Dear Yoakum ISD Family:
As you know, the District has offered the option of remote instruction since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year as a temporary response to COVID-19. I am very pleased to report that the efforts we have made to keep students and staff safe are working. These safety protocols can all be found in Yoakum ISD Safe Start Plan. As a result, we have not seen an outbreak of COVID-19. I want to thank each employee, student, and family who have worked so hard to follow our safety protocols and help ensure that YISD can continue to provide face-to-face instruction.
Considering this, Yoakum ISD has made the decision to end remote instruction at Yoakum Primary Annex School, Yoakum Primary School, and Yoakum Intermediate School effective Monday, September 28, 2020. Beginning Monday, September 28, 2020, all students enrolled in Yoakum Primary Annex School, Yoakum Primary School, or Yoakum Intermediate School must report for in-person instruction. Effective October 13, 2020, remote instruction will end for Yoakum Junior High School and Yoakum High School. Beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2020, all students enrolled in Yoakum Junior High School and Yoakum High School must report for in-person instruction. In accordance with TEA guidelines, parents have the option to request a transfer to any school district to meet their children’s educational needs for remote instruction. Parents also have the option to withdraw their children and enroll them in a private school or homeschool.
Yoakum ISD feels confident that the District’s plan to PREVENT the virus from entering the school, RESPOND to lab-confirmed cases, and MITIGATE the likelihood of COVID-19 spread inside the school is sound and looks forward to our current remote learners joining us for in-person instruction on Monday, September 28, 2020 for Pre-K thru 5th grade students and on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 for 6th grade thru 12th grade students. We will offer instructional support for students experiencing COVID related illnesses just as we would for any other illness.
We are looking forward to this transition, and thank you for working with our district through this very strange time. If you have any questions, please contact your campus administrator.
Yoakum ISD 2020-2021 Return-to-School Plan
Yoakum ISD is committed to providing quality instruction to all students. With the impact of Covid-19, opening schools will be very complex due to the unknown variables. Yoakum ISD currently plans to resume face-to-face instruction starting Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Administrators, teachers, and staff are looking forward to seeing your children back at school.
Due to COVID-19, there will be new safety guidelines in place for the following:
- Screening protocols
- Face coverings
- Classroom configurations
- Common areas
The Commissioner of Education has stated that parents will have the option of face-to-face instruction or online remote learning.
If you plan to keep your child at home and participate in virtual remote instruction, the mode of instruction will either be Synchronous Instruction or Asynchronous Instruction. No instructional packets will be distributed. If you are planning on keeping your child at home and participating in remote virtual instruction, please contact the Campus Principal starting July 23rd.
Synchronous instruction is defined as two-way, real-time instruction between teachers and students through computer or other electronic devices. Yoakum Intermediate School and Yoakum Junior High School will be using this mode of instruction for students whose parents elect virtual remote instruction.
Asynchronous instruction does not require all participants to be virtually present at the same time. Examples: Self-paced online courses with intermittent teacher instruction, preassigned work with formative assessments on paper or in Learning Management System, watching pre-recorded videos of instruction with guided support. Yoakum Primary, Yoakum Primary Annex, and Yoakum High School will be using this mode of instruction for students whose parents elect virtual remote instruction.
All remote instruction (Synchronous and Asynchronous) will include:
- Daily attendance & interaction with teachers.
- Formal and informal assessments.
- Students will be graded on the same grading scale as students who participate in face-to-face instruction.
- Devices with internet access are required. Google Classroom will be the Learning Management System that will be utilized.
- Students will follow their daily school schedule.
- Students participating in remote instruction will not be eligible for extracurricular activities or certain CTE courses including, but not limited to, athletics, band, welding, U.I.L. academic events.
- Students participating in remote instruction will be required to take the STAAR test if applicable.
- Curb side lunches and breakfast will not be offered.
As the Texas Education Agency issues more guidance in the upcoming weeks, information may be added or changed to the District website and the Yoakum ISD Facebook page.
