Tuesday, May 26, 2020

COVID-19 Strength & Conditioning and Sport Specific Instruction

UIL schools may, but are not required to, begin UIL Summer Strength and Conditioning and Sport Specific Instruction beginning June 8, 2020 under the requirements described below. UIL will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance to determine any potential modifications. Schools should take their local context into account when deciding whether to offer summer strength and conditioning on campus by monitoring the situation on the Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard. Schools should follow all local and state requirements when considering strength and conditioning activities.

-COVID-19 Strength & Conditioning and Sport Specific Instruction - Full Printable Version
-COVID-19 Quick Guide Reference Sheet - Printable Version
-COVID-19 Summer Strength and Conditioning Program Regulations

Requirements for all Workouts

Consider having an individual wholly or partially dedicated to ensuring health protocols are being successfully implemented and followed. Schools must follow all requirements of state and local authorities in addition to the requirements below:

• Attendance at workouts must be optional for students and in compliance with the rules for Summer Strength/Conditioning Programs & Sport Specific Skill Instruction noted below. In addition to on-campus workout options, schools should consider providing students guidance for working out at home or remotely away from school. This can include virtual workouts, emailed or otherwise electronically delivered workout instructions, or any delivery model approved by the local school district.

• Attendance records shall be kept, however, students shall not be required or allowed to make up missed days or workouts.

• Fees, if any, shall be established by the superintendent and collected by the school. Any payment to coaches shall be from the school and from no other source.

Students may not be given access to locker rooms or shower facilities. Students should report to workouts in proper gear and immediately return home to shower at end of the workout.

• During workouts, schools must have at least one staff member per twenty students in attendance to ensure appropriate social distancing, hygiene, and safety measures are implemented.

• Schools must have hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations readily available in the workout area. Students and staff should be encouraged to use it frequently.

• All surfaces in workout areas must be thoroughly disinfected throughout and at the end of each day.

• No clothing or towels may be laundered on site or shared during workouts.

• There can be no shared water or food.

• Before the start of summer workouts, and at the start of every week of summer workouts, schools should consider pre-screening all students for COVID symptoms that they or others living in their house may experience. This can be completed by phone prior to the first day of workouts, in person or in writing. Students and staff must self-screen every day for COVID-19 symptoms for themselves and family members. Schools should consider taking the temperature of each student each day at the start of the conditioning sessions, if possible.

• Schools should plan for entry and exit procedures that reduce the number of students and parents congregating outside and/or mixing around the workout areas and parking areas. Consider staggering start and end times, assigning students to entries and exits to ensure even distribution of students entering/exiting at each entry point, providing guidance to students to enter one at a time and wait six feet apart outside the entrance.

• If the school is planning to offer transportation for summer activities, schools should follow all TEA guidance and local guidance related to such transportation.

* Schools should consider having students remain with a single group or cohort to minimize the number of students and staff that must isolate if a case is confirmed. For more information, visit https://www.uiltexas.org/covid-19-information.

Friday, May 22, 2020

40th Annual Texas History Day - BISD Awards Summary

Sixty-five BISD students took part as writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists in the 40th Annual online/virtual Texas History Day co-hosted by the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the University of Texas at Austin. This event welcomed students to research topics related to the theme Breaking Barriers in History and presented their own unique expression of history. A total of 985 students, as confirmed by Matthew McConaughey in the opening of the ceremony, participated in this state virtual contest.

Students Itzel Rodriguez, Catalina Serna, Roberto Boreaux, and Dominic Barrera from Stillman Middle School placed 1st in the Junior Division-Group Performance category. Their project titled Mr. Rogers: Breaking Barriers was sponsored by Frances Garcia. Veterans Memorial ECHS students Mathew Montiel, Monserrat Sandoval-Malherbe, Joel Santivañez, Andrea Urbina, and Aiden Anzaldua placed second in Group Performance with their entry titled Felix Tijerina: Breaking Barriers by Opening Doors for Latin Americans. Their sponsor was Patty Gonzalez.

Both entries have been certified and will be representing BISD at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Virtual Contest that will take place at the University of Maryland, College Park from June 14-20, 2020.

