The School Zone: News


Dear Families of In-Person Learners,

A new school year is always exciting, but this week’s return to in-person instruction was a unique one! This week, months of work and planning by the SBISD team culminated in welcoming over 17,000 students back to our campuses and into our classrooms. We also continued great distance learning instruction for families who chose this option.

Thank you to each and every student and parent/guardian who did a great job following our health and safety protocols this week. Your cooperation in ensuring we continue to be as safe as possible is critical.

Each Friday, you will receive an email to update you on any important news or safety protocol changes for the coming week(s). There is also a webpage that will always contain the most up-to-date information for and about in-person learning. Check out the page here. The link is also available on every campus website.


SBISD COVID-19 Dashboard

The SBISD COVID-19 Dashboard provides a summary of active, test-confirmed COVID-19 cases involving SBISD students and staff members as reported to the District. Totals reflect those participating in any on-campus activity. For more information associated with SBISD’s health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19, including isolation, quarantine, and reporting, please refer to the District’s LearnSBISD plan (beginning on page 83).

The dashboard can be found here or on the SBISD Health & Safety webpage by clicking the ‘Active COVID-19 Cases’ button. Data will be updated regularly based on reported information.

Daily health screener

The SBISD Health Screener must be completed prior to attending school each day. It can be accessed via the district website (there is a blue box on the homepage titled ‘HEALTH SCREENER’ or by clicking here.) For your convenience, the login page also features quick walkthrough videos on how to login, complete the screener and how to save the page to your phone’s home screen.

Parents, it is critical that you report to your child's school if your child has tested positive or has had prolonged (15 or more minutes) direct exposure to someone who is COVID-19 positive or displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Please complete the health screener and report to your school attendance office or nurse immediately. Please be sure to provide your contact information including a daytime telephone number where you can be reached.

Complete your forms

Be sure that you have completed all required forms via Skyward Family Access. If you have problems accessing the forms or have specific questions regarding any required forms, please contact your child’s campus.

No-Cost meals

Beginning Sept. 8 and continuing until Dec. 31 (or until further notice by USDA), the District will provide meals at no cost to all students in SBISD. For in-person learners, the only change is that students will no longer be required to present a district ID badge when receiving breakfast or lunch. 

Learning model selection deadline

Families who selected In-Person Learning for the first nine weeks and would like to change to the distance learning model for the second nine weeks may do so beginning on Sunday, Sept. 20. The window will close on Sunday, Sept. 27, at midnight. Please watch for more district communication. The second nine weeks begins on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

Check for weekly updates

Be sure to check the SBISD In-Person Learners webpage  each week for updates, reminders and quick links to forms, resources and documents. Updates will be made at the end of each week for the week ahead. The page can also be accessed from the homepage of the SBISD website as well as the homepage of your campus site.

We must all work together

As we successfully move past the first week of in-person learning and on to the rest of the school year, I want to reiterate the importance of each and every member of the SBISD Family working together to protect each other, our campuses and our community. From completing the daily health screener and wearing your masks, to practicing physical distancing, good hygiene and hand washing, I know you will rise to the occasion to set an example for others.

I also ask you to keep in mind the importance of kindness and respecting the privacy of our fellow students, staff and families. We trust in and are counting on all families and staff to be honest in reporting COVID-19 related test-positive cases and exposures. This is imperative to keeping our schools open and safe.

I look forward to seeing this unique year be an extraordinary school year for all!

With appreciation,

Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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