Update from the Superintendent regarding COVID-19 and District Adjustments

Superintendent Announces District Adjustments in Light of Developments
Posted on 03/31/2020
STISD full color logoSouth Texas ISD Superintendent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 31, 2020

I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. I am so proud of our STISD community for your attempts to minimize the spread of this horrible virus by sheltering in place, practicing good hygiene, and by social distancing. We continue to work closely with local, state, and national agencies as we monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19). President Donald Trump recently announced the extension of social distancing until April 30th, 2020. Cameron County and Hidalgo County also issued mandatory "Shelter-in-Place" orders last week that will remain in effect until April 8th and April 10th, respectively. Based upon these updates, the following adjustments will go into effect immediately for STISD:

• Schools will remain closed until further notice.
• Instructional resources and/or support will be provided by your teacher or the campus principal.
• The district will provide five days’ worth of breakfast and lunch meals through curbside distribution two days each week– Monday and Wednesday. Children are no longer required to accompany parents to pick up meals; however, parents will be asked to present documentation for their children. Please see the district website for further details.
• Designated essential campus staff will continue to report to work Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
• Teachers will continue to prepare for potential long-term flexible learning by ensuring usage of a technology learning platform.
• All staff members must be available remotely from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• All departments will continue to provide campus support for our STISD Community.

Please note that these decisions are based on the latest developments within our region, our state and our nation. Our previous correspondence is also posted on our district website. This situation is continuously evolving, and we will take this day-by-day and make the best decisions for the health and safety of our entire district community. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation.

Let’s all do our part to stop the spread of this horrible virus by continuing to take precautionary measures. Please stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools