School district finds ways to reach students

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School district finds ways to reach students

By Melissa Perner
The Ozona Stockman

     Crockett County Schools are to remain closed through Friday, April 3, in order to comply with Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order issued Thursday, March 19.
    In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus, Abbott ordered that schools will temporarily close until April 3. This is in accordance with the guidelines from President Donald J. Trump and Center for Disease Control.
    Superintendent Raul Chavarria said Crockett County CCSD will comply with the order and continue to serve students through home-based learning.
    Each Ozona Campus has set up mandatory work assignments for students.
Anyone having trouble accessing the assignments, may contact the teacher through email or Google Messaging.
    OHS and OMS Assignments can be found in students Google Classroom.
    OES assignments will be pushed through Class Dojo.
    Anyone that does not have Class DoJo may call the OES Office during the hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday, at (325) 392-5501 ext. 5500 or email OES Principal Erica Cruz at erica.cruz@ozonaschools.net. Email access and assignment information can also be found at www.ozonaschools.net.
    The district is also using Zoom to conduct virtual classes so students and parents can talk back and forth.
    Information can also be found on each campus’ Facebook page.
    “We appreciate all of our parents for being so amazing and understanding during this difficult time. Our staff are also rockstars. We thank them for going above and beyond for our students,” Cruz said.
OES Teachers also handed out packets to students and parents last week.
“We are ahead of the majority of the districts in our area,” said CCCCSD Superintendent Raul Chavarria. “The way we are doing things is leaps and bound from the way everyone else is doing it.”
The Texas Education Agency has stated that school districts may avoid financial penalties, and having to make up days, as long as they can prove they are teaching remotely.
For more information, the CCCCSD Administration Office is open for telephone calls only at (325) 392-5501 ext. 0 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. The district is asking for people to leave a message if no one answers, and calls will be returned.
Chavarria said when schools can reopen, he believes there will be a phase-in period.
“We are just being on the safe side. That’s our recommendation,” Chavarria said.

FOOD SERVICES
CCCCSD will be providing meals to all CCCCSD students free of charge. This started Monday, March 23.
Meals can be picked up at the south entrance of the OES Campus from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
This is a drive-through pick up to limit contact with staff and parents.
Ozona United Methodist Church Loaves and Fishes will also be distributing food bags this week outside Ozona Elementary School.

STAAR
Abbott has eliminated requirements this year for taking the statewide STAAR exam.
On March 18, Abbott announced that it will be up to local school districts to decide whether certain students can graduate or move on to the next grade.
Usually, fifth and eighth graders must pass the STAAR in order to move to the next grade, and high school students must pass five subject-specific end-of-course exams in order to graduate.
TEA gave administrators flexibility to make those decisions based on students’ grades, academic information and teachers’ opinions. TEA is also allowing students on schedule to complete instruction this semester for classes that have corresponding standardized tests to fulfill graduation requirements without them. Younger high school students can get credit for a test this year if they earn credit in the corresponding course.
High school seniors who need to retake end-of-course exams in order to graduate, but now cannot, will not be required to pass the exams to graduate. Instead, an appointed committee of their teachers, guardians and educators will determine whether they can graduate.
The TEA also asked the U.S. Department of Education to waive testing and school accountability requirements for this school year “in this extraordinary circumstance where the state’s testing window has inhibited the ability of the state to accurately measure students’ performance and report results to parents and stakeholders.”

UIL
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) extended its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities due to COVID-19, coronavirus, on March 19.
All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice.
At this time, the earliest games and contests may resume is Monday, May 4. Prior to this date, the UIL will allow its member schools a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur. All decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials, according to UIL officials in a press release.
Along with district spring sports, one-act play and academics, Ozona also had students that were planning on competing in the State CX Debate Tournament this month.
“We are working diligently on contingency plans to conduct state championships in each of the activities that have been suspended,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “While the immediate future is unclear, we are committed to providing these much-desired activities to all Texas students and will prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures.”
The UIL will continue to provide timely, ongoing updates and is reassessing this ever-changing situation daily, the release stated.
For more information, or updates, visit www.uiltexas.org.
The Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association has also postponed the state meet. The meet was originally scheduled for March 20 in Waco and then pushed back to April 16 in Corpus Christi.
Under the CDC guidelines, the association is having to find another date and place for the meet.
Updates can be found at www.thswpa.com.
The Texas High School Powerlifting Association has also suspended its state meet until further notice.
Updates can be found at www.thspa.us

4-H and Extension Office
The Crockett County 4-H and the Texas AgriLife Extension Office have cancelled all in person programs until April 17 for adult and youth.
The agency is working to provide online programs.
Find more on their Facebook page at Crockett County – Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.

 

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