Health Advisory Updates
7-2-2020 Dr. Ball's Letter On JISD's Instructional Plan For The Fall
JISD knows that both parents and students are looking for some clarity about what instruction will look like in the coming fall. While guidelines are still coming out from the Texas Education Agency on a regular basis, there are some pretty solid basics to build around. Judson ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Ball message has some thoughts regarding this plan and when to expect it's release.
6-24-2020 In-Person Graduations Cancelled By County Order
Judson ISD is of course disappointed for our graduates and their families that these ceremonies are now cancelled. As a district, we wanted to provide a meaningful ceremony for our graduates, but that had to be balanced with the community’s health and safety. That was the reason we put together our virtual graduations that were streamed live for all five high schools back in May. While precautions were being taken in preparation for these in-person events, the rise of local COVID cases and the recent mandate by the county that restricts large gatherings left us no choice but to cancel.
5-21-2020 Second COVID-19 Board Resolution
On the May 14, 2020 regular meeting of the Judson ISD Board of Trustees, members passed a second COVID-19 resolution concerning staff and community safety and the continued business of the district regarding employees, online learning, and facilities. Please read the whole resolution by CLICKING HERE
4-29-2020 Graduation 2020: Dr. Ball's Letter On This Important Event
No one could have predicted back in February of this year that there would be a national pandemic that would shut down schools and major parts of the economy. We know that the senior class of 2020 was looking forward to graduation and their time in the spotlight...and we were looking forward to it for them. While it looks unlikely that in-person graduations will happen, there are graduation plans. Please read Dr. Ball's letter on the preparations being made and some of the options that are possible depending on how long restrictions on large gatherings will last.
4-17-2020 Dr. Ball's Letter To The Judson ISD Community Regarding Closing
With the Governor's Executive Order closing all Texas schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, JISD Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Ball announced how the rest of the school year will look and the importance of the District's online learning for the balance of this time.
4-17-2020 Texas Governor Closes Schools For The 2019-2020 year
Under Texas Governor Abbott's Executive Order that was announced today regarding COVID-19, all Texas schools, including Judson ISD schools, will be closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. The plan is to slowly phase in the public back to the workplace first and students back to schools after that. With that in mind, Judson ISD will continue to conduct online home learning with students and as well as provide meals at the designated sites and mobile locations until further notice. We appreciate your patience during this unusual time as conditions continue to evolve and prudent steps are taken to bring the public back to work and eventually school with as little risk as possible.
3-31-2020 Texas Governor Extends School Closure Through May 1st
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday ordered the state’s schools to remain closed through May 1st resuming May 4th in the continuing effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
He also extended social distancing guidelines to April 30.
“Social distancing is our best tool in the fight against COVID-19, and the actions we have taken thus far have proven to be effective in limiting the spread of this virus,” Abbott said.
“Now it is time to redouble our efforts to reduce further exposure as much as possible and flatten the curve."
Texas Medical Association Dr. David Fleeger fully supported the decision by Abbott.
“TMA physicians applaud Gov. Greg Abbott for following the science and preventing Texans statewide from gathering – and potentially spreading this coronavirus. The fewer people exposed to COVID-19, the stronger our ability to overtake this disease without overwhelming our hospitals, physicians, nurses, and health care system,” he said in a statement Tuesday (3-31-2020) afternoon.
3-28-2020 JISD Facilities Closed To Public Until Further Notice
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Judson ISD has closed all of its district and campus recreational facilities. We regret the inconvenience this may cause, but because of the transmission of the virus through touching and handling equipment as well as close social interaction, the following facilities will be closed until further notice. We sincerely ask for your patience and we hope and pray that you and your family will remain healthy through these circumstances. We will publicly notify the reopening of these facilities when that time comes.
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ARE
Playgrounds and Playground equipment
3-24-2020 JISD Classes Will Resume April 27, 2020
Dear Judson ISD Community,
We want you to know how proud we are of how our community is dealing with this current coronavirus situation. This is not easy on a number of different levels. That's why we want you to know that, at this time, classes for Judson ISD will resume on Monday, April 27, 2020. Considering information from local officials and health experts that are closely monitoring the situation, it has been determined that this would be the best time to come back.
In the meantime, curbside meal service will continue at the designated 9 campus locations on the regular days and times until school resumes. That schedule is Monday-Friday, 8 am - 9 am for breakfast and 11 am - 12 pm for lunch. We understand that the consistency of this service is important to many people.
In addition, while the New Family Registration one day event was canceled, registration for the CURRENT year can still be submitted online. It's quick, easy and safe. CLICK HERE . Registration for the next school year (2020-2021) will begin when the district reopens.
