Roadmap to Reopening

The 2020-2021 school year is like no other year in our school’s history.

This year, students in grades K-8 received iPads to use for their schoolwork. Upper School students already have their own laptops. Please check the Covid-19 FAQ page for more details.

How do we determine whether it’s safe to return or remain on campus?

We are working in conjunction with Metropolitan Health District to determine the appropriate metrics that best indicate when conditions are safe for widespread return to campus. In addition, our administration, Safety Committee and our Medical Advisory Committee are consulting with the appropriate organizations — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Education Agency (TEA), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) — to gather additional data and guidance to assist us as we make appropriate decisions for our community.

COVID-19 FAQ


Reopening Procedures

To remain open successfully, we have made changes for the safety of our students, faculty, staff and families. These changes ask more of every member of our community. As we adapt to the new COVID-19 reality, our spaces are different, schedules and daily activities have shifted, and new rules are in place. But at Keystone, we learn and adapt and we know that our goals, values and resilience will keep our community strong.

No matter the changes in our daily routines, we remain committed to the core values in our school’s mission statement. We will continue to provide our PK-12 students with an academically excellent education in a diverse and inclusive environment. In addition to academics, Keystone students will learn ethical growth, community involvement, and responsible leadership on the school’s campus and via distance learning.

Guiding Principles

The core Keystone values form our guiding principles:

1. 

The ultimate criterion for Keystone’s decision-making will be the physical, social, and emotional safety of students, families, faculty, and staff.

2. 

Keystone will design programs, schedules, and facilities to meet the developmental level of students in each division while balancing the demands of the entire school.

3. 

Keystone will maintain constant and clear communication with all constituencies regarding the school’s response to COVID-19.

Scenarios

We are planning four returning scenarios:

1.

Full return to campus with physical distancing requirements in place

2.

Staggered return: PK-6 on campus first; Grades 7-12 start in distance mode and return the following week, moving into hybrid mode.

3.

Hybrid Mode: Returning to campus school in a hybrid mode with children PK-6 on campus, and students in Grades 7-12 alternating days.

4.

Continue in remote learning.

In Distance Learning, all students K-6 would continue to work on their school-issued iPads, and students attend classes via a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.

100% Remote Learning Option

When students are allowed to return to campus, Keystone will offer families the choice of participating in a 100% remote learning program for 2020-2021. The School is realigning roles and responsibilities, as well as investing in additional classroom technology for this program.

Task Forces

To help guide Keystone through the COVID-19 threat and reduce risks to students, faculty, staff and families, two committees meet regularly and offer guidance to school administrators:

1.

Safety Committee

This group, consisting of teachers, staff and administrators, is focused on creating a healthy and safe environment at Keystone, and keeping up with the ever-changing array of public health conditions, governmental rules and best practices from around the world.

2.

Medical Advisory Committee

Consisting of current parents, alumni, alumni parents, and other local physicians, this group will provide guidance on different medical related topics.

New Procedures

Below is a summary of new procedures for the 2020-2021 school year when students return to campus. Additional details will be available here as the school year progresses.

Face Coverings

Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required on both campuses as recommended by the CDC, local health authorities, and the Keystone Medical Committee.

Athletics

Athletics

We will follow the guidance of TAPPS, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, while reserving the right to make our own decisions when student or adult health may be compromised.

Sanitary Measures

Sanitary Measures

Increased hand washing on campus is mandatory. Cleaning and disinfection protocols are in effect.

Visitors

Visitors

Visitors will be greatly restricted on campus and strongly discouraged.

Lunch

Lunch

 Lunch will occur either in classrooms or in small groups outside. Students who wish to buy the school lunch program will receive box lunches.

Health Screenings

Health Screenings

All persons entering the Keystone campus will be screened for temperature prior to entering the campus.

Drop-off & Pick-up

Drop-off & Pick-up

After school pick up will be staggered for students in the Lower School. Middle and Upper School tudents will be alphabetically assigned to different locations to wait for their ride. Parents are to remain outside the campus perimeter during drop-off and pick-up.

Arts/Extracurriculars

Arts/Extracurriculars

The status of extracurricular activities is still undecided. Whenever possible, arts productions will take place on film or other physically distanced manner.

