March 19, 2020 - Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, EXCELSIOR ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 3rd in an effort support our nation’s need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Our health officials report that cases are continuing to spread in the state. Suspending operations for this length of time will allow us to determine, in coordination with local health officials, whether the virus is continuing to spread or whether it has been contained. We are coordinating with other school districts in the county and will use the week of March 30th to make any decisions on whether there is a need to extend the suspension further. To provide a sense of possible impact in order to help you prepare: If there is a need to continue the suspension at that time, we will do so.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol. We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness:
- Don’t shake hands
- Wash your hands regularly
- Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded placed and maintaining 3 to 6 ft of distance between people (at least an arm’s length)
- If you are moving around in the community, don’t congregate in large groups
- For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases – both inside and outside of the country – we ask that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Students who have traveled should plan to stay home for two weeks after arriving home. Please contact your campus to let them know, and this will be considered an excused absence.
- If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice.
- Keep your child at home if he/she feels ill, even if you think it is just a cold.
- Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care
This is a quickly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information, will assess conditions throughout the week, and will provide the next update by Thursday, April 2, 2020 via our website (www.excelsiorisd.weebly.com) and email.
Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of the community in EXCELSIOR ISD stay safe and healthy.
To ensure that your child’s education is continued at home, Excelsior ISD will be distributing packets.
Instructional packets will be distributed in the library each Monday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Monday, March 23rd.
Students must complete all assignments in order to receive course credit. Completed assignments must be returned to the school each Monday when picking up a new packet.
Excelsior ISD wants to make sure that all children have access to meals during the District’s closure. EISD is providing free grab-n-go breakfast and lunch meals for children between the ages of 0-18 years beginning on Monday, March 23rd. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A MEAL, THE CHILD HAS TO BE IN THE CAR WITH THE PARENT.
Grab-n-go meals will be available for curbside pick-up only at the following location and time:
- Excelsior ISD student drop off lane (parking lot in front of the PK Building)
- Monday – Friday
- 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
- Students will receive a lunch and a breakfast for the following morning.
Daily menus will include a variety of hot and cold foods. Access to enter the buildings will not be available. This program will remain in effect until further notice. If you plan to participate in this program, please notify Debbie Mercer at 936-598-5866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Mason – Superintendent
Johnny Lewis – Principal