March 16 Superintendent's Message

A Special Message from Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre

Update: 10 a.m. March 16, 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.

During the weeks of school closures, select schools will continue to offer weekday breakfast and lunch meals to any child on a drive through basis. Vehicles will be allowed to pull up to the following participating campuses and receive breakfast (served from 7:30-8:30 a.m.) or lunch meals (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) for children inside the vehicle:

  • 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

            New Sites

  • Constance Hulbert Elementary School
  • R.E.L. Washington Elementary School
  • Desertaire Elementary School
  • Capistrano Elementary

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.  We encourage students to read and to engage in 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.

All district after-school activities, field trips, non-academic events and large gatherings over 50 people have been canceled until further notice. While we fully recognize how important extracurricular and non-academic activities are to our students, we must err on the side of caution in this area. Where possible and safe, we will try to maintain as much normalcy in our students’ routines as possible.

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