Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith - Update on Operations during COVID-19
Friday, April 17, 2020 - As a result of today's announcement by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Duncanville ISD facilities and offices will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The school district will continue distance learning through the Learning At Home system established for families over the past month. Read More>
Monday, April 13, 2020 - Hello, Duncanville ISD family. I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and staying strong for one another while practicing social distancing. I have seen some special moments over the past few weeks from students, teachers, staff and parents as we’ve partnered in this new model for learning. I appreciate your faith in our ability to be flexible as we find solutions and develop new systems. Read More>
Monday, April 6, 2020 - This is the Superintendent Weekly Wrap-up where I’ll provide a regular update on the progress we’re making as we transition to a new way of learning. Read More>
Friday, April 3, 2020 - As we prepare to launch the next phase of our Learning At Home plan with Google Classroom instruction beginning Monday, I want to provide you with more specifics on the grading process. Students will receive assignments from their teachers and grades will be given for all grade levels, except Prekindergarten and Kindergarten since they are graded based on progress shown. We’re requiring students to submit work, whether that’s online or through instructional packets. Read More>
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - I want to thank you for your patience as we’ve gathered the information necessary to provide technology devices for students as we prepare to begin class assignments next week. Since spring break, teachers have been connecting with students and I know they are excited to settle into our new process for distance learning. To support learning at home, we will provide devices in two deployments. Read More>
Monday, March 30, 2020 - This is the Superintendent Weekly Wrap-up where I’ll provide a regular update on the progress we’re making as we transition to a new way of learning. Read More>
Friday, March 27, 2020 - Duncanville ISD family – As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses, it’s clear that we will be operating in this remote environment for an unknown period of time. Read More>
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - One of the top concerns you have expressed through this process of continuing to educate students while Duncanville ISD offices are closed has been technology and internet access. To better understand the technology needs and students’ ability to access the Learning At Home website as its use increases in the coming weeks, the district is asking families to take a survey. Read More>
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - You may have seen the hashtag #WeAreDville on recent social media posts from district leaders and district accounts. The hashtag is meant to unify and uplift our district family as we navigate this new normal for educating students. We will be launching this new social media campaign today to bring our families, teachers and staff together, and we encourage everyone to join us in sharing their new normal. Read More>
Internet Connectivity for Students in Need
Private businesses are supporting families without internet access during this health emergency by offering free internet access or accommodations for those who already have internet access but face challenges with paying for the service. Below are some of those options.
- FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
- AT&T: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
- Verizon: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handheld phones to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
- T-Mobile: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handheld phones to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
Facts About Coronavirus
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease first detected in China and has now spread to 60 locations internationally, including the United States.
Although no Coronavirus cases have been reported in Duncanville ISD or other North Texas communities, we will continue to work with professionals in the Dallas County Health Department, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remain informed and be prepared to quickly respond if necessary.
How Does Coronavirus spread?
Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID‑19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Coronavirus
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID‑19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.
What is Duncanville ISD doing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other communicable illnesses?
Duncanville ISD has registered nurses trained to address communicable illnesses. The nurses, as well as campus leaders, reinforce the following:
- Proper handwashing (soap and water for 20 seconds and hand sanitizer in between)
- Washing hands after certain activities, including bathroom breaks or recess and before lunch
- Cough and sneeze etiquette (cough into the upper sleeve or use tissue and dispose of it)
- Keeping hands away from eyes, nose and mouth
- Staying home if sick and being fever-free before returning to school
Parents are encouraged to follow the standardized practice for keeping students who are ill at home, such as a fever, vomiting, diarrhea and more symptoms that can be found here.
Duncanville ISD is also using a preventative antibacterial misting system at campuses to thoroughly and widely disinfect. This misting system uses a medical-grade disinfectant that helps offset the spread of illness to provide a cleaner, safer learning environment for students and staff.