BISD’s historic run at this Texas History Day virtual event was confirmed as Garcia MS, Stillman MS, Vela MS, Pace ECHS, and Veterans Mem. ECHS were also state finalists and received special awards and distinguished achievements as announced by the Texas State Historical Association.

Below is the complete list of BISD students and entries. We again congratulate all of our students who participated at the local, regional, and state competitions and we certainly wish the best to our national contestants during their virtual contest in Maryland.

For official results and to view virtual awards ceremony, please click here.

Campus Place / Award Student(s) Name Project Sponsor
Stillman MS 1st Place Itzel Rodriguez, Catalina Serna, Roberto Boreaux, and Dominic Barrera Performance: Mr. Rogers: Breaking Barriers. Frances Garcia
Veterans Memorial ECHS 2nd Place Mathew Montiel, Monserrat Sandoval-Malherbe, Joel Santivañez, Andrea Urbina, and Aiden Anzaldua Performance: Felix Tijerina: Breaking Barriers by Opening Doors for Latin Americans Patty Gonzalez
Veterans Memorial ECHS 3rd Place Alejandro Cuevas, Olivia Rendon-Polin, Domingo Reyna, and Alexandria Sikes Website: Huesos Rotos y Barreras Rotas: Frida Kahlo Rodrigo Garcia
Garcia Middle School 3rd Place Jason Aguilar and Israel Cano Exhibit: Bessie Coleman Breaking Barriers in Aviation Rosalva Stevenson
Stillman Middle School 4th place Jason Aguilar and Israel Cano Documentary: Jackie Robinson and the Color Line Frances Garcia
Pace ECHS 4th Place Roberto Alvarado, Nia-Isabella Garza, and Britney Torres Website: Mendez v. Westminster: The Beginning of Ending School Segregation Ramiro Flores
Veterans Memorial ECHS Jewish History Award Jack Jordan Senior Group Exhibit: Breaking Barriers: America’s Response to the Holocaust Albert Guerrero
Vela Middle School Outstanding Rio Grande Valley Regional Award Javier Mendez Individual Performance: Come on Lets Go! Richie Valens Rocks His Way into music History Javier Mendez
Pace ECHS Outstanding Rio Grande Valley Regional Award Michelle Arguello, Kathia Palacios, and Laisha Zavala Exhibit: Amelia Earhart: Breaking Through the Clouds J.M. Ramirez

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Virtual 4th Annual Title III Institute

BISD parents of English learners are invited to attend the Virtual 4th Annual Title III Institute on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Interested parents will need to register through the link on the flyer: https://tinyurl.com/TIIIBISD.

Padres de alumnos aprendices del ingles, están invitados a asistir al 4 Instituto Anual del Titulo III. El evento se llevara acabo virtualmente el martes, 26 de mayo del 2020 de 9:00 am a 12:00 pm. Padres interesados en asistir a este evento se registraran por el enlace en el flyer: https://tinyurl.com/TIIIBISD 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Brownsville ISD 2020-2021 Sports Physical Information

The Brownsville Independent School District Athletic Department, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, has made changes to the Annual UIL Pre-Participation physical packet requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. ALL BISD student-athletes in grades (7-11) who currently have a physical on file with their designated BISD campuses Athletic Department will NOT be required to obtain a new physical for the 2020-2021 school year, unless indicated on the medical history form.

Student-Athletes Requiring a New Physical
· Incoming 7th Grade students who wish to participate in a sponsored athletic activity.
· A newly enrolled student in B.I.S.D.
· A student who has indicated a “yes” on any of the questions between 1-6 on the UIL medical history form.

All Brownsville ISD student-athletes are still required to fill out and submit the UIL medical history form, on the RankOne online platform located at https://brownsvilleisd.rankonesport.com for the 2020-2021 school year, prior to participating in any athletic practice, competition or event.

** These amended changes are only applicable to the 2020-2021 school year**

Thursday, April 30, 2020

BISD Honors School Lunch Heroes serving over 287,000 meals since March 23

Brownsville, Texas – Brownsville Independent School District’s Food and Nutrition Services Department strives to make lunchtime the favorite part of every student’s day. From their friendly greetings in the cafeteria and the love they dish out with every student’s meal, to how they encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, our school nutrition professionals are truly heroes.

