April 6, 2020
Dear SCUC Parent/Guardian:
It has been almost a week since our last message regarding our district’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. As time goes by, social distancing, school closures and our current economic reality are having an increased impact on our employees and our families. At SCUC ISD we are continuing to support our employees and families, all while keeping our students learning.
As the novelty of instruction in this remote format fades and the reality of a longer school closure sets in, it is important for all of us to keep a healthy perspective about this entire situation. We continually visit with our campus leaders, and they with their teachers, about expectations for our students and the reality in many of our families’ homes. For our remote learning plan to succeed, we must design it with families that have multiple students, limited technology and parents working from home in mind.
Teachers and instructional staff, thank you for keeping the unique needs of both your students and their families in mind as we work through remote learning together.
Parents, your support of our teachers has been phenomenal. Thank you for helping us get better as we work through these new challenges and providing grace to us when we miss the mark.
Heading into the week, I would like to briefly update everyone on a few items.
SCUC ISD Closed until May 4, 2020
Last Tuesday, 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. Even though our campuses are closed for face-to-face instruction, our teachers and students are still hard at work.
Good Friday - April 10, 2020
This Friday, April 10, 2020 is a staff and student holiday in SCUC ISD. Even though we find ourselves in a time of social distancing, I hope our teachers and staff, as well as our students and families, will be able to spend time with family and friends as you are able. Teachers and students will not be expected to participate in remote learning on Friday.
Mobile feeding also will not take place on Friday, April 10th. SCUC Child Nutrition staff will give out meals for Friday at Thursday’s (4/9/20) meal distribution.
High School Graduation
We have no new information to report regarding high school graduations at this time. As of today, Freeman Coliseum has not cancelled our reservations for graduation ceremonies at the end of May. Rest assured, our team is still going through contingency planning with alternate dates, alternate venues or a combination of both.
While we have had cursory conversations about alternate formats for graduation, our focus is on having graduation in a manner in which we have all become accustomed. If prohibitions on mass gatherings continue into the summer, we will finalize plans for a different type of format.
Should parents have any questions or concerns about your child’s classroom instruction during remote learning, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher, as you would under normal operations. If you have a question, perhaps other parents in the class do as well, and your child’s teacher is best equipped to provide the information you need.
Parent feedback is important under normal circumstances, and that input is even more crucial in unique times like these. With that in mind, SCUC is looking at ways to facilitate parent input about what the district needs to consider as we continue this journey. Please be looking for upcoming communication from me regarding how we can accomplish this.
Stay safe, stay strong, stay together!
Clark C. Ealy, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools