COVID-19 Schedule / Procedures Update:
Brownsville Independent School District is collaborating closely with local, state, and national agencies as we monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19). President Donald Trump just announced extending social distancing until April 30, 2020. Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino issued mandatory " Shelter-in-Place" that is still in effect starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020, through April 8, 2020.
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Posted March 29, 2020

BISD Superintendent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: March 29, 2020

 Brownsville Independent School District is collaborating closely with local, state, and national agencies as we monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19). President Donald Trump just announced extending social distancing until April 30, 2020. Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino issued mandatory " Shelter-in-Place" that is still in effect starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020, through April 8, 2020. Based on updated information, the following further adjustments will go into effect:

A. Schools will remain closed until further notice effective immediately.

B. Distribution of Instructional packets will only continue via mail-out and upon parent request. Devices will continue to be distributed upon parent request Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Parents contact the School Principal for either the instructional packets and/or devices distribution times.

C. Our District commits to providing the Child Nutrition Meal program services from Monday-Friday from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at the same 12 designated locations.

D. The designated essential campus staff will report to work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am-2:00 pm.

 E. Teachers need to continue to prepare for the long-term online learning by ensuring either usage or/and certification of any remote learning platform: Microsoft, Google Classroom, Apple Teacher, SeeSaw, Nearpod, Canvas, Classdojo, Blackboard, and Remind. For further support, please fill out the Teacher Teaching, Learning, Training Survey so we may continue to support your educational technology needs. Teachers will be provided additional information with the recommended grade level platforms.

F. All staff members must be available remotely from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.

G. Departments will continue to provide campus support.

H. Please note that these are the latest updates. Continue to refer to the previous BISD Superintendents Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates dated March 22, 2020, and March 24, 2020, as well.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this new updated plan. We will continue adjusting as needed based on new developments. Please continue to take precautionary measures and stay safe.

Dr. Rene Gutierrez
Superintendent of Schools

Posted March 27, 2020

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Posted March 24, 2020

Brownsville Independent School District is collaborating closely with local and state agencies as we monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19). County Judge Eddie Trevino issued a mandatory "Shelter-in-Place" effective, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, through April 8, 2020. Based on the new mandate, the following adjustments will go into effect:

A. Classes will tentatively resume Monday, April 13, 2020.

B. Distribution of Instructional packets and meal services will continue as scheduled. We are required to maintain documentation of all instructional support and meal program.

C. The essential staff designated by BISD are exempt from the "Shelter-in-Place" mandate. At this time, essential personnel is reporting to work from Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Essential staff must carry their District Identification during working hours.

D. The Texas Education Agency requires the District to continue to register new students via phone registration. Therefore, campuses are ready to welcome any new students.

E. Parents with children that require Special Education services will find the contact information under the front page of the BISD website under “Special Education Contact Information.”

F. During the next three weeks, BISD teachers need to prepare for the long-term online teaching and learning by ensuring either usage and/or certification of any remote learning platform: Microsoft, Google Classroom, Apple Teacher, SeeSaw, Nearpod, Canvas, Classdojo, Blackboard, and Remind. For further support, please fill out the Brownsville ISD: Inventory of Training, Learning, and Teaching Online Survey located on the BISD website so we may continue to support your educational technology needs.

G. All staff members not reporting to work must be available remotely from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this new updated plan. We will continue adjusting as needed based on new developments. Please continue to practice social distancing and stay safe.

Dr. Rene Gutierrez Superintendent of Schools

Posted March 23, 2020

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BISD Superintendent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: March 22, 2020

Posted March 19, 2020

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Posted March 18, 2020

Dear Brownsville ISD students and staff,
In light of these latest developments, Brownsville ISD has decided to close its schools after Spring Break two additional weeks as a precautionary measure.
In an effort to continue to serve our students and community, our district is offering the following services:
Campus and District Administration
Campus and district administrators, along with a skeleton crew, will be available on each campus and the administration building from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. If you have questions, please call the respective campus administrator. Business Office staff will carry business matters such as payments and staff payroll.
Food Services
BISD operations staff will be working to make sure that every child who depends on the district’s free lunch program will continue to receive their meals. We have strategically identified the following twelve locations where breakfast and lunch can be picked up from 11:30 am – 1:00 p.m. When picking up a meal, the child(ren) must be in the vehicle.
1) Besteiro Middle School
2) Castaneda Elementary
3) Central Administration Building (CAB)
4) Hanna Early College High School
5) Lopez Early College High School
6) Manzano Middle School
7) Morningside Elementary
8) Pace Early College High School
9) Porter Early College High School
10) Pullam Elementary
11) Rivera Early College High School
12) Vela Middle School
Transportation Services
In some cases, the Child Nutrition Dept. will prepare food in a centralized location. Bus drivers will deliver meals to all the campuses listed above.
Custodial Employees
Custodial staff will continue to clean and disinfect district facilities.
Police and Security Services
BISD will continue to provide security services throughout the district.
If there are any changes we will pass the information along to you. Please continue to follow preventive measures at home. Thank you for your patience and support.
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Estimados estudiantes y personal de Brownsville ISD,
A causa de los acontecimientos de (COVID-19), Brownsville ISD ha decidido cerrar sus escuelas después de las vacaciones de primavera otorgando dos semanas adicionales como medida de precaución.
En un esfuerzo por continuar sirviendo a nuestros estudiantes y la comunidad, nuestro distrito ofrece los siguientes servicios:
Administración Distrital y Escolar
Los administradores de las escuelas y del distrito, junto con un equipo selecto, estarán disponibles en cada campus y en el edificio administrativo de 8:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m., de lunes a viernes. Si tiene preguntas, llame al administrador respectivo de la escuela. El personal de la Oficina Central se encargará de asuntos comerciales como pagos y nómina del personal.
Servicios de Comida
El personal de operaciones de BISD trabajará para asegurarse de que los estudiantes que dependen del programa de almuerzo gratuito del distrito continúen recibiendo sus comidas. Identificamos estratégicamente los siguientes doce lugares donde se puede recoger el desayuno y el almuerzo de 11:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. Al recoger una comida, los estudiantes deben estar en el vehículo.
1) Besteiro Middle School
2) Castañeda Elementary
3) Central Administration Building (CAB)
4) Hanna Early College High School
5) Lopez Early College High School
6) Manzano Middle School
7) Morningside Elementary
8) Pace Early College High School
9) Porter Early College High School
10) Pullam Elementary
11) Rivera Early College High School
12) Vela Middle School
Servicio de Transporte
En algunos casos, el Departamento de Servicos de Alimentos y Nutrición preparará los alimentos en un lugar centralizado. Los conductores de los autobuses entregarán comidas a todas las escuelas mencionadas anteriormente.
Mantenimiento
El personal de mantenimiento continuará limpiando y desinfectando las instalaciones del distrito.
Servicio de Policía y Seguridad
BISD continuará brindando servicios de seguirdad en todo el distrito.
Si hay algún cambio, le pasaremos la informacion. Continúe siguiendo las mediadas preventivas en su hogar. Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo.






