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COVID-19 Updates

March 23, 2020

Seniors:  Please check your Google Classroom- Class of 2020- Mrs. James has posted Local Scholarship Information

NHS and NJHS Students:  Applications for NHS and NJHS are due when we return to school on Monday, April 6th.  If we do not come back on April 6th, we will make another plan to turn in the applications.


March 22, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

Beginning next week, McMullen County ISD will begin the shift from the traditional classroom delivery of instruction to an on-line delivery model that will allow our students to continue their instruction throughout the duration of our shutdown.  It is our hope that this shutdown is for a short duration, yet we are making plans to ensure that our students do not lose academic ground in the short term or in the long term should the need arise. 

I can assure my students that both the teachers and I at MCISD miss you  and we would much prefer to have you in the building and in our classrooms.  That unfortunately is not our reality. It goes without saying that we are in a time of great uncertainty. The online learning environment is not our preferred method of delivery, but it is the environment that we are currently forced to use.  This online learning environment is going to be a new experience for our students and our teachers. We recognize that there will be a learning curve associated with this new experience. We will also face many unforeseen challenges and problems with this new type of school.  My staff is prepared to approach this new learning environment with grace and understanding.  

I ask my parents and students to also show patience as we navigate this new environment.  Just as an online learning environment is new to our students, it is new to our teachers as well.  I can assure everyone reading this letter that there will be mistakes made along the way. Mistakes will be made by students, teachers, and administration.  Mistakes will not hold us back from achieving a great product, instead they will propel us toward a better product. I ask that all people involved in this new learning endeavour to remain positive and approach this with a team atmosphere.  We are in this together.  

The staff of MCISD have worked diligently in making the shift to an online environment.  They are working to give our students the best opportunities and the best instructional experience that our situation allows.  We have chosen to focus our efforts on programs that our students are already familiar with to ease the transition. These programs will include things like Google Classroom, Study Island, Edmentum, and Class Dojo.

Beginning next week, the school will begin posting lessons online.  Grade level teachers will notify students via email, the Remind App, and other platforms on how to access those lessons.  The majority of lessons will be on Google Classroom, on accounts that students already have. Next week, teachers will have two lessons for the week.  After next week, we will shift to four lessons a week, giving one day for makeup work and to allow students to catch-up on work. Each teacher will have lessons posted online and will also have “office hours” or times when students can go to the Zoom app, and ask questions or receive instruction in real time.  Secondary teachers have worked to develop a schedule that allows for students to log into Zoom twice a week for each of their classes. Elementary teachers will have office hours two times a week as well with early elementary teachers working on a model that allows our PK-2nd grade students to read individually with our teachers so that they may monitor their progress.  

If your child receives special services such as Special Education, Dyslexia, etc., the District will also find ways to deliver services.  Mrs. Schorsch will have specific office hours to assist Special Education and Dyslexic students. Teachers will continue to accommodate work for those students who qualify.  Mrs. Springer will also be monitoring her students to ensure that they are completing their work. All teachers will monitor student progress and will call or email parents if a student is not progressing as they should.  

I know that not all of our parents have internet.  The Google Classroom environment allows for our students to go to an area that has wifi and download the material so that they can watch the lectures and do the assignments off line.  Additionally, internet companies such as VTX and others have deals currently available that will give new customers free service for the next few months. The school is also creating a guest wifi service.  Parents and students will be able to drive to our parking lots and access our wifi without ever getting out of their vehicle.   

For those that do not have computers at home, the district will check out our student assigned iPads and Chromebooks to our students during this time.  Starting Tuesday, the district will arrange for parents and students to come by the school and pickup their student use devices. PK-2nd students will receive iPads and 3rd-12th grade students will receive their Chromebooks.  The order of pickup will be included at the bottom of this letter. When it is your time to pick-up devices and supplies you will simply come to the school and go to your designated areas to pick up your electronic device. Additionally, many of the teachers will have packets of materials to send home with the students.  Secondary students will need to go by their lockers and clean them out. Trash cans will be in the hallway so that they may throw away their trash.

