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Dear Families of In-Person Learners,

This marked the second week of our students back on campus, and we couldn’t be more excited! We are so proud of how our students have adapted to our new health and safety protocols. They’re doing a great job!

Our SBISD leaders also continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our strong health and safety protocols are in place and being followed throughout our facilities. It will take a village to provide a great and safe learning environment for Every Child.

Please be sure that you are doing your part and help us through:

  • continued use of required daily health screeners, masks and face shields, and 
  • smart choices about parties, social gatherings and other off-campus socializing that we know our children and families enjoy and desire but heightens the risk of COVID-19 spreading to and within our schools.

To view the full LearnSBISD Health & Safety plan, please click here.

Below, you will find information regarding the deadline to change your student’s learning model for the second nine weeks, if you desire to do so.

UPDATES & IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Learning model change

If you wish to change your child’s learning model from in-person to distance learning for the second nine weeks, you may do so beginning today, Friday, Sept. 18. We have listened to your feedback and extended the deadline to make this change, if desired. The window will close on Friday, Oct. 2, at midnight.

The second nine weeks begins on Monday, Oct. 19.

If you choose to move from in-person learning to distance learning, the process requires you to complete the Learning Model Selection Change Form. Access via Skyward Family Access.

Note: If your student will remain in their current Learning Model for the second nine weeks, no action is required.

When changing learning models, please know your child’s teacher(s) may change. Class assignments have been made based on family choice for the first 9 weeks. As we move forward, class assignments will depend on your child’s grade level and how many students are online or in-person. For specific questions, please contact your child’s campus.

Roles, responsibilities & expectations

I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm some responsibilities and expectations of our students, and you as parents and guardians, while participating in In-Person Learning.

Prior to the start of the school year, all families completed the SBISD Health & Safety Protocol Parent Acknowledgement Form. Included in these protocols is ensuring that every child coming to campus has a completed SBISD Health Screener every morning.

As a reminder, the health screener can be accessed via the district website (there is a blue box on the homepage titled ‘HEALTH SCREENER’ or by clicking here.) High school students may complete their own screener, but not those of their siblings.

Parents, it is critical that you report to your child's school if your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has had prolonged (15 or more minutes) direct exposure to someone who is COVID-19 positive, or is displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Please do not send your child to school. Please do 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.

View this video to see how to turn the screener into an icon (like an app) on your phone or tablet home screen for easier access:

Student meals

Currently, and until Dec. 31 (or until further notice by USDA), the District will provide meals at no cost to all students in SBISD. 

Reminder: Continue to complete and return your Free & Reduced Meal Applications or Income Survey forms via Skyward Family Access as soon as possible. The information these forms provide is critical to fully understand the needs of your student and your campus.

2020 fall athletics information

Over the past few weeks, our Athletics team and high school principals have been working diligently to find great solutions for our volleyball and football seasons that enable us to maximize the number of parents and spectators that can attend games, while honoring our health and safety protocols.

Visit the Athletics webpage for a list of FAQs, game schedules, ticket/pass procedures and other updates.

Flu shots

This season, a flu vaccine is more important than ever! Getting a flu vaccine protects you, your family and our community from the flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.

The more people vaccinated, the better, lessening everyone’s chance of exposure to the flu. Do your part. Get a flu vaccine this fall. For more information, visit the CDC webpage on Flu Vaccines.

Reminder about weekly updates

Each Friday, you will receive an email to update you on any important news for the coming week(s). Be sure to also check the SBISD In-Person Learners webpage weekly for updates, reminders and quick links to forms, resources and documents. The page can also be accessed from the homepage of the SBISD website as well as every campus website.

With appreciation,

Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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