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The health and safety of our students, staff and visitors is paramount, and we are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. We are adhering to guidance from the local health officials, the Texas Department of Health & Human Services and the Center of Disease Control (CDC). With information changing daily, we encourage families to stay up to date on information about COVID-19. Below you will find helpful resources and updated information:

By Executive Order of the Governor of Texas, Brenham ISD has suspended normal school operations for the remainder of the school year. During this time, we will continue providing meal assistance and at-home learning resources. Please know that we are here to help you in any way that we can.

  • Dear Cub Nation,

    The outbreak of COVID-19 has placed our Cub Nation family and our community in an unprecedented moment in history. Each of us shares concerns about the health and safety of those we love and also the economic and psychological impacts that this virus has imposed. Throughout our 145-year history, Brenham ISD has risen to the occasion in numerous challenging situations to ensure our students receive the best possible education. This moment is no different than any other, and although our way of life may have temporarily changed, it has not diminished our commitment to “Excellence for All.”

    Today Governor Greg Abbott announced that he is extending the statewide suspension of normal school operations through the end of the school year. As a result, our summer school program will also be canceled.  While we are heartbroken that our students will not return to our campuses in the 2019-2020 school year, we assure you we will continue working diligently to ensure your child’s needs are met. Brenham ISD will continue to provide meal service and at-home learning through May 21, our regularly scheduled last day of school.

    I know you have questions about at-home learning, modified grading guidelines, special programs and senior celebrations like prom and graduation. Our school facilities may be closed, but I assure you our district and campus teams are hard at work to get you answers to these questions as quickly as possible. I have great pride in the many ways our school community has responded over the last few weeks and will continue to respond in the days and weeks ahead. Our most valuable commodity at Brenham ISD has always been its people. 

    Words cannot express how much we miss seeing our students walking the halls and participating in the many activities that typically take place this time of year. An important lesson this crisis has taught us is to appreciate all the moments that we so often take for granted. In this time of fear and uncertainty, there is one thing that I am certain of - I have never been prouder to be a Brenham Cub.

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Walter Jackson, Superintendent

     

    English Brenham ISD Coronavirus Closure Update 04-17-2020

    Spanish Brenham ISD Coronavirus Closure Update 04-17-2020

  • We continue to explore innovative ways to deliver instruction and provide feedback to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed and are prepared for the next step in their academic journey. Thank you for your patience and continued support as we introduce online and paper at-home instruction to our students. Please note that moving forward, at-home instruction will include new material in addition to the spiraling reviews of previously covered material. Teachers will be providing weekly feedback to students on the assigned work.


    BISD campus and district leadership teams are working to establish modified grading procedures given the unique instructional delivery occurring while schools are closed to in-person instruction. A plan will be presented to the BISD Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 20. Parent communication regarding the decisions made will follow that meeting.


    The next distribution of paper instructional materials will be tomorrow on Thursday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at each campus. Brenham High School will have extended hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. due to high volume. In order to limit interactions between staff and parents, we ask all parents to prepare a sign with the child’s name, grade level, and any special needs or special programs. Hold this sign up upon arrival to receive your child’s materials.


    This week’s packets will include instructional materials for two weeks. If you have chosen online learning for your child, you can find new instructional materials in the Emergency Instructional System (EIS) found here


    We ask that you continue to be engaged in BISD at-home learning with your child, participate in distance learning and complete the assignments provided by your child’s teachers. Please allow yourselves time to adjust to this new way of learning. You are not alone - we as a school district family are here to support you. Please stay in communication with your child’s teachers for any specific needs your child may have as they participate in BISD at-home learning. 



    English COVID-19 Curriculum and Instruction Update 04-08-2020

    Spanish COVID-19 Curriculum and Instruction Update 04-08-2020

  • Distribution of Instructional Materials

    • Online and paper at-home learning will begin on Thursday, April 2. 
    • The first paper packet will go out on Thursday, April 2 and will include instructional materials for one week.
    • The second paper packet will go out on Thursday, April 9 and will include instructional materials for two weeks.  
    • Distribution of paper packets will be on Thursday, April 2 and Thursday, April 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at each campus.