I ask all students and parents to please be respectful of the staff and to each other during this time.  Students should keep their distance from other students as you enter the building. We are also asking that you keep your distance from the staff.  This will be incredibly tough for my staff because I assure you, they want to hug you and interact with you. But in the best interest of everyone’s safety, we need to keep our distance.  I also ask everyone to be very aware and respectful of your allotted time. It’s very important that you are in and out of the school within the 20 minutes you have been allotted so that an unsafe environment is not created.  If you come early or late, we may not be able to facilitate your request for entrance into the building.

Student supplies will be distributed by the student’s last name.  If you have children with different last names, we will not expect you to come up to the school more than once.  Simply plan on picking up your supplies for all of our children when you pick up supplies for your first child.

Lastly, I still have a number of students reaching out to us that they have not received the packets we mailed out last week.  I can assure everyone that each of you had a packet and I do not know why those packets were not delivered. For those who did not receive a packet, please email your teachers and let them know that you did not receive them.  Your teachers will be able to email the papers to you or will simply submit them into Google Classroom for you to complete at your convenience.      

Once again, I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this closure.  Please be advised that new information or developments may alter this plan. Be watching our website to see if this plan gets changed in the next two days.  At the bottom of the page will be the order of pickup for Chromebooks/iPads and general supplies. If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call at (361) 274-2000.  

Sincerely,

Joe Timms

Principal McMullen County ISD


Supply Pick-Up Times

Tuesday, 3-24-2020

 

Student Last Names

 

8:00 -8:20

Last name begins with “A”

 

8:20-8:40

Last name begins with “Ba - Be”

 

8:40 - 9:00

Last name begins with “Bj -Br”

 

9:00 - 9:20

Last name begins with “C”

 

9:20 - 9:40

Last name begins with “D”

 

9:40 - 10:00

Last name begins with “E - F”

 

10:00 - 10:20

Last name begins with “Garcia - Gardner”

 

10:40 - 11:00

Last name begins with “Garris - George”

 

11:00 - 11:20

Last name begins with “Gillett - Guzman”

 

11:20 - 11:40

Last name begins with “H”

 

12:20 - 12:40

Last name begins with “J - K”

 

12:40 - 1:00

Last name begins with “L”

 

1:00 - 1:20

Last name begins with “M’

 

1:20 - 1:40

Last name begins with “N - P”

 

1:40 - 2:00

Last name begins with “Q - Rios”

 

2:00 - 2:20

Last name begins with “Robles - Ruiz”

 

2:20 - 2:40

Last name begins with “Saenz - “Sherrer”

 

2:40 - 3:00

Last name begins with :Shields ‘ Swaim”

 

3:00 - 3:20

Last name begins with “T”

 

3:20 - 3:40

Last name begins with “V:

 

3:40 - 4:00

Last name begins with “W- Z”

 

Printable PDF Schedule


COVID 19 Class Schedule

Printable PDF Schedule


March 20, 2020

McMullen County ISD Families,

 

McMullen County ISD will continue to provide meals to all students during school closure.  Currently, we will be closed for the next 2 weeks and return to school on April 6th. 

 

Please note:

  • If your child receives free or reduced meals under our child nutrition program, both breakfast and lunch will be free or reduced according to where your child currently is, just as if we were in school.
  • If your child pays for meals, both breakfast and lunch will be the same cost as if they were in school. 
  • Please stay current on lunch bill payments so large bills don’t accumulate.
     

Please read carefully below and we ask you diligently follow the steps to order and receive meals:

 

If you are wanting to receive either breakfast or lunch on any day, you will need to send an email to trios@mcisd.us  Monday at 9am, for the week we are closed.  In your email you must include the following: Students name, the days you would like breakfast, and the days you would like lunch.  Again, please include your students order for the entire week in your email and don’t send emails every day!  We need this time to prepare and order food! 

 

  • Pick up time will be from 11:30 to noon each day on Monday-Wednesday.  If you order meals for Thursday and Friday, those will also be delivered on Wednesday from 11:30-noon (these will be sandwiches and a breakfast that can be refrigerated and kept for the next 2 days). 
  • Please note: There will be no breakfast on Monday’s! 
  • Breakfast orders need to be picked up the day before!  Example: if you order a Tuesday breakfast, these need to be picked up on Monday and the same for Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Pick up location will be at the back of the cafeteria near the playground.
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This is a lot of detailed information and if you need clarification, please call Tracie Rios at  (361) 274-2000.  Menu is located on our website at: www.mcisd.us

 

Special Note: Our food service workers will only be preparing and handing out meals Monday-Wednesday, with Wednesday pick-up including meals for Thursday and Friday.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these tough times.  We are all trying to adapt to these unexpected changes as quickly as we can.  We hope by providing an opportunity to receive these meals can help our MCISD families!

