The Aransas County Independent School District (ACISD) is evaluating its plan for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) daily.

As COVID-19 forced the postponement and/or cancellations of other events, schools, and more last week, the ACISD followed suit and extended its Spring break period another week. That was announced in a letter released by ACISD Superintendent Joseph Patek Friday, March 13. ACISD students were previously set to return to school from Spring break Monday, March 16.

As of press deadline Monday, students are to return to school Monday, March 23.

All ACISD directors and principals returned to work Monday, March 16. All other ACISD employees were to return to work Tuesday, March 17.

Abbott waives STAAR testing

Texas Governor Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year Monday, March 16. Abbott is also requesting the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year.

Abbott is working with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure schools continue to deliver instruction while students are absent or while schools are closed due to COVID-19. This includes tailoring instruction for students with special needs so they have access to the same education as other students in the district. Abbott will continue to work with the TEA on developing additional methods to ensure that students are learning and ready to succeed at the next grade-level. These discussions are ongoing.

“Your health and safety are top priorities, and the state of Texas will give school districts flexibility to protect and ensure the health of students, faculty, and their families,” said Abbott. “We will empower schools to make the best decisions to protect their communities from COVID-19.”

ACISD to serve free lunch

by pick-up starting

Tuesday, March 17

The ACISD will provide free meals for children aged 18 and younger from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, March 17.

This service will be available on weekdays and will not be necessary to enter the building. Meals will be delivered directly to one’s vehicle in a drive-thru manner.

The meals can be picked up at the following locations:

• Live Oak Learning Center (Car rider line) - 31 Griffith Dr.

• Fulton Learning Center (Bus pick-up loop) - 314 N 6th St.

• Rockport-Fulton High School (Bus pick-up loop) - 1801 Omohundro St.

Contact the ACISD Child Nutrition Office at 790-2295 if one has questions regarding the program.

ACISD students being asked to ‘self-report’

The ACISD is asking for parents and/or legal guardians to voluntarily self-report their student(s) to District Registered Nurse Tonia Ramaker if a student has traveled to an area with positive cases of COVID-19 and/or has symptoms from the list below:

• Fever of 100.3 or higher

• Cough

• Shortness of breath

• Fatigue

• Headache

• Aches and pains

• Sore throat

Additionally, if one has a child with underlying conditions that could worsen if in a contagious environment, email Ramaker, or someone on her staff, will respond to emails as soon as possible, but within 48 hours, beginning Tuesday, March 17. The ACISD is also asking to include a contact phone number in the email.

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