AISD SPECIAL UPDATE

New updates for parents & community during COVID-19 closure

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Message from Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn

Dear Bearcat Parents,

First, thank you for supporting your children during this unsettling time. I want to make sure that you know that, as we make decisions, your children and you, our parents and guardians, are our focus. While the Governor has ordered all schools closed for the next two weeks, please know that we take decisions related to any further closures very seriously. We consider how it impacts you, your family, and our entire community. In the future, we will continue to comply with any order from the Governor and consider the recommendations of our local health authorities as we consider further closures.

With 6,500 students, we have families who will be significantly negatively impacted by COVID-19. We will do everything we can to support you and your children. We have been overwhelmed by the pledges of support of our children and our work during this time. Please extend that same empathy, grace, and support to your neighbors. We are so fortunate to live in a very special community, where we know and support each other.

Our Bearcat staff is a very large group of people who choose to do this work because we want to serve others, especially children and their families. We will continue serving your children, you, and our community while COVID-19 impacts our operations and our lives. We will continue to have the highest expectations for how we serve.

Please follow the guidance and orders of the President, the Governor, and our local authorities related to congregating. It is so important. This is not a time for playdates or to gather children or families.

While the COVID-19 situation is impacting every single one of us, if you are particularly concerned about the welfare of your child or your family, please reach out to your child’s campus counselor. While the school district cannot take care of every situation, we want to work to make sure that you have access to the resources that can support you at this time.

Obviously, the future is unknown. However, I am confident that our Bearcat community will find the way to make it through this challenge. Please know that we will do as much as we possibly can as a district and staff to make sure that this happens.

Thank you in advance for giving us grace as we work through this together as a community.


Truly,

Susan

Susan K. Bohn, Ed.D., J.D.
Superintendent

Email: sbohn@aledoisd.org - Phone: (817) 441-8327
Aledo ISD – 1008 Bailey Ranch Road, Aledo, Texas 76008
aledoisd.org - #GrowingGreatness

PARENTS BEWARE: Watch for Email Scams

During this crisis, we have already begun to see an uptick in Phishing emails to gain access to school and home user accounts. Emails are posing as help related to the virus, tools related to at-home learning, and even some are posing as school officials targeting parents. Please be on alert for these and carefully analyze any email that looks suspicious before clicking on any links or attachments.

Aledo ISD Starts Meals for Bearcats on Monday, March 23

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, due to the closure of Aledo ISD schools, the Child Nutrition Department will begin offering free breakfast and lunch to all Aledo ISD children 18 and under.

All meal packages will include 1 lunch and 1 breakfast. Meals should be refrigerated if not immediately consumed.

Delivery to households that qualify

  • Households that qualify for meal DELIVERY will be contacted by a separate email later today (Friday, March 20).
  • Meals will be delivered to households that qualify between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Pick-up option

  • Families not receiving the email Friday who need meals can use the PICK-UP option at McCall Elementary School, located at 400 Scenic Trail, Willow Park
  • Daily meal pick-up will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • For the health and safety of our families and staff, the pick-up option will be offered via a drive-through format with no onsite dining.
  • Families wishing to pick up meals will form a car line and pick up the meals at the front entrance to the building without exiting their cars.
  • Meals for pick up are free and children do not have to be present, but we will record students served per Texas Department of Agriculture guidelines.
  • Pedestrian traffic at McCall is discouraged due to safety concerns.

Special Notes:

  • Please click here to apply for the free/reduced-price meal program. You can apply at any time.
  • If your student has special dietary concerns, please contact the AISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-441-5142 or email Child Nutrition Director Patty Willhite at pwillhite@aledoisd.org.
  • Please continue to check the District’s website for possible changes concerning future meal pick up and/or delivery.
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District Launching At-Home Learning March 24

Aledo ISD is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all Bearcats and has been working diligently to construct a plan for teaching and learning to best support our students during the school closure.


The District has developed an At-Home Learning Website that will contain enrichment learning activities for students to engage in during the two-week closure period from March 24-April 3, 2020. The At-Home Learning Website will be launched by MARCH 24.


Click here to read the full parent message and learning plan.

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PARENT ACTION REQUIRED: Fill Out Student Technology Form

Please click on the link below to complete a survey about your child(ren)’s access to the Internet and to a device at home. I know that some of you are very concerned about this. Please know that we will serve every single Bearcat. Here are some notes:

· Please complete a separate survey for each AISD student in your household.
· Please submit the survey by Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12:00 noon.
· If you have general questions, please submit those to healthservices@aledoisd.org.
· If you have specific questions or concerns about your particular circumstances, please email your child’s principal.

-CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY

Counselor's Corner: Staff Ready to Assist Bearcats

We understand this time of uncertainty creates anxiety and stress for students and families. Aledo ISD counselors are here to help our Bearcat community. If you need counseling assistance, please contact your campus counselor by email. They are prepared to answer questions and provide guidance. Click here to visit the Aledo ISD Counseling Services webpage for the list of counselors and contact information.

Tech Update: District Working to Assist All Bearcats With Connectivity

The Aledo ISD Technology Department is currently working to help provide online access for those without service and without devices. This information will be shared very soon with our families and it will include the District providing a Technology Help Desk resource for students and families in need of assistance getting online or accessing information online.

Helpful Resources for Bearcat Families

Aledo ISD has created a webpage to keep parents, staff and the community informed regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The page includes the latest news local, state and national news and helpful resources from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. In addition, all of the messages sent to parents from Aledo ISD are linked on this page. We also have provided FAQs for families and will continue to update these, so please continue to visit this webpage frequently.
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Aledo ISD Board Meeting Streamed LIVE Monday

Aledo ISD will hold its regular School Board meeting Monday, March 23 and it will be streamed live for the community. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in the AISD Board room, located at 1008 Bailey Ranch Road. We will soon make the live stream link available for the community.

UIL Extends Suspension of All Activities

The University Interscholastic League announced on Thursday, March 19 it has extended the suspension of all activities until further notice. At this time, the earliest games and contests may resume is Monday, May 4, 2020.

All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice. All Aledo ISD athletic facilities are closed during this time and includes practice fields and gyms.

All Campuses & Facilities Closed

During the Aledo ISD closure, all campuses, facilities, fields, weight rooms and playgrounds are CLOSED through Sunday, April 5. This is a preventive measure to assist in the coronavirus (COVID-19) containment strategy for our schools and facilities and the recommendation stressed by health officials. Please partner with us in helping keep our facilities clear of children playing and others congregating.

Aledo ISD police officers will be monitoring our campuses and facilities during this time to ensure this measure.

All Campuses & Facilities Being Deep Cleaned

During Spring Break and next week, Aledo ISD campuses, facilities and District vehicles have been deep cleaned. All surfaces are being electrostatically fogged and maintenance is in the process of changing all air filters and spraying coils and drain pans to kill germs in the HVAC equipment. In addition, Aledo ISD is using hospital-grade cleaners in wiping down and fogging all buses and District-owned vehicles including Maintenance, Technology and Aledo ISD Police vehicles.

Follow Aledo ISD's Social Media, Download App During Closure

In addition to providing emails for parents and the community during the closure, Aledo ISD will be regularly posting information and photos to its social media accounts. Be sure to become a follower to stay connected with the information.

"Like" Aledo ISD on Facebook
Follow Aledo ISD on Twitter
Follow Aledo ISD on Instagram


Also, the Aledo ISD Mobile App can also keep you connected during the closures and will include instant notifications and button links to helpful information.
Click here to download in the App Store.
Click here to download in Google Play.

Home Internet Access

For those without internet access and plan to pick up a device this week, Aledo ISD is working to secure service for you. Please proceed with picking up a device Tuesday-Thursday even if you do not currently have internet access at home.

During the two weeks of at-home learning there will also be options for activities that do not require technology.

Parents, if you have not done so already, please fill out the Technology Survey.

Aledo ISD Communications

Good Afternoon Bearcats,

Please click on link below for information regarding at-home learning the week of March 30.


Empower Learning At-Home Week 2


Sincerely,

Amber Crissey
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction

Dear Bearcat Families,


We wanted to share with you that this week is Latino Census Week. Please watch this video for more information about the 2020 census - https://bit.ly/3baNwiA


Data collected is important for areas of fast growth, like Aledo, and impacts school funding and is vital in the planning for economic development, location and expansion.

Thank you for joining us in making sure everyone gets counted in 2020! We are #GrowingGreatness together.


Aledo ISD Communications

Dear Bearcat Families & Community,

Aledo ISD school buildings will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, following an Executive Order announced Friday by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. We will continue to serve students through distance learning for the remainder of the school year. The final day of distance learning will be Thursday, May 28.

We understand this news brings forth many questions for our Bearcat families and students. Aledo ISD is working to provide more information very soon regarding the full impact of school being closed for the remainder of the year. We will share this information with you next week and help guide you through these unusual circumstances.

We are thinking about all of our Bearcat families, our Aledo High School Seniors, and the community during this very challenging time. We hope you are safe and well.

If you need any assistance or have questions/concerns, please email healthservices@aledoisd.org and we will respond as soon as possible.

We are grateful for our outstanding students and teachers who have worked so hard during this new way of learning. Thank you for your patience and grace during this time as we work to best serve our students, families and community.

Aledo ISD Communications