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Coronavirus Precautions Update - March 19, 2020 1:21 p.m.
Yoakum ISD will be closed through April 3, 2020 as per the order issued by Governor Greg Abbott to support the community and health care professionals continuing effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. All extra-curricular practices and events will remain suspended.
Yoakum ISD will continue to work on developing an educational transition plan to offer non face to face instruction as we move forward this school year. In addition, YISD will be looking at ways to distribute food to meet children’s nutritional needs while school is out.
District and campus personnel will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for your continued support.
Coronavirus Precautions Update - March 17, 2020 2:15 p.m.
Yoakum ISD Administration remains in constant communication with county health officials, City of Yoakum, Yoakum Community Hospital, Texas Education Agency, Region III Education Service Center, and superintendents in the local area; information from all is being taken into consideration. A determination regarding school schedule for next week will be posted on Yoakum ISD website by the end of this week.
Coronavirus Precautions Update - March 13, 2020 3:43 p.m.
Based on U.I.L. decision, Yoakum ISD is suspending all U.I.L. sanctioned contests from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020.
Coronavirus Precautions Update - March 13, 2020
Yoakum ISD continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and follow recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of Health Services. Yoakum ISD will continue to participate in UIL sanctioned activities as scheduled. In addition, Yoakum ISD will resume regular classes after Spring Break beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Students, parents, and staff are urged to remain vigilant in their efforts to stay healthy. For the latest information and updates, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Coronavirus Precautions - March 3, 2020
Yoakum ISD has been closely following the media reports and information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While no cases have been suspected amoung our local community, please be assured that we are monitoring the situation and will provide information as it becomes available from the public health authorities. Public health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time.
Any decisions that may need to be made regarding a change to school operations will be done so with guidance from the CDC and local health officials, along with guidance and direction from the authorities at TEA and Region 3.
Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus. 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. 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 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 eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick.
- Cover the mouth and nose with the inside of the elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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. This is importatnt 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. Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus 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/.
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.