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In the wake of school closings related to the spread of COVID-19, Dallas ISD will provide students with three days’ worth of grab-and-go meals. These meals will be distributed at the entrance of 48 campuses on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. To identify the nearest meal service location, please visit the Dallas ISD website.

Likewise, despite the indefinite closure of schools, Dallas ISD continues its commitment to provide the best educational opportunities for all students. Middle and high school students will engage in online-learning coursework with their teachers through district-issued devices. Elementary students will continue their learning through at-home activities. The district has facilitated a website where students and parents can receive guidance. 

Rebuilding after the storm

Over the past few weeks, district officials and architects hosted public meetings to gather community feedback and ideas on the new Walnut Hill pre-K through eighth-grade campus. The concepts and input from these committees served as the starting point for the design of the new building, providing further guidance for the architects as they develop future plans for the school.

I am grateful to everyone who has reached out wanting to help. The outpouring of support from the community has been amazing, and I am thankful for that.

2020 Census: I count, you count, we all count

This year’s census is around the corner, and I want to remind you why it’s important to count everyone in the Dallas ISD community. An accurate number will provide additional funds for schools, transportation and other programs that will benefit our students. 

For this reason, it’s important that everyone in your household is accounted for, no matter their country of origin. As a reminder, the information you provide is completely confidential and the surveys will be available in English, Spanish and a variety of other languages. 

Remember, the census is an opportunity to make a difference for our community!

Teachers going above and beyond for our students

Last, but certainly not least, I have continuously witnessed how Dallas ISD teachers go above and beyond to help their students navigate through new experiences. This time, I would like to highlight the work of Ms. Autumn Slosser and Thomas Jefferson’s ESL department. 

Despite having some students whose native language is not English, or even Spanish, but indigenous Central American tongues like Q’eqchi, these teachers have taken the time to learn words in their language, strengthening the bond with their students and communicating better with them. 

Let’s not forget that these kids are thousands of miles away from their home countries; some have been separated from their families, and having someone approach them in a familiar way makes them feel comfortable and secure. 

I am sure there are many more stories like this around the district. Let us applaud the efforts of these teachers to make everyone in our district feel welcome. 

Stay up-to-date with district news by following us on social media @Dallasisd and @dallasisdEspanol.

Trustee Edwin Flores,
District 1

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