seyverson said. “So how do we manage student needs that will occur like they do every year and then balance with the needs of COVID?”
Syverson said the district has protocols put in place if they belive student or staff memember has symptoms of COVID-19 .
“Every campus has identified a care room essentially that’s a room outside of the nurses office.” Syverson said. ” Anyone who exhibits symptoms whether staff or student, they would be evaluated by the nurse and they would be there to quarantine until the parent can come pick up their child.”
School nurses will also make sure students and staff have proper safety equipment to keep themselves healthy.
“They have assembled bags of PPE to distribute to all of the staff,” Syverson said. ” All of our staff members will be required to wear a face covering or a mask.”
And for students who will be taking the bus, they can expect their ride to school to look a little different.
“There are fewer numbers of students on the buses,” Syverson said. ” The students will be spaced out, however if there are several members of the family that live together they can sit together.”
Even though the school year is starting during uncertain times, Syverson said ECISD is prepared for anything that may happen down the road.
“Sometimes the unexpected can happen, and knowing we are going to have to meet and re-evaluate the circumstances to refine our processes, Syverson said. “But you know we hope for a safe start of the school year and hope is not a strategy. I feel confident that we are prepared for a safe start of the school year.”
ECISD is also asking all parents to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms before sending them to school. The district has released a parental and public notice that lists symptoms to look out for as well as other safety protocols the district has in place. You can access the public at Ector County ISD’s website.