LV Intermediate Parent Newsletter
March 13, 2020
March 16-20 Spring Break
March 23 Middle School Course Selections for Fifth Grade Students and Parent Meeting Rescheduled --TBA
April 1 Campus Educational Improvement Committee Meeting at 4:30
April 7 Grade 4 STAAR Writing and Grade 5 STAAR Math
April 8 Grade 5 STAAR Reading
April 10 Student Holiday
April 22-24 Camp Champion Field Trip for Fifth Grade
Congrats to Intermediate Choir and Mrs. Hahn
Choir had an outstanding performance this week. We are so proud of our students and Mrs. Hahn and how you well represented our school throughout our community! Bravo!
COVID -19 Update
Lago Vista ISD is committed to taking the necessary actions to help protect the health and safety of our community, students, and staff as we continue to monitor the evolving situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact. As such, we want to keep all stakeholders informed of the District’s efforts to protect to our campuses and our community, including important new requirements related to Spring Break travel.
Decision-Making During Spring Break
As we move into Spring Break, please know that District officials will be in constant contact with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) for updates in this evolving situation. We will also continue follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to determine if it is prudent to alter school operations to limit the spread of infection. If such a decision is made, notifications will be communicated through ParentLink, the District website, and through District social media accounts. For more information on the CDC's considerations for school closures, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/considerations-for-school-closure.pdf.
Deep Cleaning During Spring Break
During Spring Break, our custodial services provider, Aramark, will be deep cleaning all campuses, District facilities, and school buses. A broad spectrum, hospital-grade disinfectant will be used to disinfect all high touch and traffic areas, which includes desks, water fountains, doors, cafeteria tables, restrooms, and nurses’ areas, as well as school bus seats and handrails.
Additional Mitigating Measures
In an effort to do all we can to keep our students, staff, and community safe, Lago Vista ISD is putting additional mitigating measures into place, which include:
- Reinforcing effective hand washing techniques with students and staff;
The deployment of additional custodial staff members to ensure campuses are thoroughly disinfected each day;
- Ongoing, supplemental disinfecting measures throughout the day for all facilities and buses; and
- Active monitoring by nursing staff of students/staff with any signs of respiratory illnesses.
In addition to District measures to help keep everyone healthy, we would like to remind all parents and staff members that the most effective measures to prevent the spread of illnesses are reinforcing good hand washing techniques and ensuring that anyone who is ill stays at home.
Level 3 Travel Notices & Spring Break Travel
For any of our Lago Vista ISD families who may be traveling over Spring Break, we urge you to please stay informed of travel health notices, and updates to these notices, by visiting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices. Currently, the CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to China, Iran, South Korea, and Europe and has placed restrictions on reentry to the United States for individuals traveling from these countries. Parents of students who travel to any country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice over Spring Break must contact campus administration and plan to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to the U.S., per the CDC’s guidelines. The self-quarantine days will be counted as excused absences.
Level 3 Travel Notices & New Student Enrollment
On March 6, 2020, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shared guidance on enrolling students after Spring Break. According to the TEA, students seeking to enroll following Spring Break must be allowed to do so UNLESS they have traveled to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice country (in which case the District must follow guidance from the CDC before students are allowed to enroll).
We understand that this is a source of concern to our school community and we will remain vigilant in monitoring and responding to this ever-evolving situation, providing additional updates as necessary.
If you would like updated information from the CDC on the Coronavirus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The most recent information about the Coronavirus in Texas may be found at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.
Nurse News from Nurse Carmichael
If you have concerns, and do not have a primary care physician you can talk to, please consider this Ascension Connect option. (You are free to share). To deliver on our Mission to provide care for those most in need during this time and support community goodwill, Ascension is offering access to virtual care visits through Ascension Online Care at a discounted rate. For the month of March, use of Ascension Online Care will be provided at a $20 cost with the use of the coupon code: HOME in the app.
Please help your child be ready for benchmark testing this week by ensuring they get a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast. A water bottle and a snack will be provided to each student on test days. We use the information from these tests to celebrate success and identify struggles and plan for future instruction to make sure each student is reaching their academic potential.
The benchmarking schedule for the week we return from Spring Break:
Tuesday- Fourth Grade Math
Wednesday- Fourth Grade Reading
Thursday- Fifth Grade Science
Camp Champion Reminders
We will continue to monitor the coronavirus health crisis and will let everyone know if there is a change in our ability to attend this trip. Camp forms have been sent home to students attending and they are due we return from Spring Break. These forms forms are required for students to attend the trip. Please ask you students for the paperwork. If you have questions or concerns regarding the trip, please contact Mrs. Davis at email@example.com.
BECOME A FRIEND OF THE LVISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Parents, we need your help! Are you adept at social marketing? Is managing money part of your repertoire? Do you enjoy planning parties? The Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, fund management, and event planning. Our meetings are at 6 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Viking Hall board room. Please join us or get in touch – email us at LVISDEFTX@gmail.com.
The Lago Vista ISD Education Foundation helps support the school district through teacher grants, PSAT costs and much more. Please consider becoming a Friend of the Foundation.
STAYALERT SYSTEM REMINDER
Lago Vista ISD uses StayALERT to help keep our schools safe. StayALERT is a bilingual, confidential website, e-mail, phone and texting avenue for students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to be able to confidentially report unsafe behaviors, suspicious activities, bullying, acts of violence, harassment, and a host of other potential disruptors to school safety.
Users may anonymously report concerns 24-7-365 via the StayALERT website, an e-mail, a phone call to a recorded and monitored line, or via a text message from a cell phone. Photos and video clips pertaining to the StayALERT report may be included. No special app required! Reportable information will be forwarded in a timely manner to a pre-designated school official for review.
To make a report, use one of the methods below:
Call or Text: (206) 406-6485
Lago Vista ISD Bond Voter Information
Voter Registration Must Be Postmarked by April 2nd!
As you are probably aware, the Lago Vista ISD Board of Trustees called for a bond election to be held on May 2, 2020. In order to vote, you must be registered (and reside within the District boundaries). To register in time for this election, simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out, and drop it in the mail by Thursday, April 2nd. Applications are available at your child’s school, public libraries, post office, and other state/county government offices.
You may also fill out an online voter registration by visiting https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp,
but you must also print it, sign it, and mail it to the Travis County Tax Office, located at 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX, 78751-1410.