“I want to thank all of our nutrition staff for providing meals to all of our children in our community,” said Dr. René Gutiérrez, superintendent of schools for Brownsville Independent School District. “This morning, I visited several distribution locations to show our appreciation for the staff as part of School Lunch Hero Day, which is May 1.”

Gutiérrez acknowledged BISD’s school lunch heroes with thanks, cards, and recognition. “Between preparing healthy meals, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, BISD nutrition staff have a lot on their plate,” added Gutiérrez.

Under updated federal nutrition standards, school nutrition staff offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and fat free or low fat milk with school lunch. Cafeterias must also limit the sodium, calories and saturated fat in each meal. BISD nutrition professionals have been mixing up the menu and getting students excited about trying these healthier choices.

School Lunch Hero Day is a nationwide celebration hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series and the School Nutrition. Inspired by his own childhood school lunch hero, Jean J. Cariglia, Jarrett J. Krosoczka created the popular LUNCH LADY series of graphic novels for kids, starring a crime-fighting school nutrition professional and her faithful sidekick, Betty.

School Lunch Hero Day gives schools and communities the opportunity to thank the school nutrition professionals who serve 30 million students each day. Since March 23, BISD has served 287,657 meals.

For more information, contact the Brownsville Independent School District at 956.548.8000.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Update: Soft Opening of Brownsville ISD Campuses, Facilities, and Central Administration Building

To: Brownsville ISD Certified and Classified Personnel

Brownsville ISD has collectively developed a “Soft Opening Plan” to keep our employees safe and healthy as they complete critical end of the year tasks while on campus.

Per Governor Abbott’s orders the following guidelines apply:

1.) April 17, 2020, order allows staff into school facilities.
__See attached TEA Guidance on Entering Schools during Closure.
2.) April 27, 2020, order lifts Shelter in Place on April 30, 2020, and opens Texas Economy by allowing all retail stores, __restaurants, movie theaters, and malls to reopen on Friday, May 1, 2020. These services must limit their capacity to __25% of their listed occupancy.

Soft Opening of Brownsville ISD Campuses, Facilities, and Central Administration Building:
1.) All staff overtime will end on April 30, 2020.
2.) BISD will continue to follow all COVID-19 guidelines:
__a. Ensure six feet of social distancing is in place at all times.
__b. Handwashing and sanitizing will continue and is required.
__c. Masks and gloves are strongly recommended and encouraged.
__d. Non-school personnel (visitors, parents, and students) will not be allowed to enter campuses until further notice __and will be closed to the public.
3.) BISD will implement three phases of a “Soft Opening Plan” for the month of May. The purpose of this plan is to __close the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year and ensure all grades, promotions, required __documentation for closure, and End of Year Clearances are completed.

* Campus or department staff may come to work on a volunteer basis during each of the phases with supervisor __approval.
* All staff must continue to be available to work remotely from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Principals and departments are expected to be CONSISTENT with this plan.
* Common areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this new updated plan. We will continue adjusting as needed based on new developments. Please continue to take precautionary measures and stay safe.

Dr. René Gutiérrez Superintendent of Schools

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Update: Senior Class of 2020 Graduations

Brownsville ISD is pleased to announce that video recordings for the Virtual Graduation of each high school’s Class of 2020 will take place between May 1 and May 6. Included in the recordings will be the speeches from the school’s valedictorian, salutatorian, and third ranked student, as well as the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem. High school principals will be informing these respective students of the location, date, and time.

In order to meet the current safety and health standards, the district will utilize technology to move forward with the recognition and certification of all of its 2020 graduates while at the same time honoring those elements that make up a graduation ceremony.

Options are under consideration for a traditional graduation event later in the calendar year if circumstances permit. BISD is extremely proud of this year’s graduates and their accomplishments, and wishes each of them success in their future endeavors.

COVID-19 Strength & Conditioning and Sport Specific Instruction

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