March 12 Superintendent's Message
A Special Message from Superintendent Xavier De La Torre
Update: 4 p.m. March 12, 2020
Ysleta ISD Community,
Thank you for your patience and support as we work to make the best decisions for our Ysleta ISD community and provide you with timely updated information. Today I’ve been on conference calls with superintendents across the El Paso area as well as conference calls with Ysleta ISD’s leadership team and health services department. The following proactive steps will be taken to protect the Ysleta ISD community from COVID-19 and to assist our area’s public health officials in their goal of containing the virus across the El Paso area:
- All Ysleta ISD schools and offices will be closed next week: Monday, March 16 — Friday, March 20. Key district personnel will be using these days to plan next steps for safe and secure operations of our 60 campuses. Because the spread of the Coronavirus is rapidly evolving, my team — in coordination with other El Paso area leaders and health officials — will continue to evaluate the need to extend these planned days of closure. An update will be provided to the Ysleta ISD community no later than Friday, March 20.
- Custodians and key personnel will continue working throughout the break. Using CDC protocols, each classroom and campus will be disinfected.
- All out-of-town travel has been canceled 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. All other school-related activities, contests, performances, etc., within El Paso County will continue as normal.
- Please note, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Paso County or Ysleta ISD schools. Our district’s standard health procedure is to ask that ill students and staff stay home. This is especially important with any person who is running a fever, has a cough and/or difficulty breathing. In those cases, we ask that you contact your health provider immediately. Should anyone with these symptoms come to school, we will ask that they return home immediately.
- COVID-19 Updates to the Ysleta ISD community will continue to be distributed. We are committed to providing you with important information as soon as it is available. For the most part, we plan to communicate with the entire Ysleta ISD community — keeping everyone informed on this very important issue. Parents should check their contact information in the District’s Home Access Center (HAC) to ensure it is up to date and accurate. Please continue to visit our District webpage for important updates on COVID-19 at Ysleta ISD related to our community. Also, please continue to review important 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.
It is important for each of us to prepare for a wide range of possibilities and challenges over the next few days and weeks.
Our entire community must do everything possible to help reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus to those who are at increased risk. We — the Ysleta ISD community — have faced challenges and crises before, but…
We are El Paso Strong and with your continued support, the District will persevere through this most recent challenge.
Xavier De La Torre
Superintendent of Schools