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Sabinal COVID-19 Update 3/18/2020
March 18, 2020
Dear Sabinal ISD families,
We continue to actively monitor developments regarding COVID-19 with the Texas Department of Health (TDH), the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as with numerous superintendents in our area. As of March 18th 941 or 92% of all public schools in Texas have closed; this affects nearly 5.4 million students in our State.
Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, Sabinal ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 3rd in an effort to support our nation’s need to slow the spread of COVID-19. I realize that any decision made will not meet every individual family's needs, however out of an abundance of caution for our students, their families and our personnel I have come to this conclusion. Please look for additional information to be released on or before Tuesday, March 31st regarding our plans for the future.
I want to commend our students, parents and our teachers and staff for the successful implementation of our "in-home instruction" plan. As of today, 96% of all parents or students have picked up instructional packets or have engaged digitally with our teachers and considering nothing like this has ever been attempted before, I could not be more proud of everyone's willingness to make education a priority in Sabinal ISD. Thank you!
Additionally, we implemented a "Meals to Go" program this week, affording our students a daily (M-F) breakfast and lunch. Each day our lunch pick-ups have increased, but our breakfast pick-ups have been sparse. We have come to the conclusion that two trips to school to pick up meals not only increases exposure to each other, it also is inconvenient to travel to school twice a day. Beginning this Friday, March 20th, we will serve lunch and the next day's breakfast at one convenient pick-up time, 11:00-12:30.
In all regards we will continue to refine and improve our student services throughout this unfortunate global crisis. We also ask for everyone's patience, as we work to provide an exceptional education and robust student services as we navigate through uncharted waters.
We want to strongly recommend to our families and the community to take the following reasonable precautions to decrease the opportunity of the spread of this virus:
- Wash your hands regularly as well as disinfect your living and work areas often
- Do not shake hands or engage in any other person to person contact
- Stay home and limit exposure with others outside of your home
- Limit movement within the community or to any other location outside of the community
- Maintain 3 to 6 ft distance between people at all times; always cough or sneeze into your elbow
- Do not leave the house. If you are ill, use a "Teledoc" service or call ahead when going to a medical faculties
- To avoid human contamination of our facilities, please do not enter our schools or enter any locked athletic facility
Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of the community stay safe and remain healthy.
Richard W. Grill