DENISON ISD COVID-19 DISTRICT INFO
Questions and answers about how Denison ISD is responding to the needs of our parents and students...
Facing the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are in the midst of unprecedented times. We are gathering a tremendous amount of information in a very short amount of time. We are doing our very best to navigate a fluid situation. We appreciate your continued support and patience.
Information is changing at a very rapid pace. In an effort to keep you informed, we are committed to providing updated information as we receive it. Dr. Scott is participating in a daily phone conference with the Commissioner of Education and superintendents across the state where he is briefed on the latest information concerning the situation at-hand. Please continue to check the Denison ISD web site for regular updates.
We have received many questions that we are ready to address to some extent below:
Q: Will Denison ISD be closed more than just this week?
Based on Governor Gregg Abbott's April 17, 2020 message, Denison ISD will be extending our school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, there will be no extra-curricular activities or practices during the extended closure. Every effort must be taken to slow the spread of the COVID-19. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.
Students will continue receiving at-home instruction during this closure. Elementary and intermediate students with internet access should continue to check the Denison ISD website for weekly lessons. Packet pickup will continue for those families who do not have internet access. Scott Middle School and Denison High School students will continue to receive assignments via Schoology. Meal delivery will continue using established procedures and locations will continue as well until further notice.
Denison ISD is so very proud of the extra efforts given by our educators to produce at-home lessons. Likewise, the District is appreciative of our partnership with our families as they help to deliver these at-home lessons to ensure the continued academic growth of our students. Continue to monitor the Denison ISD website on a daily basis for updates. www.denisonisd.net
Q: Will we have to make up the days that are missed?
There is no definite answer to this question at this time. We have 5 days “banked” in our calendar. If we are closed longer than that time, we are fully anticipating that TEA will provide guidance concerning possible waivers.
Q: What about extracurricular activities?
A: University of Interscholastic League (UIL) has suspended all UIL sanctioned contests until further notice. According to Jamey Harrison, UIL Executive Director, “UIL has every intention to complete the 2020 UIL Contests.” At this point, they are merely postponed.
Q: Will students still receive meals?
A: Throughout the extended closure, Denison ISD will continue to serve Grab & Go Meals at the following locations:
▶ Scott Middle School - 1901 S. Mirick Avenue
▶ B. McDaniel Intermediate - 400 Lillis Lane
▶ Lamar Elementary - 1000 S. Fifth Avenue
▶ Terrell Elementary - 230 W. Martin Luther King
In addition, we will begin meal delivery to certain areas of town where there are clustered residential areas. We are asking the community for help in identifying areas where meal delivery would be beneficial. Additional sites include:
▶ Denison Housing Authority: 330 N 8th St (in parking lot by office)
▶ Denison Housing Authority Tower Lane: 1000 N Armstrong (by maintenance building)
▶ El Dorado mobile home estates: 5600 Texoma Parkway, Sherman
▶ Sharon Circle mobile home estates: by Sharon Circle
▶ Heritage Lakeview Apartments: 1816 N State Hwy 91
▶ Parkdale Villas Apartments: 4100 Parkdale Avenue
Anyone 18 and under is welcome to participate in this free breakfast and lunch program. Both meals will be served simultaneously 10:00am – 12:30pm Monday through Friday which will allow families to pick up both meals at once.
Q: What will instruction look like while schools are closed?
An Administrative Team will be meeting with Campus Principals and our Curriculum Team this week to develop a plan of action in the event that we close for an extended period. More information will be sent out later this week regarding the specifics of that plan.
Q: What about our children with special needs?
A Special Education Administrative Team will be meeting this week to develop a plan of action in the event that we close for an extended period.
Q: Will we have STAAR?
We received updated information this morning concerning STAAR. Governor Greg Abbot announced that “he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year.” Based on the Governor’s waiver, Denison ISD will not be giving STAAR/EOC Exams this school year.
Chances are there are many more questions than these, but we felt these were the most pressing. Be sure to check https://www.denisonisd.net/covid-19 for the latest information.
We are here to support our students, our families and our staff during these challenging days. As we have done in the past, Denison will continue to help others during this time of need. I am so thankful for our Denison Family. We are stronger together; We are Denison!
Assistant Superintendent for Administration