Please keep in mind that the details are subject to change as directives are provided by governing authorities and/or health officials.
Guidelines for Yoakum Bulldog Stadium
Yoakum ISD is following the COVID-19 Risk Guidelines set forth by the U.I.L. for attendance at football games for the 2020 football season.
Yoakum ISD will allow spectators to attend games within a maximum 50% capacity.
Spectators, fans, and media are required to wear face coverings when entering the stadium as described in Executive Order GA-29.
Groups should maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other groups at all times. A group is defined as no more than 10 people including the members of their own family and those who travel together to the facility.
Please do NOT attend games if:
- You are awaiting test results for COVID-19.
- You are not feeling well, have a fever, cough, sore throat, or loss of sense of taste and/or smell.
- You have been in direct contact with someone who has been confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19.
Visible signs will be posted and sanitizers will be available.
Stay safe and GO BULLDOGS!
Distance Learning Help
Need help with distance learning? Go to our Distance Learning Page.
Raptor Visitor Management System
Yoakum ISD is pleased to announce that we are using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system allows us to do that. The Raptor system allows us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.
Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.
The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.
Yoakum ISD 2020 Season Football Tickets
Season tickets for the 2020 Yoakum Bulldogs Football season will go on sale in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 315 E. Gonzales Street, Yoakum, Texas, on Monday, August 10, at 8:00 a.m. The price of season tickets for six (6) varsity home games is $30 per set. The schedule for purchasing Season Tickets is as follows:
August 10-August 21 - Season Ticket Holders from Last Year may purchase their same tickets. Tickets not purchased by August 21, 2020 will be made available for sale to anyone wishing to purchase. If you will not be purchasing your season tickets, please notify YISD Administration Office at 361-293-3162.
August 24-August 28 - Season tickets will be available to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis.
August 24-August 28 - Single game tickets for the 1st varsity home game may be purchased. (Adult-$6; Student-$3)
Ticket sales end at noon on Friday, August 28. Season tickets will not be sold after the 1st varsity home game which is on Friday, August 28, 2020. No refunds will be given for cancelled games.
Primary Annex Registration
New Students Only -- Primary Annex will hold registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten on Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 30 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Your child will not be registered unless all of the following documents are presented:
Certified Birth Certificate
Student's Social Security Card
Up-to-Date Immunization Record
Parent/Guardian Driver's License or Picture ID
Proof of Residence (Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, etc. with Name and Address)
If student is not living with parent, Guardianship paperwork must be presented.
Due to COVID-19, we ask that only 1 adult come to registration. If possible, please do not bring children or other family members. Translators will be available. Please wear face covering.
Starting July 28, 2020, you may call Primary Annex at 361-293-3312 if you have any questions.
Primary Annex will have Meet the Teacher/Orientation on Monday, August 17 at the following times:
Morning Pre-K students - 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Afternoon Pre-K students - 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kindergarten students - Parents and students will attend based on the student's last name.
A-K 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
L-Z 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Students may bring their school supplies to orientation.
Primary School Registration
Yoakum Primary School will hold registration for all incoming 1st and 2nd graders on the following days:
Wednesday, August 5 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 6 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
We ask that only one parent attend registration and do so without children. There will be assigned areas to fill out paperwork in the cafeteria. We also ask that everyone who enters the campus wear a mask. Thank you for your help with this matter.
Beginning August 4, please call Yoakum Primary School at 361-293-2011 if you have any questions.
Meet the teacher will be done a little different this year. Teachers will have a scheduled time set up to meet with them before school starts. We ask that you please wear masks and bring all school supplies at the scheduled time. Teachers will contact you and let you know that your child is in their classroom. They will begin to make phone calls on August 10. If you do not receive a phone call, we probably do not have a working number from registration. If teachers have not called you after the 10th, please call 361-293-2011 to give us a working phone number, and we will let you know your child’s teacher.
