San Marcos CISD updates district officials on in-school learning plans, safety protocols

San Marcos CISD campuses will receive 4,000 classroom dividers this week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
San Marcos CISD campuses will receive 4,000 classroom dividers this week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

San Marcos CISD campuses will receive 4,000 classroom dividers this week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

San Marcos CISD officials received an update on the latest guidelines for in-school learning, which include numerous safety protocols designed to keep COVID-19 positivity rates as low as possible.

Doug Wozniak, the district’s director of transportation, answered questions for trustees during a Sept. 21 meeting. He said the last of the personal protective equipment has been delivered to campuses throughout the district, as has relevant signage.

Wozniak said 4,000 classroom dividers will be delivered to campuses this week, and extra custom dividers are being built. He also said the last of the district’s in-house protocol meetings will wrap up at the end of this week.

Wozniak fielded several questions from district trustees Anne Halsey and Miguel Arredondo, chiefly centered on parameters for COVID-19 positivity rates and how the district’s contract tracing will work.

District principals are working to balance student numbers within each class, and class sizes could be as high as 17 students with special dividers installed, Wozniak said.


With regard to the number of COVID-19 cases needed to trigger possible closures, Wozniak said there are not exact numbers right now, but there are averages that would trigger campus action. Those figures amount to three cases per classroom, a 10% positivity rate per campus and three campuses totaling a 10% positivity rate or higher per district.

“We look at a percentage of cases per school,” he said. “If you get three cases per room, that’s a threshold we look at for what we need to do with that room.”

When there is a COVID-19 case in the district, Wozniak said all staff and students will be notified the same day, and those who meet the criteria for having had close contact with that person must quarantine for 14 days.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.