We continue to encourage parents to take advantage of the online learning resources or pick up the paper packets at your student's home campus tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25th) from 9 am - 12 pm.
Again, thank you for your patience and support. This has been a trying time for everyone and while we're not doing everything perfectly, we want you to know that we are doing our best to put you and your student's interest at the top of our priority list in all we do.
3-23-2020 City and County Issue Stay At Home Order
BY ORDER OF THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AND BEXAR COUNTY, PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SAN ANTONIO METRO AREA ARE NOW SUBJECT TO A STAY AT HOME ORDER.
Judson ISD has made it our top priority to balance the health and safety of students and families while maintaining our instructional services. In light of today’s announcement by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff to "stay at home," we have carefully reevaluated our operations and are taking immediate action to scale down staff that physically report to work.
What this means for the Judson ISD community is that unless one needs to get food or obtain emergency care at a hospital, you are subject to this order.
- All district offices, campuses, and facilities are closed, but all district personnel will be checking email for basic questions and concerns.
- Judson ISD will still be offering curbside pickup meals at its eight campus locations (please check website)
- On Wednesday, March 25th, from 9 am to 11 am instructional packets will be available at your student’s home campus to pickup for those without internet access.
- The JISD New Family Registration event scheduled for March 25th at the District's Educational Resource Center has been canceled, however, you can still register online if you have internet access. (please check website)
- Meanwhile, JISD's Curriculum and Instruction Department has assembled a great set of grade-appropriate learning resources for all students.
- Next week starting Monday, March 30th curbside pickup will go to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule open from 11 am- 2 pm at the designated 8 campus sites.
We hope and pray that this time will be one that you and your family can connect and spend more time together as we try to lighten the burden during these trying times.
3-20-2020 JISD Superintendent COVID-19
The linked resolution below was approved by the Judson ISD Board on its regular meeting on March 19, 2020, to ensure that full-time employees are paid during this emergency closure.
As the closure of the District continues, Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Ball has new details regarding how student and parent accommodations will be implemented and what to expect over the next several days and weeks. This includes information about instruction, meal service, and special education meetings. Currently, the target date to resume classes is April 6, 2020, but keep in mind that could change.
In an effort to keep you informed about the evolving school closures related to COVID-19, JISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeanette Ball has updated how long classes will be suspended for Judson ISD. Currently, the target date for classes to resume is April 6, 2020. Keep in mind this situation is still changing quickly so please check back for further updates.
3-17-2020 Judson ISD's Statement On Continued Learning
While Governor Abbott has announced the waiver of STAAR testing requirements and a request that federal testing requirements be waived for the 2019-2020 school year, we want to emphasize the importance of student learning as we go through the rest of this unusual semester. Governor Abbott is working closely with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure that instruction continues while students are absent or while schools are closed due to COVID-19. This instruction includes teaching that's tailored for students with special needs so they have access to the same education as other students in JISD.
The Governor will continue to work with the TEA on developing these methods to ensure that all students are receiving quality instruction and will be ready to succeed at the next grade-level. These discussions are ongoing and more information will be provided as it develops.
The move to waive testing requirements reflects the Governor’s emphasis on public health over all other priorities at this time, but we want to emphasize that continued learning during this unprecedented time not only has value, but will serve our students well as we move into next year and beyond. Below is a link that can be a useful tool to that end. Be looking for more resources and information in the coming days.
3-16-2020 STAAR Testing Requirements Waived By Governor
Due to the coronavirus developments, Governor Greg Abbott Monday (3/16) in this message waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Read his message here.
Our district’s standard health procedure is to ask that ill students and staff stay home. This is especially important with any person who is running a fever, has a cough and/or difficulty breathing. In those cases, we ask that you contact your health provider immediately. Should anyone with these symptoms come to school, we will ask that they return home immediately.
The symptoms of influenza and Coronavirus (COVID-19) are very similar (fever, body aches, coughing and generally feeling bad). If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical attention. The doctor can do a simple test to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Judson ISD will keep you updated as more information becomes available. In the meantime, continue to wash your hands frequently, keep your hands away from your face, cover your coughs and sneezes and limit exposure to family members and others who may be ill.
Currently there is no vaccine for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are some preventative measures you can take to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Wash hands often for 2 minutes (which is equivalent to singing happy birthday twice)
- Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available
- Do not touch your face. Eyes, nose, and mouth are portals for the virus to be transmitted
- If you have a fever of 100.4 or over please contact your health care provider for guidance
- If you feel ill or have a fever, cough, or general upper respiratory systems stay home and away from others