Planning During Uncertainty
Superintendent's Message
Posted on 06/25/2020
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The only thing certain about this pandemic is uncertainty. The only aspect of this health crisis that is predictable is its unpredictability. Texas is now among the nation’s hotspots in terms of virus spread. Correspondingly, new cases in El Paso are increasing each day. We look for guidance from our state government and local officials.

As of today, these authorities are allowing local districts to develop plans that make sense in terms of reopening. Our approach will be guided by two goals. We endeavor to deliver quality instruction while ensuring the safety of our school communities, first and foremost.

What will the plan look like then? We do favor some form of in school instruction. We expect that remote learning will continue to a certain extent depending on the health situation at the time of projected reopening. We also intend to use a modified calendar to give the district the agility it needs to respond to changing circumstances.

We can and will continue to communicate on a regular basis. The district will articulate its goals for a return to a new normal, but it is not in a position to provide a definite plan at this time. While we would like to convey our message with certainty and confident predictability, we cannot. However, we will continue to operate guided always by safety and health considerations.

Here are some resources you should be aware of.

Free COVID-19 testing is being offered at Alderete Middle School as part of a collaboration with the City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health and Office of Emergency Management. The drive-thru site will be conducted by appointment only on select dates and times. Testing is open to everyone, with or without symptoms, and doctor referrals are not needed.

Also, Canutillo ISD will be hosting an Immunize El Paso Vaccination Clinic for the community Monday, June 29, 2020. It is mandated by the State that all students have up-to-date vaccinations in order to attend public school for the 2020-2021 school year. This is a helpful event because many doctors’ offices are only seeing patients through telemedicine or have reduced hours.

For more information about the various testing locations throughout the community and the immunization clinic, visit our website.

And last, here are a few important dates to remember. The District's summer hours will end on Friday, July 17, 2020. Regular hours will resume Monday, July 20, 2020. The start date for many teachers will be Monday, July 27, 2020, and the new first day of school for most students is Monday, August 3, 2020!

Have a great weekend!

Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of School