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Updates

Salado ISD continues to closely monitor the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 through communication with the Bell County Public Health District, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the office of the Governor of Texas, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  As we receive additional information, we will share it to this page.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 8:22 AM

A lot of high school students and their parents have told us that they would still like to have prom this year, if possible.  We also conducted a survey regarding graduation with all of our seniors and their parents.  Of the 189 that responded, 165 of them (87.3%) said they prefer a live graduation, even if it’s later in the year.  24 of them (12.7%) said they prefer a virtual graduation.

Based on that feedback, we have developed the following four plans regarding prom and graduation:

Plan 1 – Prom on June 20, graduation the weekend of June 27

Plan 2 – Prom on July 11, graduation the weekend of July 18

Plan 3 – Prom on August 1, graduation the weekend of August 8

Plan 4 – Cancel prom, virtual graduation ceremony

Which of these plans we are able to implement will depend on the guidance and directives during the upcoming weeks from our federal, state, and county governments.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – 1:00 PM

Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, April 22), student curb side lunch pick up will now be from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 pm. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

 

Friday, April 17, 2030 - 4:38

 

Dear Parents:

 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott just announced all of Texas schools will remain closed through the remainder of the school year.  The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has also canceled all UIL activities for the remainder of the school year.

While this situation is very unfortunate, the safety of our students, employees, and community are our top priority.

 

Our teachers will continue to provide daily instructional activities for all of our students through Wednesday, May 27.  We know it is not easy for all of our students to complete all of these instructional activities without face to face lessons.  We are just asking that students do their best and we have revised our grading policies for the remainder of the school year so these grades will not have any negative impact on students’ grade promotion, credits, grade point average, or class rank.  Students will be promoted to the next grade level or earn high school credit as long as their grades met the criteria to promote to the next grade or earn credit prior to the school closure.

 

We will continue to provide free lunch pick up and non-perishable food pick up for our students.

 

In the next week or two, we will share tentative plans regarding the rescheduling of some student activities like graduation and prom.  We will also work on a plan to allow for students to safely pick up any belongings and return any school textbooks, Chromebooks, and/or wifi hotspots.

 

We will also provide optional summer learning activities to students to help prevent any regression due to this school closure.  We are also considering an optional extended school year option for elementary school (pre-K through 5th grade) students next summer (2021).

 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions regarding this information or if I can ever be of assistance to you or your family.

 

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

 

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 2:42 PM

 

Pre-K/Kindergarten Round Up has been postponed. The event will not take place in April as was previously planned. We will share information once we have determined how and when registration will take place!

 

Thank you for being patient with us as we change our "normal". If you have any questions feel free to message us here or email our administrators. 

 

Principal - katie.mullins@saladoisd.org

Assistant Principal - lacey.cruddas@saladoisd.org

Assistant Principal - sarah.norman@saladoisd.org

 

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 1:28 PM

 

Eagles, we are so sad that we won’t be back on campus to close out the 2019-2020 school year with you! We miss you and we at least wanted the chance to see you and hug you before the summer begins. 

 

We know you have LOTS of questions about what happens next. Please be patient with us as we wait for more info from the state. We are still working on prom and graduation. We expect guidance on these topics from the commissioner shortly. We will update you on our plans as soon as we can. We know these milestones are important and we’re working hard on ways to recognize and celebrate with our students.

 

We know you may have left items on campus that you would like to retrieve. We’re also working on a plan for you to do this safely and efficiently. We will communicate this process to you as soon as we can. Until then, please do not come to the school to get your things. We want to make sure that you are safe and healthy. We will let you know how and when you can retrieve your items very soon.

 

Finally, while this is not the spring semester our seniors had in mind, we hope they know that we love them and support them, even from afar. We recognize the tremendous sacrifice they are making to help keep our community safe. We are so proud of them and we hope to have the opportunity to celebrate with them very soon!

 

Beth Aycock

Principal

Salado High School

 

Monday, April 13,  2020 – 8:30 AM

Lunch pickup will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week at the intermediate campus (TAE 2).  Students can get two lunches on Monday, two lunches on Wednesday, and one lunch on Friday.