    Management of Online Learning  

    If you have chosen online learning for your child, you can find instructional materials in the Emergency Instructional System (EIS) here. This system will open on Thursday, April 2. The EIS is an easy-to-use website for parents and students to access online lesson assignments. Elementary assignments will be posted by grade level. Secondary assignments will be posted by specific courses. The EIS website will be directly linked from the Brenham ISD COVID-19 webpage.  

     

    Brenham ISD has established open wifi networks for students to access from their vehicle in the parking lots of Brenham Junior High School and Cub Stadium. Students may join the Guest network on personal devices or school-issued Chromebooks. Please note that any access on any device at these points will be filtered through our district web filtering service.

     

    Teacher Office Times

    Beginning on April 6, teachers will be available Monday through Friday for two hours a day. You will receive communication from your child’s teacher regarding specific times. Parents and students may contact teachers at any time; however, teachers will respond to questions, emails, or phone calls during those office hours. 

     

    Thank you again for your patience and flexibility as we roll out this first phase of our at-home learning plan. We hope you are staying safe!

     

    English COVID-19 Curriculum and Instruction Update 3-31-2020

    Spanish COVID-19 Curriculum and Instruction Update 3-31-2020

  • Dear Cub Nation,

    In an effort to protect the health and safety of our staff, students and community, Brenham ISD will be extending the suspension of normal school operations beyond April 3, 2020. During this time, we will continue providing drive-thru meals and remote learning resources – through the end of the school year if necessary.

    Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation in our community and beyond, it is difficult to release a specific date on which we might return to normal school operations. We will continue to work closely with local and state leaders and monitor their stay-home directives. Rather than set a possible return date that is likely to continue to change, we will wait for the green light from health officials that it is safe to return. We will send you a communication one week prior to resuming normal operations to give you time to prepare and our custodial staff time to clean our buildings.

    We understand that this has been a challenging time for our school community as many balance career, family and childcare. We want to express our sincere appreciation to all of our parents. Your role in providing educational support for your children has greatly increased. We know that you are struggling with all of the changes that the Coronavirus has caused in your lives. Please know that we are here to help you in any way that we can. 

    We ask that you continue to follow CDC recommendations for social distancing to protect yourself and your students from illness. Stay safe, stay home and stay healthy!

     


     

    Con el propósito de proteger la salud y la seguridad de nuestro personal, estudiantes y comunidad, el Distrito Escolar de Brenham  extenderá el cierre de las operaciones escolares más allá del 3 de abril del 2020. Durante este período de tiempo, continuaremos brindando comidas para llevar y recursos de aprendizaje en línea - si es necesario hasta el final del año escolar.

    Dada la incertidumbre de la situación del COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad y el resto del mundo, es difícil publicar una fecha específica en la que podamos regresar a las operaciones regulares de la escuela. Continuaremos trabajando en estrecha colaboración con los líderes locales y estatales y monitoreando las órdenes oficiales de permanecer en casa. En lugar de establecer una posible fecha de regreso a clases que probablemente continúe cambiando, esperaremos que los funcionarios de salud nos den la luz verde o el permiso para regresar a clase. Les avisaremos una semana antes de reanudar las operaciones regulares para darles a ustedes tiempo para prepararse y a nuestro personal de limpieza tiempo para limpiar nuestras instalaciones.

    Entendemos que este ha sido un reto para nuestra comunidad escolar, ya que muchos de ustedes tienen que equilibrar el trabajo, la familia y el cuidado de los niños. Queremos expresar nuestro más sincero agradecimiento a todos nuestros padres. Su papel en proporcionar apoyo educativo para sus hijos ha aumentado considerablemente. Sabemos que todos los cambios que el Coronavirus ha causado en sus vidas son muy difíciles. Tenga en cuenta que estamos aquí para ayudarlo en lo que más se pueda.

    Le pedimos que continúe siguiendo las recomendaciones del distanciamiento social para protegerse a usted y a sus hijos de la enfermedad. ¡Quédense en casa y manténganse seguros y saludables!