 

Sincerely,

Jason Jones

MCISD Superintendent


March 19, 2020

Parents, we are sending this survey out so that our district can make decisions with the most accurate data available. 

Please respond to this survey before 3:00pm today so that this information can be used in our decision making process. 

We are sorry for the short notice but information has been changing hourly.

Survey Link:

https://forms.gle/4eC8rGAY51PVziAX9

 


March 19, 2020

Emergency school board meeting has been called today, 4 pm. 

Agenda items include:
Discuss and consider resolution of the board regarding wage payments during emergency school closure.
Discuss and consider school reopening or continuing school closure due to health concerns to COVID-19.


March 18, 2020

Dear Parents,

I have received several calls today in regards to the work packets the teachers sent out to students on Monday.  Upon investigation, our local postal service sent the packets to San Antonio to be sorted out and distributed. This extra step delayed the delivery of the packages.  I expect the packets of work to be delivered this week, if not today then on Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope this will not be an issue that we have to face in the future.

As far as due dates, the original due date for the packets will be when the students return to school. Because of the delay, the teachers will work with students and will not punish them if all the work is not completed by that time.  The purpose of the work sent home this week was to review prior learning and to engage the students’ brains.  

While the delivery date is not what we wanted or expected, the intent of the work as a vehicle for review and engagement remains valid.  In addition to working on the packets, I highly encourage all parents to set up routines in your house that allow for school work, reading, and exercise to be done while we face our current situation.  Students need structure to thrive. In the packets I sent home, I included a sample schedule for you to consider when designing your day.  

It is my intent and the intent of our district that our students will continue to thrive no matter what obstacles may be thrown in our way.  With close collaboration between home and school, I feel that we can do this to the best interest of our children. Once again, I would continue to emphasize to all parents to continue to check the district’s website, www.mcisd.us, for all the newest information from the district related to the Covid-19 virus and for actions taken by the school.

In Education,

Joe Timms

Principal McMullen County ISD


March 14, 2020

McMullen County ISD Families,

MCISD will be offering meals to students who qualify for our free and reduced child nutrition program next week March 17-20. 

Meals and grab bags will be available for pick-up Tuesday March 17th from 11am to noon at the back of the MCISD cafeteria.  There will be at least 5 meals and a snack pack provided to each student that qualifies. 

If you are interested please email me at jjones@mcisd.us by noon Sunday March 15th.  Your response will allow us ample time to prepare and provide this service. 

Also, if you need clarification or have questions regarding this service please email those as well.

Special thank you to those who have volunteered to help and to our County Officials for offering their services!

 

Sincerely,

Jason Jones

Superintendent

McMullen County ISD


March 13, 2020

McMullen County ISD Families,

In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, McMullen County ISD will be shutting its doors from March 16th-20th but not to learning!  Our staff will meet Monday morning to implement a plan of action that will help continue our educational process.  Our goal will be to provide educational support to each student throughout this unscheduled school closure.

The initial phase will consist of mailing out review homework packets to each student on Monday.  Details will be in each packet that will discuss work due dates and student responsibilities according to your child’s teacher. If school closure must continue beyond next week, we will look at a phase 2 option that will allow us to keep our students moving forward in the educational process.  Parents/Guardians please support our teachers in effort to keep learning a priority and hold them accountable to complete each assignment that has been prepared.

Also, all extracurricular activities and athletic events are suspended through March 29th unless new information arises that enables us to lift this suspension sooner.

We will also take this week to further clean the school and buses, as well as resupply needed cleaning products and nursing supplies.

Virus Information:

The coronavirus 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.

I take very seriously student, staff, and community safety but realize the burden it may cause to working families with school-aged children.  For this inconvenience, I do apologize and hope you understand our decision to close school. We will continue to work closely with state agencies to ensure we have the best facts regarding health concerns, so we may make the best decisions.  

We will do our best to keep everyone informed and will post any new updates to our website:

www.mcisd.us

 

If questions arise, please contact me by email at:

jjones@mcisd.us

 

Sincerely,

Jason Jones

Superintendent

McMullen County ISD