Important information about Daily Wellness Screening (9/28/2020)
Please note that this message was delivered on Friday, September 25, 2020, to all FBISD parents, regardless of their child’s learning model, to make everyone aware of the protocols in place at our campuses. While the daily wellness screening primarily applies to students in the face-to-face environment, it will also be required of any online student who is attending any on-site courses or activities at their campus.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Fort Bend ISD will soon begin transitioning to face-to-face instruction, and we want to make sure that you and your student are prepared for this change.
As outlined on the FBISD Relaunch webpage, Fort Bend ISD has developed comprehensive health and safety protocols to mitigate the spread of illness in our schools and facilities. These include mandatory face coverings at all times for students and staff, no-contact temperature checks, and daily wellness screenings, a part of which must be completed each day in Skyward Family Access for any student to gain access to the face-to-face learning environment.
Student Daily Wellness Screening
Each morning, a District staff member will conduct no-contact temperature checks for all students and staff entering the building. Please allow for additional time during morning drop-off so that wellness checks can be conducted as students and staff arrive.
Parents will also be required to complete a daily screening, found on Skyward Family Access, for each student prior to 7:15 a.m. for elementary students and prior to 6:45 a.m. for secondary students.
Parents are required to complete the Daily Wellness Screening before the student reports to school each morning to ensure a faster check-in process. This form must be filled out each morning, and cannot be completed before midnight. Note: Secondary (middle and high school) students will have the option of completing the Daily Wellness Screener within Skyward, using their own Skyward credentials.
For Elementary Students Only
The Skyward Family Access Daily Wellness Screening must be completed each day. In addition, each parent must initial a Student Wellness Chart that students will receive on the first day of face-to-face instruction, to show upon arrival indicating completion of the Skyward Family Access Daily Wellness Screening.
Wellness Screening Process
Parents can access Skyward Family Access on their home computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device. (The Skyward Family Mobile Access app is available in the following app stores: Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon and Windows Phone Store.)
Log in to your account in Skyward Family Access.
Select “Today’s Screening.”
Complete the two Wellness Screening questions, and click “Save.” Based on your response for each student, a Wellness Screening Report will appear, with a green circle and a checkmark, indicating that your child is clear to attend school; or, if you’ve indicated symptoms, exposure, or a positive case, the system will provide next steps.
Note: Please be mindful as you submit the wellness screening, as only one submission is accepted each day, and cannot be altered once submitted. Students with cell phones should be prepared to show their results on the app to expedite the wellness screening process.
FBISD does not allow students with a temperature over 100.0 degrees or greater to enter or remain in a building, and should a student exhibit any symptoms of respiratory illness or a fever of 100.0 degrees or above during the school day, they will be isolated from other students until they are picked up. They may only return to school when the following criteria are met: at least 24 hours has passed since they have had fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough or shortness of breath); AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. If the student wants to return after 72 hours, the student must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis or provide the school with a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
Reporting a positive case of COVID-19 or exposure to positive case
To ensure the safety of all staff and students, it is critical that families report all positive cases of COVID-19, or exposures to a positive case of COVID-19, immediately. If your student tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, please notify the District by reporting within the Daily Wellness Screener in Skyward Family Access.
For the safety of students and others, all students and staff are required to wear a face covering (cloth or disposable, that fully covers their nose and mouth) throughout the day. We understand that it is not possible for children to wear a face covering at all times, particularly when they are eating or drinking, and other protective measures will be used during these times. We ask that you speak to your students about wearing their facial covering for an extended period of time, as well as following safety guidelines including social distancing and frequent handwashing. Please also monitor your child’s health for the presence of any symptoms of COVID-19, particularly if you think they have been exposed. Note: Per CDC guidelines, a face shield can be worn in addition to a face covering, but not in place of a face covering.
In addition to enhanced cleaning procedures by our custodial staff, multiple signs will be posted on every campus to remind students of our protocols, student transitions will be staggered to reduce the number of students in hallways at the same time, and other parts of the school day will be modified to observe social distancing. Visit www.fortbendisd.com/relaunch to learn more.
School vaccination rules remain in effect for the 2020-2021 school year. State law requires all students, both online and face-to-face, to be fully vaccinated against the specified diseases. Fort Bend ISD is requiring all students to be up-to-date, in the process of receiving vaccines, or have a valid exemption on file by October 15, 2020. Any student not in compliance by this deadline shall not be permitted onsite for coursework or activities until proof of inoculation is received.
Keeping our students and staff safe will take every member of the FBISD community doing their part. As always, we want to thank you for your continued support.