THE SNOOK ISD INFORMATION CENTER WEBPAGE PROVIDES INFORMATION ON ALL OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS RELATED TO COVID-19 AND HEALTH FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.
P.O. Box 87 10110 FM 2155
Snook, TX 77878
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE 12/4/20
New Stay-at-Home Period for Close Contacts of Individuals Who Tested Positive
Snook ISD Families,
For individuals who are close contacts to individuals who tested positive, a 14-day stay-at-home period was previously advised by the CDC based on the incubation period of the virus.
As of December 2, 2020, the CDC amended their guidance to allow two shorter options for the stay at-home period. Based on current CDC guidance, the stay-at-home period can end for individuals
experiencing no symptoms:
On Day 10 after close contact exposure without testing,
On Day 7 after close contact exposure and after receiving a negative test result.
If individuals return to school from these shorter stay-at-home windows, they should regularly monitor themselves for symptoms to ensure they remain symptom-free and take appropriate precautions (e.g., more consistent mask usage) for the duration of the 14-day incubation period. Finally, the CDC has also advised that critical infrastructure services—which includes schools—may permit close contact staff members who are asymptomatic to continue to work in select instances when it is necessary to preserve school operations. Per the CDC, this option should be used only in limited circumstances. When using this option, school systems may consider adding additional protocols to increase monitoring for these individuals, which might include the use of COVID-19 tests (e.g., on Day 3 and/or Day 7 after the close contact exposure).
Taking into account all of the above, school systems may apply any of the following stay-at-home periods to those individuals who are identified as close contacts. Specifically, the stay-at-home period can be:
10 days after the last close contact, so long as they continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take appropriate precautions through day 14
7 days after the last close contact, after receiving a negative test result (administered at least 5 days after the last close contact), so long as they continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take appropriate precautions through day 14
For staff who are necessary to preserve school operations, school systems can choose not to require any stay-at-home period, so long as the affected staff continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take appropriate precautions through day 14, and schools can consider the use of rapid tests for these individuals
14 days after the last close contact
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE 9/30/20
Suspension of Remote Learning Option
Snook ISD Families,
Remote learning has been a suggested response to those concerned about returning to school due to COVID-19. After reviewing the data from the first six-weeks, it is apparent this approach has not been successful for most students. Therefore, Snook ISD is suspending remote learning across all campuses effective October 9, 2020. The only exceptions will be for those students who are told to quarantine by the school district or the public health department due to close contact exposures or a positive test result for COVID-19; or for students with documented medical concerns. If we begin to see health concerns develop, we will revisit this option.
Monday, October 12th is an in-service day for our teachers and staff and a holiday for our students. All students enrolled in Snook ISD must begin attending on-campus instruction on or before Tuesday, October 13th. Please prepare to make a decision that best suits your family.
While we strongly believe on-campus instruction at Snook ISD is the best option for all children, there are some other options you could consider if you do not believe it is in your child’s best interest to return to our campus by October 13th.
Campus administrators will be contacting a parent/guardian of each remote learner over the next week to discuss steps needed to return your child back to Snook ISD campuses by Tuesday, October 13. If you have concerns related to COVID and your child’s safety, we will be happy to discuss those with you at that time.
Thank you for working with our district through this very difficult time. We look forward to a closer return to normalcy and want to reiterate that we strongly hope to have your child back in our Snook ISD classrooms!
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE 7/22/20
PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY & SCHOOL START DATE
Snook ISD Families,
Snook ISD strives to ensure that on-campus instruction is a safe learning environment. We know that families are anxious to receive information about the upcoming school year so that they can make informed decisions for their children and their families. Snook ISD has been reviewing state public guidance and has been collaborating with district leadership to ensure all aspects have been considered prior to posting a plan. While a great deal has been decided, Snook ISD must remain flexible due to the ever-changing landscape. The Snook ISD Public Health Plan can be found here. Below are some highlights of the plan:
Snook ISD will...
