Socorro ISD extends remote learning transition period to help Keep SISD Safe
Working closely with the El Paso Department of Public Health and other area school districts, the Socorro Independent School District continues to carefully monitor the health of our community while following guidance and directives from the Texas Education Agency regarding the reopening of schools. With the record-breaking COVID-19 data in the El Paso community, the Socorro ISD Board of Trustees approved a two-week extension to its remote learning transition period to Keep SISD Safe.
The current extension will allow the district to continue providing remote instruction to students through November 6, 2020. Parents of students who were on campus prior to the break will continue to have a choice on whether to have their kids learn remotely or on campus. Teachers who have not already started working at their school will return on Friday, November 6th. On November 9, 2020, teachers will provide in-person instruction to all students whose parents have chosen the traditional/hybrid (on-campus) learning model while continuing virtual instruction for students whose parents opted for the remote (at-home) learning model.
High school athletics, fine arts and other UIL activities will continue as scheduled following UIL guidelines as well as guidance by the local health authorities and collaboration among athletic directors in area school districts.
Per TEA, the agency will continue to monitor the status of the local community health and follow up with determinations regarding further extensions to the remote learning transitional period.
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 as the district progresses through the school year. Potential updates will be shared with the community as they are received from TEA or health officials.
Socorro ISD updates calendar to extend fall intersession
District continues to seek guidance from TEA regarding transition waiver submission, will update community once state-approvals are received
Socorro ISD continues monitoring the health of our community and working closely with the El Paso Department of Public Health and area school districts to Keep SISD Safe. With the sustained surge in active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in El Paso, SISD is modifying its 2020-21 School Calendar to extend the fall intersession through October 23, 2020.
The district’s modified year-round calendar, which most districts in the region and many in the state have implemented this year, was adopted with all intersessions listed as “floating dates” to allow flexibility in adapting to potential COVID-19 spikes in the community. To allow the district to minimize the number of people on campus during this critical time, the first week of the spring intersession (March 8-12, 2021) is being moved to October 19-23, 2020.
“We were very deliberate in planning for this school year so that we would have the ability to adjust as necessary while staying in line with the very specific guidance and directives from the Texas Education Agency,” said Superintendent Jose Espinoza, Ed.D. “These decisions are not taken lightly as we know they may result in potential inconveniences for our community; however, the record numbers we are seeing today are such that we must extend our intersession break in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community during this alarming spike in cases.”
Schools and district offices will be closed during this time period. A limited number of essential personnel will continue with their duties following established safety protocols, including Child Nutrition Services staff to provide community meal service. Meals will be made available for all children 0-18 at a limited list of locations for the week of October 19-23, 2020 (additional information will be posted online soon). Parents and members of the community who need assistance can reach their campus or district officials by calling the school/department main line or via email. School directory information is posted at https://www.sisd.net/schools. To be connected with district services personnel, community members are asked to please call 915-937-0000.
On October 9, 2020 the district submitted a request for a data-driven transition waiver that would allow the district flexibility to transition students and employees safely back to school using COVID-19 parameters as a guide. As of the morning of Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the district has not received formal approval of its waiver request.
“We are anxious to open our schools to all our students who wish to return to their campus for in-person instruction,” Espinoza said. “We will continue to follow the guidance of our local health authorities and abide by TEA requirements to protect our stakeholders while we plan for the safe return of our students and employees. Our responsibility is to Keep SISD Safe but also to ensure we are able to sustain services and minimize any potential adverse impact on our community.”
High school athletics, fine arts and other UIL activities will continue as scheduled following UIL guidelines.
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 as the district progresses through the school year.
Team SISD urges our community to do their part in flattening the COVID-19 curve by wearing their masks in public, washing their hands frequently, and practicing social distancing. We need your help to bring our students back to school SAFELY!
SISD to resume free meal service for all children Oct. 19
Meals available for pick up at several SISD schools during second week of intersession
The Socorro Independent School District will resume free meal service for all children on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 to ensure children in the community continue to have access to healthy meals.
To minimize the number of people on campuses in SISD during this critical time of the pandemic in the El Paso community, the first week of the SISD spring intersession (March 8-12, 2021) is being moved to October 19-23, 2020. Schools and district offices will be closed during this week; however, Team SISD will resume meal service for all children ages 0 to 18 at several campuses in the district.
The meal service pick-up time will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch both can be picked up at the same time via a socially distanced drive-through/walk-up procedure. A Saturday meal also will be provided at the Friday pick-up. Confirmation cards are valid at all participating schools from Oct. 19-23. No duplicate meals will be served. Only one breakfast and one lunch per student per day will be available. No a la carte sales will be available.
Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up Oct. 19-23, 2020 at:
Socorro High School
Robert R. Rojas Elementary
Capt. Walter E. Clarke Middle School
John Drugan School
Vista del Sol Elementary
SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School
Jane A. Hambric School
Chester E. Jordan Elementary
Purple Heart Elementary
Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary
Horizon Heights Elementary
Mission Ridge Elementary
Pebble Hills High School
SSG. Manuel R. Puentes Middle School
Bill Sybert School
Elfida P. Chavez Elementary
O’Shea Keleher Elementary
Child Nutrition Services employees will place the meals in trunks or back seats of vehicles to maintain social distancing measures. Please note the following guidelines/notes:
- Parents are asked to remain in vehicle and open the trunk or back of vehicle.
- If in a truck or SUV, where back cannot be opened, CNS employees will provide the meal on a tray to lessen unnecessary contact or the meal can be placed in the back seat if unoccupied.
- If possible, parents are asked to please place a box or bin in their trunk, which will help hold the meal bags upright and keep the integrity of the meal.
According to state/federal guidelines, parents can pick up the free meals without having to bring their children to the pickup sites. If parents have their children WITH them when they pick up meals, no documentation is required. If parents come to pick up meals WITHOUT their children, they need to present one of the following for all children 18 and under:
- Official letter/email/electronic school application from school listing children enrolled
- Individual student report cards
- Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, that includes the children names
- Birth certificate for children not in school
- Student ID cards
Socorro ISD to request additional transition waiver from TEA
Working closely with the El Paso Department of Public Health and other area school districts, the Socorro Independent School District continues to carefully monitor the health of our community while following guidance and directives from the Texas Education Agency regarding the reopening of schools. With the recent rise in cases and continued community spread of COVID-19 in El Paso, SISD is taking proactive action to further measures to Keep SISD Safe.
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.
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.
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