- Appointment-only. Parents should arrive only 15 minutes before their appointment, not hours prior to.
- Drive up only. Parents and students must wait in the vehicle.
- Parents need to fill out the consent forms online if able.
- Bring shot records, ID, and insurance paperwork to appointment.
- Any questions call 210-358-7020
- Visit: www.healthyUexpress.com
June 12, 2020
Dear Cardinal Nation,
We know there are a lot of questions surrounding the beginning of the school year and many of you are anxious for answers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation changes by the hour. There is still a lot of uncertainty as we continue to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. The district continues to receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and state and local officials.
In the meantime, we want to assure you that SISD continues to stay on top of the situation. I am in regular communication with the Commissioner of Education, and we remain committed to getting you information as soon as we know it. We anticipate that our coming school year will look different than it has in the past. We are planning for many different scenarios to include in-person classes, distance learning, and/or a combination of both.
As we plan, we would like input from our students, parents, and staff. Safety measures to open schools, such as temperature checks, masks, reduced class sizes, etc. will be in place in the event that the pandemic continues. We continue to work with our local and state health officials to determine the best practices. Please continue to check our website and social media channels for the most up-to-date information. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to let us know. You can reach me at email@example.com or at 210-882-1600.
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Superintendent of Schools
Southside ISD children are receiving and enjoying their free breakfast, lunch, and supper meals this summer. Southside ISD is making sure no children go hungry during the summer break along with the economic troubles caused by COVID-19. Children are receiving meals such as pulled pork tacos, spaghetti, and pancakes on a stick.. The meals are distributed at Southside High School this summer on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from Noon to 2:00 p.m. and also along four bus routes.
The new Southside Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Mr. Rolando Ramirez believes Southside ISD can become an A-rated district under the Texas Education Agency A through F accountability rating system. “Our district rating at the end of the year will measure how effective we were. We will work harder, smarter, and as a team to make Southside ISD an A-rated school district,” said Mr. Ramirez.
The new superintendent also believes Southside campuses can become national U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools and also earn National Distinguished Performance Awards. He knows it can happen at Southside ISD because it happened during his tenure in the Valley View ISD; a school district just a little smaller than Southside ISD and located along the U.S.-Mexico border. Valley View’s students are 92 percent economically disadvantaged and 62 percent limited English proficient; similar demographics to Southside’s.
Mr. Ramirez grew up in the Las Milpas barrio of Pharr, Texas which is located adjacent to the larger city of McAllen. Las Milpas, which translated means “the farming fields,” is a humble part of Pharr filled with hard-working immigrant families. It also produced Rolando Ramirez; a star athlete and Class of 1993 valedictorian.
“I was that boy that had to wear the same clothes several times a week. I was that teacher that had to buy supplies for kids. I was that principal that went looking for kids when they didn’t show up for school. Now, I’m the superintendent that looks for the opportunity to help as many people as possible,” said the new Southside ISD leader.
Naturally, children are always on his mind and methods of instruction given the current challenges facing school districts because of COVID-19. “Our main and most important goal is to maximize student learning in a safe and secure environment,” Mr. Ramirez said.
Valley View ISD School Board President Mr. Noe Pruneda said Southside ISD students and parents should prepare to see the superintendent at campuses, games, and community events. He said Mr. Ramirez always places students first and finds ways to make sure all children feel included. “He developed a park for children with disabilities. Now, children in wheelchairs can swing. He’s very compassionate. You’ll see him high-fiving kids everywhere. He’s about school spirit. Just watch, everybody is going to be wearing red shirts. You’re gaining somebody that is spectacular,” said Mr. Pruneda.
When it comes to student performance and student achievement, Mr. Pruneda said charter schools, such as Idea, cannot even come close to achieving Superintendent Ramirez’ school district success. “We’ve been an A-district and we’ve been the top public school in this area. Down here, none of the charter schools can even touch us.” With pride Mr. Pruneda added, “We have 300 kids graduating and all of them have at least one college credit course.”
