Socorro ISD follows local health authority guidance, postpones return to in-person instruction
The Socorro Independent School District continues to monitor community health data and seek guidance from health authorities to guide its Back to School Safely plans. Based on a recommendation from the El Paso City/County health authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza, Socorro ISD will not begin in-person instruction until after January 18.
Socorro ISD also continues to follow the safety zones as per the Region 19 School System COVID-19 Campus Attendance Plan to guide its safe transition back to in-person learning. See the full Region 19 press release, attendance plan and safety zones at https://www.esc19.net/Page/1564.
Despite currently being in the Orange Zone (hospitalization rate below 20%), the recommendation from the local health authority was made to provide a full two-week period from possible holiday gatherings that have the potential to increase community spread.
Therefore, the re-opening for students whose parents have chosen for them to return in the Orange Zone will be delayed for one week. In-person instruction for students whose parents have chosen to return in the Orange Zone will begin January 19. However, these families will be given the opportunity to have their children return to their campuses on January 11 and participate in remote instruction along with other priority students.
Socorro ISD teachers will return to their classroom by January 14 pending any other changes based on the health of the local community.
School principals will be communicating with parents at their schools about the transition to in-person instruction and the current safety zone, which indicates which students will return to campus for instruction.
Team SISD is committed to a safe return to on-campus instruction and, as with all COVID-19 plans, it is important to note that details may be subject to change pending the state of our local community health and new guidance issued by national, state, and local authorities.
2020-2021 Remote Asynchronous Instructional Plan
The Texas Education Agency has approved the Socorro Independent School District’s 2020-2021 Remote Asynchronous Instructional Plan. The plan includes the requirements that must be fulfilled to generate average daily attendance through asynchronous learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to read the SISD 2020-2021 Remote Asynchronous Instructional Plan.
Learn how to Keep SISD Safe with Back to School Safely videos
The Socorro Independent School District is committed to help all SISD stakeholders be aware of the best ways to keep themselves and everyone in our community safe. Take a look at these Keep SISD Safe Back to School Safely videos on numerous topics, including social distancing, daily wellness, hand washing, social and emotional health, face coverings and more.
Click here to see the videos.
Education Rights and Responsibilities during COVID-19
Please see this information from the Texas Education Agency regarding the options parents have when returning to school.
Partners in Education Roster
Support our valuable Partners in Education! Here is a list of our educational partners you can support during these trying times. Order take out, buy a gift card or find other ways to support these cherished businesses and nonprofits who generously help our schools.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Socorro ISD has developed a list of questions and answers to openly share information and proactively answer questions regarding students and employees returning to school and work for the 2020-2021 school year. We know our stakeholders have many questions, and we will do our best to answer all in a timely manner, but we ask for your patience as our team continues to work through the many issues that must be addressed. Rest assured that we will update this list and communicate with you often as information becomes available and as we seek additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Education Agency (TEA) and local health and government officials.
Last Modified on January 5, 2021