At Home Hub

While Sabinal ISD campuses are currently closed due to the novel coronavirus, the district has shifted to an online and remote learning model supporting all of our learners, families, and staff.
 
To continue learning, Sabinal ISD has created the At Home Hub to support our staff, students, and community. This at-home learning web page provides details on digital and non-digital learning options. Staff, students and parents will be able to login and gain access to the resources available through the At Home Hub menu. All district digital resources can be accessed on mobile devices (Apple or Android smartphones), tablets, iPads, Laptops, Chromebooks or PCs.
 
While things are uncertain, we want to ensure that students are still able to learn at home. Sabinal ISD is committed to ongoing student learning opportunities while the district is closed. The website is available for access to various learning materials. The site also lists some tips for successful digital learning days.
 
The district is encouraging students, parents, and staff to check the Sabinal ISD At Home Hub page often, as updates and new information will be added frequently.
 
Please share your At-Home Learning Time with Sabinal ISD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #WeAreSabinal.

UPDATES

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.

 

Sincerely,

Richard W. Grill

Superintendent

April 1, 2020

 

Dear Sabinal ISD families,

 

I continue to be filled with pride and gratitude of our students, parents, and our teachers and staff, as well as the greater Sabinal community as we face the challenges presented during this uncertain time.  I am pleased with our continuous teaching and learning efforts, along with hope and optimism, as we continue on this journey together.  

 

Yesterday, March 31, 2020 Governor Abbott announced his new Executive Orders to all Texans in his efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor's orders are aligned with the new Proclamations recently issued by President Trump. In Texas, all public schools shall remain closed and remote teaching and learning to continue through May 1, 2020.

 

As we continue to refine our remote instructional practices for our students by emphasizing virtual learning platforms, we ask for your patience as we all develop skills to teach and learn in a very unique instructional environment. 

 

We will continue to offer "Grab and Go" meals for breakfast and lunch as we have for the past three weeks. If you need further assistance, please contact Shea Gilleland at 830-444-0650.

 

We continue to emphasize to our families and the community to take the following reasonable precautions to decrease the spread of this virus:

  •    Follow state and federal guidelines, as they are intended to keep us all safe
  •    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; use virtual video platforms instead
  •    Limit unnecessary travel both within the community or to any other location outside of the community
  •    Maintain at least a 6 ft distance between people at all times; always cough or sneeze into your elbow
  •    If you are ill, use a "Teledoc" service or call ahead when going to a medical facility
  •    To avoid human contamination of our school facilities, please do not enter our schools or enter any locked athletic facility

 

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we strive to keep all members of the school and community stay safe and remain healthy.

 

 Sincerely,

Richard W. Grill

Superintendent

 

April 17, 2020

 

 

Dear Sabinal ISD family,

 

Today, April 17th, Governor Abbott announced all Texas schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This follows President Trump’s guidance indicating schools should remain closed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As scheduled on our district calendar, the last day of school for Sabinal ISD is May 21st. We will continue to provide remote instruction for all students using virtual and traditional learning platforms.

I am hopeful to have a decision regarding graduation soon, as all districts are waiting on guidance from the Texas Education Commissioner. It is my desire to provide our seniors and their families with a live ceremony, hopefully in June; however, we are anticipating a possible virtual graduation ceremony. More information will be provided to seniors and their parents as soon as we have sufficient guidance. All other end-of-year ceremonies and activities are cancelled due to the newly announced Governor’s Executive Orders.

 

Due to an abundance of caution our entire district continues to operate under a strict 14-day self-quarantine to prevent any further exposure of COVID-19 to our employees, students and community until Friday, April 24th. We will resume our student "Grab and Go" meals for breakfast and lunch beginning April 27th. Once we reopen, please contact Shea Gilleland at 830-444-0650 if you have any questions or concerns.

 

This has been an incredibly challenging time for our entire school district and community. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to endure this unprecedented situation. We look forward to the day that we are able to welcome our students and staff back into our buildings.

 

 

 Sincerely,

Richard W. Grill

Superintendent