Superintendent Tommy Hooker

Thrall ISD Superintendent Tommy Hooker also spoke at the county courthouse in Georgetown about the school’s procedures during the closure.

Thrall ISD sent an update Sunday, March 22, on plans going in place beginning this week while schools are closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Superintendent Tommy Hooker released the following letter.

Dear Thrall ISD Community:

During this difficult time when our country, state and county are dealing with the COVID-19 virus, our district remains optimistic everyone will stay safe and well as the next few weeks provide each of us a challenge. We will be here for you!

● District Grab & Go Meals will be daily from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch for the day and breakfast for the next morning will be in one-setting. This will be the second week for meals for students and will continue the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. All students 18 years of age and below may participate.

● Curriculum expectations are in place for Thrall ISD students beginning Monday, March 23. Teachers have prepared resources for students as they will have a variety of technology incorporated lessons and projects to keep pace with their learning. Students may pick up work from Elementary campus on Monday, March 23, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.*, and the middle school Chromebooks were issued on Thursday and Friday. The high school will be using high-tech curriculum methods for engaging students in their learning process.

*Thrall ISD will be providing curriculum drop-offs via transportation if students are not able to make the regular pickup. These will be by a planned bus route at the same time as a normal student bus drop-off, but will be dropping off curriculum instead of students. All students will be expected to begin their work to keep pace for their learning.

● UIL has extended the delay for all activities until May 4. This includes the use of any facility where COVID-19 virus is a concern. Facilities other than the walking spaces will be closed and the “Rule of 10” for gatherings will be enforced at all times per Williamson County.

Recommendations for the public by the Health Department recommended protocols to prevent the spread of the respiratory viruses including:

● Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

● Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

● Avoid contact with other people and keeping a social distance when in view of others.

● Staying home when sick to avoid sneezing and coughing.

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects/surfaces where COVID-19 can live for a period up to 72 hours.

● Avoid traveling and getting out of home - safest way to keep from community spread. Board elections for Thrall ISD moving the May 2, 2020, uniform election date to the November election cycle due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. This was through coordination of Williamson County and the State of Texas as the pandemic continues. The board accepts making this adjustment during this time of limited interaction between people in our community.

The district call-out (School Messenger system) will be utilized when making the entire group calls and updates. Please check the district webpage http://www.thrallisd.com for daily and regular updates. School staff will be on call for checking messages and responding to questions you might encounter with curriculum expectations and other related topics, although we will be limiting encounters to prevent coming in contact with one another as we use social distancing.

Your partner in education,

Tommy Hooker, Superintendent

*Thrall ISD will be providing curriculum drop-offs via transportation if students are not able to make the regular pickup. These will be by a planned bus route at the same time as a normal student bus drop-off, but will be dropping off curriculum instead of students. All students will be expected to begin their work to keep pace for their learning.

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