Victoria ISD Covid-19 Updates

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FAQs

Victoria ISD is committed to providing timely information and facts for the families of our nearly 14,000 students. This FAQ page will be updated regularly, so please revisit the site often.
 
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Secondary Change to 4 1/2 Day Instructional Week
For high school students, the instructional day will be from 7:30am to 11:30am. The instructional day for middle school students from 8:30am to 12:30pm on Fridays. Students may receive assignments (i.e. missing assignment, review work, reading) to complete at home in the afternoon.
No. Adult supervision will be provided on campus until 2:45pm at the high schools and 3:45pm at the middle
schools on Friday afternoons for those families who need it.
The schedule for Monday through Thursday will remain the same.
Yes. Students may pick up a grab-and-go sack lunch from the cafeteria at 11:30am (high school) and 12:30pm (middle school).
Early release will begin on Friday, October 30.
No. However, some students will be encouraged to attend due to excessive absences or failing grades. Parents of those students will be contacted individually.
Yes. The instructional time will end at 11:30am for high school and 12:30pm for middle school on Fridays. Students may leave campus at that time.
Yes. Buses will run at both times. Bus riders who stay for on-campus supervision will be able to ride a bus home at the end of the day (2:45 for high school and 3:45 for middle school).
Yes. Students may be picked up anytime between the new release time and the end of the day.
High school students who have not left campus by 11:45am will be brought back into the building for supervision and will need to be checked out in the front office.
Middle school students who have not been picked up by 12:45pm will be brought back into the building for supervision and will need to be checked out through the front office.
Support staff will be monitoring activities on Friday afternoons. In addition, some certified staff members will be available during portions of the afternoon for subject-specific tutoring and support.
Activities will be based on needs and may include:
  • Academic support
  • Monitored time to make up missing assignments
  • Targeted online interventions
  • Character education/social emotional learning
  • Library Time
Yes. Students will attend all classes on Fridays, but for a shorter amount of time.
Yes. Early release will occur every Friday beginning October 30.
No. This will not effect any part of the current school calendar.
Students will receive instructions from their teachers about assignments that they will need to complete on Friday afternoons.
Yes. A survey will be emailed to the parent email address on file. This will help us make spacing and staffing determinations.
No. Fine arts, athletics, and other extra-curricular practices will not be held on Friday afternoons. This time is devoted to preparation for classroom instruction.
By providing teachers with additional time, teachers will be able to better communicate with families, input grades, provide feedback to their remote learners, and develop high-quality lessons for all students, both remote and face to-face.
General COVID-19 Questions
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is an emerging and rapidly evolving outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which has now been detected in many locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
What are common symptoms of Coronavirus?
People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
This is an evolving situation. Stay up to date by consulting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website or Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website. Enter your text here...
To help prevent the spread of illness, follow these important tips:
  • Practice social distancing and do your best to put six feet between you and others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
To maintain the integrity of our cleaning procedures and minimize chances for possible exposure, access may be granted for temporary periods of time to accommodate for staff needs. Non-staff members will not be allowed inside the buildings until operations have returned to normal. Rest assured we are making arrangements to care for our classroom pets and animal science critters.
Prior to the launch of teacher-based online instruction, each parent will receive a communication from the campus. Our goal is to provide you with up-to-date information as it becomes available.
 
Official messaging and communications to VISD families and staff will be coordinated through Shawna Currie, Director of Communications. Our goal is to be as transparent and organized as possible during this time.
 
If you have questions, please submit the question through our Contact Us form. Please remember to include accurate contact information if you want VISD to respond to you directly. Be patient as we work through the questions. We will also be adding information to the FAQ as needed for your convenience.