The Socorro Independent School District continues to monitor community health data and seek guidance from health authorities to guide its Back to School Safely plans.
Based on a recommendation from the El Paso City/County health authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza, Socorro ISD will not begin in-person instruction until after January 18.
“Team SISD is committed to a safe return to on-campus instruction and, as with all COVID-19 plans, it is important to note that details may be subject to change pending the state of our local community health and new guidance issued by national, state, and local authorities,” district officials shared via their website.
Despite currently being in the Orange Zone (hospitalization rate below 20%), the recommendation from the local health authority was made to provide a full two-week period from possible holiday gatherings that have the potential to increase community spread.
Therefore, the re-opening for students whose parents have chosen for them to return in the Orange Zone will be delayed for one week.
In-person instruction for students whose parents have chosen to return in the Orange Zone will begin January 19. However, these families will be given the opportunity to have their children return to their campuses on January 11 and participate in remote instruction along with other priority students.
Socorro ISD teachers will return to their classroom by January 14 pending any other changes based on the health of the local community.
School principals will be communicating with parents at their schools about the transition to in-person instruction and the current safety zone, which indicates which students will return to campus for instruction.
Socorro ISD also continues to follow the safety zones as per the Region 19 School System COVID-19 Campus Attendance Plan to guide its safe transition back to in-person learning. See the full Region 19 press release, attendance plan and safety zones via this link.