COVID-19 Schedule / Procedures Update: With the health and safety of BISD students and personnel of the utmost priority, and in light of the evolving circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brownsville Independent School District has adopted additional procedures and has modified schedules accordingly. Classes have been cancelled through April 3, 2020. Teachers do not report for duty at least through April 3, 2020.

Starting Monday, March 23rd, campus teams led by the principal and limited to no more than 10 people will report to the schools from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. During this time principals may call on other essential staff if the need arises. Instructional support for all students will be provided through instructional packets and distance/remote learning. Principals will be sending a message to the students’ families indicating the time and process for picking up the printed packets.

The links to access the online packets will become active on Monday, March 23rd.Teachers will communicate with their students using tools such as ClassDojo, Seesaw, Remind, Google Classroom, and Microsoft Teams. Also starting Monday March 23rd, meals will be available for pick up from 11:30 to 1:00 at 1) Besteiro Middle School, 2) Castañeda Elementary, 3) CAB – Central Administration Building, 4) Hanna ECHS, 5) Lopez ECHS, 6) Manzano Middle School, 7) Morningside Elementary, 8) Pace ECHS, 9) Porter ECHS, 10) Pullam Elementary, 11) Rivera ECHS, and 12) Vela Middle School. A meal will be allocated for each child in the vehicle.

Please access the BISD website- CoronaVirus Instructional Support links for additional information. Again, the parent links to access the instructional packets will become active on March 23rd.

Posted March 17, 2020


CLASSES SUSPENDED
3/17/2020

 

Dr. Rene Gutierrez, Superintendent, has announced this morning that classes for BISD will be suspended for an additional week. He added that the situation will be evaluated this coming Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to determine when the students will return.,



Posted March 13, 2020



Posted March 12, 2020




Student and District Travel: Superintendent's Message: UPDATE 2:46PM

BISD Superintendent, Dr. Rene Gutierrez, announced today that all student travel outside of Region One/Rio Grande Valley is cancelled until further notice. He reminded the community that there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Cameron County nor in any surrounding counties.

BISD - Spring Break will not be extended an extra week. Classes will resume as scheduled on Monday, March 23, 2020.


Student and District Travel: Superintendent's Message

Good morning, we will continue to monitor all student and staff travel in regards to the Coronavirus. We have met with all administration to go over restrictions when our students and staff travel. So far, we have not heard from T.E.A. or U.I.L. if there will be any cancellation of student events or travel. I will continue to keep you informed if there are any changes to our plan or we get direction from other agencies.






Posted March 2, 2020


March 2, 2020

BISD staff, students and parents,

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus identified in China and has now been reported in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed multiple cases of novel coronavirus 2019 in people under federal quarantine at JBSA-Lackland in San Antonio. The first was a traveler who returned on a U.S. State Department-chartered flight from Wuhan City, China. The others returned on a State Department flight for passengers from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan. The individuals will remain isolated at medical facilities until they test negative for the virus and are no longer at risk of spreading it. The CDC has the latest information on the number of people under quarantine who are infected and is updating its national numbers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

There are no other cases in Texas, and these cases do not change the risk of infection for people in San Antonio or other parts of Texas because the patients have been under federal quarantine since their return and have not interacted with the public in Texas communities. The risk for all Texans remains low.

According to the CDC, patients with COVID -19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you have been in China within the past 14 days, been exposed to a sick traveler from China, or been exposed to the COVID-19, call your doctor. For updates and information visit dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

BISD is taking extra precaution sanitizing the schools, offices and playground equipment. Please take note of the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like the coronavirus or the flu.

The CDC recommendations are:
• Stay home when you are sick, temperature of 100 or above.
• Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
• Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose with unwashed hands
• Avoid contact with people who are sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of it
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Encourage flu vaccine for those who have not had it this season.

Thank you, BISD Health Services Department

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