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 Update
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 Update
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.
Dr. Shepherd's Open Letter to Students
I am sorry. As I have watched the events over this past week unfold and levels of concern (and fear) grow at an increasing rate, I have tried to think of what we could say to you. I write this on behalf of your Trustees, your administrators and your teachers. We know many of you look to us (your teachers, counselors and administrators) for guidance. We know you also look to parents, your families and your community in times of crisis. The truth is, we are trying hard to find concrete answers and we are learning as we go. I am sure you have heard and seen the experts who are saying “close schools” and why we need to “shut down.” Other experts are saying not to close until we have more concrete information. You have heard everyone say we are making decisions with your safety as our highest priority and that remains true.
What you have not heard is an apology. This apology is in recognition that you are sacrificing so much that you have worked so hard for. You work hard in practices, games, programs, performances, events and of course – school. You do not want these things to be put on hold, I know that. There are things you will never again get to do and I know this. We feel your sorrow deeply in our hearts and share in your disappointment.
There is no greater joy for a superintendent, a teacher, an administrator and a District Trustee than to see our students excel at what they love to do.
So, I am asking you to just sit tight and be strong. Your teachers and parents have worked hard to teach you about leadership, how to deal with adversity, how to persevere and how to be resilient. Right now, we are asking you to put all of what you have learned into practice. In life, we grow the most when we struggle. We do not grow when times are easy. Struggle gives us the chance to reach new levels. Are things going to remain the same moving forward? No. Will we have the same goals? No. Do we know the path forward? No. Is this going to be easy for anyone? No. We will be better, stronger, smarter, more resilient in the end… Yes.
Know this… we are, and always will be, VISD Proud of you. Hang in there. We’ve got this.
March 13, 2020 Update
March 12, 2020 Update
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 Update
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