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Pampa ISD COVID-19 Updates

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Health Update #19 April 3, 2020

 

Health Update #18 Message from Dr. Larkin

Update 17 Message from Dr. Larkin

 

Health update 16

 

Health Update #15 Message from Dr. Larkin

 

Update #14-Message from Dr. Larkin

 

Update #13- A Message From Dr. Larkin

 

Update #12- Message from Dr. Larkin

Update #11- Message from Dr. Larkin

 

PISD Health Update #9

 

Health Update 8

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Update #2- March 13, 2020

Update #1

Coronavirus information:

Pampa ISD is closely monitoring the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases.We are actively reviewing the information provided by the CDC, local, state and national health officials in regards to the COVID-19 virus. Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for current information on COVID-19.

    The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • 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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Pampa ISD continues to closely monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and remains in close contact with local and state officials as well as area superintendents. New information is emerging daily, so we ask that families please continue to extend their grace and patience with us as we navigate this unprecedented time. We will update and add to the following questions and answers as new information becomes available. If you have a question that is not addressed below, please send an email to pampaisdinfo@pampaisd.net

    • Pampa ISD will continue to use multiple platforms to address parents, students, and community regarding school closure, operational adjustments, and possible at-home learning including Remind, Facebook, email, automated phone calls, and our district website.  On Monday, March 23, all Pampa ISD students and parents will be contacted via phone in order to gain more information about support needed for at home learning and food service.  Parents can send any questions to pampaisdinfo@pampaisd.net

       

      All campus offices will be closed; however, we will have an operator to answer questions and take messages daily from 9am-1:00pm at 806-669-4700.  If they are not able to answer your question, you will receive a call back from appropriate staff within 24 hours. 

    • All students will have access to meals.  On Thursday, March 26th, we will begin providing food at several distribution locations listed below.  Students MUST BE PRESENT in order to pick up the meals. Students may arrive in cars or on foot. Food service is provided for all students of PISD and all children ages 1-18.

         

      Austin Elem. School

      1900 Duncan

      Calvary Baptist Church

      900 E. 23rd St.

      Travis Elem School

      2300 Primrose St.

      H2O Water Park

      1300 Sumner

      Lamar Elem. School

      1234 S. Nelson

      Prairie Village Park

      730 W. Crawford

      Horace Mann Lot (formerly)

      429 N. Faulkner

      Wilson Elem. School

      801 E. Browning

      Lions Club Park

      800 Finley

      Beryl and Henry BUS STOP

      201 Henry St.

      Pampa High School

      111 E. Harvester

    • Parents, we are here to support you!  We encourage you to set up a space for learning in your home.  In this space, have paper and pen/pencil, crayons or map pencils, and a computer/tablet/phone with internet access (if available).

       

      Our plan is to launch distance learning on Monday, March 30th.  We are working very hard to finalize no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech distance learning for all of our PK-12 Students.  We will get that information to you ASAP through our Pampa ISD Website.

       

    • On Monday, March 23, you will receive a phone call from one of your PISD teachers.  Let him/her know about your needs for the internet and computer/digital device.  We are working with RESOUND to get internet service for you at home while we are engaging in at-home learning.  We will also be able to check out a computer for you to use during closure.  We will have our computers checked out to students who have a need by Friday, March 27.  The devices will be distributed at the same times and locations as meals (see above).
    • It is too soon to make a decision about graduation.  The district has established a Graduation Committee to formulate plans in the event that we are unable to host a traditional graduation.  We will make certain that the class of 2020 has a graduation celebration, even if it is not traditional.

    • It is too soon to make a decision about prom.  We realize that this is difficult for your students; however, we would rather hope for the best than make a quick decision too early on Prom.

    • On March 16, the governor waived STAAR testing for the state of Texas for 2019-20.  He also requested a waiver from the Federal Government (DOE) to waive the federal requirements for testing this year.  We anticipate that waiver to be approved soon.  If a graduating senior still needs to pass EOC tests, he/she will be able to sit for an Individual Graduation Committee (IGC).  Children currently enrolled in EOC tested subjects will essentially be given a waiver for the test for the remainder of their high school career if they are currently passing the course.  Our teachers will be reaching out to students to ensure that they have support to successfully complete our EOC courses: English 1, English 2, Algebra 1, U.S. History, and Biology.  For more information on this from the Texas Education Agency you can click here… https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Updated_Assessment_FAQ_March%2019%20.pdf

