August 10, 2020
Dear Somerville ISD Students, Parents, & Community,
Thank you for your support and your patience as we have followed all guidance given to us through Governor Gregg Abbott’s executive orders, Texas Education Agency guidelines, and Burleson County Officials. The information the district has received over the last few months changes from week to week. The Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, finally announced that all schools will open in August. As we plan for returning to school at Somerville ISD, we recognize that this will be an unusual school year, but we remain committed to supporting your student’s learning, as well as his or her safety. If parents prefer remote instruction for their child, districts will be permitted to enroll students through online platforms for the 2020-2021 school year. We believe this is a decision that is best left to each parent to make for each individual child, and we will work hard to support each of you as you decide what is best.
To ensure that each of our students has access to a high-quality education, Somerville ISD will be transitioning to provide a device for every student along with a single sign-on option to access all educational applications the district subscribes to. Parents will have the flexibility of selecting either remote instruction or face to face learning each six weeks. We will be sending out a form for parents to fill out and select which form of education they are choosing for the 1st six weeks of school or you can find the form online here.
Below you will find the procedures our campuses will have in place to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to respond if a positive case is identified. We hope this transparency helps you to make a decision about your students on-campus attendance at Somerville ISD.
The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages. That said, research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among others, has found that while children do get infected by COVID-19 and some severe outcomes have been reported in children, relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized or have severe symptoms. For many children, there are distinct benefits to attending school in person, including instructional, social, and safety benefits. For these reasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics has made a statement supporting on-campus instruction for students in the coming year.
While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, the current science suggests there are many steps schools can take to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff, and their families significantly. The Somerville ISD strategy for opening and operating is outlined below. A more detailed plan can be found on our district website.
To prevent COVID-positive individuals from entering our campuses, your student’s school will have the following COVID-19 symptom screening procedures in place:
- All staff will be required to self-screen daily.
- All visitors will be required to screen upon arrival.
- Parents are asked to proactively identify when their student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed and to keep them home.
- Teachers and Extracurricular Sponsors/Coaches may screen students at the beginning of the school day or before any practice.
You can find more details here, including the questions you will be asked: Screener
Information collected in these screens will not be retained if the screening is passed. If a parent indicates that a student is demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms, the school will retain that information until the student meets the criteria for return to school.
Criteria for Return to School
Conditions for return to school after an individual shows symptoms or gets a positive test result:
- 24 hours with no fever; and
- Symptoms improved; and
- 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
An acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for COVID-19
- A doctor’s note indicating an alternate diagnosis
Our district will be taking the following steps across each of our campuses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
- All adults in the building will wear masks.
- All students from grades 4th through 12th will be required to wear masks, particularly when they are within six feet of one another, except when participating in activities that cannot be conducted with a mask on, such as:
- If it is not developmentally appropriate for the student to wear a mask
- The student is participating in a UIL sanctioned activity in which a student is actively exercising.
In the event of a COVID-positive case on campus, the campus will take the following steps:
- All areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case will be closed off until disinfected.
- All teachers, staff, and families of all students in that school will be notified.
- The local health department will be notified.
We hope that this information gives you confidence in our systems and our ability to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Elementary Principal, email@example.com, Intermediate Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org, High School Principal, email@example.com, Athletic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, Nurse, email@example.com, or Superintendent, firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also visit our website at somervilleisd.org.
Online registration instructions and the link to register is posted at Somervilleisd.org website. Please see steps below to assist in registering your child for the 2020-2021 school year. This is the annual registration and will not be used to determine enrollment. Registration is required for students who are: returning from the 2019 – 2020 school year, new to the District, oralready approved as transfer students.
The 2020-2021 school year will begin August 24th.. TEA will count remote instructional days towards the required minutes for attendance, but student progress will be monitored daily as a form of attendance. While this will be a challenging year, we believe it can also be a great one, and we look forward to supporting your student in his or her learning journey.
Updates and information
Stay informed by doing the following:
- Bookmark this page: https://www.somervilleisd.org/o/somerville-isd/page/covid-19-information--85
- Follow Somerville ISD on social media: Facebook, Twitter
- Download the Somerville ISD app: App Store, Google Play
THURSDAY, APRIL 02, 2020
Parents and Guardians,
Though we are apart right now for our health and safety, we at Somerville ISD continue to support each other as a community, and right now we must work together to fight COVID-19. In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, DISTRICT will be reaching out to you via email, phone, text message, and social media over the next two weeks to share vitally important guidance.
This guidance is based on what scientists know about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is our hope that you will do what you can to follow these practices and share them with your friends and family.
Thank you for all you are doing to educate your children at home and all the efforts you’re making to keep your family healthy and safe. We know this is a difficult time. If we stand apart as a community during this stretch and continue following the public health practices we will be sharing over the coming days, we will be back together soon.
NO SCHOOL THROUGH APRIL 13TH/NO HAY CLASES HASTA EL 13 DE ABRIL
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020
Due to concerns of keeping our students safe and healthy we will extend the school closure through April 13th and continue to provide at home instruction and lunches. We will keep our schedules the same with drop off and pick up on Mondays. We have packets ready and sitting for at least 24 hrs prior to handing out to keep our students safe. Lunch schedules will remain the same. Please contact us if you have any concerns or you need help. STAY SAFE and STAY HOME!
Debido a las preocupaciones de mantener a nuestros estudiantes seguros y saludables, ampliaremos el cierre de la escuela hasta el 13 de abril y continuaremos brindando instrucción y almuerzos en casa. Mantendremos nuestros horarios igual con la entrega y recogida los lunes. Tenemos paquetes listos y sentados durante al menos 24 horas antes de repartir para mantener a nuestros estudiantes seguros. Los horarios de almuerzo seguirán siendo los mismos. Póngase en contacto con nosotros si tiene alguna inquietud o si necesita ayuda.¡MANTENTE SEGURO y MANTENTE EN CASA!
PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
Please use the following form to update your cell phone number and email address is you have not received an alert from the school district today using the following link.
SCHOOL CLOSURE MARCH 17TH- APRIL 3RD, 2020
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
March 17, 2020
Dear Somerville ISD Parents/Guardians,
It is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community to keep Somerville ISD closed until April 3, 2020.
This decision comes after consultation with the Brazos County Health Department, following the first identified case of COVID-19 in our neighboring county of Brazos. We know this decision will greatly impact our families and our students. Please understand this decision was not easy but it is based on recommendations from our local and state health leaders to contain the spread of the virus.
● We are committed to educating our children so closing our schools does not mean education will come to a halt. Within the next few days, Somerville ISD will share information on how we will continue to educate our students at home. There are a lot of moving pieces to make this happen, but we are already working on the best strategies for each grade level, so all of our students continue to receive instruction.
● Our free “grab and go lunch” will continue Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the cafeteria.
● We are working on contacting every parent to gather more information on all at home resources such as, a personnel device or internet access. We are also asking about student lunches so we may plan to provide better access to students lunches next week.
● We are working on a spreadsheet of online resources for students and parents to access for free and we will post on our webpage soon.
One of our greatest strengths is our community. Together, we will get through this new and ever-changing challenge. While much remains in motion right now, we will continue working diligently to make decisions in the best interest of our students, staff, and community.