District's COVID Case Count (as of 11/12/2020)
DeLeon Elementary School Temporarily Transitioned to Remote Learning
All other schools will continue to attend class on campus at this time.
Our team worked very hard last spring and summer to enhance our online teaching and learning strategies in preparation for future remote learning opportunities for our students. Devices and hotspots will be available for all students to have continued access to technology and the internet. Victoria ISD will have three sites for parents to utilize for drive-up meal pick up while students are learning remotely: Crain, Chandler, and O’Connor.
As more COVID-19 cases are being confirmed across the state, please remain vigilant. Monitor yourself and your family for symptoms of COVID-19.
Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.
Our students' and staffs' safety and health remain the district's primary responsibility. We understand this sudden transition will be inconvenient and your child will miss being in school; however, we greatly appreciate your families' flexibility, patience, and support. We are optimistic that the following mitigation protocols will help increase students' probability of having a safe and productive school year.
Breakdown of District's COVID-Related Expenses (as of 10/09/20)
Change of Instructional Setting Deadline: October 2
The deadline for requesting a change from remote learning to face-to-face learning OR from face-to-face learning to remote learning for the second nine-week grading period is Friday, October 2nd. Requests must be received by October 2nd to allow time for scheduling and staffing changes needed to accommodate requests.
Changes in instructional setting requested by Friday, October 2nd will begin on Monday, October 19th. VISD is also accepting transfer requests to support remote learners from other districts. Families interested in transferring into VISD for remote learning should contact the VISD Student Services department at (361)788-9250.
Welcome Back to Campus!
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)
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.
It is recommended that each student have an extra mask in their backpack
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)
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
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
Parents may not gather at the school entrances to meet their child
Classrooms are Ready for Students to Return
How was the start of remote learning and what can VISD do to improve together?
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:
August 5, 2020 Update - Letter from the Superintendent to VISD staff and parents/students:
April 18, 2020 Update
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.
April 17, 2020 Update
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.
April 1, 2020 Update
March 19, 2020
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:
Our Special Services team will be working with campuses to support the needs of all students.
March 17, 2020
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:
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.
March 13, 2020 Update
March 12, 2020
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
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.
March 3, 2020
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:
Additional information regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus can be found by visiting the CDC website.
February 28, 2020 - Message from Superintendent