March 17, 2020
SCUC ISD Parents/Guardians:
I know the closure of schools is not easy for our families and community. Information and guidance related to Covid 19 changes frequently, and SCUC ISD appreciates your support as we work to make the best decisions in this rapidly evolving situation.
Based on the continued spread of the COVID-19, or Coronavirus, all SCUC ISD campuses will continue to be closed until April 3, 2020. At this time, SCUC ISD plans on reopening schools and offices on Monday, April 6, 2020.
This closure continues to apply to instructional classes, after school and extracurricular activities including practices and competitions/performances.
As of today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that for the next eight weeks, organizers cancel all gatherings that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. This recommendation does not apply to the day-to-day operation of organizations like schools or businesses. However, this recommendation is certainly something that will weigh into our decision on whether to extend our closure of SCUC ISD schools beyond April 6. SCUC is not prepared to make that decision at this time, but the reality of the situation is that the school district and our families should consider preparing for a potential long-term closure.
As SCUC prepares the transition to remote instruction and learning, our staff continue to design what learning will look like during this period of school closure. Today we shared a link to digital resources for students and families on our Covid 19 web page:
https://www.scuc.txed.net/Page/32560 . Our plan is to be able to begin a more robust remote learning process on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. This will be a new experience for our staff, students and families, and we appreciate the patience of all involved. SCUC will communicate that remote learning plan later this week.
Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott waived the STAAR testing requirements for the school year. We thank him for this decision which will give teachers and students an opportunity to focus on learning in this unprecedented time in public education.
SCUC ISD will continue its curbside meals for students at no cost. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at Schertz Elementary School, located at 701 Curtiss Street, in Schertz. Breakfast can be picked up between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; lunch service is between 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Remember, the eligible student or students must be present in the vehicle for the meal to be distributed to conform to Texas Department of Agriculture regulations.
We will continue to provide regular updates on our website. Please refer to our COVID-19 information page: https://www.scuc.txed.net/Page/32560. We will also use our resources on social media and our Blackboard Mass Communication system. We ask that you update your communication preferences so that we can update you through every possible avenue.
This period is unlike any other in our lifetimes. The health and safety of our students, staff and community at large is our utmost priority.
SCUC ISD is a family. Let us continue to pull together. Please stay informed and follow all the hygiene recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed on our COVID-19 page. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during this time.
Clark C. Ealy, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools