Student meal service program explained
Stay at Home Order for El Paso County
Update: 8:00 p.m. March 23, 2020
As many of you have heard, the city has activated a Stay at Home Order for El Paso County. With that in mind, please ensure you adhere to these guidelines to ensure not only the safety of yourself and family but also our community.
Given that our district is responsible for maintaining our facilities and ensuring Instructional Continuity during the Order, essential personnel remains responsible for reporting to work as needed. Essential personnel include, but are not limited to, employees in our Child Nutrition Department that are responsible for ensuring our students are fed daily, TIS employees, employees assigned to the maintenance and operations areas to include custodians, and our security officers. Employees in these critical areas will continue to work at YISD facilities as directed by their supervisors.
All other employees should stay at home. Both exempt and non-exempt employees that are not considered essential should maintain their availability to work from home upon request from their supervisors.
If you need to obtain materials, supplies, or equipment from your work facility in order to perform your duties at home, please ensure you contact your supervisor in advance to make arrangements for facility access. Security personnel have been instructed to enforce this order and to limit access to all district buildings. To validate your affiliation with the District, please ensure you carry your employee ID with you, if you must leave your home to access a facility.
We understand the anxiety surrounding the uncertainty we are currently experiencing, but please know the district is taking every precaution necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, students, and community.
A Special Message from Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre
Update: 11:50 a.m. March 20, 2020
Ysleta ISD Community,
Once again, I’d like to thank the Ysleta ISD community for its patience and support as we monitor our situation regarding the spread of COVID-19.
Due to heightened concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, the Ysleta Independent School District has made the decision to close the school district for two weeks following Spring Break (March 23 - April 3). This adheres to the directive received from the City of El Paso Department of Public Health. I will continue to closely monitor the situation and will reevaluate the decision to extend the closure prior to April 3, 2020.
Ysleta ISD will continue to offer meals to our community. However, we have modified the drive-through schedule to a single pick-up period. Both breakfast and lunch will be combined in one package and available to every eligible child under the age of 18 for a single pick-up during the hours from 7:30 am-11:00 am.
● Bel Air Middle School
● Del Valle Middle School
● Parkland Middle School
● Bel Air High School
● Del Valle High School
● Ysleta High School
● Riverside High School
● Hanks High School
● Eastwood High School
● Parkland High School
● Constance Hulbert Elementary School
● R.E.L. Washington Elementary School
● Desertaire Elementary School
● Capistrano Elementary School
We encourage students to engage in online learning opportunities during the school closure. School electronic devices have been sent home for students in grades 3-10. All parents of a PREK-2nd grade student will receive a workbook in the mail for your child to work on at home. We will send out additional parent information with online learning opportunities that have been utilized throughout the school year. During this time off, the district will be thoroughly sanitizing our campuses and district offices.
As a precautionary step given the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are asking everyone in the Ysleta ISD community who traveled outside of the El Paso region after March 13, 2020 to register their travel here: YISD Travel Registry
As always, we will also continue to work closely with our city and county health officials, and monitor any developments regarding COVID-19 as it relates to the Ysleta ISD community. Please continue to check this page for any updates throughout the closure, and we strongly encourage you to continue to practice good hand hygiene, and remain committed in your efforts to keep your family in good health.
Also, please continue to review updates provided by the CDC at CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Web Page. The CDC web page is the best resource for up-to-date information on the virus and steps that need to be taken to contain it.
Dr. Xavier De La Torre
Superintendent of Schools
The Comprehensive Care Center located at 300 Vocational Dr. will be open for all Ysleta students from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until April 3rd. Call for appointment (915) 434-7200. Walk-ins are also welcome. Click the link for more information on the clinic. Comprehensive Care Center
Topic: Important information for employees
Update: 11:30 a.m. March 16, 2020
Pursuant to Board Policy DEA (Local), the YISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to ensure all full-time non-exempt employees are paid during the mandatory closure. As such, full-time hourly employees will be allotted additional leave days, solely for use during the mandatory closure time due to COVID-19, to ensure they are compensated.
Non-exempt employees deemed as essential personnel that are required to work during the mandatory closure beginning on March 23, 2020, will be paid time and a half of their current hourly rate.
Topic: First coronavirus case in El Paso
Update: 8:10 p.m. March 13, 2020
The first case of COVID-19 has been presumptively confirmed in El Paso. Currently, information indicates the patient does not attend school or work in Ysleta ISD. While this is sad news, it is not unexpected, and we are keeping the patient in our thoughts and prayers. Ysleta ISD will continue its preventive measures, planning efforts, and communication with parents and community as more information becomes available. Information relevant to the District will continue to be posted on our website at www.yisd.net. Please continue to monitor the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Web Page for the most up-to-date, accurate information about the virus.
The Ysleta Independent School District is closely monitoring developments in regard to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we are following the guidance and recommendations of local, regional and national health authorities. Although there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in El Paso County, we will remain vigilant on this matter and any developments that may follow so that we are prepared to act in a timely manner to safeguard the health and safety of our students and employees.
However, there are several best hygiene practices that everyone in our community can practice every day to help prevent the spread of diseases in general, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). They include:
- Practicing good hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Following appropriate coughing/sneezing etiquette;
- Staying home, resting, and avoiding close contact with others when you are sick or with fever; and
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Please be assured that Ysleta ISD is also thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting buildings and buses each evening, as we do every year during flu season, which is still in effect. In addition, students and employees are being educated and instructed on following the best hygiene practices listed above.
Ysleta ISD will continue to provide any updates affecting students and employees as they become available through a variety of communications, such as automated phone calls, text messages, emails, social media posts, and local media reports. Parents and community members can also consult the CDC and City of El Paso Public Health Department websites for the most recent COVID-19 information, which can be accessed at the links provided below:
The health and safety of students and staff is always the top priority at the Ysleta Independent School District. As a result, Ysleta ISD has decided to cancel all out-of-town, non-essential district-related travel for students and employees – including out-of-town student field trips – until further notice.
We understand many of our families are experiencing heightened concerns regarding out-of-town travel for their children, and we want to reassure them that we are taking this special precaution to safeguard the health and safety of our students, employees, and community. Please be assured we will continue to work closely with city and county health officials to help minimize the spread of germs and illnesses in general.
As a precautionary step given the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are asking everyone in the Ysleta ISD community with travel plans outside of Texas over the Spring Break holiday to register their travel here:
Travel Reporting Form