• Coronavirus

COVID-19 PISD Updates

  • COVID-19 Shelter in Place Meaning for Schools

    Posted by PISD Communications on 3/24/2020

    COVID-19 Update

    Dear Prosper ISD Community,
     
    I just wanted to send you a quick update on a couple of items.  First, I want to thank you all for doing your part as students and parents coordinating your learning with your teachers last week.  As we continue E-Learning you will no doubt have questions and/or concerns arise, but please know that we have teachers and staff at the ready to assist.
     
    Next, you may have seen local cities and counties announce shelter-in-place declarations.  In the event that Collin County issues a shelter-in-place, please know that our schools will be listed as an "essential activity."  This simply means parents and students will be able to drive to campus for curbside pick-up for instructional materials as well as the PISD lunch program.  Prosper ISD will ensure that its students have the proper resources and food available to them as they continue their education from home.
     
    Please remember to access any our Covid-19 website for any questions or concerns you might have.  These are trying times, but this is NOTHING that the greater PISD community cannot do together.  Stay safe and we "hope" to see you all very soon - We Are Prosper!
     

    Dr. Drew Watkins

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • COVID-19 District School Closures Update

    Posted by PISD Communications on 3/18/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Dear Prosper ISD Community,

    Prosper ISD schools will remain closed through Friday, April 3 in an effort to support the community, region, and nation's need to slow the spread of Covid-19. This action follows the advice and direction from local, state, and national health authorities. The District will use the week of March 30 - April 3 to reassess whether there is a need to extend the suspension of normal district operations beyond April 3 and will communicate a decision to the public at that time.

    We wish to express gratitude to our entire community of families, staff, volunteers, and community partners for your patience and support during these uncertain times. Please know that PISD will remain flexible as we roll out our long-term plan for instructional continuity, and as we navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation. Although our buildings remain closed, we will continue to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students and families.

    We will stay connected with you through our multiple communications channels and ask that you please visit our COVID-19 eLearning and Informational Updates page to receive the most current and accurate information about this extended closure and Prosper ISD's response to the COVID-19 health concern.

    We have sincerely tried to evaluate every possible scenario, but fully realize that there may be something unforeseen that needs more attention. If so, please do not hesitate to reach out to us so that we can address it immediately.

    Thank you all for your grace and patience and please stay safe.

     

    Dr. Drew Watkins

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • COVID-19 District eLearning and Informational Updates

    Posted by PISD Communications on 3/16/2020 5:00:00 PM

    COVID-19 District eLearning and Informational Updates

     
    Dear Prosper ISD Community,

    What an unbelievable couple of days. In some ways, it has been alarming and in some ways, it has been inspiring – like watching people step up to make bold decisions around our state and country in terms of closing to prevent the spread; seeing people step up in our own community to help their neighbors; and seeing our own staff members cut their spring breaks short to meet, make plans, review communications, and react to a situation no one has ever experienced before.

    What we are facing is unprecedented. We made the decision to close this week to give us time. Prosper ISD Administration plans to make a decision about operations for at least the week of March 23-27 by the middle of this week. The goal with all of these organizations closing/canceling is to “flatten the curve” – so that our health systems do not become overwhelmed and are unable to care for the patients who are hit hardest by the virus.

    Prosper ISD realizes that you have a lot of questions and we want to try to answer as many as we can at this time. In addition to the communication below, we have also created a Prosper ISD COVID-19 eLearning and Informational Updates page that includes an FAQ that will be updated regularly. Below is the most pressing information we have for our families at this time:

    • eLearning - Wednesday, March 18th is the 1st day of the 4th nine weeks of school in Prosper ISD and the start of eLearning for the District. Your student’s teacher(s) will be in communication with you regarding how to access instruction during the duration of our facilities being closed. For instructional questions, your student should use their district email to communicate with the teacher. Elementary students will now have access to Gmail. For information on accessing the student email, see the click link information posted on the Prosper ISD COVID-19 eLearning and Informational Updates.

    • Attendance - (during facility closures)

      • Elementary - Attendance will be taken each day through the completion of a google form provided on the teacher’s online platform. Your student will need to complete this simple form each day to document attendance. They will only need to enter the first and last name.

