The San Antonio Food Bank pre-registration link is now open for the Saturday, August 8, 2020 food distribution at Southside ISD. The distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Kym Rapier Food Pantry located at Pearce Elementary. Pre-registration is required. Please register now and help others who may need help registering. The Food Bank allows only two registered families per car.
The Southside Education Association noticed a need for supplies to help volunteers at the District’s Kym Rapier Food Pantry and stepped in to help. The SEA provided a one-thousand dollar sponsorship which will be used to purchase critical supplies. Already, the funds are being used to buy specialized face shields to give food pantry volunteers added protection as a result of COVID-19. “It is an honor to support the Southside ISD Kym Rapier Food Pantry,” said SEA President Mr. Rudy Ramirez.
The SEA said its members are giving back because the community has made their livelihood possible. “The Southside Education Association is deeply concerned and engaged in ensuring our students not only have educational support but the social and emotional support one needs to call each day a success,” Ramirez said.
Board Report from Thursday, July 16, 2020
The Southside ISD Board of Managers met via digital communications on Thursday, July 16, 2020. The meeting was conducted pursuant to Governor Abbott’s Temporary Suspension of Open Meetings Laws issued on March 16, 2020, the meeting was conducted via Google Hangouts Meet Online Videoconference. Present: Board President, Mrs. Dolores Sendejo; Vice President, Dr. Lonna Clinch; Secretary, Mrs. Velia Minjarez; Mr. Bruce Brannon, Mr. Jesse Hernandez, Mrs. Katie Farias, Ms. Margarita Morales, and Superintendent of Schools Mr. Rolando Ramirez.
- INFORMATION: District Chief Financial Officer; Mr. Stanley Osborne presented a review of financial statements for June 2020.
- INFORMATION: Transition Plan for 2020-2021 School Year. Deputy Superintendent; Dr. Fred Hayes gave a presentation on the District’s Transition Plan. Superintendent Mr. Rolando Ramirez said, “Parents should be the deciders of their children’s education.” The following learning models were offered:
– remote learning
– hybrid model
– In-person model
Dr. Hayes also presented the Safely Reopen Plan. Among the Guiding principles:
- Students and staff feel safe
- SISD will keep children and employees 1st in all decisions
- Will seek guidance from SA Metro Health
- SISD will offer the best educational opportunities
The Safely Reopen Plan also includes:
- Roles and Responsibilities for participation involving students, parents, and teachers.
The Learn Your Way Plan
- Cardinal Schoolhouse learning option (in-school instruction)
- Cardinal Half & Half option (blended model of in-school instruction and virtual learning)
- Cardinal Online Academy learning option (PreK-12 online program)
Pre-registration is required for all.
Dr. Hayes presented that all student instruction will be remote for at least the first three weeks (depending on local health conditions).
In-person learning will be left up to parents.
The School Operations contains numerous guidelines including:
- Personal protective equipment
- Sanitizing guidelines
- Arrival, dismissal, and transition guidelines
COVID-19 Health Protocols
Stage 1 – Prevention
Stage 2 – Mitigation
Stage 3 – Closure
Stage 4 – District Closure
We will schedule parent meetings during the week of July 20. The meetings will provide parents will important information on returning back-to-school for Fall 2020.
Additionally, Southside ISD will conduct a one-day test run. The District is also exploring temperature tunnels to expedite our students’ entry into campuses.
Superintendent Ramirez said, “We will train students on transitioning into remote learning on a days’ notice. We will also maintain close contact with San Antonio Metro Health.”
- INFORMATION: Cardinal Academy Summer Blast (summer school) Principal Mr. Ricardo Moreno reported 621 Kindergarten through 8th-grade students were enrolled in the program.
- Summer School High School Principal Mr. Michael Miller reported that 300 high school students were enrolled in the summer credit recovery program which is 100 percent self-paced.
INFORMATION: Update on Curriculum Writing – District Director of School Improvement; Dr. Jodi Spoor reported that there will be a standardized writing curriculum across the District utilizing technology. Additionally, all campuses will now have the same resources, i.e. accelerated reading. Dr. Spoor said, “We will provide quality education from minute one.”
INFORMATION: Unified Dress Code (uniforms) – Assistant Superintendent; Dr. Genese Bell discussed the possibility of exploring uniforms for Southside ISD students. Among the benefits she pointed out that having a unified dress code:
- Promotes school unity and a sense of belonging
- Sense of pride
Superintendent Ramirez said he supports uniform shirts saying, “It’s an equalizer and brings a sense of belonging.”
Superintendent Ramirez said parents will be surveyed to learn sentiment on uniform shirts.
CONSENT AGENDA Items A-D: Approved by the Board
#1 The Board approved 2020-2021 Calendar Option 1. The first day of school is August 17, 2020. The calendar was approved by a majority of parents and employees surveyed.
#2 The Board approved the purchase of more than $50,000 for Chromebooks to assist Southside ISD students who need the technology.
#3 The Board approved the purchase of more than $50,000 for Wi-Fi hotspots to assist Southside ISD students who need Internet access.
#4 The Board approved the purchase of more than $50,000 for laptops to replace aging laptops being used by teachers and District staff.
#5 The Board approved a budget amendment for the TIRZ payment from the General Fund.
#6 The Board approved a budget amendment allowing the purchase of furniture for the Menchaca Early Childhood Center principal’s office.
#7 The Board approved the purchase of more than $50,000 for a walk-in freezer/cooler for the District’s Child Nutrition Department.
#8 The Board approved the purchase of more than $50,000 to provide coverage for sports and other activities with Monarch Management Corporation DBA Alamo Insurance Group.
There was no Closed Meeting (executive session) and the Board meeting adjourned at
New Student/Pre-K Registration is now available by online, email, print or over the phone.
New Student Registration will be for students in grades Pre-K – 12th who are new to the district and were not enrolled in Southside ISD last school year.
For more information contact (210)882-1600 ext. 1011 & 1012 or visit the registration center online.
Dear Southside ISD Families:
This letter is to inform you that the 2020 Census count has been extended. As such, all families have until October 31, 2020 to respond.
The 2020 Census remains critical, as a complete and accurate count will determine the number of our state’s representatives in the U.S. Congress and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed each year into communities for the next ten years.
Here is what at stake: State and Federal funding of all School Districts, National School Lunch Program, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), emergency management and COVID-19 response, disaster relief programs, new roads, HUD housing programs and more.
Southside ISD families go to www.2020Census.gov to complete the Census questionnaire online or call (844) 330-2020, or (844) 468-2020 for Spanish. A live Census employee will assist with the questionnaire. The Census Bureau also supports response in 12 other languages at the call centers and online. Keep in mind, the census questionnaire has only nine questions and responding is easy, safe, and secure.
Call on me to support your schools’ 2020 Census outreach efforts.
Veronica R. Yunes, MPA
U.S. Census Bureau
The San Antonio Food Bank will provide food to the first 500 Southside ISD families who pre-register for the Saturday, July 11th food distribution. To register click on the link and fill out the simple form. The distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. and food will be provided to the first 500 families who register. Please register now and help others register, too. The San Antonio Food Bank will close the registration link once 500 families have registered.