Follow the Governor's Orders and TEA Guidance in the development of public health procedures (such as face coverings, isolation procedures, parental notification, return criteria)
Provide PPE to all students and staff
Sanitize learning spaces regularly
Encourage social distancing of six feet whenever feasible
Implement procedures for hand washing and hand sanitizing for buses, classrooms, restrooms, and cafeterias
Provide Grab-and-go breakfast for classrooms
Assign seating for buses, classrooms, and cafeterias
Limit access to nonessential visitors
Identification of COVID-related symptoms will be determined by the school nurse
The Snook ISD school board voted to push the start date back a week later to Wednesday, August 19, 2020. This decision was based on the need to provide teachers additional professional development in preparing for on-campus and at-home instruction. The instructional plan is currently being developed and will be available as soon as possible. Again, we appreciate your patience as we begin to roll out a re-entry plan that best fits the needs of families at Snook ISD.
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE 7/10/20
Snook ISD Families,
I hope your students are enjoying their summer break. We are in the process of making plans for their safe return in the fall.
Here is what we know about next year. We will provide both face to face and remote learning opportunities for our students. However, attendance guidelines, grading policies, etc. will have to be consistent across both settings. We are still responsible for providing our students with 75,600 minutes of instruction. If we make a district decision to close facilities for a short period of time, we will have to make up the lost time. Should we need to make up time, we have a plan for capturing additional minutes to minimize changes to the adopted 2020-2021 school calendar. I can also guarantee you the information we are receiving from state officials will change over the next few weeks as the state officials continue to monitor COVID 19.
With that being said, we believe for your student to get the best education possible they need to be in the classroom with a teacher. We are making plans to open school on August 12 as planned. In order to have students back in the classroom, we have to ensure a safe and sanitary environment. Therefore, we are planning options for the following:
Routine sanitizing of high contact areas, such as desks, blackboards, restrooms, devices, instructional materials, buses, etc.,
To what degree do we use PPEs,
Rethinking high volume student areas, such as hallways, cafeterias, playgrounds, etc.,
How we respond to positive cases of COVID 19 in our schools for students and staff,
In the event that we have to close, how do we reopen as soon as possible,
How do we keep our community informed as we work through these challenges, and
How we can do these things without diminishing the student learning experience.
Although we strongly feel that on-campus instruction is what is best for our students, we understand that some of you may not be comfortable with having your students return to campus in August. We are making plans to provide remote learning as well. However, remote learning will look different than it did during the spring semester. There will be strict guidelines for daily attendance and grading to ensure we are aligned with state mandates. For your child to be successful in the remote learning environment they will need reliable internet access and a device that has word processing and video conferencing capabilities.
As you can see, we still have a lot of work ahead of us as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year. In order to make plans that meet the needs of your students, we need your feedback. Please take the time to complete a survey regarding your priorities, worries, thoughts, and hopes for next year here. Survey Link.
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE 4/4/20
Dear Snook ISD Parents,
Thank you for your continued patience and support as we prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff. We will keep plugging along, not just trying to survive until it is over, but learning to thrive in any circumstance we may face in life.
I want to take this opportunity to provide an update on Instructional Continuity while our students are at home. Snook ISD will be transitioning from a short-term instruction model to an extended instruction model starting April 13. During these first few weeks of remote learning, students have received review materials that could easily be completed at home. Beginning April 13, students will be receiving assignments that contain new material in order for them to acquire the essential knowledge for each of their core subjects so they can be successful in the next grade level. If you or your child have any questions about any assignments, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher. They can be reached by email or by calling the main school number 979-272-8307. Our staff has been truly amazing during this unprecedented time and are available to assist you to help this situation be as stress free as possible.
I would like to take this time to answer some questions:
What about grades? Snook ISD is currently working on grading procedures and will get them to you as soon as possible. The most important considerations at this time are students continuing progress on their assignments and communication with teachers.
When will the grading plan be available? Snook ISD plans to release the grading plan by April 9, 2020. At that time, information on how to submit assignments will be provided. Please make sure you are keeping records of all work your child has completed so that it can be shared with their teacher.
Why will we be taking grades? We have worked hard to comply with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Education Code (TEC) rules and guidelines to provide the best quality education that we can under the circumstances. The best way to measure quality is through grades. Not attempting to learn the content, or not completing the materials assigned, and not responding to your teachers will impact your child’s grades. Stopping instruction now will have a long-lasting impact on how prepared your child is for the next grade level. Grades earned can also impact promotion for the 2020-21 school year.