As a high school social studies teacher, the future superintendent became known for his creative and fun learning strategies. “He once assigned a project for his students to make a song out of the “Bill of Rights” in order to prepare them for the state test. This became one of his highlights as the social studies department increased their scores dramatically,” said Valley View High School teacher Mrs. Marta Andaverdi.
Mrs. Andaverdi has known the new Southside ISD Superintendent for more than 20 years. She says he has an open door policy for teachers, students, and parents. But his overall focus remains student success. “His mind is always a step ahead and looks at the possibilities and potential in everyone and everything. I don’t think the word “impossible” exists in his vocabulary; as his determination always figures out a way to make it happen,” said the Valley View High School teacher.
Superintendent Ramirez says the coronavirus pandemic has given families greater awareness and appreciation for the work of teachers. He said, “In my opinion teachers should be paid in gold. The public is now experiencing the value of the teaching profession. Teaching is not easy and it takes very special individuals to practice this profession. Therefore, they should be compensated accordingly.”
His former board president also described Mr. Ramirez as selfless; thinking more of others first before thinking of himself. He recalled offering only the superintendent a pay raise. “He said, ‘what kind of a leader am I if my staff doesn’t get a raise’.”
Mr. Ramirez’ friends and colleagues repeatedly mentioned student success and teamwork as part his key objectives. Mrs. Andaverdi emphasized, “You all should expect big changes. He thinks outside the box and expects everyone to work together as a team to send out a motivational message. His creativity will positively impact your students, staff, and community as he did ours.”
Superintendent Ramirez and his wife, Graciela, are the parents of two boys; Josh, 16, and Santiago, 7, and have made their home in the Southside ISD.
The Texas Department of Transportation is planning on adding this summer additional traffic safety devices in front of Southside High School. The action comes after the Southside ISD leadership appealed to TXDoT following safety concerns. The area has a history of high school students running across the major highway to go to the Dollar General Store. Now, TXDoT plans to install rumble strips to alert drivers in the northbound lanes of U.S. 281. “We use rumble strips in areas where we have safety issues at signals and stop signs,” said TXDoT engineer Dale Picha.
TXDoT also says an education campaign with Southside High School students could also change and benefit student safety.
Emergency Assistance Programs
Customer Assistance Programs
Here are some other things to keep in mind:
Agency funds may be limited.
The amount of assistance you may be eligible to receive will vary from program to program.
Proof of eligibility will be required. And requirements will vary between programs.
Name of organization: CPS
Criteria: UTILITY ASSISTANCE
Other assistance they can provide – EMAIL
Name of organization: Catholic Charities
Hours of operation: by appointment only
Phone number: (210)226-6178
Criteria if any to get a box of food: Assistment needs to be done by phone
St. Stephen’s CARE Center, our food and clothes pantry, is located at 2127 S. Zarzamora St. San Antonio, TX 78207. Please make an appointment if possible, exceptions considered. – food pantry assistance coomunity at large STRTS AT 8:30 am – picture ID., SOCIAL AND CURRENT DOCCUMENT WITH ADDRESS AND NAME MATCHING WITHIN CITY
Other assistance they can provide: Monday mornings clients are to call to see if funds are avalable for Utility and rental assistance
Name of organization: Bexar County Economic and Community Development
Hours of operation: 8 – 4pm
Phone number: (210)335-366
Criteria: utility assistance
Other assistance they can provide. – Pauper Burial
Bexar County Economic & Community Development Attn: Utility Assistance
233 N. Pecos, Suite 590
San Antonio, Texas 78207
Name of organization: Food Bank / closed to public – phone bank only
Hours of operation: 8 – 5pm
Phone number: (210)337-3663
Criteria if any to get a box of food: Location for food pantry pick up
Other assistance they can provide. –
Client is to call daily for food pantry location by zipcode drive up only is provided. 2 locations are provided daily no food distrubution is being done at Food bank all food is being distrubuted out to food pantires. Location is closed to the public at this time. Calls are only being taken ast this time.
