Health & Safety Information

We believe that the best and only way to successfully re-open school is through transparency and an intentional community effort. For this reason, we are publicly reporting all COVID-19 cases across the district. Please click here to view the latest data, updated weekly.

Health & Safety Protocols

Safety has always been important to us at IDEA Public Schools, but this year, it’s even more important. Please read the safety procedures and policies we’ll have in place below to ensure your scholar remains healthy while in our care.

For more of IDEA’s health and safety information, check out our recent blogs.

Before students enter the building they will:

  • Arrive during an assigned, staggered drop-off time to avoid crowding. 
  • Wear a mask during the morning screening and transition procedure. If they don’t have one from home, IDEA will provide two cloth masks per student. 
  • Have their temperature checked by IDEA staff wearing a mask. 
  • Be asked to clean their hands before entering the building at a hand hygiene station. 
  • Walk to their classroom wearing a mask provided by IDEA or brought from home.
While in the classroom, students will: 
 
  • Wear a mask and have an assigned seat with a state-of-the-art plexiglass guard for safety. In fact: We believe IDEA will be among few school districts with this protective gear due to the incredibly high demand! 
  • Be taught by passionate educators who will be wearing masks and leading the class through safety protocols.
  • Have multiple hand hygiene breaks built into their day.

While we seek to keep the learning experience as typical as possible, we are balancing the need for increased safety measures. In addition to the items noted above, IDEA’s classroom sizes are in line with CDC guidelines to allow for proper social distancing.

Our schools are staffed with Registered Nurses and/or health support staff who have been thoroughly trained to protect each and every IDEA student.

Immunization

The Health Services team provides basic first aid to students with minor injuries and illnesses. 

The clinic staff members tend to students’ medical needs, maintain student medical records, conduct state-mandated health screenings, and communicate regularly with parents and staff members. The clinic staff members will administer medications/ procedures to students with physician orders and parent consent forms when needed. 

State law requires students attending school to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.  You are encouraged to get your child vaccinated early to avoid the end-of-summer  vaccination  rush.  Getting your child vaccinated protects your child’s health and that of the community.  If necessary, please make an appointment to get your child vaccinated before the first day of school. Remember, students cannot attend school without the appropriate documentation for the required vaccines. 

Be sure your child is up to date on all immunizations. You can access the 2020-21 immunization form links below. 

Nutrition

The Child Nutrition Program (CNP) at IDEA Public Schools has adopted the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students continue to receive nutritious meals. Through the CEP, we are able to provide free breakfast and lunch to all children, at qualified schools, and eliminates the collection of free and reduced meal (FARM) applications. At schools that do collect FARM applications, breakfast continues to be free for all.

This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals. Learn if your child qualifies for a free school lunch for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Alamo
  • Brownsville
  • Donna
  • Edinburg
  • Elsa
  • Frontier
  • Los Encinos
  • McAllen
  • Mission
  • North Mission
  • Owassa
  • Pharr
  • Quest
  • Rio Grande City
  • Riverview
  • San Benito
  • San Juan Academy
  • San Juan College Prep
  • Toros
  • Tres Lagos
  • Weslaco
  • Weslaco Pike
  • Brackenridge
  • Burke
  • Carver
  • Eastside
  • Ewing Halsell
  • Ingram Hills
  • Judson
  • Mays
  • Monterrey Park
  • Harvey E. Najim
  • South Flores
  • Walzem
  • Montopolis
  • Bluff Springs
  • Health Professions
  • Kyle
  • Parmer Park
  • Pflugerville
  • Rundberg
  • Edgemere
  • Mesa Hills
  • Rio Vista
  • Bridge
  • Innovation
  • Oscar Dunn

If your campus is not on this list, we ask that you please complete the free-and-reduced-lunch (FARM) application online beginning July 1, 2020 at  www.schoolcafe.com, or fill out the proper form and drop it off at your campus before the first day of school. All applications—online or in person—should be filled out before the first day of school. 

For questions regarding CEP and FARM, please contact your campus and speak to the Cafeteria Manager.

ATTENTION IDEA Parents & Guardians: As of Monday, October 5, 2020, the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) for IDEA Public Schools will continue curbside meal services for all children ages 18, and younger, regardless of which school district they attend. This service is available at all IDEA campuses.           