I know there are many more questions than these. Feel free to send them my way or to your campus principal. We are here to support your students and your families during this time.
WE are all in this together!
Brenda Krchnak, Snook ISD Superintendent – firstname.lastname@example.org
Christi Everett, Snook Elementary Principal – email@example.com
Rick Frauenberger, Snook Secondary Principal –firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda W. Krchnak
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE 3/27/20
Dear Snook ISD Parents,
Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, I’ve made the decision to keep Snook ISD closed through Friday, April 10, 2020. The current plan is for all staff to return on Monday, April 13, 2020 for a workday and have the students return on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. This decision was made with guidance from the Burleson County Health Administrator and other county leaders as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Here is how this will impact you and your children:
Instruction-It is more important than ever that children continue learning during this closure. The best way for this to happen is to use the Snook ISD Online and Offline Learning Activities. Click HERE to access these enrichment and review activities that are grade-appropriate and include options with and without technology.
Nutrition–Families can stop by Snook ISD Monday through Friday, 8a.m.-1p.m. to pick up a“grab and go” lunch and breakfast. You must have your child with you. Meals will continue to be available at Cotton Village Apartments, Deer Forest entrance, Centerline Community Center, Old Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church-Tunis, and Clay Community. Please click HERE to access the Snook ISD Food Services meal distribution information.
Communication-Please click HERE to login to your Parent Portal account and make sure all of your information including your phone number and email are correct. This is very important so you don’t miss an important message. Please also look at your settings indicating whether you want to receive emails or text messages. Make sure those boxes are checked. Please also regularly check www.Snookisd.org/covid19 for updated information.
Our main goal remains the health safety of our students, staff, and community, along with ensuring our students do not fall behind on learning. As we have new information, I will continue to share it with you. Please continue to take care of yourself and your children.
Brenda W. Krchnak
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE 3/21/20
Parents & Students,
Snook ISD will have a digital learning platform available on the afternoon of Monday, March 23, 2020. There will be learning activities for each day in each core subject. All of which will be created by their classroom teachers. Each learning activity should be something that all students can pick up and do with the skills already learned this year. Each learning activity should also be an opportunity to engage with family. As an alternative to digital, Snook ISD will have print versions available. Beginning on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Snook ISD will distribute print versions at the school, post office, and designated meal sites.
Snook ISD teachers and staff will be calling weekly to check on (1) the well-being of students, (2) student progress on the learning activities, and (3) any additional support students (or families) may need. This being the case, families are not expected to return assignments at this time. We also know, circumstances being what they are, that our families may be putting other things first. Like you, Snook ISD believes in providing a safe and supportive environment for all students and teachers. Rolling out this digital learning platform allows us to ensure the safety of Snook ISD families while encouraging learning.
The digital learning platform can be found on the school website at https://www.snookisd.org/
If you have any questions, please contact the school at 979.272.8307.
Brenda W. Krchnak
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE 3/18/20
Dear Snook ISD Parents/Guardians,
With the best interest of our students, staff, and community in mind, Snook ISD will remain closed until April 3, 2020.
This decision comes after consultation with Burleson County officials, Caldwell ISD and Somerville ISD, following the first identified case of COVID-19 in Brazos County. We know this decision will greatly impact our families, but please know we are taking action based on guidance from our local and state health leaders with the shared goal of community health safety.
While our buildings are closed, this does not mean education is coming to a halt. Within the next few days, Snook ISD will share information on how we will continue to educate our students at home. There are a lot of moving pieces to make this happen, but we are already working on the best strategy so all of our students continue to receive instruction.
Also, our free “grab and go lunch” will continue Monday - Friday while Snook ISD is closed. You may continue to pick up lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Snook ISD main entrance. We are working on expanding locations beginning next week.
Please continue to refer to our Snook ISD website, www.snookisd.org, for updated information.
One of our greatest strengths is our community. Together, we will get through this new and ever-changing challenge. While much remains in motion right now, we will continue working diligently to make decisions in the best interest of our students, staff, and community, and we will keep you updated every step of the way.
Thank you for your support during this time.
Brenda W. Krchnak