When Ysleta ISD welcomes student back for in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, they’ll be coming back for in-person classes, as well as with free school supplies and breakfast/lunch meals .
“COVID-19 caused many hardships to our families, and we understand the impact of the pandemic on our community,” Ysleta ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre shared. “It is our privilege to be able to lend a helping hand to our families and relieve them of some of these back-to-school expenses.”
Due to developments during the state legislative session, Ysleta ISD is unable to offer a remote learning option for the 2021-22 school year – as a result, all campuses will be open to students for classroom learning this fall as usual.
“We believe the best opportunity for our students is to learn in person with their teachers in their classrooms on our campuses,” Dr. De La Torre added. “Therefore, we look forward to having all of our students return to face-to-face learning.”
To help ease the financial burdens on our families caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, every Ysleta ISD student will receive a box of school supplies – free of charge – in the upcoming year, officials said.
Each box is filled to the brim with grade level-appropriate items that range from markers and notebooks to ear buds and facial tissues, as well as standard supplies like pencils, erasers, poster paints, scissors, glue, colored pencils, and binders, among many others.
There are six variations of the school-supply boxes, the contents of which are organized according to the following groups:
- Pre-K and kindergarten
- Grades 1 and 2
- Grades 3, 4 and 5
- Middle School (grades 6-8)
- High School (grades 9-12)
In addition, Ysleta ISD will offer healthy breakfast and lunch school meals at no cost to every student in the 2021-22 school year. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
This year, however, parents won’t need to fill out an application and all students will automatically receive free meals, regardless of household income.
District officials add that Ysleta ISD campuses and facilities will continue to be disinfected as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and hand sanitizer will be readily available.
Students, staff, teachers, and administrators will have the option to wear face masks; social distancing will be maximized to the extent
possible; student desk dividers will be provided upon parent request; and COVID-19 rapid testing and contact tracing will take place as needed.
The district also has availability for full-day pre-K at 18 participating campuses for 4-year-olds who qualify. Pre-K is designed to help develop children’s social, emotional, self-help, and cognitive skills, and provides hands-on activities and a literature-rich environment.