For IDEA schools in Texas, meals are available at all campuses for pick-up on Monday through Friday and feature breakfast, lunch and supper. Contact your nearest campus for pick-up times. Weekend bundled meals are also available on Fridays.

For IDEA schools in Louisiana, meals will be available for pick up on Mondays through Friday, and feature breakfast, lunch and supper. The pick-up times are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at IDEA Oscar Dunn in New Orleans and IDEA Bridge and IDEA Innovation in Baton Rouge. Weekend bundled meals are also available on Fridays

Meals can be picked up at your closest IDEA campus. Just simply hold up your child’s IDEA student ID (preferred) or place by the front windshield as you pull up. Although an IDEA student ID badge is preferable, you may also show IDEA enrollment communications (examples include mailed letters or electronic registration confirmation, classroom assignments) as well. 

Non-IDEA Scholars: As per state guidelines, parents must show proof of children to receive curbside meal services. Those documents can include:  Student ID cards, official letter/email/electronic school application from the school listing children enrolled, (This also includes letters/emails sent from IDEA to families regarding registration/enrollment), a student report card (paper or electronic) from this school year, an official attendance record (paper or electronic) with student’s name on record or a birth certificate for children.

Click here for more information. 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Transportation

At IDEA Public Schools, the journey to and from school is an extension of classroom learning. To help us provide a safe and pleasant bus ride experience for your children, please follow the two steps below to ensure the accuracy of your child’s transportation information:

“Here Comes The Bus” Application

When your children scans their bus pass, this application allows you to see, in real time, where your child’s bus is and when and where your child got on or off. This easy-to-use technology is free, simply download the “Here Comes the Bus” application on your smartphone, create a secure account, add your children, and you’re all set!

IDEA’s school code for Texas is: 83127

IDEA’s school code for Louisiana is: 87857

Campus Transportation Pages

IDEA Public Schools is committed to ensuring the safe transportation of your child to and from school. Our parents and families play an important role in helping us make this happen. We ask that you click the link below and carefully review all of the information on this page. Please contact your Campus Transportation Manager if you have any questions regarding our transportation services.

Transportation Page

Updated Safety Measures For Transportation

IDEA bus drivers will use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks, and splash guards when loading and unloading students. Once students are seated and the driver is ready to depart, he/she will take off the splash guard, but continue to wear the mask while driving. Students are required to wear masks before pick-up, during the bus ride and after arriving at campus.

As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), strict procedures for cleaning and disinfecting school buses will be implemented by IDEA’s transportation team. The new guidelines call for cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic surfaces using approved disinfectants before and after every bus route. High-traffic surface areas include bus entrance doors, handrails, seats, back seat rests, and windows.

Parents are also expected to following CDC guidelines while waiting for the school bus to arrive. This includes wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. Parents are required to wait until their child has entered the bus before leaving the bus stop.

1. Maintain social distancing as students approach the bus.

2. As students approach the bus, the bus driver will take the temperature of each student. If the student has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, he or she will not be allowed to board the bus. This also will pertain to siblings riding together. If one sibling has high temperature, all other siblings will not be allowed to ride the bus.

3. Students will be directed to a specific seat in the bus that aligns with IDEA’s Transportation Safety Guidelines.

4. All students are encouraged to apply hand sanitizer before taking a seat via dispensers available on each bus. Students will be required to scan their Bus ID Card as before to account for their ridership.

5. To keep social distancing while inside the bus, each bus seat is marked with a red or green decal. Red decal markings are seats where no students are permitted, while green decal markings are designated for students.

As the bus approaches the bus stop, parents should practice social distancing and maintain a 6 foot distance from all persons while waiting for their child(ren). As the bus stops, the bus driver will direct students to stand and walk toward the exit while maintaining a 6-foot distance in orderly fashion. As students exit the bus, they are encouraged to use hand sanitizer.

The following regions will be offering transportation for the 2020 – 21 school year:

  • Rio Grande Valley
  • Southern Louisiana
  • Greater Houston
  • Austin (IDEA Montopolis ONLY)
  • IDEA Travis will have transportation in partnership with Midland ISD

COVID-19 Reporting

*Data is updated each week on Tuesday by end of day.