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 12:39 PM

Dear Students, Parents, and Employees:

I hope you are staying healthy and safe.

The attached letter includes updated information regarding our school closure.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this information.  Thank you.

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

School Closure Upate 4.7.20

 

Saturday, April 4,  2020 – 5:14 PM

.The following message is from school nurse Ashley Arisco-Faglie:

I will be at my clinic on Monday, April 6, at 10:00 a.m. until around 1:00 p.m.  If there is a medication, inhaler, epi pen, or something in my clinic that you need, please e-mail me to schedule a time to pick up.  I hope everyone is staying safe and washing their hands.  I miss my students.

Thank you!

Ashley Arisco-Faglie, RN, BSN

Salado ISD

254-947-6944

Ext. 2030

ashley.faglie@saladoisd.org

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Salado ISD Student Lunch Curb Side Pick Up/Salado ISD Solicitud de Lonche Gratis

Free hot lunch will be served to Salado ISD students every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday except April 10th (school holiday) until school returns to regular schedule. Monday and Wednesday pick up will include a cold lunch for Tuesday and Thursday. Curbside pick-up will take place between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the bus loop of Thomas Arnold Elementary located on Thomas Arnold Road.

* NOTE: Only one meal per student and the student must be present at the time of pick up to receive the free lunch.

If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Hodges, Salado ISD Child Nutrition Director, at brenda.hodges@saladoisd.org or (254) 974-6987.

Se servirá comida da gratis a los estudiantes de Salado ISD todos los lunas, miércoles, y viernas excepto el 10 de abril (vacaciones escolares) hasta que la escuela regrese a su horario regular. La comida de lunes u miércoles incluirá una comida para martes y jueves. Abra auto servicio, y lo podran recoger de 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. en la entrada principal de Thomas Arnold Elementary, Salado School Road.

* NOTA: Solo una comida por estudiante y el estudiante debe estar presente al momento de recoger para recibir lonche gratis.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Brenda Hodges, Directora de Nutrición Infantil de Salado ISD, en brenda.hodges@saladoisd.org o (254) 974-6987.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 11:02 AM

Dear Parents:

Though we are apart right now for our health and safety, we continue to support each other as a community, and right now we must work together to fight COVID-19.  In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will be reaching out to you via email, phone, text message, and social media over the next two weeks to share vitally important guidance.

This guidance is based on what scientists know about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is our hope that you will continue doing all you can to follow these practices and share them with your friends and family.

Thank you for what you are doing to educate your children at home and all the efforts you’re making to keep your family healthy and safe.  We know this is a difficult time.  If we stand apart as a community during this stretch and continue following the public health practices we will be sharing over the coming days, we will be back together soon.

Stay well!

View in English:

https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/stay-well-texas

Ver en español:

https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/mantente-bien-tejas

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

Apart We Stand Together

Estando Separados Todos Nos Unimos

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 2:18 PM

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended the statewide closure of schools until Monday, May 4.

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 8:50 AM

Here is another resource for food for any families in need:

Love of Christ Food Pantry

2000 Airport Road

Temple, Texas 76504

Distribution Hours:

Wednesdays: 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Thursdays: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

https://locfoodpantry.org/about-us/

 

 

Monday, March 30, 2020 – 11:55 AM

Update on Free Lunch Pickup and Non-Perishable Food Pickup and Donations

We continue to offer a free lunch pick up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the intermediate/TAE-2 building.  On Mondays we give out two lunches – one for Monday and one for Tuesday.  On Wednesdays we also give out two lunches – one for Wednesday and one for Thursday.

We will have another non-perishable food pickup on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the intermediate/TAE-2 building.

We are accepting financial donations so we can continue to offer the non-perishable food pickup on Thursday nights.  Donated funds will be used to purchase non-perishable food through our food service supplier.  You can donate three ways:

  • A check payable to “Salado ISD” and mailed to Salado ISD, P.O. Box 98, Salado, TX 76571.
  • Online with a credit card at our online store:

https://www.saladoisd.org/online_store

Click on “Lunch Buddy Donation” and then select how much you want to donate (increments of $5, from $5 to $150).  Anyone wanting to donate more than $150 will need to make multiple donations.  There is a credit card fee of $2 or 3%, whichever, is greater.

