Thursday, March 26th - 5:20pm
We have been in constant contact with local, county, and state officials concerning the Coronavirus pandemic over the past weeks. Ellis County Commissioners have established a "shelter in place" declaration until April 3rd. The City of Ennis has now passed a resolution calling for "stay home - stay safe" until April 17th.
Through our conversations with these entities, we have made the decision to extend the school closure until April 17th.
This is not an easy decision because we understand it continues to place burdens on many of our families. However, we feel it is imperative we work in collaboration with our local officials to ensure the health and safety of our students and citizens.
EISD will continue to provide student meal service and distance learning during this extended period.
We will continue to monitor the situation and stay in close contact with health authorities and local officials. Please follow our updates on social media or the district website for the latest information. #WeAreEnnis
Update - March 25th - 8pm
Our staff continues to work daily on distributing meals to those students who are in need. Today we had almost 1,000 students pick up a breakfast and a lunch from our food service department. That equates to almost 2,000 meals served in one day.
As most of you know, we have curbside meals available and we are also carrying meals out into the community to ensure our student’s needs are met.
Our teachers continue to develop creative ways to give your child resources and activities to continue their educational progress. We thank you for your patience in this process.
As you are aware, the Ellis County Commissioners implemented “shelter in place” guidelines last night to extend until April 3rd. Please see the Ellis County website for more details.
I hope you and your family are well and are finding ways to cope with the current situation we are experiencing. During this time we need to come together as a community and continue to support and encourage one another. This too shall pass.
Stay positive, stay patient, and stay together as a community!
Monday, March 23rd - 5pm
As always, the health and safety of our students, staff, and community members is our #1 priority. In an effort to be transparent, Ennis ISD has been recently informed that an employee of the district has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The employee did travel abroad during spring break, but very responsibly has been under a self-quarantine since returning.
This individual has not been in any EISD facility and has not made contact with any student or staff member since March 6th, which was the last day of school prior to our closure for Spring Break. Due to the time that has elapsed, we do not feel there has been any exposure to students or staff. However, out of an abundance of caution, this employee will not be returning to work in any capacity during our extended closure. We do wish for you to keep this individual and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
As for positive news, we had a large turnout today for the student meal program. Huge thanks to the staff members working so hard to feed our kids!
We are also excited about the beginning of our distance learning program and feel confident it will improve daily.
We will continue to update all stakeholders in order to ensure information is communicated on a regular basis. Thank you for your continued patience and support.
Sunday, March 22nd - 5pm
Tomorrow we begin a new educational experience with the implementation of distance learning for the entire district. This is a new experience for you, your children, and our staff.
Staff members have been tasked with developing a distance learning program over a period of just a few days. They have done an amazing job and we are proud to have such a dedicated staff.
We have had to remind our staff and now I would remind you, what we roll out tomorrow will not be without flaws. There WILL BE hardware issues, login trouble, lessons you or your child may not initially understand. Please keep this in mind as we begin this journey. However, also know that we will work to resolve these issues as soon as we possibly can.
As communicated previously, we will not be grading these activities and there are no timelines. We are providing these activities in order to give our students the opportunity to continue their education.
We understand every household has different challenges during this nationwide crisis. Our goal is to work alongside you in supporting our students and ensuring they have the necessary resources to progress academically through this situation.
Also, note we will be providing meals only once per day beginning tomorrow. These meals will include breakfast and lunch. The time for the meal distribution will be 10:00am - 11:30am. Please see our previous post for more details.
Our students, their families, and our community remain in our thoughts and prayers. Together we will work through this crisis and we will be stronger in the end because WE ARE ENNIS!
Thursday, March 19th - 4:45pm
As you may have heard, Governor Abbott has officially closed all Texas schools until April 3rd. We understand when schools are closed it places a burden on parents and families. School closings also have a negative effect on our students' educational progress.
The Texas Education Agency has directed schools to develop a distance learning model that best suits their local community. Our staff has been working extremely hard over these past few days on developing a distance learning plan to give our students quality educational resources.
As we begin rolling out the program, please understand that there will be challenges with technology, software, and other unforeseen issues. Please be patient with our staff as we are in new territory. Our teaching staff will be working remotely from home and are being asked to teach in a method many have never undertaken.
We ask that you assist your child in navigating the format and helping them become comfortable with the distance learning model. EISD will provide online lessons for all grade levels. Those students without access to technology or the internet will be offered resources through paper and pencil.
Due to the limited resources and possible high volume of requests, all of our technical services will be geared around supporting our distance learning initiatives. Please let us know if you have an issue and, if we can resolve it over the phone, we will do so.
Once again, please be patient with our staff as we begin providing these services. We will have to make daily adjustments as we move forward, and we will. Our goal is to provide resources without causing any more stress in such an uncertain time.
We Are Ennis and We will work together and We will be stronger in the end!