- Beaumont Independent School District
Update Regarding District Closure
Update -- 3/30/2020
Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, Beaumont ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, May 1, 2020 to support the nationwide effort to slow the spread of the novel infection and the recent update on the need to extend social distancing practices.
Our health officials report that the virus continues to spread across the state and expect an increase in confirmed cases in Jefferson County. Suspending operations for the month of April will allow us to coordinate with local health officials and determine the success of social distancing in containing the spread, whether the virus is continuing to have community spread or whether it has been contained.
We are coordinating with other school districts in the county and will use the week of April 27 to make any decisions on whether there is a need to extend the suspension further. While currently no decisions have been made, the district wants our community to be as prepared as possible for additional closure announcements. To provide a sense of possible impact in order to help you prepare: If there is a need to continue the suspension at that time, it could likely be for at least three more weeks beyond May 4.
As a result, we will continue student learning via the Flexible Education Program through May 1. Please continue to access the online learning platform or for students who do not have internet, paper packets. CLICK HERE to access the online learning portal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol. We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness:
· Don’t shake hands
· Wash your hands regularly
· Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded places and maintaining 3 to 6 feet of distance between people (at least an arm’s length)
· If you are moving around in the community, don’t congregate in large groups
· For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases – both inside and outside of the country – we ask that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Students who have traveled should plan to stay home for two weeks after arriving home.
· If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice.
· Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care
This is a quickly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information, will assess conditions throughout the next weeks and will provide the next update by April 28 via our website and email.
Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of our community stay safe and healthy.
Dr. Shannon Allen
Superintendent of Schools
Hello BISD Team,
Happy Thursday! Despite what you think or how you feel, today is a good day because we are alive and for that I am thankful. We are facing unprecedented times right now with the novel coronavirus. Whoever would have thought that just a few months after dealing with tropical storm Imelda we would be faced with an even bigger challenge: How to keep our community safe in a pandemic? In order to do this, I announced earlier this week that we are transitioning to a flexible education program where our students will receive instruction remotely via online learning platforms or physical paper packets. The executive leadership team has been working around the clock on planning the details of what this will look like. The target date for students to begin receiving materials is March 30th for the flexible education program. Teachers will work remotely planning and videotaping lessons and checking in with students. Leadership and Operational support staff will be identified and asked to report during the hours of 9 am - 2 pm. As a containment strategy, District offices and campuses will remain closed to the public. Employees should not report to work sites unless or until they receive direction from their supervisors but should be available beginning Monday, March 23rd via phone or email.
We will also begin feeding students next week at several sites serving breakfast and lunch from 10 am to 1 pm. The details will be added to the website. Check our website at www.bmtisd.com in order to see the full list of sites where meals to students will be provided. We are currently scheduled to maintain this structure until April 3rd at which time we will reassess.
I know that pay is on the minds of our employees right now. I will be asking the board to approve a resolution at next Tuesday’s board meeting to pay ALL full-time employees and permanent substitutes similar to TS Imelda, however the difference in this situation is that many employees will work remotely or limited hours, but all employees will be required to work in some capacity.
There are so many more questions that we don’t have responses to right now. As we continue to work through this situation, we will answer questions as quickly as we can. We will soon post an FAQ for parents on the website. As I dialogue with colleagues across the region and state, the only comfort that I take in this situation is that everyone is facing the same circumstances. This situation is changing rapidly each day and we will continue to make adjustments as new information arises.
We began the year doing what was necessary for our kids and we will continue to do so. I ask in advance for grace and mercy as we go down this unchartered territory. We may make mistakes along the way, but I ask you for support as we determine the best way to approach doing the necessary work for our kids. Even though this is an obvious challenge in our nation, we will be alright. We will grow and learn and be better in the end. Please make every effort to remain calm and compassionate as we work through this situation.
I am asking ALL BISD team members to be safe and follow the guidance of the CDC. We will continue to closely monitor and follow the advice of our local health department as well as city and state officials.
This is a very fluid situation and details are rapidly changing. We will keep you informed of any updates as they arise. In spite of our current situation, we will continue to make every moment matter because we are BISD strong. Speak positive words, maintain a positive attitude and do what you are expected to do by our local and state authorities to stay safe. Every single one of us is here for a reason so continue to do your best even when times are difficult. I love you and stay safe.