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School meals, updates to continue throughout the summer

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    Liliana Ponce and Jennifer Marquez from Elgin ISD are ready to give away meals at one of the 13 bus delivery sites when meal distribution began in March. File photo

As students and teachers prepare to finish an unprecedented semester and start to look forward to an uncertain fall semester, in the meantime Elgin ISD issued some information about the district’s summer operations.

Last Wednesday, Elgin ISD released a letter from Superintendent Jodi Duron with the latest update from the school district.

“It is hard to believe that our school year has come to an end, although it is certainly not the ending we had hoped for,” the letter from Duron said. “Even so, our staff, students and families have done an amazing job of responding to a situation for which no one could have anticipated. While we have little control in the midst of a crisis, we have full control over how we choose to respond. You have responded with grace, patience, and understanding in the most difficult of circumstances.”

Elgin ISD will continue to offer breakfasts and lunches at each of the elementary schools during the months of June and July. Meals for the entire week can be picked up on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In coordination with the Texas Education Agency, Elgin ISD is also offering resources for athome summer learning to help students mitigate any potential loss of learning due to COVID-19 and the summer break. Students and their families have access to the Texas Home Learning website at www.texashomelearning.org, which provides a four-week digital learning plan for at-home learning. Alternatively, parents can request that a paper copy of the four-week curriculum be sent to their address by registering by June 5 at www.elginisd.net/Domain/3097.

The district has formed a re-entry task force to look at the options for school in the fall, the letter said. Guidance from state, federal and local entities will help inform their decisions, but the district is anticipating a hybrid or blended approach in order to meet social distancing requirements. The school district will also seek input from families and staff regarding calendars, schedules and instructional delivery models.

Finally, the letter said the school district will continue to provide regular updates to families and on its website. Additionally, Duron plans to host two online Zoom meetings this summer to provide updated information and answer questions about the plan for school in August. The Zoom meetings are scheduled for June 22 and July 13 at 6 p.m.

Another letter, this one from the Elgin ISD Child Nutrition Services department, provided information about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This benefit is available to families with children who received (SNAP) food benefits for March 2020, children who are certified for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-2020 Texas school year, or children who attend a school that offers free meals to all students.

P-EBT is a one-time benefit of up to $285 to help families buy food from any retailer that accepts the Texas Lone Star Card. More information is available at www.elginisd.net/Page/6314.