  • March 17, 2020


    Dear Brenham ISD Parents and Staff,


    As you know, Brenham ISD has been closely monitoring updates from our local health department, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19. Additionally, President Donald Trump has urged all Americans to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, a change from the previous recommendation of not gathering in groups of more than 250. Based on recent developments and updates, in order to help slow the spread of the virus and safeguard the well-being of our students, staff, and community, Brenham ISD has decided to suspend normal school operations at least through Friday, April 3.


    At this time, we are unsure when normal operations will resume, and we encourage parents to begin thinking of long-term plans in the event we are closed for an extended period of time beyond April 3. We have shared a list of mobile-friendly instructional resources for parents and families on the Brenham ISD COVID-19 webpage. Our curriculum and instruction team is working on remote learning plans for instruction, which will be shared as soon as they are finalized. Please know we are taking into consideration the diverse and unique needs of the students and families in our district as we plan for future remote instruction. At this time, we ask that you support your students to the best of your ability and focus on social-emotional well-being over academics.


    The decision to close schools is not ever made lightly. We know the impact of this closure is far-reaching in terms of parents needing to make arrangements with work and other matters. Please understand this decision was made based upon the current reality of COVID-19 activity and the recommendations and information provided by DSHS, the CDC, and The White House. We will always place the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community as first priority.


    Thank you for your understanding. Please take care of yourselves and each other. We will follow up with additional information as we reevaluate what additional steps should be taken.


    Sincerely,


    Dr. Walter Jackson

    Superintendent of Schools

    Spanish Brenham ISD Coronavirus Update 03-17-2020

  • In response to growing concerns over Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Brenham ISD schools will remain closed March 16-20. Brenham ISD has been actively monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and has remained in constant contact with health officials who have been providing guidance and recommendations. Because the safety of our students, staff, and families is a top priority, we have decided to act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone's health and wellbeing by postponing the return from spring break.


    Brenham ISD will provide a free drive-thru lunch at Alton Elementary School (1210 S. Market Street, Brenham, TX) for all Brenham ISD students Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. District staff will deliver food to the vehicle; families will not need to exit their vehicle to receive the meals. Food will be provided for all children ages 1-18. Children must be present in the car to receive the meal.


    The Brenham ISD school closure affects all school activities including before and after school activities, all UIL athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and weekend events. Brenham ISD asks that all staff members check email daily for critical work information. An update will be sent out by Friday, March 20 to communicate further details about the reopening of Brenham ISD schools. 

     


     

    En respuesta a las crecientes preocupaciones sobre Nuevo Coronavirus (COVID-19), las escuelas del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Brenham permanecerán cerradas del 16 al 20 de marzo. 


    El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Brenham ha estado monitoreando activamente la situación del Nuevo Coronavirus (COVID-19) y se ha mantenido en contacto constante con los funcionarios de salud que han estado brindando orientación y recomendaciones. Debido a que la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, el personal y las familias es una prioridad, hemos decidido actuar con precaución para proteger la salud y el bienestar de todos al posponer el regreso de las vacaciones de primavera.


    El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Brenham proporcionará almuerzos sin cargo a todos sus estudiantes en la Escuela Primaria Alton (1210 S. Market Street, Brenham, TX) del lunes 16 de marzo al viernes 20 de marzo de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. El personal del distrito entregará la comida en el vehículo; las familias no necesitarán salir de su vehículo para recibir la comida. Se proporcionará comida a todos los niños de 1-18 años. Los niños deben estar presentes en el automóvil para recibir la comida.


    El cierre afecta todas las actividades escolares, incluyendo las de antes y después de escuela, todas las prácticas y competencias atléticas y extracurriculares, y los eventos de fin de semana. El Distrito Escolar de Brenham pide que todos los miembros del personal revisen su correo electrónico diariamente para obtener información crítica sobre su trabajo. El viernes 20 de marzo se enviará una actualización para comunicarles si las escuelas permanecerán cerradas o reabrirán el 23 de marzo.


  • Dear Brenham Cub Nation, 

     

    We are reaching out to you today to inform you that we are aware of your concerns as it relates to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and its impact on our students, staff and community. Please be aware that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brenham ISD or in our community; however, we want you to know that we take this issue very seriously and that we are in constant contact with our local health department and our health representatives from across the state. We assure you that we will communicate any changes with district operations should they occur. In the meantime, we ask that you continue to follow the precautions shared by the CDC and on our website at www.brenhamisd.net.

    CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions. Brenham ISD encourages staff, students and families to follow CDC guidelines regarding international travel. Official CDC Travel Alerts - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

    Based on the official CDC Travel Alerts posted on March 11, countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission):

    • China 
    • Iran 
    • Italy 
    • South Korea

    The Texas Education Agency stated on March 6 that “districts and open-enrollment charter schools have the authority to request that students and/or staff stay home if there is serious concern about their current health, whether or not they pose a health risk to others in the community.”

    Students and/or staff members (including substitutes and tutors) who have traveled to one of these countries over Spring Break are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days per CDC guidelines. Should you or family members require self-quarantine, email wjackson@brenhamk-12.net and colivarez@brenhamk-12.net BEFORE you or your child return to school on Monday, March 16th and include the following information:

    • Names of all Brenham ISD students and/or staff members affected by the Level 3 Travel Health Notice
    • Country/countries visited
    • Date of arrival to country/countries and date of departure from country/countries designated on the Level 3 Travel Health Notice
    • Date of re-entry into the United States Statement of intent to self-quarantine
    • Proposed end date of self-quarantine

    Working together, we will take every precaution to maintain a safe and healthy environment for every student and staff member in the district.

    Thank you, Brenham ISD Board of Trustees & District Administration

     

    English Brenham ISD Coronavirus Travel Information 03-11-2020

    Spanish Brenham ISD Coronavirus Travel Information 03-11-2020

  • What we know about the novel coronavirus


    The flu season has been complicated by a cluster of respiratory illnesses caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus is a type of virus that is common around the world. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is new. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, similar to influenza. 


    What Brenham ISD is doing


    While there are no confirmed reports of COVID-19 in our region, our district is taking every precaution to keep students and staff healthy from all viruses that contribute to illness. We have many protocols in place due to the cold and flu season, which we will continue to implement and can increase if needed. 


    • Our school nurses follow guidelines set by the Texas Department of State Health Services to protect our children from communicable illnesses. Additionally, district administration is closely monitoring updates by the CDC regarding viruses such as the flu and the novel coronavirus. 
    • Our custodial contractor, ABM, ensures all classroom and facility surfaces are disinfected daily. 
    • Felix Rodriguez, Custodial Supervisor of ABM, is checking in with campus and district staff to get up-to-date information about areas of potential concentration so he can better direct targeted cleaning efforts.
    • ABM deploys Virex Tb to assist in the disinfecting of our campuses in those targeted areas in which there have been increases in virus concentration. 
    • Our transportation contractor, Durham Transportation, is currently disinfecting the buses daily.

    How you can help


    We have a shared responsibility in protecting our students, employees, visitors, and community from the spread of any viruses that contribute to illness, including the novel coronavirus. It takes all of us working together to ensure healthy learning environments.


    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home, on arrival at school/work, after using the restroom, before food preparation, before eating any food (including snacks), and when arriving back at home.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage, and wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, cough/sneeze into your flexed elbow.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
    • Stay home if you are sick. Do not send students to school if they are showing symptoms of fever or other illness.
    • For families that will be traveling for an upcoming vacation, CDC guidance on returning travelers is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html

    We take the honor and responsibility of educating our students very seriously, and we thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff members safe. 


  • Dear Cub Nation,


    An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness and the United States has confirmed a handful of coronavirus cases related to travel.  I want to assure you that our school district is keeping track of this situation through proven and trustworthy sources: our local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  These health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time.


    Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States can be found at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The most recent information about coronavirus in Texas may be found at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.


    Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus.  Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:


    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick. 
    • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    The 2019 novel coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread.  Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. At this time, persons considered at risk are those with travel to China, or those in close contact with persons infected with novel coronavirus.  

    While a new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses. Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are working carefully to encourage these simple and effective habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently.  This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to student illness and absences.  


    Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff. 

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Walter Jackson


    Superintendent



    English Brenham ISD Coronovirus Letter 2-28-2020

    Spanish Brenham ISD Coronovirus Letter 2-28-2020

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