March 31, 2020
Dear SCUC Parent/Guardian:
As you may have heard, today Texas Governor Greg Abbott extended the closure of Texas PK-12 schools until Monday, May 4, 2020 (link). For Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, that means that we will extend our closure one additional week. We look forward to bringing everyone back together on Monday, May 4th.
Below are some updates regarding school closure related items.
Latest on High School Graduation
On Monday afternoon Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced that the exposition hall at Freeman Coliseum is being outfitted as a field hospital to accommodate the potential overflow of coronavirus patients from area hospitals. Clemens and Steele high schools have reserved Freeman Coliseum for their graduation ceremonies in late May.
District and campus leaders are looking at options for graduation exercises including alternative venues and/or later dates, should that become necessary due to further closures. Our goal is to have a graduation for our seniors and their families, and we are doing everything we can to conduct our graduations in a format that we have come to expect in a high school commencement.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are Open
Due to potential changes in families' economic circumstances as a result of Covid-19, SCUC ISD families may submit an online application for free or reduced priced meals at any time during the 2019-2020 school year. These applications are being reviewed and processed daily throughout the year, and households will be notified by mail if they qualify for these services.
Households may apply online by following the Rocketscan link located on the Child Nutrition Department Website or here.
Grading Guidelines During Remote Learning
Now that our Remote Learning Plan has begun, SCUC has been determining how the grades earned during remote instruction will be calculated and used in our system. Updated grading guidelines for remote instruction have been added to our website, the Covid-19 FAQ page and are located here in English and Spanish for your convenience.
Curriculum Refinements for Next Year
With the school closure being extended like it has been, SCUC Student and Academic Services leaders have been reviewing our curriculum documents to determine how to address any academic standards that were not covered or were covered but not thoroughly enough during remote learning. The plan is to integrate that information into next year's curriculum by adding days to each unit where prerequisite skills may not have been taught in the physical classroom. This will allow our students to learn the material that was taught remotely this year in person next year.
Finally, I would just like to recognize everyone that has worked so hard to get our remote learning plan up and operational including our teachers, campus leaders, curriculum staff and a very tired technology department. We have only been operating in this new environment for one week now, and teachers are trying many different strategies to connect with and instruct your students. As we progress, we will do more of what is working and less of what does not. Parents, thank you so much for your support of our teachers who are working so hard to do the best for children.
Stay safe, stay strong, stay together!
Clark C. Ealy, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools