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March 28, 2020 - 6:30PM

The Stay-at-Home order for the City of Aransas Pass will go into effect as of tonight at 11:59PM (read the full order here).
This order does not impact parents traveling to and from campuses for Distance Learning Packet Pick-Up and Drop-Off on Mondays.

Additionally, we will continue to offer Curbside Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch for all children ages 18 and younger every weekday at Faulk from 11:30AM-1PM.
Campus staff members will continue to take their temperatures when reporting to campuses and will continue to wear gloves during packet pickup/drop-off and when handing out meals. Staff will also continue to practice social distancing, and there will be no more than 10 staff members at each campus.
Have any questions or concerns? Submit them on our website!

March 19, 2020 - 3:30PM

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Dear Parents, 

Aransas Pass ISD will provide student instruction through both printed materials for those who do not have access to a computer and/or internet and online tools for those who prefer to use this option. 

Guidelines: 

  • Lessons for each week will be posted online on the Distance Learning page of the district website at www.apisd.org on Mondays. 
  • Instructional packets will be available for pickup at each campus on Mondays from 8:00-4:00. 3. Completed packets may be returned through email or other online platforms or can be dropped off at each campus on Mondays from 8:00-4:00.
  • Teachers will grade assignments and post grades weekly. Parents may access the Parent Portal to track student grades. Request access here
  • Parents should contact their child’s teachers via email (or other previously established methods) with any questions.
  • Parents of students receiving special education services, ELL services, dyslexia services or other special services will be contacted by their child’s teachers. Parents can reach out by emailing their child’s teacher at any time and/or by contacting Chris Johnson, the Special Programs Director at cjohnson@apisd.org or Shelley Dominguez, Curriculum Director at sdominguez@apisd.org.
  • Parents of students who may need emotional support during this time may reach out to their child’s school counselor by email:
    • H. T. Faulk Elementary: Carla Vargas cvargas@apisd.org
    • Charlie Marshall Elementary: Stephanie Wicke swicke@apisd.org
    • A. C. Blunt Middle School: Lura Chronister lchronister@apisd.org; Sue Wood swood@apisd.org
    • Aransas Pass High School: Rachelle King rking@apisd.org; Steve Schoelman sschoelman@apisd.org
  • For health-related questions, reach out to your school nurse or to the Health Services Director, Sally McCutchan at smccutchan@apisd.org.
  • You may also contact the school principals via email.
    • H.T. Faulk Elementary: Jason Mansfield jmansfield@apisd.org; Jodie Algueseva jalgueseva@apisd.org 
    • Charlie Marshall Elem: Jeremy Saegert jsaegert@apisd.org; Rheanna Picarazzi rpicarazzi@apisd.org 
    • A.C. Blunt Middle School: Derick King dking@apisd.org; Rachel Harrelson rharrelson@apisd.org
    • Aransas Pass High School: Michelle Hale mhale@apisd.org; Michael Zarosky mzarosky@apisd.org.

Thank you for supporting the continued learning of our students! We are AP!

Cara Cooke
Superintendent
Aransas Pass ISD

March 18, 2020 - 4:25PM

 

Dear Aransas Pass ISD Parents/Guardians,

Given the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Aransas Pass ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Thursday, April 9th, in an effort to support our nation’s need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

Distance learning will take place beginning Monday, March 23rd through Thursday, April 9th.  All students will be provided instructional support from APISD teachers beginning Monday, March 23rd.  Details will be announced very soon. 

Friday, April 10th will continue to be a student and staff holiday. 

Monday, April 13th will be a professional development day (no classes for students).

The first day students will attend classes on campus will be Tuesday, April 14th. 

Our health officials report that cases are continuing to spread in the state and confirmed cases in our area seems very likely. Suspending operations for this length of time will allow us to determine, in coordination with local health officials, whether the virus has been contained. We are coordinating with other school districts in our area and will use the week of April 6th to make any decisions on whether there is a need to extend the suspension of classes on campuses (and extend distance learning opportunities) further.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol.  We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness:

  • Do not shake hands.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded places and maintaining 3 to 6 ft. of distance between people (at least an arm’s length).
  • If you are moving around in the community, do not congregate in large groups.
  • For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases – both inside and outside of the country – it is highly recommended that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
  • If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice.
  • Keep your child at home.
  • Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care.

This is a quickly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information, will assess conditions throughout the week, and will provide needed updates via our website and email.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of our Panther community stay safe and healthy while continuing their learning.

Sincerely,

Cara Cooke
Superintendent
Aransas Pass ISD

March 16, 2020 - 4:00PM

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Aransas Pass ISD Child Nutrition Department will be providing free curbside lunches for all children ages 18 and younger. Meals will be available for pick up at H.T. Faulk Elementary School each weekday from 11:30AM to 1PM or while supplies last. The daily to-go meals will include a sandwich, vegetable, fruit, and milk.
PLEASE BRING CHILDREN! The meals will only be given to children who are present. Adults may not take any meals for children who are not present and meals will not be for sale for adults. 
Guests are asked to stay in their vehicles and staff will bring meals to your vehicle. H.T. Faulk will remain closed to the public.
To pick up, please enter the parking lot from Nelson Street and meals will be passed out from the front of the school.
Location | H.T. Faulk Elementary School | 902 West Nelson Street

For more information, please contact Cindy Mann via email at cmann@apisd.org.

March 13, 2020 - 2:00PM

Aransas Pass ISD will extend Spring Break for an additional week with no school and no extracurricular activities until Monday, March 23, 2020. All APISD teachers and staff are asked to remain in the local area, and anticipate further direction from supervisors. 

March 13, 2020 - 11:15AM

Dear APISD Family,

Aransas Pass ISD is aware of recent announcements from some local school districts and colleges in response to the coronavirus. At this point it has not been recommended that we close. We are in communication with the county, CDC officials, and other area school districts with several conference calls in place this afternoon. The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We will monitor the situation and make additional announcements as needed. Please continued to check the district website and social media for further updates. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

Sincerely,
Cara Cooke
Superintendent
Aransas Pass ISD

March 6, 2020

Aransas Pass ISD has been monitoring the coronavirus issues and enforcing strict cleaning guidelines. During Spring Break (March 9-13) our custodial staff will be completing a thorough spring cleaning and disinfecting all areas to help our students finish out the school year healthy. Upon the return of students to classes on Tuesday, March 17th, we will begin issuing a weekly update on our efforts to provide the most safe and healthy environment possible. We hope that you enjoy Spring Break and that all remain healthy.
Thank you for your continued support,

APISD Administration

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