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FAQ for Parents

Victoria ISD is committed to providing timely information and facts for the families of our nearly 14,000 students. This FAQ page will be updated regularly, so revisit the site often.

 

What is the coronavirus?
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is an emerging and rapidly evolving outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which has now been detected in many locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

 

What are common symptoms of Coronavirus?
People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

 

How can my child and family stay well?
To help prevent the spread of illness, follow these important tips:

  • Practice social distancing and do your best to put six feet between you and others.
  • Wash your 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 your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

 

Where can I find more information about the Coronavirus?
This is an evolving situation. Stay up to date by consulting the 
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website or Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website. 

 

Will Victoria ISD buildings be open?
To maintain the integrity of our cleaning procedures and minimize chances for possible exposure, access may be granted for temporary periods of time to accommodate for staff needs. Non-staff members will not be allowed inside the buildings until operations have returned to normal. Rest assured we are making arrangements to care for our classroom pets and animal science critters.

 

How can parents pick up their child’s medical supplies that are at his/her campus?
We understand that due to this unplanned closure, some families may have left their child’s prescription controlled substance medications in the school clinic. If you need your child’s controlled substance medications in the school clinic, please reach out to the campus nurse by phone or email. Health Services staff will be in touch to assist you.

 

Can a parent collect the consumable workbooks and personal desk/locker items from their child's campus?
Consumable workbooks will be part of the instructional packets distributed during the week of March 23. Basic school supplies will also be available during packet pick-up, if needed. If you need supplies, contact the parent liaison at your child’s campus prior to March 26. If you need additional supplies that are essential for online learning, please email the campus principal. All pick-ups will be scheduled in a drive-thru set up.

 

Are there any extracurricular activities and events?
All VISD extracurricular events and activities are canceled through April 3. This means ALL – no practices, games, competitions or rehearsals. VISD will work with the UIL and our district schools to reschedule and/or plan for activities to resume when school reopens. The UIL announced recently that they will not resume games or competitions before May 4th. 

 

Is school closed indefinitely?
All Texas schools are closed through April 3 by order of the Governor. State officials and health experts will provide further guidance as they monitor the spread of COVID-19 across Texas as to when VISD can return to normal operations.

 

Will meals be available for students?
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 (until 1:00 at Stroman) Monday through Friday, while face-to-face instruction is suspended.

The curbside meals are available to any child age 18 and younger and special needs students up to age 21. While the child does not need to attend distribution site school, the child must be present to receive a meal, due to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules.

Drive-thru pick-up will take place in the front drive of each designated elementary distribution campus listed below. Pick-up at Stroman will be on the Ben Wilson side by the tennis courts. In an abundance of caution, people should remain in their vehicle. Meals will be brought to the cars.

Those who do not have transportation can reach out by phone to the parent liaison at your child's home campus.

 

Will my child be able to participate in online learning?
The VISD Curriculum and Instruction staff, under the direction of Dr. Susanne Carroll, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability, is preparing to move to online learning and teacher-prepared lessons. You will receive more information from us before remote instruction begins on March 30. For our students with disabilities (IEP and Section 504), VISD will ensure these students have equal access to the same educational services being provided to the general student population, to include any related services these students may require.

 

Will students be required to login during their regular class period?
No, Victoria ISD students will NOT be expected or required to login to Teams during each class period. Teachers will post lessons and assignments for students to access at a time that works for them. Watch for assignment due dates.

 

Will my child receive grades for online learning?
There are many variables related to student access to resources, availability of time for synchronous/asynchronous instruction, special education considerations and more. At this point in time, we are still working on how VISD will calculate a final grade for the 4th 9-week grading period. More information will be forthcoming.

 

Will students still have to take the STAAR test and End of Course STAAR exams?
The Texas Education Agency announced the cancellation of the spring 2020 STAAR and EOC STAAR exams. This decision will not impact future STAAR assessments.

 

How will the closure affect my Senior student's GPA/Class Rank?
The closure and subsequent online teacher-based instruction will not affect the GPA or class ranking of our seniors. According to existing VISD policy, GPA/class rank for seniors is already determined by the fall semester grades. Seniors should complete the online work to receive individual course credit, but it will not impact their class rank/GPA.

 

What about 2020 Graduation?
Victoria ISD has made no decisions regarding May events, including graduation ceremonies at Memorial Stadium for the Class of 2020. We will keep you informed as decisions are made impacting our ability to have mass gatherings.

 

How will I hear updates from the district on next steps?
Prior to the launch of teacher-based online instruction, each parent will receive a communication from the campus. Our goal is to provide you with up-to-date information as it becomes available. Official messaging and communications to VISD families and staff will be coordinated through Shawna Currie, Director of Communication. Our goal is to be as transparent and organized as possible during this time. If you have questions, please submit the question through the
VISD website. You have to remember to include accurate contact information if you want VISD to respond to you directly. Be patient as we work through the questions. We will also be adding information to the FAQ as needed for your convenience.

 

Can VISD provide childcare during school closures?
While we understand the hardship an extended closure creates for families, Victoria ISD is a public education provider, not a childcare provider. Our employees live in communities all across the Crossroads region and have families of their own to care for, too. Our goal is social distancing and avoiding large gatherings of children to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We do not have plans to provide childcare during the school closures.