  • Donate funds from your child’s lunch account by sending me an e-mail with your child’s name, lunch account number, and the amount you would like to donate.

 

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – 10:50 AM

We have been providing lunches to students and non-perishable food to families in need.  We are reimbursed by the state for providing the lunches.  However, we do not receive any funding to provide the non-perishable food.  That food was provided by a local food drive and our supply was exhausted during the pickup on Thursday night.

Anyone willing and able to help us continue to provide this service to families in need is welcome to donate to this effort.  Checks can be made out to “Salado ISD” and mailed to Salado ISD, P.O. Box 98, Salado, TX 76571.  Or you can donate with a credit card at our online store:

https://www.saladoisd.org/online_store

Click on “Lunch Buddy Donation” and then select how much you want to donate (increments of $5, from $5 to $150).  Anyone wanting to donate more than $150 will need to make multiple donations.  There is a credit card fee of $2 or 3%, whichever, is greater.

We will order the food through our food service suppliers to get the best possible price.  Thank you.

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Bell County Judge David Blackburn extended the county's stay-at-home order until 11:59 a.m. on April 6 and has clarified what is considered an essential business.

Bell County also reminded residents of their COVID-19 phone bank hotline 254-933-5203.

Bell County Directive #4

 

Friday, March 27, 2020 – 8:42 AM

We have been providing lunches to students and non-perishable food to families in need.  We are reimbursed by the state for providing the lunches.  However, we do not receive any funding to provide the non-perishable food.  That food was provided by a local food drive and our supply was exhausted during the pickup last night.

Anyone willing and able to help us continue to provide this service to families in need is welcome to send us a donation.  Checks can be made out to “Salado ISD” and mailed to Salado ISD, P.O. Box 98, Salado, TX 76571.  We will order the food through our food service suppliers to get the best possible price.  Thank you.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 5:05 PM

March 25 Update Regarding Our School Closure

Dear Salado ISD Parents and Employees,

Even though school is closed, our school district employees are working hard every day to provide the services needed to support our families including meals for students, technology tools for students who do not have access to them at home and learning opportunities for our students that will allow them to continue to learn and grow.  We also recognize that what we are all experiencing is unprecedented in our nation’s history and we want you to know that while school is important to all of us, what we truly value most and want you to be able to focus on is your family and their safety.  During this time we know you have many questions including questions about school.  We hope the following information will help answer some of the questions you may have.  Please know that as we receive additional information from the federal, state and local governments including the Bell County Public Health District and the CDC we will notify our Salado ISD community of any changes to our plans as soon as possible.

All Texas schools are closed through April 3 due to an executive order issued by Governor Greg Abbott.  We are waiting to see if Governor Abbott will extend the mandated school closure or if he will turn that decision over to the school districts and as soon as we know we will inform our SISD community.

If the school closure continues to be extended we will work with our school board to make the necessary adjustments to our grading and GPA policies to insure that students are not harmed due to the school closure.

Our teachers have done an amazing job preparing both digital and paper based activities for our students so that they can continue to learn at home.  Parents and students should be receiving e-mails from both their teachers and campus principals each week with directions on how to access these resources.  You can also go to the Salado ISD webpage, https://www.saladoisd.org/ and click on the link on the main page titled Salado ISD Lesson Plans.  You can then click on High School, Jr. High School or English or Espanol according to the grade level under Elementary and it will take you to the lesson plan page for your grade level or subject area. Many of our teachers have also created Google Classrooms and have sent information to parents and students to help them access these pages.

At this time, we are still planning on having prom, graduation and project graduation.  Prom has been moved to May 15 at the Temple Cultural Center.  Graduation is still scheduled for May 27 and Project Graduation will follow that evening.  We will continue to make adjustments depending on future decisions regarding school closures and shelter in place directives and will notify you as soon as possible of any changes to these plans.

