Bobcat Updates & Helpful Resources

October 21st, 2020

Letter to the Bobcat Community

Bobcat Community,

I wanted to reach out and share important information we just received on our traditional scholars returning to campus. As of today our scholars, due to the spike in COVID cases in our city, will now not return until Monday, November 9th.Below is more of an explanation from SISD.

I also have included different events and resources for you and your family. Please take a look.

Remember Bobcats we are all in this together and we are here for you.

Mrs. Castro

We are Invictus because Bobcats Always Achieve Success!

Socorro ISD extends remote learning transition period to help Keep SISD Safe

Working closely with the El Paso Department of Public Health and other area school districts, the Socorro Independent School District continues to carefully monitor the health of our community while following guidance and directives from the Texas Education Agency regarding the reopening of schools. With the record-breaking COVID-19 data in the El Paso community, the Socorro ISD Board of Trustees approved a two-week extension to its remote learning transition period to Keep SISD Safe.

The current extension will allow the district to continue providing remote instruction to students through November 6, 2020. Parents of students who were on campus prior to the break will continue to have a choice on whether to have their kids learn remotely or on campus. Teachers who have not already started working at their school will return on Friday, November 6th. On November 9, 2020, teachers will provide in-person instruction to all students whose parents have chosen the traditional/hybrid (on-campus) learning model while continuing virtual instruction for students whose parents opted for the remote (at-home) learning model.

High school athletics, fine arts and other UIL activities will continue as scheduled following UIL guidelines as well as guidance by the local health authorities and collaboration among athletic directors in area school districts.

Per TEA, the agency will continue to monitor the status of the local community health and follow up with determinations regarding further extensions to the remote learning transitional period.

As with all COVID-19 plans, it is important to note that details may be subject to change pending the state of our local community health and new guidance issued by national, state, and local authorities as the district progresses through the school year. Potential updates will be shared with the community as they are received from TEA or health officials.

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SISD to resume free meal service for all children Oct. 19

Meals available for pick up at several SISD schools during second week of intersession

The Socorro Independent School District will resume free meal service for all children on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 to ensure children in the community continue to have access to healthy meals.

To minimize the number of people on campuses in SISD during this critical time of the pandemic in the El Paso community, the first week of the SISD spring intersession (March 8-12, 2021) is being moved to October 19-23, 2020. Schools and district offices will be closed during this week; however, Team SISD will resume meal service for all children ages 0 to 18 at several campuses in the district.

The meal service pick-up time will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch both can be picked up at the same time via a socially distanced drive-through/walk-up procedure. A Saturday meal also will be provided at the Friday pick-up. Confirmation cards are valid at all participating schools from Oct. 19-23. No duplicate meals will be served. Only one breakfast and one lunch per student per day will be available. No a la carte sales will be available.

Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up Oct. 19-23, 2020 at:

Socorro High School
Escontrias Elementary
Robert R. Rojas Elementary
Capt. Walter E. Clarke Middle School
John Drugan School
Vista del Sol Elementary
SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School
Jane A. Hambric School
Chester E. Jordan Elementary
Purple Heart Elementary
Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary
Horizon Heights Elementary
Mission Ridge Elementary
Pebble Hills High School
SSG. Manuel R. Puentes Middle School
Lujan-Chavez Elementary
Bill Sybert School
Elfida P. Chavez Elementary
O’Shea Keleher Elementary

Child Nutrition Services employees will place the meals in trunks or back seats of vehicles to maintain social distancing measures. Please note the following guidelines/notes:

  • Parents are asked to remain in vehicle and open the trunk or back of vehicle.
  • If in a truck or SUV, where back cannot be opened, CNS employees will provide the meal on a tray to lessen unnecessary contact or the meal can be placed in the back seat if unoccupied.
  • If possible, parents are asked to please place a box or bin in their trunk, which will help hold the meal bags upright and keep the integrity of the meal.

According to state/federal guidelines, parents can pick up the free meals without having to bring their children to the pickup sites. If parents have their children WITH them when they pick up meals, no documentation is required. If parents come to pick up meals WITHOUT their children, they need to present one of the following for all children 18 and under:

  • Official letter/email/electronic school application from school listing children enrolled
  • Individual student report cards
  • Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, that includes the children names
  • Birth certificate for children not in school
  • Student ID cards

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Socorro ISD has developed a list of questions and answers to openly share information and proactively answer questions regarding students and employees returning to school and work for the 2020-2021 school year. We know our stakeholders have many questions, and we will do our best to answer all in a timely manner, but we ask for your patience as our team continues to work through the many issues that must be addressed. Rest assured that we will update this list and communicate with you often as information becomes available and as we seek additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Education Agency (TEA) and local health and government officials.

Read SISD 2020-21 Back To School Safely FAQ