SISD COVID-19 Information
Update March 13, 2020
Sunnyvale ISD Families,
As you know, keeping our students, staff, families and visitors safe and healthy is the highest priority for Sunnyvale ISD. Over the past few days, we have seen things change minute by minute. Please know that students are always at the heart of our decisions and we are managing this situation with them and our entire community in mind. We have been in constant contact with local, state and federal health authorities. We are also in contact with neighboring school districts.
Based on recommendations from all health experts we are extending Spring Break and will be keeping schools closed next week, Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. During this extended spring break, all-district events and competitions that have been scheduled during this timeframe will be considered canceled until further notice (we hope to be able to reschedule the third grade NASA field trip and will keep you updated on this as soon as we are able). As families are returning from spring break, we will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. A decision will be made in regard to reopening SISD schools sometime next week. We will communicate updated information as it becomes available.
SISD Cleaning Measures
Our custodial staff has cleaning protocols in place for all district facilities, and we are taking some additional measures to deep clean throughout the district:
- Custodians use a commercial grade, hydrogen peroxide-based multipurpose disinfecting cleaner.
- Surfaces are wiped down and electrostatic machines are used to clean and sanitize major hallways and common areas on campuses.
-Campuses have been “deep cleaned” during spring break, using a hospital grade disinfectant, applied with a commercial misting unit.
- All school buses will be deep cleaned with a hospital grade disinfectant using a misting sprayer at the end of this week, following all spring break field trips and activities.
- The district is providing campuses with extra disinfectant wipes, which schools use throughout the day as an additional prevention effort.
Extending the Grading Period
Next week was planned as the end of the grading period. Please know that we are extending the grading period by two weeks in an effort to keep ensure that grading for all Raiders is fair and complete. We will keep you updated on further developments to this information.
Daily Breakfast and Lunches
SISD will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for students of SISD. If your child is in need of breakfast or lunch, please fill out this form and we will contact you on how the pick up location for these meals.
With an extended Spring Break, it may be tempting to travel. However, we remind you to please consider the travel recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The COVID-19 outbreak is a concern for anyone currently traveling or considering traveling at this time. Those with travel plans are strongly encouraged to closely monitor travel advisories and guidance from the CDC, available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.
Dallas County Health Services will continue to communicate with Sunnyvale ISD regarding any official quarantine/monitoring restrictions for travelers. We realize some of our families have traveled over spring break, and we respectfully request that if you or any member of your household has traveled internationally, including cruises, please inform us via this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHTBYtQWxKeBHsonpMt1e0XxsgnDH1e5Vz06Riy5_3m775DQ/viewform.
While we consider obtaining this information to be vital in working to keep COVID-19 from impacting our community, we also value the confidentiality of our families. The form, which is entirely private, will be reviewed by Superintendent Doug Williams and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christi Morgan only.
We know you have many questions. Please know that the Sunnyvale ISD Administration team is communicating constantly and will continue to make information available to you as we are able.
We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public institutions. And there are no COVID-19 cases reported in Sunnyvale ISD.
Talking To Your Raider About Coronavirus
Students may feel some anxiety about growing concerns over this health issue. Please utilize this information to help them process this information.
Please care for yourself, your family and those around you, and continue to adhere to the preventative measures as recommended by public health officials, such as limiting interaction and practicing social distancing. Visit the CDC website for more information.
Sunnyvale ISD has created a dedicated COVID-19 web page to provide the most current and accurate district information.
We appreciate your continued flexibility and support during this unprecedented time. We will continue to work to make the very best decisions for Sunnyvale ISD students and keep you updated on those plans.