Dear Devine ISD Parents/Guardians and Community Members

DevineISD COVID-19 Update **UPDATED 4/3 @ 5:30 P.M.**
Posted on 04/03/2020
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Devine ISD has been notified that an employee of our district has had direct exposure to an individual who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Out of respect for the privacy of this individual and their family members, the District is not able to provide additional information about the situation at this time. The staff member is currently self-quarantining at home, is not displaying any symptoms of the virus, and has not tested positive for the virus. In order to be extremely cautious in terms of the safety and health of all employees and community, employees that have worked in close proximity with the quarantining employee have been asked to step away from all district responsibilities for 14 days. Although the Medina County Health Department confirmed that keeping the other employees away from duties was not a recommendation and not required, the district is instituting measures that go above and beyond the recommended.

Devine ISD can confirm that this employee was at the DSAC each day this week. All facilities are being deeply sanitized, and preventative treatments are being performed. Although schools and offices have been closed since March 6 and remain closed at this time, all Devine ISD employees and students are instructed to continue to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations and to practice social distancing.

Based on the information that we have gathered, it has been determined that the end of the 14-day incubation period for anyone possibly exposed on campus to the staff member is April 17.

Please continue to monitor your health, follow the CDC guidelines for people who have had close contact , and contact your primary care physician if you develop symptoms.

Devine ISD is continuing to monitor this situation and will provide additional information as needed. The health and safety of our community, students, and staff is our utmost concern! We will weather this storm, and each and every one of you is in our hearts.

Sincerely,
Devine ISD Administration



UPDATED 3/31/20 @ 4:00 p.m.

 At a press conference this afternoon, Governor Abbott issued a proclamation closing school until May 4th, We will continue online learning and packet and distribution as previously scheduled.

Devine ISD continues to offer free meals to students under the age of 18.  More information about these grab and go meals will be sent out as we evolve to meet the needs of our community.



Updated 3/25, 11:30 a.m.

We are incredibly proud of our faculty, staff, and the community for its unwavering support during this uncertain time. You all are adapting during this COVID-19 pandemic. More importantly, you are innovating, overcoming obstacles, and succeeding.

This letter is to inform you that in an effort to support our neighboring communities and state health officials' guidance, Devine ISD is extending the period for distance learning through Friday, April 24. Curbside meals will continue for children 18 years of age and younger. These services are considered essential, and last week, we served over 1,000 meals alone.

Our schools are prepared for the continuation of distance learning. They are committed to high-quality education, regardless of circumstances, utilizing online mediums such as Google Classroom. We appreciate your willingness to adjust to this new way of learning. We are here to help you. Campus offices are open to answer phone calls from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday - Friday.

Please continue to follow our social media or the district website for announcements. We know that this decision impacts families in a variety of ways. We are confident that our faculty, staff, and community are united in our continued adaptation. We have witnessed staff going above and beyond, and we have seen all of the smiling faces in pictures of distance learning.

Again, we are here for you. This is truly unprecedented, but at the paramount of importance is the health and well-being of our students and community.


Devine ISD Admin Team



March 23, 2020, 5:45 p.m.
Google Classroom
As you already know, Monday, March 23, instructional materials will be made available to Devine ISD students via Google Classroom. If you are having trouble accessing Google Classroom, contact your child’s teacher, the campus office, or our technology department at tech-dept@devineisd.org.

If your student does not have internet access at home, paper packets may be pick-up on Monday. There is no need to complete both online and paper assignments

Ciavarra Elementary
• We will have student packets ready for you to pick up Monday, March 23. You may pick up packets from 8:30-10 a.m. Pick-up locations will be the normal pick-up spots: Prek in the Prek parking area; all kinder and Mrs. Alison Brown, Ms. Shelton, Mrs. Applewhite, Mrs. Gough in the circle in the back parking lot; all second grade and Mrs. Megan Martinez, Mrs. Vinton, Mrs. Eads, Mrs. Blanton in circle by the cafeteria. You do not have to get out of your car. A teacher will bring the packet to you. Patience will be appreciated.

Devine Intermediate
• We will have paper packets for those who do not have access to technology available for pick-up on Monday, March 23 from 7:30 – 8:30 at the DSAC.

Devine Middle School
• Packet pick-up for middle school kids is on Monday, March 23, 7:30-11:30 in front of the middle school. We will get packets out to you. You won’t have to come in. You will need to fill out a short form so we will know what electives you have. Remember packets are only for those without internet access. Everyone however can get an ELAR textbook.

Devine High School
• High school students needing packets can pick them up on March 23 from 8:00 – 9:30 at the high school bus circle.

Meals to Go
Devine ISD will continue its curbside meals for students at no cost. Starting March 24, you will no longer need to come to the school twice to pick up breakfast and lunch. We will expand our lunchtime pick up from 10:30-12:30. At this time, you will be able to pick up the current day lunch as well as breakfast for the next day. We will still have breakfast pick-up on Monday, March 23.

Thank you,
Devine ISD Administrative Team



UPDATE 3/19, 5:15 P.M.
As a result of the continued monitoring and developments related to the proactive measures recommended by our local, state, and federal officials to minimize and contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in compliance with Governor Gregg Abbott’s recent proclamation, Devine ISD will remain closed through April 3.

UIL Guidelines
The University Interscholastic League is extending its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas. All UIL facilities will remain locked and contests, practices, rehearsals, and workouts will remain suspended until further notice. At this time, the earliest games and contest may resume is Monday, May 4th.