All STAAR and End of Course (EOC) assessments have been waived for the 2019-2020 school year.  Seniors who have not completed all of their EOC requirements will be able to meet their state assessment requirements through the Individual Graduation Committee process.  In addition, if a student is not graduating and is currently enrolled in an EOC course, the EOC passing requirement will be waived if the student receives credit for that course. Please see the attached document titled Assessment Guidance TEA March 20 2020 for specific information regarding the STAAR / EOC waiver and EOC scenarios.

The UIL has suspended all activities including games, competitions, practices and workouts through May 3.  The UIL has also directed that all athletic facilities should remain closed until further notice for both non-school and school activities.  Because of this directive, our track and all other athletic facilities are closed until the UIL lifts this restriction. As soon as we receive additional information from the UIL we will share it with you.

Free hot lunches will be served to Salado ISD students every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until school returns to regular schedule. Monday and Wednesday pick up will include a cold lunch for Tuesday and Thursday. Curbside pick-up will take place between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the bus loop of Thomas Arnold Elementary located on Thomas Arnold Road.

* NOTE: Only one meal per student.

If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Hodges, Salado ISD Child Nutrition Director, at brenda.hodges@saladoisd.org or (254) 947-6987.

On Monday, March 23 we handed out 65 chromebooks and 21 wifi hotspots to families who responded to our survey regarding the need for these devices for digital access at home.  We have ordered additional wifi hotspots and hope to have them delivered by the end of this week and at that time we will communicate the plan to distribute them to other families who have notified us of the need for one.  We will also be distributing additional chromebooks Thursday, March 26 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the intermediate building (TAE 2).

Our school board election has been rescheduled from Saturday, May 2, to Tuesday, November 3. Texas Governor Greg Abbott rescheduled the primary runoff elections from Tuesday, May 26, to Tuesday, July 14. Governor Abbott also issued a proclamation authorizing all political subdivisions holding general or special elections on May 2, 2020 to postpone their election to the November 3, 2020 uniform election date. Governor Abbott said, “I strongly encourage local election officials to take advantage of these waivers and postpone their elections until November. Right now, the state’s focus is responding to COVID-19 – including social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. By delaying this election, our local election officials can assist in that effort.”  To help insure the health and safety of our voters and our election workers, our school board members unanimously voted to reschedule our school board election to Tuesday, November 3.

We are still here to serve our students and families.  You are welcome to contact any of our employees via e-mail and voicemail.  I am still working full-time in my office and you are welcome to contact me anytime via e-mail at michael.novotny@saladoisd.org or via phone at 254-947-6905 if you have any questions regarding our school closure or if I can ever be of assistance to you or your family.  I hope and pray that our community, nation, and world overcome this crisis sooner than later and that you and your family stay well.

Sincerely,

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 10:29 AM

We are going to check out more Chromebooks tomorrow (Thursday, March 26) between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the intermediate/TAE 2 building.  Any families that do not have a computer or tablet at home are welcome to stop by and check one out to use during our school closure.

We ran out of Wifi hotspots and we have ordered more of them.

Those of you coming to pick up a Chromebook can park in the big parking lot on the south side of the building off of Thomas Arnold Road and then enter through the southwest door by the intermediate gym.

We are going to limit the number of people that can be in the building at the same time.

The Chromebooks will be checked out on the stage in the cafeteria.

You can then walk around past the office and exit the southeast door back to the large parking lot.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this information.  Thank you.

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 9:53 AM

This is just a reminder that we are offering a free lunch pick up today (Wednesday, March 25) from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

You can just drive through the large loop on the south side of the intermediate/TAE 2 building off of Thomas Arnold Road.

Bell County’s Shelter in Place order does not impact this free lunch pick up because providing food is one of the essential services that is exempted.

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 8:40 AM

Starting today, Bell County will operate a COVID-19 phone bank to help better answer questions within the community. The phone bank will be staffed from 9AM-5PM Monday through Friday. Calls received after hours and weekends will roll to 2-1-1. The number for the phone bank is 254-933-5803. In addition, Bell County is regularly updating a FAQ page on its website (https://www.bellcountytx.com/faq_s_-_frequently_asked_questions.php).

