Message from the Superintendent

Message Regarding Governor Abbott's Executive Order
Posted on 03/15/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Message Regarding Governor Abbott's Executive OrderDear Devine Families,

I hope that everyone had a restful and rejuvenating Spring Break! As a result of the amazing efforts of our staff, our schools have remained open for in-person learning this entire school year, as well as allowing our students to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. The 2020-21 school year has a little under 60 days of school left, and everyone can remember the impact and issues we experienced in closing our campuses last spring. With the loss of class time, cancelled extracurricular activities, and missed school events last spring, the DISD staff and Board of Trustees made a commitment to do whatever it takes to keep our schools open and our students connected. We have instituted social distancing, wearing masks, hand washing, disinfecting, sneeze guards, contact tracing, and quarantines.

As of March 2, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34.(see link below)

Executive Order GA-34

This executive order has modified state mandates concerning the use of face coverings and business operations. As you will find when reading the executive order, which took effect on March 10, at 12:01 a.m., Governor Abbott made a revision of requiring the wearing of masks, however he did "strongly encourage people to wear face coverings wherever it is not feasible to maintain social distancing from another person not in the same household." The guidance released later from the Texas Education Agency stated that students at school must wear a mask wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distance from another person that is not in the same household.

Devine ISD will continue to require the use of face coverings for all staff, students, and visitors at all DISD facilities and events pending further guidance from Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath and the Texas Education Agency.

Governor Greg Abbott’s issued Executive Order GA-34 does not change quarantine rules. There are times in the school day when keeping our students and staff more than six feet apart is not possible and, by requiring masks, has resulted in fewer quarantines. Every single incident of staff or student close contact is handled on a case-to-case basis.

As we obtain more information and guidance from the Center for Disease Control, The Texas Education Agency, or Medina County Health Officials regarding how this executive order or recommendations specifically impacts Texas schools, DISD will keep our staff and families updated on any changes that affect our students, staff, and community.

Thank you for the chance to serve you and your children!

Dr. Todd Grandjean

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