Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As we face the many challenges associated with school closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we know that many of you have questions and concerns. View answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below or click here to submit your own questions. We will do our best to address as many questions as possible. Questions and responses will be posted below.
Does SAISD have resources for parents to continue education while children are not in school?
SAISD will be providing information for at-home education to families soon.
Even though the testing requirements for STAAR are waived, will students still be required to complete the exam?
No, students will not be required to complete the STAAR exam and all requirements for the 2019-2020 school year have been waived. Please see the link below for Governor Abbott’s statement: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-waives-staar-testing-requirements
What meal support will be available to students while school is closed? How can parents pick up the meals?
As a District, we are committed to helping our families during this time of closure. San Angelo ISD’s Child Nutrition department will prepare and distribute meals for children ages 18 years or younger at five sites beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 20, 2020. If schools remain closed beyond March 20, we are committed to providing these services until schools reopen. These “grab-and-go” curbside meals can be picked up at the following locations and times.Sites:
Please know that children must be present to receive a meal. Due to federal regulations, we are unable to provide meals for adults at this time. Meals may be picked up at any of the San Angelo ISD schools listed above. Your child does not need to attend one of the listed sites to receive the free meal. Each “grab-and-go” meal will come at no charge, regardless of meal eligibility status.
Parents may drive through the car loop (front of each campus listed) to pick up meals for their children and are advised to stay in their cars. Families that walk to the campus will also be served a “grab-and-go” meal. There will be no areas available to consume food onsite.Serving Times:
Breakfast - 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Lunch - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
The healthy meals provided will include protein, grains, fruit and vegetable. Milk will also be available.
How will SAISD share updates and communication during this time?
We will continue to stay in close communication with the SAISD community and team members by sharing messages with families through Swift K12 email, text messages, social media platforms and our website.
Where can I get answers to my questions about Coronavirus?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is a reliable source for the latest information on the Coronavirus. Please visit: About Coronavirus.
How is SAISD monitoring COVID-19?
The District is monitoring the situation closely alongside the Texas Education Agency, local and state officials, and community health care partners to ensure we respond quickly to their recommendations, guidance and direction. Together, we will share awareness of health and safety precautions and make decisions that will best serve our students, staff and community.
What is SAISD doing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
- San Angelo ISD is working closely with the Texas Education Agency, local and state officials, and community health care partners to prepare for and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
- Our custodial, maintenance and transportation staff is performing extra cleaning of schools, offices, and buses.
- When we return to campuses, students will be asked to wash their hands regularly; good hygiene habits are the most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 according to Public Health and the CDC.
When should my child stay home from school if he/she is sick?
SAISD suggests following CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines.
Who do I contact if I have a concern that a student or I has been exposed?
SAISD suggests following the guidelines concerning exposure given by the CDC. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
How does the district decide when students will return to campus? How far ahead will this be communicated?
This is an evolving situation and SAISD will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC. We will share updates as soon as they are available.
Are all athletics, clubs, and extra-curricular activities canceled?
Yes, from March 16 - March 20, all schools and school activities including athletics, clubs, and extra-curricular activities are cancelled. UIL interscholastic competition is suspended through March 29. This is an evolving situation and SAISD will continue to communicate any changes to families as soon as we can. Continue to check our website for updates on cancelations.
Will schools or the district have to make up lost instructional time because of the closure?
At this time, SAISD has no plans to extend the school year or schedule make-up days and we will proceed with the school year as planned. However, if the situation changes we will communicate the school calendar as soon as decisions are made.
How should families report to SAISD any travel to high exposure areas?
If you recently traveled to an area of high exposure and need to report it, please complete this form. This Google form is simply for collecting data, as our guidance from the Texas Education Agency is to maintain a record keeping system.
Are there any updates for Gifted and Talented testing for SAISD students?
Continued Gifted and Talented testing for SAISD students will be postponed until Summer 2020. Out of district GT testing nominations will be accepted through May 15th and should be emailed to the office of Advanced Academics. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact our Advanced Academics office by phone at 325-947-3700 ext. 726 or email at email@example.com.
Will SAISD graduations be cancelled or postponed?
At this time, SAISD has no plans to cancel or postpone graduation and we will proceed with the school year as planned. However, if the situation changes we will communicate any changes to the school calendar as soon as decisions are made.
Are gluten free meals being offered through the grab-and-go meals program?
Unfortunately, at this time we cannot accommodate gluten-free meal options.
If I do not have internet at home, how can I access the Virtual Learning Platform?
San Angelo ISD is offering free WiFi Access on buses parked throughout San Angelo. Learn more here. We have also compiled a list of companies offering free or reduced price options for internet access.
Where can I learn more about the Virtual Learning Platform?
We have compiled a list of information and helpful resources about the Virtual Learning Platform. You can find this information on our website at www.saisd.org/VLP. Our Curriculum and Instruction Team also provides regular updates on our Virtual Learning Platform via Facebook Live. Join us on our Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:00pm.
What counseling resources are available?
During this unprecedented time in our community, we wanted to make you aware of resources that may be helpful to you or someone you know. We know it’s tough when your child’s routine is changed, especially when it happens unexpectedly. Sometimes that can lead to worry and anxiety or maybe your child has a million questions. As a parent, it can be difficult to know how to provide reassurance and address questions when it seems like there’s still so much that isn’t clear yet. Check out these links to help as you continue to address your child’s needs:
Talking to Children about COVID-19
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Request for SAISD School Counselor or School Nurse - If you would like to speak to an SAISD counselor or nurse, please fill out this document and they will make contact with you.
West Texas Counseling and Guidance - 944-2561 West Texas Counseling and Guidance is currently open and telecounseling with patients. First Consultation is free for SAISD students.
Stay Alert 1-206-406-6485 - As we temporarily move to online learning, please remember that you can still report instances of cyberbullying at “Stay Alert.”
Will the ACT test be rescheduled?
ACT has decided to reschedule the April 4, 2020 National ACT® test date to their June 13 and July 18 test dates in response to concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). ACT will notify registered students directly, informing them of the postponement and providing instructions for next steps.