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 9:07 AM

We will have another non-perishable food pickup for families in need this Thursday, March 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

It will be a “drive through” so families do not need to go inside the building.  You can just drive through the large circle drive on the south side of the intermediate building/TAE 2 (off of Thomas Arnold Road).  An employee will be there to hand you the food through your car window so you don’t even need to get out of your car.

 

Monday, March 23, 2020 – 4:00 PM

Bell County Judge David Blackburn Issues Shelter in Place Order for Bell County

The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, this Order requires all individuals anywhere in Bell County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home - except for certain essentials activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. This Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020 and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below. This Directive may be extended if circumstances warrant such.

Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020:
(a) All individuals currently living within Bell County are hereby ordered to shelter at their place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extend individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All person may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as further defined in this Directive.

See attachment for full order.

Bell County Directive 3 – March 23, 2020

Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure

 

Monday, March 23, 2020 – 12:17 PM

We are going to check out the Chromebooks and Wifi hotspots tonight (Monday, March 23) between 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the intermediate/TAE 2 building.

We should have enough Chromebooks for everyone that requested one.

However, we do not have enough Wifi hotspots for everyone that requested one so we will only be issuing those to the families that received a confirmation e-mail from me.  We have ordered more Wifi hotspots and they will hopefully be arriving by the end of this week.

Those of you coming to pick up a Chromebook and/or a Wifi hotspot (if you received a confirmation e-mail from me that we have a Wifi hotspot available for you) can park in the big parking lot on the south side of the building and then enter through the southwest door by the intermediate gym.

We are going to limit the number of people that can be in the building at the same time.

The Wifi hotspots will be checked out on the stage in the cafeteria.

You can then walk around past the office and exit the southeast door back to the large parking lot.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this information.  Thank you.

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

 

Friday, March 20, 2020 – 4:55 PM

Salado ISD Student Lunch Curb Side Pick Up Request

In order to help the Salado community during this trying time, free lunch will be served to Salado ISD students. Curb side pick up will take place between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the front entrance loop of Thomas Arnold Elementary located on Salado School Road on the following dates: 

- Monday        March 23

- Wednesday  March 25

- Friday            March 27

* NOTE: Only one meal per student and the student must be present at the time of pick up to receive the free lunch.

Please complete the following online RSVP if you are going to participate so our employees know how many lunches to prepare: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-6GLoSNt8N1tBK3s7TdCfLXZNaUlCJec8_MO6y81FRmHwbw/viewform

If  you have any questions, please contact Brenda Hodges, Salado ISD Child Nutrition Director, at brenda.hodges@saladoisd.org or (254) 974-6987.

Salado ISD Solicitud de Lonche Gratis

Para ayudar a la Salado comunidad durante este tiempo de prueba, estara proveyendo comida para los estudiantes de Salado ISD. Abra auto servicio, y lo podran recoger de 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. en la entrada principal de Thomas Arnold Elementary, Salado School Road en las siguientes fechas:

- Lunes 23 de Marzo

- Miércoles 25 de Marzo

- Viernes 27 de Marzo

* NOTA: Solo una comida por estudiante y el estudiante debe estar presente al momento de recoger para recibir el lonche gratis.

Complete el siguiente RSVP en línea si va a participar para que nuestros empleados sepan cuántos almuerzos preparar: https://forms.gle/T7KkfngcX7Xobjw77

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Brenda Hodges, Directora de Nutrición Infantil de Salado ISD, en brenda.hodges@saladoisd.org o (254) 974-6987.

 

Friday, March 20, 2020 – 4:55 PM

Bell County has added a phone number for the public to call with question about COVID-19 and the Local Disaster Declaration for Public Health Emergency. Beginning on Saturday, March, 21, the call center will be open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reach a representative dial 211.

In addition, the Bell County website will now include a COVID-19 Disaster Declaration Frequently Asked Questions page. The page will be added before close of business today. To access the page visit https://www.bellcountytx.com/.

Please see attachment for Directive #2 issued today by Judge David Blackburn. This directive supersedes Directive #1, issued on March 18. The new directive update’s Bell County’s Disaster Declaration so that it is consistent with the Executive Order issued by Gov. Greg Abbot on March 19.

