Posted Date: 03/05/2021
March 5, 2021
On March 2nd, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 which gave TEA the authority to implement COVID-19 related operational requirements for public schools. Yesterday afternoon, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) held a statewide conference call to discuss their Public Health Guidance. In following TEA’s guidance, Bonham ISD will continue its current practice of requiring face coverings for all students in grades 4 – 12, all staff members and visitors.
The TEA guidance states, in part: “Schools must comply with the following requirements: Every student, teacher, or staff member shall wear a mask over the nose and mouth when inside a school building, school facility, facility used for school activities, or when in an outdoor space on school property...wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household...” This guidance also applies to any adult visitor on a campus or school facility for any event or activity.
We all desire a return to normal, but the safety of our staff and students will remain the priority in our school district. Bonham ISD has experienced a low number of positive COVID-19 cases this year and we believe this correlates to the safety procedures that have been in place for the entirety of the school year.
Additionally, the proper use of face coverings is a mitigating factor in determining the definition of “close contact” during contact tracing, per TEA guidelines. Therefore, it reduces the likelihood of having to quarantine large groups of students at one time. Bonham ISD is striving to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff while also keeping our campuses full of students for the remainder of the year.
Bonham ISD is grateful that approximately 40% of our staff have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. With educators now being included in the phased vaccine rollout, this number will continue to grow. As vaccines continue to be widely distributed to school employees and all citizens, we will continue to assess the face-covering requirement.
I wish all our students, families and staff a safe and restful Spring Break. I look forward to finishing the school year strong and on a positive note.
In this together,