Name of organization: Chrisitan Assistance Ministries
Hours of operation: M – Th (10-1pm) Friday (10-11:30am)
Phone number: (210) 223-4099
Criteria if any to get a box of food: Food Distribution
Other assistance they can provide.
Sack Lunches to homeless given out daily M- F AT 9AM
Name of organization: Texas Diaper Bank / phone only
Hours of operation: by appointment
Phone number: (210) 731-8118
Criteria: Parents and Caregivers of children ages 0–4, Bexar and 12 surrounding counties, Parenting Education Courses.
Household income not exceeding 150% of the Federal Poverty Line, Prescription/diagnosis of incontinence
The following documents must be brought to the Texas Diaper Bank office:
- Photo ID (Caretakers must be formally designated to receive items through a formal letter or Power of Attorney)
- Proof of income
- Proof of guardianship for those 18 years and younger
Other assistance they can provide: case management , parenting classes, financial assistance, food pantry.
Name of organization: Nxt Level Youth Oppurtunity
Hours of operation: M-F, 9:00AM – 6:00PM
closed at this time to the public / Phone coaching is being conducted only no new intakes clients are being added to a list of those who will need appointments so they can be called when the safety precautions are lifted.
Phone number: (210) 207-1723
Criteria: age group 16yr – 24yrs only
Name of organization: Department of Public Safety
Hours of operation: CLOSED
Phone number: 1-886-357-3639
Driver License (DL) Expiration Dates Extended, DL Offices Closed in Light of COVID-19 Outbreak
Additionally, the department has been directed to close DL offices, effective Thursday, March 19, until directed to reopen by the governor. These actions come as the state works to limit the ongoing spread of COVID-19 by increasing social distancing in communities.
Name of organization: Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Hours of operation: closed to public/ phone and email only
Phone number: Toll-Free Phone Number
1 (888) DMV-GOTX or
1 (888) 368-4689
Local Phone Number
Fax: (512) 465-4129
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is monitoring the impacts of the Covid-19/Coronavirus closely and working with state officials, county tax assessor-collectors and others to maintain or restore services in affected areas.
All TxDMV offices will be closed to the public for in-person transactions as of the close of business on March 18. Services and support will continue to be provided by mail, email, and phone while in-person services are unavailable.
For additional information regarding updates, tax assessor office closures, title and registration service, and FAQ’s select the tabs below.
Name of organization: The Center For Health Care Services
Hours of operation: by appointment
- Crisis Care Services
- Mental Health Services
- Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
- Programs for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Childrens Services
- Transformational Services for Homelessness
- Veterans Services
- Community Reintegration Programs
- Recovery and Health Services
Filling for Unemplyment Process IN Texas
Apply for benefits in one of two ways:
- Apply online at Unemployment Benefit Services by selecting Apply for Benefits. Read the Applying for Unemployment Benefits Tutorial. for help applying online.
- Call a Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 and speak to a customer service representative.
When to Apply
Apply for benefits as soon as you are unemployed because your claim starts the week you complete the application. However, you may not apply until after your last work day. We cannot pay benefits for weeks before your claim effective date.
Information You Need to Apply
You will need:
- Your last employer’s business name, address and phone number
- First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer. If you worked for your last employer on more than one occasion, provide the most recent employment dates.
- Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked the week you apply for benefits (Sunday through Saturday)
- Information about the normal wage for the job you are seeking
- Alien Registration number (if not a U.S. citizen)
Districts launch curbside meal programs to feed students who aren’t in school
Southside ISD offers daily meal curbside service M-F from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at both Southside High School and Heritage Elementary. Additionally, five buses are distributing meals in outlying areas. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and supper. Also, students receive breakfast and lunch for weekend meals when picking up meals on Friday.