Bell County Directive #2 3.20.20

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 3:39 PM

Clarification Regarding Food Pickup Tonight

The non-perishable food pickup tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. will be a “drive through” so families do not need to go inside the building.  You can just drive through the large circle drive on the south side of the intermediate building/TAE 2 (off of Thomas Arnold Road).  An employee will be there to hand you the food through your car window so you don’t even need to get out of your car.

Starting next week we are also planning to provide school lunches (for pick up) three days per week.  I will provide more details regarding that in the next few days.

Please let me know if there is anything else we can do to support you and your family.  Thank you.

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 12:52 PM

Dear Salado ISD Parents and Employees:

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) just announced that all UIL games and contests are canceled through Sunday, May 3.

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 12:44 PM

Dear Salado ISD Parents and Employees:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott just announced that he is closing schools statewide through Friday, April 3.  I will continue to provide you with updates as they are available.

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders In Accordance With Federal Guidelines To Mitigate Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 12:43 PM

Letter from UIL Deputy Director Jamey Harrison to Superintendents

Link to UIL Webpage

Superintendents,

First, thank you for your leadership in helping to keep our students and our communities as safe as possible during this unprecedented crisis. We are awed by the incredible work happening across this great state in response to this ever changing environment.

While the immediate future is unclear, we will continue to develop contingency plans and prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures.Please know that we realize you are looking for clarity in this uncertain time. Unfortunately, we simply do not have enough information at this moment to provide you with a detailed plan for moving forward with UIL activities. As soon as we have more information on when schools will resume operations, we will quickly respond with a detailed plan for resuming UIL competitions. At this point, we are committed to completing all of our competitive seasons that have not yet been completed. 

We have previously communicated that all UIL activities are suspended until March 30th. Given information related to school closures available at this time, we are extending that timeframe. UIL games and contests will resume no earlier than Monday, May 4th. Prior to that date, to allow students and schools to reenter competition, UIL will provide a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur, consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials. We will reevaluate the beginning dates for practices and rehearsals as we receive more information about schools resuming.

We will be providing more guidance on district and post-season date adjustments related to this extension in the coming days. We will be as flexible as possible to help you complete district competitions and provide your students with all of the benefits that come from competition. Please do not begin to make plans for district competition prior to receiving this additional information.

We will continue to closely monitor developments as they occur. Should further adjustments be required, we will develop new plans and communicate them to you as quickly as we can.

UIL staff is here to support you in any way we can. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you have. You can reach me directly at jharrison@uiltexas.org or on my cell at (409) 658-9028.

Again, thank you for your leadership and for your patience. We look forward to working with you to find solutions and possibilities as we work through this unprecedented situation.

Sincerely,

Jamey Harrison, EdD

UIL Deputy Director

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 2:13 PM

Bell County declares local state of disaster; orders dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms to close

BELL COUNTY, TX — Bell County has declared a local state of disaster in response to COVID-19.

Bell County will close all bars, dine-in restaurants and gyms to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The order will go into effect at midnight.

All gatherings of indoor or outdoor meetings of more than 50 people at the same time are prohibited. In addition, restaurants may only provide takeout or delivery services. Bars are ordered closed. Indoor recreation facilities are ordered closed.

The City urges residents to cancel or to avoid non-essential events involving more than 10 people.

They also urge high risk individuals to cancel, reschedule and to avoid non-essential events of any size.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 2:00 PM

Dear Salado ISD Parents and Employees:

Please see the attached letter for an update regarding our school closure.

Letter Regarding School District Closure March 23 – March 27, 2020

Also, be aware of the following two updates:

       We will distribute non-perishable food to families in need tomorrow (Thursday, March 19) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the intermediate building (TAE 2).

       Our teachers will continue to provide learning activities for students during the closure.  Please know that at this point, those learning activities are not going to be counted for grading purposes and will therefore not impact grade point averages.

