Nearly 4 weeks ago, SFDRCISD worked with parents to encourage them to transition to online instruction in an attempt to slow the surge of COVID-19 cases the community experienced just over the holidays. “We want to thank the parents who supported the idea of temporarily changing their child’s mode of learning to online instruction earlier this month”, stated SFDRCISD superintendent, Dr. Carlos Rios. “This measure was necessary amidst the sharp rise in cases we experienced in our community just 4 weeks ago. Parents understood the need to make the temporary change to keep their families safe, and in doing so helped to significantly contain the spread of COVID-19 to other families at school.”
Dr. Rios further explained that the District is ready and prepared to welcome students back to in-person instruction if they have been temporarily attending school online. “SFDRCISD continues to remain constantly vigilant of the positivity rate in the community. In fact, in the past few days we have seen the percentages come down little by little and closer to the positivity rate we have seen right before the winter holidays. We are at a point where we can safely encourage our families to transition back to face-to-face learning.”
SFDRCISD encourages parents to reach out to their child’s campuses if they are ready to suspend their temporary selection of online learning and re-instate their child’s face-to-face instruction.
TEA Releases New Guidance Regarding Online Instruction
During a recent meeting with Superintendents state-wide, the Texas Education Agency provided an update which would grant school districts the authority to evaluate the effectiveness of student performance and attendance for students who currently participate in online classes.
Using the guidance provided by TEA, school districts must study student grades and attendance participation during these past weeks to determine whether they will be required to transition to face-to-face instruction in the coming weeks. “As part of our goal to ensure an effective learning environment, explained SFDRCISD superintendent Dr. Carlos Rios, we have studied student grades and report card results district-wide. As a result, we have discovered that there is an overwhelming number of students failing online classes.” Under the authority granted by TEA, SFDRCISD will be forced to limit the number of students who can continue to participate in online classes. Effective November 16, 2020, (the beginning of the 3rd six-weeks), the District will implement the following measures:
1. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students who have accumulated 3 or more absences in a two-week period will be required to return to school for face-to-face learning.
2. Students in 1st – 5th grade with an overall average lower than a 70 (in the four core content area classes) at the end of any six weeks will be required to return to school for face-to-face learning.
3. Students in 1st – 5th grade who have accumulated 3 or more absences in a two-week period will also be required to return to school for face-to-face instruction, regardless of their grades; and
4. Students in 6th – 12th grade who are failing 3 or more classes will be required to return to school for face-to-face learning.
Students who meet any of the criteria listed above will receive a letter from the school. Students will be required to return to in-person learning two weeks from the date of this letter. Additional information regarding the TEA Commissioner’s Update will be presented during the regular school board meeting on Monday, November 16, 2020. The meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m., can be viewed online on the school district’s website at www.sfdr-cisd.org, the SFDR You Tube Channel, Facebook, or the SFDRCISD public access channel on Spectrum Channel 1301.
The Pandemic hit us and the world changed. What has occurred in our community in spite of COVID-19 has been admirable; as local organizations continue functioning by following COVID-19 safety protocol. Nevertheless, even under these dire circumstances, we decided to honor those members and friends who have exceptionally serve our community. The DRHCC awards committee and Board members selected the following individuals for a special award for going above and beyond the call of duty serving the DRHCC and Del Rio.
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting Thursday evening, October 8, 2020. The group met at Ramada Inn at 6:00 P.M., observing social distance and wearing face covers. Outgoing President Sergio Diaz gave the welcome and made final remarks about a year filled with challenges for everybody as a result of the Covid-19 virus. Dr. Maria G Ramirez gave the invocation and Mrs Carmen Gutierrez recognized special guests newly appointed Consul Paloma Villasenor Vargas who was accompanied by Jose Luis Diaz Miron Hinojosa and Gabriel Barrios. Consul Vargas started her assignment as of September 29, 2020.
Following the business part of the meeting, Vice president Dora G. Alcala. conducted the election of officers and directors who will serve for a two year term, Isidro Valdez was elected President, Carlos Ayala will be the new Public Relations Director, Ernestina Tina Martinez will serve as Director of Education, and Joel Langton is the new Director of Legislative Government Affairs. The new slate of officers was sworn in by the Honorable Judge Tony Faz.
At the conclusion of all business, meeting concluded with the drawing for door prizes.
SFDRCISD Announces Online Ticket Sales and Streaming Of Varsity Athletic Events
Fans will have an opportunity to purchase limited seating for all of SFDR’s athletic events directly on the SFDRCISD Athletic Department’s webpage at www.sfdr-cisd.org/athletics. In order to purchase a ticket, interested persons must successfully complete their order online, and a virtual ticket will be sent to their e-mail address. On the day of the event, ticket holders will be able to enter the event by showing their virtual ticket on their phone to the gatekeeper. No tickets will be sold at the events and no money will be exchanged. Fans should also prepare to be prescreened for COVID-19 before entering the event. As a precaution for the safety of our athletes and others, we urge all individuals to remain at home if they or anyone in their household is sick.
Sports fans can access and watch each game during their appointed time using the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsKw-67hNZK1mp8DHIKADIQ
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