As school districts across the nation face unprecedented closures in light of the COVID-19, IDEA Public Schools remains committed to continuing to serve our families with a quality college-bound education and the resources they need to remain safe, healthy and successful.
Our main goals at this time are to keep each and every one of our scholars fed, that learning continues via a robust online distance learning format, and that each of our employees, students, and families are as safe as possible.
The following information is to provide you a comprehensive update related to the plans announced last week:
IDEA Public Schools campuses in Southern Louisiana will be closed until April 13, while Texas will remain closed until further notice. All planned events, athletics, field trips, after-school programs and other campus activities have been canceled for the remainder of the year. Major events such as College Signing Day and Graduation will be postponed until further notice.
Student instruction will continue online via distance learning in our Southern Louisiana locations, and beginning on Monday, March 23 in Tarrant County, Tuesday March 24 in San Antonio and March 30 in the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, and Austin for all students in grades Pre-K through 12. IDEA will also be providing physical copies of school materials available via curbside pickup.
In addition, all campuses will remain open only for curbside meal services for families currently in Southern Louisiana, Tarrant County, San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso.
Families i the Rio Grande Valley may pick up meals at any campus location or visit any of the meal service distribution centers below:
|City||Stop Location||Address||Distance From Campus (round trip)|
|Penitas||Katarina Park||Mile 7 Rd & Sago Palm Dr. Penitas, TX 78576||28 Miles (44min)|
|Pharr||Garcia Park||413 E Clark Ave, Pharr, TX 78577||14 Miles (24min)|
|Hidalgo||Autozone||1101 S Bridge St, Hidalgo, TX 78557||16 Miles (36min)|
|Donna||Parque Aurora Valley||Aurora Valley Dr. & Bella Vista St. – Donna, TX 78537||20 Miles (44 min)|
|Progreso||Progreso City Park||International Blvd & Malone Dr – Progreso, TX 78596||13 Miles (24 min)|
|Harlingen||Sports Complex||3139 Wilson Rd, Harlingen, TX 78552||16 Miles (24min)|
|San Benito||El Ranchito Stripes||Stripes, 24523 US-281, San Benito, TX 78586||25 Miles(40min)|
|Brownsville South||Tony Gonzalez Park||34 Tony Gonzalez Dr., Brownsville, TX 78521||8 Miles (18min)|
|Brownsville North||Oliveira Park||104 El Paso Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520||8 Miles (24min)|
|Rio Grande City||Iglesia Maranata||Elliot St & E Juarez St, Las Lomas TX 78582||16 Miles (40 min)|
Select campuses will remain open to provide limited childcare to IDEA parents who work in critical public safety roles such as healthcare, first response, city or county-based roles. Childcare will be available for these parents at the campuses listed below from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Mondays – Fridays and will abide by CDC guidelines for public health, including temperature checks upon entry and gatherings of no more than 10 people per childcare area. Childcare will be available for up to 50 students per site on a first-come, first-served basis.
We will continue to update you through email, social media, and Remind on this developing situation. We encourage you to follow your campus social media channels as well. If you have questions, please reach out to your school’s principal. You can find their name and contact information on the IDEA website.
Families wanting the latest information on the extended school closure, meal services, community resources, and the distance learning program, may visit https://ideapublicschools.org/parents/health-services/
Thank you for doing your part to keep our community, our state and our nation as safe and healthy as possible.