STISD to Continue Serving Students Through Flexible Learning and Meals

Update from the Superintendent regarding school closures and continuation of services to district community
Posted on 03/24/2020
STISD full color logoMarch 24, 2020

STISD Parents and Guardians,

We thank you for the support you have shown through the launch of our Flexible Learning program this week. Please know that, despite the challenges COVID-19 presents, we remain committed to the continuation of instruction and nutrition to the children of our communities.

Our district is unique in that it serves students and families from three counties within the Rio Grande Valley – Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy – and as such, our district has been working diligently to stay up-to-date with directives and guidance from all three entities to ensure procedures are in place to best serve and protect our communities.

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino has ordered all residents of Cameron County to “shelter-in-place” from March 25th through April 8th, in conjunction with the national emergency declaration at the federal level and Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Declaration of Disaster. The shelter in place order states families may leave their residence only for the purpose of obtaining meals and instructional packets for their children from their local school systems. We strongly suspect that the other counties will follow suit as well in the very near future.

As allowed by the order, STISD will continue the serving of meals to children 18 and under within our local communities and will plan to streamline the fulfillment of any other instructional support needs from our families to occur during the same times beginning on March 25th, 2020. STISD essential staff has been authorized to travel to and from work to carry out these purposes. The aforementioned information solely applies to the education portion of the order, and the order includes other exceptions that may apply to you. STISD, working alongside county leaders, encourages you to continue the practice of social distancing and hand washing.

The only defense we have to this horrible virus is to avoid personal contact with one another, so please, let’s do our part to bring this to an end as soon as possible. We will continue to do all that we can to facilitate learning and nutrition for your children, and we ask for your continued patience and support. We hope to be able to welcome your children to our campuses again in the near future, but until then we look forward to the opportunity to continue serving you online. We are a strong district community, and we will get through this together.

I hope you and yours stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools