Victoria ISD Covid-19 Updates

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We are extremely excited to welcome students back into our buildings on Tuesday, Sept 8th.  As we work to create safe learning environments for all students and staff, the following protocols will be implemented district wide.  We ask ALL families to assist us in ensuring the health and safety of ALL students and staff members by adhering to these practices. By working TOGETHER, we will create  positive and safe learning experiences for our children.
Elementary School hours are 8:00 am – 3:15 pm
  • Staggered Arrival: 7:30 – 8:00 (School doors will open at 7:30)
  • Staggered Dismissal: 2:45 – 3:15 (Exact times for designated groups will be communicated by the campus and will vary depending on facility layout, student enrollment and staff considerations)

O'Connor ACE Elementary School Hours are 7:45 am - 4:00 pm
  • Arrival: 7:15 am - 8:00 am (School doors will open at 7:15 am)
  • Dismissal: 4:00 – 4:15 (Exact times for designated groups will be communicated by the campus and will vary depending on facility layout, student enrollment and staff considerations)

Parents must screen their child for COVID-19 symptoms each morning before sending them to school. If your child is exhibiting any symptoms, please keep them home and contact the school office.

Facial Coverings: All students are required to wear a facial covering while on campus and when on a VISD bus
  • To prevent your child’s mask from being lost or getting dirty, please attach it to a lanyard or have them wear a “gaiter mask.”
  • It is recommended that each student have an extra mask in their backpack

Campus Visitors: At this time, we are not able to accommodate visitors beyond the front office
  • Parents may visit the front office when in need of assistance or when picking up a child during the school day. When it is necessary to visit the campus, the parent must self-check for fever or COVID-19 symptoms, complete screener questions and wear a mask
  • At this time, we are not able to accommodate visitors at lunch or deliver outside lunches to individual students
  • All “early checkouts” must occur prior to 2:30 pm (At O'Connor Ace Elementary, all "early checkouts" must occur prior to 3:30 pm)

Arrival: To ensure the separation of classroom groups and to avoid large gatherings, students will report directly to their classroom
  • Students may arrive at school between 7:30 am and 8:00 am
  • Students arriving by car must be dropped off in the car line. To ensure social distancing, parents may not park and walk children up to the school

Breakfast and Lunch
  • Free Breakfast is available to all students as a “grab and go” option from 7:30 am - 8:00 am. Breakfast will be eaten in the classroom. Free lunch will also be available to all students
  • Specific lunch protocols have been developed for each campus based on student enrollment, facility layout and staffing considerations. We are not able to accommodate lunch visitors or deliver outside lunches to students

Dismissal: Staggered dismissal plans will be utilized as needed at each campus to ensure social distancing and efficient dismissal
  • All car riders must be picked up in the car line. Staff members will call your child to the car for you
  • Parents may not gather at the school entrances to meet their child

Sanitation
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the school and each teacher will have hand sanitizer in the classroom for student use
  • Water fountains have been disabled and water bottle filling stations have been installed. Each student should bring a water bottle (labeled with his/her first and last name) each day
  • Students will be taught appropriate hand-washing routines
  • Teachers will be supplied with disinfecting spray and wipes to use on desks and frequently touched items within the classrooms
 

Dr. Shepherd asked parents and students to share their experience during the first week of remote learning and how the district could improve the platform. The input will assist in our never-ending cycle of continuous improvement in VISD. Click the link to see the results:

Remote Learning Thoughtexchange Summary

 

Event Cancellations

All district events and extracurricular activities are cancelled until the District returns to face-to-face instruction or further notice. This includes all district-sponsored UIL, athletics, fine arts, clubs, and group events or ceremonies.

Face to Face Instruction Suspended for Remainder of School Year
 
Today Governor Abbott announced schools across the state will not return to face-to-face instruction for the remainder of this school year. Victoria ISD will continue supporting our students in families during this time. We will remain flexible as we continue to respond and adapt to ensure student learning, using the remote learning plans that were implemented a few weeks ago.
 
Meal and mental health services will also remain in place. We are also working on plans for graduation and will announce that when we have details finalized.
 

Students’ safety and learning are always top priorities in Victoria ISD. Simply put, thank you. We know this is a time of great stress. Your support of our students and staff during this challenging time has been remarkable and greatly appreciated. We are grateful for your patience, sacrifice, trust, and collaboration as we all navigate this as one unified VISD family and community. Please know you have our commitment to continue to serve and support your children however we can.

Victoria ISD continues to actively monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in conjunction with local and federal health authorities. While the district is closed, VISD emergency and essential personnel for this evolving situation continue to consult with local health authorities and to convene virtually and regularly in order to conduct a full and ongoing assessment of risks for students and staff. As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remains a top priority, and we will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing.
 
Currently, VISD has closed schools and suspended normal operations for an undetermined length of time. This includes District playgrounds, tracks, outdoor basketball courts, etc. This suspension of normal school operations, taken in conjunction with surrounding districts, is in support of the Nation’s effort to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol.The District will remain flexible as leaders plan for long-term delivery of instruction and continue to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation.  

The Victoria ISD response to the (COVID-19) pandemic will enter a new phase when we begin providing some student services while our buildings are closed. 
We want to provide an update to our families and staff about what services will look like starting March 23.

CONTINUATION OF LEARNING WHILE FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION IS SUSPENDED
Here’s what teaching and learning will look like next week for teachers, students, and families:

  • On Monday, staff will report to work according to the guidance provided by Administration and their campus principal or department supervisor. Our curriculum teams and principals will begin setting up virtual learning for teachers. VISD wants to ensure we are doing our part to follow social distancing guidelines from health officials. Employees will be mindful of physical distancing and follow guidance about groups of 10 or less. If feasible, staff can work remotely. Teachers will work remotely once it has been determined they have the necessary tools, training, and curriculum in place. 
  • During the week of March 23,  we are asking teachers and teams to reconnect with students and families to share plans for learning.
  • Students will begin remote learning the week of March 30. If you are in need of a device and/or internet access for your child during remote learning, visit the Technology Update page.

Our Special Services team will be working with campuses to support the needs of all students. 

Victoria ISD has been working closely with the Victoria County Public Health Department and Victoria Office of Emergency Management to monitor the rapidly changing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation. The following update was provided by Superintendent Shepherd on VISD's plans to continue student learning in the coming weeks.

Face-to-Face Instruction Suspended
As a result of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the region and recommendations of social distancing from our local health officials, VISD is taking precautionary measures against transmission of the virus. Face-to-face instruction has been suspended at all campuses for an undetermined amount of time. This affects all programming at the school, including before and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and weekend events. This is a situation we have never faced before. VISD staff will be developing what this will look like for our students. It could be instructional materials and packets sent home, online instruction, a combination, or other distance learning scenario. Staff will return to work on Monday, March 23, working diligently through the week on planning. Our goal is for students to transition back into learning on Monday, March 30.

Free Meals for Students
While face-to-face instruction is suspended, VISD will provide free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for all students at six distribution sites: Aloe Elementary, Crain Elementary, Hopkins Elementary, Rowland Elementary, Shields Elementary, and Stroman Middle School. Each site will have breakfast available from 7:30-9:30 and lunch from 10:30-12:30 Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 23rd.

District Events and Extracurricular Activities Cancelled
Effective immediately, all district events and extracurricular activities are cancelled until the District returns to face-to-face instruction or further notice. This includes all district-sponsored UIL, athletics, fine arts, clubs, and group events or ceremonies.

STAAR and End-of-Course (EOC) Testing
Governor Abbott has announced requirements for STAAR and EOC testing for students will be waived this year. However, districts must determine guidelines for student grade level advancement and graduation requirements in the absence of the state testing. Additional information on this will be provided when the District has finalized those details.

The COVID-19 virus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose
  • Stay home if you are sick.


The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia. It is believed the seasonal flu vaccine does not provide protection against coronavirus.

Individuals who need medical care should call their medical providers to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

We are monitoring the situation involving a positive COVID-19 case with connections to our nearby community. Currently, VISD has not made any changes as a result of this development. However, as we receive additional information and guidance from our local health officials, we will provide any necessary updates.
Victoria ISD continues to closely monitor the potential impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the community. The district has not experienced any active cases of COVID-19.

At this time, we are reminding all Victoria ISD students, families, and staff to take extra precautions if traveling during Spring Break. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and US Department of State provide country-specific travel guidelines and information. Because this situation is changing rapidly, before you travel, we encourage you to check the websites to find updated guidance for your destinations, as well as for those countries you may travel through on the way to your destinations.

Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

US State Department: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-3-health-advisory-issue.html

As always, the safety of our students, staff and families remains a top priority, and we will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well-being. Anyone who travels during Spring Break should self-monitor their health for two weeks after returning home. During that time, if you feel sick with fever (100.0 degree temperature or higher), cough, and/or difficulty breathing, stay home and contact your health care provider or the local health department. Your doctor or the local health department will provide additional guidance based on an evaluation of symptoms.

Additionally, as is our common practice, all campuses and buses will be deep cleaned during Spring Break. The district will continue to communicate the importance of frequent hand washing, covering a cough or sneeze, not touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth, and staying home when ill.

With the help of all of our families and our staff, we will work to keep our students healthy and safe.

Victoria ISD continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is in regular communication with local health officials, along with following developments through the Texas State Health Department (DSHS) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We will act out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Currently, the Victoria County Public Health Department says the immediate risk in our area remains low.

Families and staff who plan to travel during Spring Break are advised to take extra precautions. Because this situation is changing rapidly, before you travel, we encourage you to check the CDC website to find updated guidance for your destinations as well as for those countries you may travel through on the way to your destinations. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

We will continue to receive information from public health authorities about COVID-19. Based on current information, basic health practices can protect against the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash 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 one’s eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home when sick;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additional information regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus can be found by visiting the CDC website.