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SISD Communications, about 8 hours ago

Dear Snyder Family,

I am sorry to release such sensitive information in this way, but I want to make sure that everyone is aware. It is with deep regret that we inform you about a death in our school community. Mays Villarreal, who would have been a freshman at Snyder High School this fall, was in a serious accident over the holiday weekend and died.

This loss will be felt throughout Snyder. Mays has family entering Pre-K, 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 10th grades next year as well as relatives and friends throughout the district and the community.

The family has informed us that visitation will be at Bell Cypert Seale Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6pm-7pm and the funeral will be held at East Side Church of Christ, Wednesday at 2pm.

During this time of sadness and grief, we will offer support to our students and staff. A virtual support group Zoom led by Snyder ISD counselors will be held at 1pm on Monday, July 6th. If we need to add additional meeting times, we will. Later this evening, we will send a Zoom meeting link to the email and phone number we have on file. If you have a child that was not his classmate, but knew Mays and needs support, please email acrist@snyderisd.net. The crisis text line is also available by texting “home” to 741741. You will be able to text with a counselor for free. To speak to someone over the phone, you may call the West Texas Centers Crisis Help line at 1.800.375.4357. We also have a list of counseling resources available. If you need additional support, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

We know you will join us in extending your sympathy and prayers for the family. We will make every effort to help you and your child through this difficult time.

Eddie Bland, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, Snyder ISD

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SISD Communications, 3 days ago

Correction: We have been notified that the staff member who we reported to have a positive COVID-19 test earlier today, was indeed negative. We are relieved to hear that this staff member has not tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
We sincerely apologize for the error and confusion. We appreciate all of the concern for this individual. We are proud to be a part of such a supportive community.

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SISD Communications, 4 days ago

On Thursday, July 2, 2020 Snyder ISD was notified a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The employee worked on Wednesday, but in an isolated area of a SISD campus. There was no known contact with any other employees or students. The district has thoroughly sanitized the areas where the employee worked and the employee has been told to quarantine until released by a physician. Earlier this week, SISD suspended the girl’s athletic conditioning program due to a possible COVID-19 exposure, however this case is thought to be unrelated. The district remains steadfast in our commitment to ensure the safety of our students and employees and we will continue to follow CDC guidelines. Please visit the Scurry County Coronavirus Resource Page at scurrycovid.com or the CDC website for more information about COIVD-19.

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SISD Communications, 4 days ago

Snyder ISD will open schools to students on August 12 with plans to keep students safe and offer families options. Families will be allowed to choose between in-school learning and virtual learning for the 2020-2021 school year.
Both in-school and virtual learning options will follow the same curriculum and students will be held to the same grading standards. Dr. Eddie Bland, Superintendent of Schools for Snyder ISD, states, “We believe that having students in classrooms is the best way to teach and we are excited to have students back in the building for the start of school on August 12. Understandably, parents have concerns, and extensive planning is underway to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep the school as sanitized and as safe as possible. These plans will be shaped locally by surveying our families, staff, and healthcare experts in addition to guidance from Governor Greg Abbott and TEA Commissioner Mike Morath. We will provide more details on these plans as soon as they are available.”
To better understand the needs of families, the district has issued a family survey to learn which schooling option they prefer and what health and safety protocols they would like to see upon returning to school. Surveys were also sent to teachers to learn about their needs and concerns. All surveys are due by Friday, July 3, 2020 to help the district plan for the school year.
Students who are enrolled in virtual learning can expect a robust platform and the same rigorous grading guidelines as in-person school. All virtual learners will be assigned a teacher and will follow the SISD school calendar. Although the school will provide students with a school-issued iPad or laptop, families will need to have reliable internet or access to the wi-fi hotspots to connect to the virtual classroom. For students who are struggling, have questions, or need support, students will be able to meet with their teacher virtually through the teacher help desk.
Families will designate their choice between in-school learning and virtual learning when they register. If they have already registered and did not make a selection, a staff member will contact them. Registration for students new to the district opens July 6, and online registration for returning students begins on July 15.
Virtual learning details: Pre-K-2nd grade: asynchronous*, or flexible classes, will be offered. In the flexible format, lessons will be recorded and completed anytime during the day. Families will need to set aside at least 3 hours per day for school. To be counted present for the day, students must be engaged for the assigned time during the 24 hour time period. *As of 6/30/2020, the TEA states that asynchronous learning is required in the virtual format for grades Pre-K-2nd. However, we will provide virtual interaction with teachers in a real-time format to support student learning.
Grades 3-12: real-time (synchronous), or flexible (asynchronous) classes will be offered. Real-time classes will be held at scheduled times in the day. Flexible class lessons will be recorded and are to be completed anytime during the day. For students in grades 3-5, families will need to set aside at least 3 hours and students in grades 6-12 will need to set aside at least 4 hours per day for school. To be counted present for the day, students must be engaged for the assigned time during the 24 hour time period.
“Should there be a need to close campuses again due to COVID-19, we will be prepared to switch immediately to a fully virtual format. Our staff demonstrated flexibility, perseverance, and commitment to launching an online format in a matter of days. I know they are committed to helping all students succeed in whatever format they choose,” states Rachael McClain Assistant Superintendent -- Learning and Innovation.

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