Boerne ISD Closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year.
Superintendent’s Message, April 17, 2020
Dear Boerne ISD Family,
Earlier today, Governor Abbott announced that all Texas schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year, to help keep our students and staff safe during the COVID-19 virus.
Although we are disappointed that we will not be able to have our students back on our campuses until August to start the next school year, we know that this was the best and safest decision for the health and well-being of the Boerne ISD community. One thing is for certain, distance learning will continue for the remainder of the school year at Boerne ISD.
Our administration has already begun logistical planning on several fronts, including the continuation of distance learning, student textbook return and locker item retrieval, end of year grading guidelines, among others. We will be receiving guidance from the Texas Education Agency on how to safely hold commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020. As soon as we have finalized information on these topics, we will inform the Boerne ISD community.
We look forward to sharing news regarding the end of the school year, and we are already excited for 2020-21! Stay strong, we are in this together!
Dr. Thomas Price, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Anyone traveling to countries with Level 3 Travel Health Notices, including China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, CDC guidance calls for staying home for 14 days from the time you left an area with ongoing community spread and practice social distancing. For additional health precautions regarding travel, please visit: CDC - After Travel Precautions
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID‑19. The best way to prevent infection is to take steps to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the steps you take to avoid the flu.
DSHS recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, including COVID‑19:
- Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
- If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
DSHS also recommends that you start practicing social distancing. Social distancing involves staying away from other people to avoid catching or spreading illness. It’s a fancy term for avoiding crowds and minimizing physical contact. This could mean avoiding concerts or weddings, skipping the handshake, and/or staying at least six feet away from others.
See the CDC website for more information on what you can do at home to prevent the spread of COVID‑19:
GET YOUR HOUSEHOLD READY FOR COVID-19 (CDC)
Custodial staff is cleaning all buildings in accordance with recommended protocols to include:
- Use of hospital-grade cleaning supplies
- Disinfecting all high-touch areas daily (desks, light switches, doorknobs, water fountains, etc.)
- Electrostatic decontamination applicators/sprayers administered over the break that creates a microbial barrier around surfaces
- Deep cleaning of all buildings during the spring break
BISD built 1,285 overage minutes (just over three school days) into our 2019-20 school year calendar to account for bad weather or extenuating circumstances. We are evaluating all options and will update all communications outlets when further decisions are made.