Combating COVID-19

Message from the SuperintendentDear Canutillo community,

I want to extend a special thank you to our Local City-County Health Authority, Dr. Hector Ocaranza for joining me to inform our Canutillo community on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in our city and community. 

We are currently seeing a spike in COVID-19 positive cases throughout our city and within our community and campuses. We as a District are doing all that we can to keep our schools safe but we need to work together as a team to combat this virus and avoid interrupting instruction for our kids.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years.  As this virus continues to be prevalent in our city, community and schools; vaccination and wearing of masks should not be political standpoints but viewed as paths forward to rid our country of this persistent virus. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is over 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 to 11 years.

Your individual choices don’t have individual consequences. We encourage all of you in our community to get vaccinated, get your kids vaccinated, and practice the 3W's to help stop the spread of the virus at our campuses. 

Mobile Vaccination Clinics
We will be hosting another University Medical Center mobile vaccination clinic at Deanna Davenport Elementary from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19. The clinic will offer free COVID-19 vaccines including 1st, 2nd and booster doses. COVID-19 vaccines will also be available for kids ages 5 - 11. 

Flu shots will also be available. For flu shots, an insurance card is needed or $20 without insurance. 

Visit Vaccination Clinics - Canutillo Independent School District ( for information on this clinic as well as stay informed on any additional clinics as they are scheduled.

Rapid COVID-19 Testing
To ensure a safe environment in all the schools and facilities throughout the District, we began offering rapid testing for COVID-19 to all staff and students as recommended by the Texas Education Agency and the El Paso Department of Public Health. Any student or employee who wants to screen weekly or who was exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual can test at any of our campuses.

Any parent or guardian, who wants to have their child tested after an exposure at school or has symptoms will require a signed consent form and a QR code (register your child at to get tested at school by one of the certified members of the Canutillo ISD rapid testing crew.

Canutillo ISD staff can receive rapid COVID-19 testing Mon. - Fri. 3 - 5 p.m. Staff can register at,

Please stay vigilant and continue practicing the 3W’s, wash your hands, watch your distance and wear your mask.  

Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of Schools