Kenedy ISD School Closure March 16-20

Kenedy ISD School Closure March 16-20
Posted on 03/13/2020
Kenedy ISD School Closure March 16-20

To Kenedy ISD Parents/Guardians,  

It is our responsibility to make sure you have up-to-date information when it comes to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our District. 

Based on the continued spread of COVID-19 in the state of Texas, Kenedy ISD, like other area school districts, will be closed March 16-20, 2020. 

As previously stated, Kenedy ISD has not had any confirmed cases of COVID 19. The City of Kenedy and Karnes County emergency management efforts remain vigilant and Kenedy ISD will continue to follow the recommendations of the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All school events and practices will also be canceled, beginning tomorrow, March 14, 2020. UIL has just announced that all activities have been cancelled statewide through March 29th.  

I am working with my staff to ensure we plan appropriately during this time.  It is important that we continue to provide instructional support to our students during this school closure.  In addition, we are discussing how we can continue to address children’s nutritional needs while school is out of session.  Once we have a definite plan, we will make that announcement.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19.

This was not an easy decision to make, and we know this poses a hardship and inconvenience for many families. However, we believe this preventative measure will slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe. 

I was on a call with the Commissioner of the Texas Education  Agency this afternoon and he informed us that we will not need to make up the days for the week of March 16-20.  He did say that we can expect an announcement later next week from the TEA regarding guidance on the state assessment.  There will be an April test administration, with the exception of 5th and 8th grades. Those grades will not have Reading and Math test administrations in April.

We will also continue our conversations with our local health authorities to make the best decisions for our students, parents and staff. Please continue to discuss prevention measures with your child. 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We will continue to keep you informed and monitor this situation with guidance from local, regional, state and national health and education officials.  We will consider school closures on a week-by-week basis. We will let you know of any new developments through email notifications, social media and our website. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Diana Barrera Ugarte

Superintendent of Schools
Posted on 3-13-20

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