**The tables are NOT cumulative; it is new cases during that time period. Note: we only report positive cases on campus. 

RegionWeekly Staff CasesWeekly Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases by RegionCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin101
101
El Paso 101101
Houston000000
Permian Basin*101101
RGV1001010010
San Antonio505505
Southern Louisiana000000
Tarrant County112112
Totals1912019120
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin000
101
El Paso 000101
Houston000000
Permian Basin*000101
RGV40414014
San Antonio000505
Southern Louisiana000000
Tarrant County011123
Totals41523225
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin000
101
El Paso 000101
Houston000000
Permian Basin*000101
RGV00014014
San Antonio000505
Southern Louisiana000000
Tarrant County000123
Totals00023225
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin213
314
El Paso 000101
Houston000000
Permian Basin*000101
RGV30317017
San Antonio101606
Southern Louisiana000000
Tarrant County011134
Totals62829433
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin000314
El Paso 101202
Houston000000
Permian Basin*000101
RGV50522022
San Antonio112718
Southern Louisiana000000
Tarrant County112246
Totals821037643
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin123437
El Paso 213415
Houston000000
Permian Basin*000101
RGV671328735
San Antonio011729
Southern Louisiana000000
Tarrant County112246
Totals91120461763
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin011448
El Paso 213628
Houston011011
Permian Basin*011112
RGV437321042
San Antonio09971118
Southern Louisiana000000
Tarrant County000246
Totals61621523385
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0334711
El Paso 53811516
Houston101112
Permian Basin*303415
RGV314351146
San Antonio14581523
Southern Louisiana000000
Tarrant County000246
Totals1311246544109
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0224913
El Paso 40415520
Houston000112
Permian Basin*000415
RGV5510401656
San Antonio12391726
Southern Louisiana022022
Tarrant County202448
Totals1211237755132
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin13451217
El Paso 10116521
Houston000112
Permian Basin*112549
RGV6612462268
San Antonio6713152439
Southern Louisiana224246
Tarrant County2136511
Totals1920399677173
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin538101525
El Paso 30319524
Houston011123
Permian Basin*0115510
RGV11819573087
San Antonio347172845
Southern Louisiana101347
Tarrant County15671017
Tampa Bay101101
Totals25224712099219
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin022101727
El Paso 00019524
Houston101224
Permian Basin*1016511
RGV426613293
San Antonio011172946
Southern Louisiana000347
Tarrant County00071017
Tampa Bay000101
Totals6511126104230
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin202121729
El Paso 00020626
Houston000224
Permian Basin*0006511
RGV181198934123
San Antonio10414293463
Southern Louisiana64109817
Tarrant County8412151530
Tampa Bay101202
Totals451358184121305
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin5914172643
El Paso 10121627
Houston000224
Permian Basin*2008513
RGV20113110945154
San Antonio101929395392
Southern Louisiana21311920
Tarrant County9110241640
Tampa Bay101303
Totals504191234162396
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin8412253055
El Paso 10122628
Houston000224
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV1201212145166
San Antonio144185357110
Southern Louisiana30314923
Tarrant County202261642
Tampa Bay101404
Totals41849275170445
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin101263056
El Paso 10122628
Houston000224
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV1101113245177
San Antonio6065957116
Southern Louisiana00014923
Tarrant County000261642
Tampa Bay000404
Totals18018293170463
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin808303064
El Paso 10123629
Houston000729
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV2502515745202
San Antonio240248357140
Southern Louisiana20216925
Tarrant County606321648
Tampa Bay000404
Totals71071364170534
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin909433073
El Paso 81931738
Houston43711516
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV4064619751248
San Antonio27184511075185
Southern Louisiana325191130
Tarrant County303351651
Tampa Bay000404
Totals9430124458200658
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin13821563894
El Paso 40435742
Houston20213518
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV25113622262284
San Antonio24194313494228
Southern Louisiana303221133
Tarrant County303381654
Tampa Bay000404
Totals7438112532238770
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin614206252114
El Paso 134361046
Houston00013518
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV20173724279321
San Antonio271744161111272
Southern Louisiana101231134
Tarrant County112391756
Tampa Bay000404
Totals5652108588290878
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin5496756123
El Paso 145371451
Houston20615924
Permian Basin*0008513
RGV21163726395358
San Antonio82331169134303
Southern Louisiana213251237
Tarrant County235412061
Tampa Bay000404
Totals415596629345974
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin511167267139
El Paso 224391655
Houston10116925
Permian Basin*0118614
RGV15621278101379
San Antonio61622175150325
Southern Louisiana011251338
Tarrant County011412162
Tampa Bay000404
Totals2938676583831041
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin5167768145
El Paso 202411657
Houston257181432
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV9716287108395
San Antonio358178155333
Southern Louisiana000251338
Tarrant County202432164
Tampa Bay000404
Totals2318416814011082
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.
RegionStaff CasesStudent CasesTotal Reportable CasesCumulative Staff CasesCumulative Student CasesTotal Reportable Cases
Austin0117769146
El Paso 213431760
Houston000181432
Permian Basin*0008614
RGV000287108395
San Antonio213180156336
Southern Louisiana000251338
Tarrant County000432164
Tampa Bay000404
Totals4376854041089
*Note: Travis ES staff and student cases are included here but will not be reflected in the TEA or DSHS reports, as Travis ES is listed under Midland ISD.

COVID-19 Reporting FAQ

Ensuring the health and safety of our Team & Family is a top priority at IDEA Public Schools, and we believe it is best to operate with an abundance of caution and transparency at this time. This is a chart of the number of positive cases of COVID-19 among students and staff who have been on campus for a specific week. You can search for a specific region, sort within each column, and access data for specific weeks. We report this information to the TEA on a weekly basis; they are monitoring the number of positive cases across school districts in Texas and update the information on the Texas Department of Health and Human Services website.

If there is a positive student or staff case on campus, all staff and families are notified of the positive case through Remind and a digital letter. We will inform families of the next steps that we are taking to protect others in the building from potential spread. Upon learning of a positive diagnosis, we work closely with the local health department in the decision-making process and the contact tracing process. Additionally, we take a quick assessment of which rooms and areas the individual was in within the last 24 hours and thoroughly clean and disinfect those areas.

 

Depending on the case investigation and guidance from the local health department, we may close down specific room(s) and area(s) in which the individual was on campus for a specific time, dismiss all students and staff early, or close the entire building to disinfect the entire building thoroughly. Finally, based on the contact tracing process and consultation with the local health department, we may inform additional staff members and families that they need to quarantine for 14 days as recommended by the local health department. Due to HIPAA considerations, we are cannot share more details about the individual’s diagnosis, but rest assured we are taking the proper steps to protect our students and staff from any potential spread.

For any positive case, we work closely with the local health department and we take the proper and recommended steps to protect our students and staff from any potential spread. You can use the resources that we have created to determine if you want your scholar to attend school on-site or in a remote environment. Families can use SchoolCap to directly and transparently view how many people are in their scholar’s school at all times. Remember, it takes a community to keep us all protected. Each parent or guardian can log into SchoolCap to select if their student is or isn’t coming to a physical school location so that after our staff experts verify these numbers,  families will have clear insight into what percentage capacity the school is. It only takes 30 seconds to put your scholar’s choice into SchoolCap. SchoolCap presents the region’s recommended building capacity based on IDEA’s School Reopening Phases and Protocols.

It takes a community and collective effort to protect each other. We all play a role in keeping ourselves, our loved ones, and our Team & Family safe. This means that all of us must follow the expert-recommended health and safety protocols:

  • Monitor your health daily and stay alert for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you are sick and follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and self-quarantine.
  • Wear a mask—covering your nose and mouth—at all times.
  • Practice proper hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently.
  • Maintain 6-feet of physical distance between others who are not in your household.  
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or anyone outside your immediate household. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid and limit being exposed the virus.
  • Use recommended resources like the CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker to determine when to seek testing or medical care.
  • Immediately contact the school if you are awaiting test results or receive a lab-confirmed positive test result, or if you have been in close contact with someone who is awaiting results or is a positive case. It is important for the communication among all of us to be transparent and informative.

You can access our most up-to-date information and resources, our health and safety protocols, and links to the CDC and state health departments on our website at https://ideapublicschools.org/health-services/ as well as our school re-opening website at https://ideapublicschools.org/back2school2020/health-and-safety-information/.

FEBRUARY MENU

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