      • Middle School - Attendance will be taken each day through the completion of a google form provided on the teacher’s online platform. Your student will need to complete this simple form each day for each of their 7 classes to document attendance. They will only need to enter the first and last name on each form.
      • Secondary - Attendance will be taken each day through the completion of a google form provided in each teacher’s google classroom. Based upon the student’s regularly scheduled classes for each day (i.e. A days sign-in on A days and B days sign-in on B days) he/she will need to complete this simple form for each period to document attendance. Students will only need to enter the first and last name.

    • Grades - Grades will continue to be taken. You will be able to continue to check your child’s grades in Skyward as always.

    • Food Distribution - Prosper ISD food services will offer grab and go lunch pickup at Baker, Furr, Rucker, and Windsong Elementary campuses Monday - Friday from 11:00 am - 12:30pm beginning Wednesday, March 18th for the duration of the district facilities closure. Parents may drive through the front car loop to pick up meals from a staff member for their children. Please remain in your car if coming to pick up meals to help us continue the practice of social distancing. Meals will be provided in the same location for anyone walking up. In addition, many of our local community organizations have stepped up to provide food to those in need. A list of those providing this service is available on the Prosper ISD COVID-19 eLearning and Informational Updates page.

    • Technical Support - Parents can contact homehelp@prosper-isd.net for technical support for district equipment or assistance with the online platform. During regular school hours (8am - 4 pm), parents or students can call 469-219-2444 for the same support.

    • Chromebook Needs - We understand that not everyone has a device sufficient for completion of eLearning at their home or doesn’t have enough devices for the number of students in the household. On Wednesday, March 18th - Friday, March 20th from 8:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, parents with students in need of a device to complete eLearning during facility closures, can go to their closest Prosper ISD elementary campus to pick up a Chromebook to use during this time. Parents will need to present their identification (Valid State ID) for district personnel to verify enrollment to receive requested Chromebook(s). Students will be asked to provide a student ID or driver’s license. Staff will be available to assist those students who have lost their ID’s or do not have a license.

    • Internet needs - Please contact your student's campus Principal.

    • Extra-curricular - All extra-curricular practices, competitions, and events involving Prosper ISD students will be canceled during the district’s facility closure.

    • Upcoming Dates - Closely monitor the district website for updates on the campus/district calendars for the most up-to-date information regarding events taking place at campuses and in the district. Events will be marked as postponed or canceled if they are no longer taking place.

    • Time closed - At this time, the district facilities are closed through March 22nd. If that is extended, we will communicate as soon as a decision is made.

    • Sanitizing - We have already thoroughly cleaned and sanitized our facilities and buses but will continue to disinfect the interiors while we are closed.

    • Special Services - ARD and 504 meetings will continue as scheduled beginning on Wednesday, March 18th. Please be aware that these will be handled virtually, not in person. If you need to reschedule, please contact your campus Principal. If your student is receiving special services for 504 or special education, we will be working to meet those needs as we begin our transition to remote learning.

    • Dual Credit Classes -

      From Collin College

      Effective Monday, March 23 the majority of Collin College classes will be available in an online format for the foreseeable future. We [Collin College] could go all the way to the end of the term but this has not yet been determined. Our faculty colleagues have been working diligently and are available to teach most classes or sizable portions of classes online. For those classes not able to go online, we are diligently seeking and planning workarounds with many already moving forward.  Collin College will be communicating directly with students enrolled in dual credit classes. 

       

    • Cheer, Color Guard, and Drill Team Try-Outs - These have been postponed. We will reschedule at a later time and communicate the updated information.

    • Pre-K, Kindergarten and New Dual Language - Incoming Pre-K and new to the district Incoming Kindergarten students will begin registration when new student registration opens on April 1st. Please click here for information to determine if your student qualifies for Pre-K. The Dual Language Meeting for incoming kindergarten students has been canceled. The information that was to be presented at the meeting can be found by clicking here. The application is open at this time, and the link to the application is in the presentation.

    Thank you so much for your continued support of our school and staff during this time!

    Together "We are Prosper!"

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  • COVID-19 District Update

    Posted by PISD Communications on 3/12/2020
    Dear Prosper ISD Community,

    Just when I thought attendance zoning was the most "unfun" part of the job, then comes this. I want to extend my thanks to our community for the concern and care that you’ve shown during the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. As a district, Prosper ISD remains committed to providing an outstanding education in a safe and secure learning environment. Please know that students are always at the heart of our decisions and we are managing this situation with them and our entire community in mind. As circumstances continue to evolve, we will stay in touch with our community to provide timely and concise information based on the most current guidance from our local, state and federal health authorities.

    Due to the March 11, 2020 announcement by the World Health Organization that the outbreak of the new coronavirus has been declared a pandemic, updated announcements by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and information from medical professionals and state and federal health officials, the following action is being taken in an attempt to minimize health and safety risks to the Prosper ISD community.

    As a precaution, we are closing the district campuses and offices for one week. Schools will remain closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 as we assess the situation in our community as travelers return from spring break. The district will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation prior to reopening school on Monday, March 23, and will communicate across all channels as updated information becomes available. During this extended spring break, district offices will be closed and all district events and competitions that have been scheduled within the district during this timeframe will be considered canceled until further notice. District travel for student competitions and events outside the district will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public institutions. Nevertheless, given all that we know, and what we can anticipate based on information from local, state and national agencies, including Collin County Health Services, Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control, we believe this is the most prudent course of action at this time.

    We will provide information on additional ways to leverage our rich technological resources for continued student support should it become necessary to extend closure beyond next week.

    Meanwhile, care for yourself, your family and those around you, and continue to adhere to the preventative measures as recommended by public health officials, such as limiting interaction and practicing social distancing. Visit the CDC website for more information.

    Prosper ISD has created a dedicated COVID-19 web page at www.prosper-isd.net/healthupdates to provide the most current and accurate district information.

     

    This is a rapidly progressing situation that impacts every citizen across the globe. We do not take these decisions lightly. Thank you for your patience and partnership as we work together to deliver a successful learning experience for our students under these unprecedented circumstances.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Drew Watkins

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Health Services Reminder for returning from Spring Break

    Posted by PISD Communications on 3/9/2020

    Prosper ISD Family,

    We hope that you all are having a restful and enjoyable spring break. We are excited to see everyone at school next Monday the16th and are eager to begin the last nine weeks of the school year. As a reminder, please ensure that you are following normal health service safety recommendations for your return to school.

    Below are helpful reminders related to flu-like illness prevention both now and for when we return from spring break.

    Helpful Reminders:

    • Students and employees MUST stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

    As a further reminder, students and adults who recently traveled to the countries listed below or who have come in contact with someone diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus (referred to as COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2) are asked to report to the County Health Department and quarantine themselves at home for the time period as determined by the County Health Department.

    China
    Iran
    South Korea
    Italy

    Have a safe, healthy, and relaxing spring break!

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  • District Communication and Plan of Action regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Posted by PISD Communications on 2/27/2020

    Many in our community have been following news reports about infections of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (referred to as COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2).  We wanted to communicate with you Prosper ISD’s plan in the event that the school district needs to be closed due to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus COVID-19. I want to assure you that our school district is keeping track of this situation through proven and trustworthy sources: our local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  These health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time.

    Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States can be found at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The most recent information about coronavirus in Texas may be found at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

     Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus.  Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus COVID-19 as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and 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.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    The 2019 novel coronavirus COVID-19 is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread.  Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. At this time, persons considered at risk are those with travel to China, or those in close contact with persons infected with novel coronavirus.

    While a new type of illness can be scary, we can help protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses. Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are working carefully to encourage these simple and effective habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently.  This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to student illness and absences. 

    As a school district, we are taking the following steps to ensure the school community is safe and aware of our Prosper ISD plan for the coronavirus. These steps include:

    • Encourage students and staff to stay home when sick.
    • Educate students and staff to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their bent arm, and to wash hands after using a tissue.
    • Teach handwashing techniques and provide time for students and staff to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer (supplied inside of classrooms).
    • Encourage students and staff to keep their hands away from their nose, mouth, and eyes.
    • Regular disinfection of commonly touched surfaces using standard cleaning practices.

    In the event of a school closing:

      • District/School Closures: The Texas Education Agency requires school districts to provide 75,600 minutes of instruction per school year.  In the event of a school district closure due to COVID-19. We will work closely with our Regional Education Service Center as well as the Texas Education Agency to complete the necessary steps to close schools due to COVID -19.  We will be closely monitoring student and staff attendance. Prosper ISD will follow guidelines set forth by the Texas Education Agency regarding school closing due to illness. 
      • Reporting All Closures To Parents: You will receive multiple forms of communication in the event of the school district closing due to COVID-19.  The communication will be provided through email, text message, automated phone call, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and local media outlets. 
      • Mitigation Measures after School Closure: When a school closes, it is important that the district takes appropriate mitigation measures to reduce the chances the flu or COVID-19 will continue to spread after a campus or district is reopened. This includes disinfecting common spaces like the cafeteria, bathrooms, and classrooms, but should also include disinfecting shared schools supplies, like calculators, and desks.  
      • Health Services:  Prosper ISD Health Services staff are actively monitoring communicable disease activity on all campuses and are in regular communication with health authorities.  In the unlikely event that the COVID -19 virus comes in contact with one of our school campuses, campus nurses in conjunction with the local health departments and the Town of Prosper First Responders are prepared to appropriately provide care for our students and staff.
      • E-Learning:  Prosper ISD Technology is assessing current systems and network capability in the event that an e-learning platform would need to be utilized for instructional purposes.  
      • New Students:  Currently when a new student enrolls in Prosper ISD the family completes a questionnaire concerning any travel that has occurred outside of the United States.
      • Travel:  The U.S. Government and the CDC are actively monitoring all people traveling into the country to best protect the citizens.

    Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff. 



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  • Updated Travel Restrictions and Public Health Measures

    Posted by Health Services on 2/7/2020

    The Commissioner for the Texas Department of State Health Services issued a letter to Texas universities, school districts, and other state agencies this week regarding updated travel restrictions and public health measures that are being implemented to help monitor and safeguard our community during the novel Coronavirus outbreak.  Prosper ISD continues to follow the guidance of local and national health authorities in taking appropriate actions to protect the health of students and staff from communicable diseases. 

    Texas Dept of State Health Services - Updated Travel Restrictions

     

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  • Flu, Coronavirus and Other Illnesses

    Posted by Health Services on 1/31/2020

    Prosper ISD follows the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. The District is aware that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. While there are no reports of this illness in our area, families are encouraged to visit CDC website for more information and travel guidance regarding the Coronavirus.

    Please be assured that Prosper ISD will continue to be in communication with our local partners and stand ready to take all appropriate measures. School Health Services is closely monitoring all developments and is in regular communication with public health officials. 

    Our campus custodial staff will also continue to disinfect campuses each day to help offset the spread of communicable illnesses, but it takes all of us to ensure healthy school environments. As a reminder, we are still in the midst of cold and flu season, and it’s important for families to take preventative measures to safeguard themselves from the spread of communicable diseases.

    PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF INFECTION

    The District takes the following ongoing measures to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and staff:

      • Continuously educate students, staff, and community members about the importance of frequent hand washing; covering a cough or sneeze; not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; staying home when ill; and other measures to prevent the spread of communicable disease;
      • Routine cleaning of campuses with cleaners effective against multiple disease-causing viruses and bacteria;
      • Monitor students for symptoms and refer students to the school nurse for assessment as appropriate;
      • School nurses exclude students from school attendance according to Department of State Health Services Guidelines; and  
      • Work with Collin and Denton County Health and Human Services' departments for any suspected case of a "Reportable Condition.

    Parents and guardians can help to keep their child, our schools, and community healthy by:

      • Observing their child for symptoms of illness.
      • Keeping sick children at home and seeking medical attention for severe illness.
        • Keep children home until free of fever for 24 hours (without the aid of fever-reducing medication)
        • Keep children home until vomiting/diarrhea free for 24 hours (without the aid of anti-vomiting or anti-diarrheal medications)
      • Reinforcing the importance of good hand hygiene.
      • Adopting healthy practices at home, such as disposing of used tissues, coughing into a sleeve rather than into a hand, and not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth
      • Receiving the flu vaccine

     

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