    • Dual Credit Courses from Clarendon College will continue to be online as they have been all year. Students who are currently enrolled in DC courses should receive an email from their instructors at CCPC between March 23-27th.  Classes will resume online March 30, 2020.  
    • For our high school students, we intend to freeze class rank and GPA at the end of the first semester.   During this COVID-19 time period, we will still digitally gather student work/artifacts of learning and provide feedback.  Grades will be collected, but will be in a non-traditional manner.  We will get you more information on this soon.
    • Using our professionally trained custodial service, we have and will continue to deep-clean all schools using CDC approved materials and equipment purchased through GermBlast.  Our custodial staff and maintenance teams continue to work using social distancing practices.  Touchpoints, such as desks, doors, and other high touch areas, have been sanitized daily.  

    • Should your child or a family member exhibit symptoms, medical

      professionals and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are advising that you call your family doctor.  Your family doctor will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.  For the vast majority of cases, people will recover at home with fluids, over the counter medication, and rest.  More information can be found on our Pampa COVID-19 Webpage or the CDC website.

    • If you have a counseling need for your child during the school closure, please reach out to pampaisdinfo@pampaisd.net with the name of your child, campus, and your concern.  A counselor will contact you.

    • These are unprecedented times; the guidance we receive from TEA and other agencies has been changing daily. On Monday, March 23, Special Education and/or dyslexia staff will be reaching out to parents to determine the best way to proceed in continuing to provide the supplemental services that are in their students’ current IEP and/or 504 plan.  Any future ARD/504 meetings that may need to be held will be through phone conferencing.  Special Education/Dyslexia staff will also be reaching out to children who are served to check on progress. Special education teachers will be providing accommodations and materials to the PISD learning plan.

    • Every child in PISD will receive access to two meals daily during the period of school closure regardless of free and reduced status.  If your family’s financial status has changed, you can complete the application for free and reduced lunch here:

      Apply Here
    • We appreciate the request of so many in our community to help.  We want to limit contact and follow our district and federal procedures and guidelines, so at this time, our PISD staff will manage food preparation and delivery. If your business/organization is providing aid/relief to students and families and would like to be listed on the PISD website… please visit our VIP site to register with us.

    • During these unprecedented times, it is hard to answer this question—yet.  PISD will submit an attestation to the Texas Education Agency documenting our missed days and our efforts to continue learning and providing services to our students.  We do not anticipate that students will have to “make up” days at the end of the year as we are supporting at-home learning.  We will provide more guidance on this as we receive it from TEA.

    • This will vary somewhat.  Elementary students will check in on Dojo and Secondary students will complete a google form each day.  This information will be forthcoming in the instructional plans in the coming days.  Teachers will be monitoring work and documenting student academic progress along the way.  Formal attendance taking procedures will not resume until we resume regular operations.

      1.       1. The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during              extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home,                          depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted soon.

              2. More guidance is available on the College Board website.

    • Our directors are working diligently to gather information about cancellation dates, and options for rescheduling trips.  We will have more information on this soon and your student will be notified of changes and updates from their director via REMIND.

    • Once school resumes, if you do not feel safe for your child to return to school due to concerns regarding COVID-19, please keep the child at home and provide documentation to the school that concern of COVID-19 is the reason for the child’s absence.  If you kept your child home prior to March 13 due to concerns of COVID-19, please let your campus know via email.

    • If you need to enroll in Pampa ISD during the school closure, call PISD at 806-669-4700

      between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  We will help you walk through the on-line enrollment procedure and connect you to your campus principal.  Your campus principal will connect your child(ren) to their new teachers, and we will make sure you have all you need to begin at-home learning.

      Should you need to withdraw during this time of school closure, please call PISD at 806-669-4700.  We will ask you to bring any materials you have from the district (Chromebook, books, etc) to central office at 1233 N Hobart St. by appointment.  We will assist you in the withdrawal process during the appointment.

    PISD @Home Learning

    While the district is closed in an effort to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19, we know that everyone wants our students to continue learning at home with the remote support of our teacher and support personnel. Our staff will be working on lessons and activities that will be reviewed and assessed so their education continues with as little disruption as possible. This website is a source of activities and assignments for all grade levels designed to be completed at home. It is important for parents and caregivers to monitor this work so that learning is on-going as we wait to re-open schools. 


    Students and families, please start HERE (English) or HERE (Spanish) for the Pampa ISD @Home Learning Guide.

    Elementary
    Junior High
    High School
    Resources For Familes
    Email for Support
    How to Use the Site video link