The schedule for meet the teacher is listed below:
Mrs. Perez 4:30 PM in Gym
Mrs. Flessner 5:30 PM in Gym
Mrs. Rodriquez 6:30 PM in Gym
Mrs. Berger 5:00 PM in Cafeteria
Mrs. Malik 6:00 PM in Cafeteria
Ms. Friedel 4:30 PM in Gym
Mrs. Eggemeyer 5:30 PM in Gym
Mrs. Patek 4:00 PM in Cafeteria
Mrs. Alvarez 5:00 PM in Cafeteria
Mrs. Gomez 6:00 PM in Cafeteria
Mrs. Miranda 4:30 PM in Gym
Intermediate School Registration
**Intermediate School will hold registration for all incoming 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students on August 5 from 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Beginning on August 4, you may call Intermediate School at 361-293-2741 if you have any questions.
**Revised--Subject to change
Yoakum Jr High Registration
Yoakum Jr High will hold registration for ALL 2020-2021 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Yoakum Jr High on August 5, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A parent/legal guardian MUST accompany each student during registration as signatures are required by both parties.
Incoming 7th graders and those students that will turn 12 over the summer will need to bring their immunization records with them to registration. Any student not up-to-date on their shots will not be allowed to begin school until proof has been given to the nurse that those shots have been received.
Any student new to Yoakum ISD needs to bring their certified birth certificate, social security card, shot record, STAAR test results (if possible), and last report card or withdrawal papers from their previous school (if applicable). A driver's license/ID and proof of residency (utility bill, cable bill, lease agreement, etc.) of the parent/legal guardian of the enrolling student will also be required.
Please call the Yoakum Jr High office starting August 4 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 361-293-3111 if you have any questions.
Yoakum High School Registration
Yoakum High School will not have registration in the same fashion as in prior years due to COVID-19.
Student schedules and schedule change forms were mailed last week. If your student did not receive the paperwork in the mail, please notify the office at 361-293-3442. If a student would like to request a schedule change, they may complete the form and either deliver the form to the High School office or email it to the counselor's email address printed on the form.
Counselors will start processing schedule changes on July 28 and will do their best to contact the student/parent as long as the contact information on the form is accurate. If there are questions regarding student schedules, counselors may be contacted at 361-293-3442 starting on Tuesday, July 28.
All other paperwork needed for enrollment will be disseminated beginning on the first day of instruction, August 19.
Incoming 9th-12th grade students new to the district will register on Tuesday, August 4, from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the High School Office.
**If you have a student attending Yoakum High School and want to start the school year with them participating in asynchronous remote learning (online), opt-in paperwork must be filled out and returned. The paperwork will contain information on what to expect when participating in this manner. Please be sure to read through the packet. Asynchronous remote learning will not look like with what we ended the 2019-2020 school year.
Opt-in packets are now available in the high school front office. Deadline to return the paperwork to the high school office is August 5, 2020. If you have any questions, please call the high school office at 361-293-3442.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, YISD upgraded to the newest version of Renaissance, which includes AR and STAR. The URL for Home Connect has changed, and you will need to enter your e-mail address again if you wish to receive notifications when your child takes AR tests.
Yoakum ISD Athletic Pictures Needed
Yoakum ISD is in the process of updating team championship pictures as well as pictures of former Yoakum High School graduates who attended college and continued their athletic careers. The pictures are being digitally uploaded and eventually will be viewed on the screen in the new Bulldog Gym foyer.
Pictures of team championships (district through state) from the fall of 2013 thru current year, as well as any 2013-2018 Yoakum High School graduate who went on to play in college are needed. No particular pose is necessary; typically, the athlete is pictured in their college uniform and any listings of their accomplishments included.
Pictures and information can be turned in to the Yoakum ISD Administration Office at 315 East Gonzales Street.
Please note: Pictures will not be returned.
District Upcoming Events
October 3, 2020
October 10, 2020