Handling Illness on Campus

Handling Illness on Campus

Anybody on campus with an illness will be quarantined/isolated immediately. For students, parents are contacted immediately, and the student is sent home. Keystone would notify and coordinate with local health officials, and begin Contact & Trace protocols. Other actions could include closing a classroom, a building or the entire campus.

Responding to COVID-19 on Campus

Reducing the spread of COVID-19 at Keystone will require the diligence and commitment of every member of the community. We will have a screening procedure in place to help us identify if students or faculty/staff have any symptoms of, or any exposure to, COVID-19. It is important that families and faculty/staff complete this information thoroughly and accurately every day.

If a student or faculty member has symptoms, tests positive for, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed case (with or without symptoms), please stay home and notify the Nurse’s Office of the symptoms or exposure.

Keystone will immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian. The school will clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school as soon as feasible. Students who report feeling feverish will be given an immediate temperate check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

If an individual who has been at Keystone is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school will notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Keystone will close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than 3 days have already passed since that person was on campus.

Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, Keystone will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate in any  campus activities.

The Keystone Safety Committee will evaluate cases to ensure that the safety of the Keystone community is not at risk. Depending on circumstances the safety committee may decide to move to Phase Three (temporary shutdown) or Phase Four (remote learning mode) of the plan.

Health & Safety

Health Screenings:

We will ask families and faculty/staff to fill out health questionnaires before the start of school and after long weekends when some people may travel. Depending on the answers, we may ask people to stay at home. Students, faculty, staff and visitors will have a temperature check before they’re allowed to enter campus.

Face Coverings:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), recommends wearing cloth face coverings to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The CDC explains that COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets shared when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Wearing a cloth face covering is shown to greatly reduce the transmission of respiratory droplets.

Regular Handwashing:

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 is easily killed with plain soap and water. Health experts also agree that frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best ways for people to stay safe and reduce the spread of germs. This basic hygiene practice has proven effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Physical Distancing:

In keeping with CDC guidelines, Keystone has reconfigured its classrooms to allow for six feet of physical separation for students and faculty, has reconfigured other spaces into classrooms, and has changed various policies and procedures to enforce physical distancing on campus, where feasible.

Sanitary Measures:

Hand washing upon entry and periodically is mandatory. Regular use of hand sanitizer in every room is encouraged. Custodial staff will clean and disinfect highly touched objects throughout the day. Disinfex will treat campus monthly. Student technology devices will be wiped down daily.

School Day Modifications

To help reduce the risk of infection, we are implementing changes in design and procedures that aim to include reduce group sizes and limit the number of contacts that each person has. Toward those efforts, we are implementing the following:

Reduce Group Sizes

  • Students will eat lunch either in classrooms or in small groups outside. Students who wish to buy the school lunch program will receive box lunches.
  • Students will not use lockers to reduce potential crowding.
  • Student traffic flow will be rerouted to implement one-way walkthrough routes through buildings where possible
  • The number of students allowed in a restroom will be limited

Reduce Contacts

  • Maintaining six feet of physical distance in classrooms and throughout campus.
  • The majority of students in the Little, Lower, and Middle Schools will remain in the same classroom for their core classes while teachers will move from classroom to classroom.
  • Except for rare circumstances, parents will not be allowed on campus. Virtual meetings should be held as much as possible to discuss student performance and/or concerns.
  • Teachers will avoid asking students to share equipment. Any electronic devices that are shared will be cleaned and disinfected before the next use.
  • Virtual campus tours will replace in-person tours.

What Will This Look Like For Our Students?

Little School (PK3-PK4)

Our youngest students will have new procedures for drop-off and pick-up, new cleaning and handwashing schedules and procedures to maintain physical distancing among children. As much as possible, we will create outdoor classrooms.

Lower School (Kindergarten - Grade 4)

Classroom desks will accommodate physical distancing. All Lower School students receive an iPad that goes home in the event of distance learning.

Middle School (Grade 5 - Grade 8)

Students have a new schedule, which allows for seamless transition between in-person and distance learning. Teachers change classrooms instead of students. Outdoor teaching space used as much as possible. Specials, electives and PE classes will be smaller classes to better practice physical distancing.

Upper School (Grade 9 - Grade 12)

On-campus and remote classes balanced between synchronous (real-time) and independent asynchronous learning. Special attention paid to building and maintaining sense of school community.