April 17, 2020
Dear SCUC Parents and Guardians:
This afternoon Texas Governor Greg Abbott enacted three additional Executive Orders to address the gradual reopening of Texas. One of the orders signed today is the closure of all Texas K-12 public and private schools for face-to-face instruction through the end of the school year. As such, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD will not resume face-to-face instruction this academic year. Remote learning will continue through May 28, 2020.
I know that not being able to come back together breaks the hearts of our teachers, parents and students. I cannot fully fathom the fact that our schools are closed from mid March through the end of May and the emotional toll that is taking on everyone. It is appropriate for all of us to take a moment and mourn the loss of the end of this school year, especially our seniors and their parents. This is extremely hard for everyone.
As a school and community family, we must redouble our efforts to connect and support each other over the next month and a half.
Remote Learning is More Important than Ever
In SCUC we are fortunate to have a well thought out Remote Learning Plan in place for our students and families. This plan is not intended to replace the high quality instruction that our students receive in school, but it does keep the learning of essential knowledge and skills intact.
Parents, students and teachers must continue to actively participate in remote instruction to receive credit for this fourth nine weeks. Moreover, we need to continue working diligently in a remote environment so that all students are ready to resume classroom instruction in August.
SCUC ISD district and campus leaders are considering a variety of options to support instruction and address any gaps this summer, at the beginning of next school year, and/or during the balance of the 2020-21 school year. We will have more information on what that may look like in the coming weeks.
High School Graduations
During his remarks today, Governor Abbott announced that Commissioner of Education Mike Morath would provide guidance on high school graduations. I expect some information to be shared with superintendents next week.
In addition, SCUC district and campus leaders have been working on several options for graduations. Guidance we receive from the commissioner, as well as any future social distancing orders from Bexar and Guadalupe counties, will impact our options. We will communicate with seniors and their families to help everyone make plans as quickly as possible.
Closing out the Year
Many of you may be thinking about how SCUC will close out the year, clean out lockers, return equipment, and the like. As we move later into May, the district will monitor the ability we are granted by the Governor and other local officials to gather. Those social distancing/gathering decisions will help us determine how we take care of the task of returning materials, but hopefully it will allow some limited reconnection of teachers and students. Please stay tuned.
Thoughtexchange Parent Feedback
Last week many parents participated in a Thoughtexchange related to what SCUC ISD needed to consider moving forward. I am pleased that over 650 parents participated in the exchange and even more thankful for the feedback you provided. A summary report of the results is located here.
Far and away the highest rated thoughts on our parents’ minds were to continue the closure of schools through the end of the school year. The Governor did just that today. We are continuing to analyze the results to help us plan for this suspension of face-to-face instruction through the end of the year. Thank you to all who participated; this helps us a great deal.
I would like to thank all of our parents, staff and community members for your patience and understanding through all of the upheaval this crisis has brought to all of our lives. We hope that you are managing this situation as best as you can and that we in SCUC ISD are a support to you in this difficult time. Keep the faith and keep moving forward. We will get through this.
Stay safe, stay strong, stay together!
Clark C. Ealy, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools