April 1, 2020 - What a great turnout yesterday by the entire Tenaha school family to drive through and pick up their distance learning packets and materials. The administration team is extremely proud to report that 91% of our students are accounted for and working on their instructional materials from home.
Also, the district served well over 400 meals yesterday! As this crisis continues, we hope to continue our meal service. Next week, we will be doing a “one-time” only drive thru and pick up on (Cancelled) Monday (April 6th) with menu items that will provide breakfast and lunches for the entire week. Be sure and take advantage of this service!
Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced that public schools in the state of Texas are to remain closed until at least May 4. That means, we will continue with distance learning for the month of April. TISD has placed an antique green “mailbox” at the front of the main entry to campus for parents and/or students to drop off their work packets. Stay tuned to information from Ms. Jacobs regarding future work packets and plans! Schedule some time every day to do school work! Not the whole day! But a least a couple of hours to continue your studies every day!
With Governor Abbott’s announcement, I want everyone to know that our number one priority is dealing with the current health crisis. Our goal is to navigate these uncertain times and, in the end, no one in our TISD family get sick. With that in mind, as each day passes, I am watching the data, the local health situation, and trying to gauge the level of exposure for our staff and parents with the actions we take. It is my hope to be able to continue meal service for the remainder of the school year, but should this crisis escalate to a place that puts our cafeteria staff, admin team, or paraprofessional staff in “true harm’s way”, I will have no choice but to discontinue our service at that time.
Finally, under the direction of Commissioner Morath, we are taking the initial steps to make accommodations for the end of this school year. Those steps primarily relate to graduating seniors, grade promotion and retention, and grades in general. For all Seniors and Senior parents: WE WANT TO HAVE GRADUATION CEREMONIES AS SCHEDULED!!! But…. We are also approaching things realistically on a day-to-day basis. It is our mission to make every effort to recognize our graduating class in any way possible via graduation or some other symbolic ceremony at some point! For now, graduation is on as scheduled however.
In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, stay healthy!!!
Tenaha Independent School District