For those of you that are not able to open the attachment, here is a copy of the attached letter:

March 18, 2020

Dear Salado ISD Parents and Employees:

Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, Salado ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, March 27, in an effort to support our nation’s need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.  Our health officials report that cases are continuing to spread in the state, and an increase in confirmed cases in our county seems likely.  Suspending operations for this length of time will allow us to determine, in coordination with local health officials, whether the virus is continuing to have community spread or whether it has been contained.  We are coordinating with other school districts in the county and will use the week of March 23 to make any decisions on whether there is a need to extend the suspension further.  In order to help you prepare, we will decide by Wednesday, March 25, whether or not there is a need to continue the suspension at that time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol.  We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness:

•             Don’t shake hands.

•             Wash your hands regularly.

•             Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded placed and maintaining 3 to 6 feet of  distance between people (at least an arm’s length).

•             If you are moving around in the community, don’t congregate in large groups.

•             For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases – both inside and outside of the country – we ask that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Students who have traveled should plan to stay home for two weeks after arriving home. Please contact your campus to let them know, and this will be considered an excused absence.

•             If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice.

•             Keep your child at home if he/she feels ill, even if you think it is just a cold.

•             Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care.

This is a quickly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information, will assess conditions throughout the week, and will provide the next update by Wednesday, March 25, via our website and email.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of the community in Salado ISD stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 7:00 AM

Salado ISD will make a decision by this Thursday, March 19 regarding whether or not we are going to re-open our schools on Monday, March 23.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 6:50 AM

Notice of Athletic Facility Closures for All Non-School and School Activities

In addition to the previous directives from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) regarding the cancelation of competitions and practices, the UIL is now directing all athletic facilities in all school districts in the state to be closed to both non-school and school activities through March 29.

 

Monday, March 16, 2020 – 2:31 PM

Letter from UIL Director of Athletics Susan Elza to Athletic Directors and Coaches

Link to UIL Webpage

Athletic Directors and Coaches,

Thank you for your patience as we work to navigate this ever-changing and unprecedented situation. As the situation stands, all UIL contests are suspended through March 29 due to COVID-19. As new information is released, we will continue to make informed decisions and provide amended plans as we have them.

We have received several questions concerning practices and spring football. At this time all practices and workouts conducted outside the school day, as well as spring football, are postponed until March 29.  During this time, a school shall not conduct practices or use school facilities or equipment. This means that no practices or workouts outside the school day can be conducted during the time period of March 16 through March 29.  School practices include open gyms, open facilities, and open weight rooms. All athletic facilities should remain closed until further notice for both non-school and school activities.

 In the case that spring football is canceled altogether, football workouts would resume on August 3rd and teams would be able to add an additional scrimmage.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, please look for future correspondence from UIL. If you have any questions, please email athletics@uiltexas.org or contact a UIL athletic staff member.

Thank you,

Susan Elza, Ed.D.

UIL Director of Athletics

 

Monday, March 16, 2020 – 11:00 AM

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Announces Cancellation of STAAR Test for 2020

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has canceled the state's requirement for high-stakes standardized testing as public schools face the prospect of long-term closures to combat the coronavirus.

Abbott's Monday morning announcement said he's also asking the federal government to waive its education testing requirements for the school year.

The state's teacher's union had urged the state to exactly that. 

“We don’t know how critical this health emergency will become in Texas, how many families will be affected and how long some schools may have to keep their doors closed to protect their students, employees and local communities. Educators, students and their families should be focused on dealing with these critical health issues and shouldn’t have to try to cope with the additional stress of STAAR testing,” Texas State Teacher's Association President Noel Candelaria said in a news release.

 The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, also known as STAAR, is the state-mandated test given annually to students from elementary through high school. Several state lawmakers and education groups had urged Abbott to cancel this year's tests.

Abbott said he's also working with Texas education officials on ways to keep teaching students while they are out or schools are closed to ensure they will be ready for he next grade level.

Governor Abbott Waives STAAR Testing Requirements

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 3:22 PM

Dear Parents and Employees:

I hope all of you are doing well.

The following is some information related to our school closure this week (March 16-20).

1. Our teachers will be communicating some learning activities for students to do at home.  They will be sending this information out via e-mail, website, and/or smart phone apps.  We will send the information via U.S. Mail to those families without computer and/or internet access.  These activities will not be for a grade, but they will help enable students to continue learning during this week.  This will also allow us to avoid having to add five more days of school and have the school year go into June.