Google Classroom and Instruction
Parents should begin, if you have not already done so, to plan for possible long-term closures of schools. Teachers and administrators have been working on plans for distance learning opportunities. Beginning Monday, March 23, instructional materials, by grade and content area, will be made available to Devine ISD students via Google Classroom. If your student does not have access to technology (such as a computer, tablet, gaming device, or smart phone) printed-paper packets will be available upon request. Please contact campus offices or review campus social media pages for more information regarding packets.
In order to access online instruction via Google Classroom, students should go to classroom.google.com and log on using their devineisd.org Google account. From there, students will be prompted to join the Google Classrooms their teachers have invited them to. Once invitations have been accepted, materials can be accessed at classroom.google.com. The following credentials will gain students access to all of the Google Apps for Education that are provided through Devine ISD, including Google Classroom.

The vast majority of students’ email addresses are formulated as follows:
Pre-K - Grade 5: Use the last two digits of the student’s graduation year, followed by their first and last name (first.last) and @devineisd.org
For example: 20john.doe@devineisd.org
Grade 6 - Grade 12: Use the last two digits of the student’s graduation year, followed by their first and last name (first.last), followed by the last two digits of the student’s lunch number and @devineisd.org
For example: 20john.doe27@devineisd.org
Students’ passwords are formulated as follows:
Pre-K - Grade 5: Use the first letter of the student’s first name (uppercase), followed by the first letter of the student’s last name (lowercase), followed by the student’s 6-digit student ID, followed by an exclamation point (!)
For example: Jd725425!
Grade 6 - Grade 12: Students’ passwords are the same as their password to log on to Devine ISD computers at school; therefore, students should know these passwords.
If you have any trouble accessing Google Classroom, please email: tech-dept@devineisd.org

Meals to Go
Devine ISD will continue its curbside meals for students at no cost. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at the DSAC (Devine Student Activity Center). Breakfast can be picked up between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; lunch service is between 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We were excited to hand out 30 breakfast packs and 150 meals at lunch on Tuesday. Likewise, students picked up 53 breakfast packs and 243 meals at lunch on Wednesday, and 52 breakfast packs and 202 meals were provided at lunch today. Remember, the student or students must be present in the vehicle for the meal to be distributed to conform to Texas Department of Agriculture regulations.

The Devine ISD staff, faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees hold the safety, security, and health of our community and students as our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation by the hour and work to ensure information is relayed as available.

Thank you!
Devine ISD Administration




March 18, 2020 Update

As a result of the continued monitoring and developments related to the proactive measures recommended by our local, state, and federal officials to minimize and contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in collective agreement with other public school districts in our surrounding area, Devine ISD will remain closed through March 30.

Parents should begin, if you have not already done so, to plan for possible long-term closures of schools. Teachers and administrators have been working on plans for distance learning opportunities. Beginning Monday, March 23, instructional materials, by grade and content area, will be made available to Devine ISD students via Google Classroom. If your student does not have access to technology (such as a computer, tablet, gaming device, or smart phone) printed-paper packets will be available.

Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott waived the STAAR testing requirements for the school year. We thank him for this decision which will give teachers and students an opportunity to focus on learning.

Devine ISD will continue its curbside meals for students at no cost. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at the DSAC (Devine Student Activity Center). Breakfast can be picked up between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; lunch service is between 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We were excited to hand out 30 breakfast packs and 150 meals at lunch on Tuesday. Remember, the eligible student or students must be present in the vehicle for the meal to be distributed to conform to Texas Department of Agriculture regulations.






3/14/2020, 4:30 p.m.
Good afternoon Devine ISD Students, Parents/Guardians, and Community,

As the health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our highest priority, the Devine ISD Administration has been closely monitoring the Covid-19 virus throughout the entire week, basically by the hour, of Spring Break. As I stated yesterday, given the information that we have received from all sources at the local and state level, we are still being told that our county and community are still considered at low level risk. Based on all the information yesterday, with no communicated diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Devine or Medina County, we decided to extend Spring Break through Monday, March 16 as a precaution, and for preparation. This afternoon, after much consultation, I have decided to now extend our break through March 20, out of an abundance of caution. We have been reassured by state and local health officials that we are continuing to make well informed decisions in relation to school operations; however, as this environment changes, public concern also plays a part in decision making.

On Monday morning, our DISD Administration will be meeting to plan the implementation of our curriculum at home for our students should we have to extend our break beyond Monday, March 23, 2020. We will also be preparing plans to continue our Food and Nutritional Services for students during an extended period. As soon as we have the final plans for each of these services, I will have them sent out through all of our school communications media.

The U.I.L. has suspended all sanctioned events from March 16th through March 29th. Likewise, Devine will follow this guideline: All extra-curricular activities requiring travel outside of the district or other districts coming to Devine are to be temporarily cancelled until additional information becomes available.

We would like to remind you again that according to the CDC, COVID-19 is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. Please continue to follow the recommended prevention measures:

Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
As a reminder if you have traveled during spring break, follow the CDC guidelines regarding the need for health monitoring and possible self-quarantine.

I will continue to let you know on the status of our schools and how our students will be affected as I receive updated information, and finalize measures for serving our students during any extended break. We appreciate your support in this unprecedented time. Please continue to take care of yourselves.

Dr. Todd Grandjean
Superintendent



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