The Bandera Independent School District is phasing out paper packets for in-home learning during the extended school holiday caused by the coronavirus outbreak and has shifted to the digital distribution of instructional programs.
“We made the change at the high school and middle school last week and will be moving to the elementary schools this week (April 13-17),” said BISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth on Monday, April 13.
“The district has distributed more than 500 Chromebooks for families without adequate computer access at home. The devices work online or offline, so paper packets are unnecessary,” said the superintendent.
The switch was made to limit the amount of in-person interaction between families and the schools to make it more difficult for the coronavirus to spread.
The district has provided families easy-to-follow instructions on how to access and turn in work, even if internet access is not available at a student’s home.
The district encouraged parents and others in charge of student learning to reach out to teachers if problems arise in obtaining or presenting the lessons.
BISD like other school district continues to provide free breakfast and lunch to students who chose to participate in that program.
Any student under the age of 19 qualifies for the assistance.
The dates for the food giveaway have changed this week to Monday, April 13, which provided food for the first three days of the week, and Thursday, April 16, which will have food for the remainder of the week.
Parents and students can pick up the meals at Hill Country Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at Bandera Middle School in the back parking lot during the same hours.
Hill Country is at 6346 FM 1283 in Lakehills, while Bandera Middle is at 1005 Cherry St. in Bandera.
In addition, the district has scheduled Thursday, April 16, as the day families in need of a desk for their children to use for their studies to pick up a surplus desk the district is making available.
The number of desks is limited, so they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.
The desks will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the district’s maintenance center next to Alkek Elementary School, 1798 Highway 173 in Bandera.