2. We will not be serving breakfast or lunch this week in the cafeteria.  However, we have non-perishable food available for families that qualify for free or reduced price meals.  Our Communities in Schools caseworker, Jessica Halfmann, will be available tomorrow (Monday) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the intermediate school building (TAE 2) for families to stop by and pick up food.

3. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has canceled all academic, athletic, and fine arts competitions for two weeks, starting tomorrow.

4. All school activities and practices are canceled for this week (March 16-20).

5. We are hoping to reschedule high school prom for later in the spring.

6. We will continue to monitor this situation and then later this week we will determine whether or not we will reopen our schools on Monday, March 23.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this information or if I can be of further assistance.  Thank you.

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

 

Friday, March 13, 2020 – 6:22 PM

Dear Salado ISD Parents and Employees:

Due to the latest announcements regarding the spread of COVID-19 in our county, Salado ISD will be extending spring break by one week. Schools will remain closed Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, as we continue to assess the situation. This closure also applies to all after-school care, extended day programs, field trips, extra-curricular and district-sponsored events, including our high school prom.

This was not an easy decision to make due to the potential impact it will have on our families, but the safety of our students and our staff is our highest priority. Further, this helps protect our greater community, which includes those that are most vulnerable to the virus.

Salado ISD has made this decision in conjunction with other local entities and with direction from the Bell County and State Health Departments. Salado ISD will continue to consult with local public health officials, monitor the situation daily and will provide timely updates to our families and staff.

At this time, we intend on returning to our regular schedules starting Monday, March 23. This is a fluid situation, so any changes to the regular schedule will be communicated in a timely and appropriate manner. In the meantime, we encourage you and your family to take precautions such as frequent hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and avoiding touching your face, eyes, and mouth.

If you have concerns that you have been exposed to the virus, or if you have any symptoms, you should contact your personal health care provider. Further, if your student or a family member tests positive for the virus, please contact me immediately at michael.novotny@saladoisd.org or 254-947-6905.

If you are a Salado ISD employee and you test positive for the virus, please contact me immediately at michael.novotny@saladoisd.org or 254-947-6905.

The safety and well-being of our district community is our utmost concern. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this information.

Sincerely,

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

Extended Spring Break Notification to Parents and Staff March 16-20

 

Friday, March 13, 2020 – 3:03 PM

TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES, THE UNIVERSITY INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE IS SUSPENDING ALL UIL SANCTIONED CONTESTS DUE TO THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) IN TEXAS. EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, ALL UIL INTERSCHOLASTIC COMPETITION IS SUSPENDED THROUGH MARCH 29.

Link to UIL Webpage

 

Friday, March 13, 2020 – 11:18 AM

Dear Salado ISD Parents and Employees:

We have been monitoring the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation very closely on a daily basis these past few weeks. We continue to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services, Bell County Public Health District, and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

This morning the Bell County Public Health District announced its first presumptive case of coronavirus. The individual is a 29 year-old man in Belton. An adult male that lives within our school district that was also tested for coronavirus and is awaiting the results.

The Texas Commissioner of Education is having daily conference calls with all school superintendents in Texas on a daily basis. The Bell County school superintendents are also communicating very closely regarding this situation.

We will make a decision in the next 48 hours whether or not we will have school this coming week. We take these decisions very seriously given that they can affect both the health and education of our students, employees, and community, along with challenges for working parents of arranging finding childcare. I recommend families develop a plan for childcare now in case we cancel school.

I am also attaching two documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please contact me anytime you have any questions regarding this or if I can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

Michael Novotny

Superintendent

Salado ISD

Confirmation of First Case of COVID-19 Notification to Parents and Staff

COVID-19 Flyer

What to Do If You Are Sick With the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

 

Helpful Links

 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

COVID-19 Flyer

Workplace, School and Home Guidance

What to Do If You Are Sick With the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Considerations for School Closure – CDC

Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Texas Health and Human Services

Bell County Public Health District

University Interscholastic League (UIL)

US Department of Education – COVID-19