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The following information was released by the McAllen Independent School District to update the community on their plan of action.
In response to the ever-evolving situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), McAllen ISD has created four stages of action.
Stage 1: Standard operational procedures with intensified sanitizing protocols; all students and staff report to school.
Stage 2: Parent Choice School Attendance Plan (PCSAP): All staff report to work. Parents have the choice to send children to school or keep them at home without penalty.
Stage 3: All teachers and all students stay at home. Other employees report to work.
Stage 4: All students and all staff stay home.
Because there are no confirmed cases in Hidalgo County at this time, McAllen ISD is implementing Stage 2 – the new Parent Choice School Attendance Plan (PCSAP) – for the week of March 23-27 (immediately after the week of Spring Break). The primary goal is to minimize risk by reducing the number of people in the schools.
In this plan, all McAllen ISD staff will still report to work on Monday, March 23. Parents would have the option of keeping their children at home or to send their children to school. For the children who attend, instruction will be provided in person. For children who stay home, instruction will be provided through the use of technology and packets. All students will still be able to attend practices and to attend events within McAllen ISD and within Region One. Students will not be penalized if they are not able to attend classes, practices or events.
This decision was made following a thorough vetting of all information including new data from the state level. During a teleconference call at 3 p.m. today, the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency Mike Morath informed superintendents across the state that school districts are given full latitude to make their own decisions without it impacting funding, student individual attendance records, and testing requirements.
McAllen ISD is encouraging those families who have a support system to utilize PCSAP. Please keep monitoring district communications for further updates.