The Calallen ISD Central Office Building and ALL campuses are currently closed due to COVID-19 and the Nueces County Stay-at-Home Order. If you need immediate assistance, please call (361) 242-5600 or email Annie Swetish-Rivera at email@example.com.
Message to Parents: School Closure Until End of the Year
To: Calallen ISD Parents / Guardians
From: Dr. Arturo Almendarez
Today at noon, Governor Abbott issued a new Executive Order that closed school classrooms to students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. However, schools are still required to provide instruction to students remotely, and complete all educational requirements for the year. Calallen ISD will continue to provide the best possible at-home instruction to students in light of the current situation. As a district we will continue with our previously established ELearning and instructional packets as primary methods of instruction. We encourage all students to participate and maintain communication with their teachers. If students do not complete all requirements for the school year, a summer program will be mandatory for promotion to the next grade level, earning of credits, or for graduation.
Thank you to all students, parents, and staff members, as we understand the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on each of you. We will continue to communicate regularly, and please know that we are here to support and assist. #WeAreCalallenStrong
UIL Programs: Cancellation
UIL released an update following Governor Abbott's Executive Order of April 17, 2020. In response to Governor Abbott's closing of school classrooms for in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, UIL has cancelled all remaining spring activities and state championships associated with those activities. All practices, rehearsal, and workouts remain suspended until further notice!
Message to Parents: Spring 2020 Remote Learning Grading Guidelines
To: Calallen ISD Parents / Guardians
From: Dr. Arturo Almendarez, Superintendent
In response to the uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, on Monday, April 13th, the Calallen ISD School Board approved a resolution that will make changes to school board policy EIC(Local). This specific policy governs academic achievement and class ranking. Calallen ISD administration recommended this change in an effort to create a system by where student progress and mastery can be measured while still not punishing students because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The district recognizes that at-home learning is not the same as in-class learning with our amazing staff. Under the new policy, all students in grades 1-12 will receive Pass or Incomplete grades rather than traditional grades for the fourth nine weeks of the 2019-2020 school year. Calallen ISD administration has created a set of Remote Learning Grading Guidelines that will outline how grades will be recorded and credit awarded for the fourth nine-weeks and second semester. In addition, the guidelines detail the impact the transition to Pass or Incomplete will have on promotion/retention, as well as current and future calculations of GPA and class rank. For students who receive an Incomplete for the Spring semester of 2020, a mandatory intensive summer program will be provided by the district to facilitate a student’s promotion to the next grade level and/or award of credits.
As a district we have been challenged to create a system that supports students and families in this time of crisis. The district philosophy emphasizes student mastery, support, and success while maintaining academic integrity and an equitable system of measurement. The district will continue to track and document student progress, and communicate regularly with parents to identify students in need of additional support, as well as those not making progress on assigned tasks. The district staff is committed to supporting students in their successful completion of the 2019-2020 school year.
Thank you for your continued support and patience during this every changing situation. Please stay safe and healthy Calallen family.
Thank you for your patience as Calallen ISD teachers and staff have and will continue to work diligently to formulate content and lessons for all our students during this COVID-19 closure. Staff has been working tirelessly to plan and create engaging learning opportunities for students. Teachers have taken on the task of completely reinventing the way we provide instruction in Calallen ISD. They have done so with care, heart, and passion for your students. Online learning is a new challenge for our staff that they are embracing for the success of our students. Today, we embark on a new adventure in E-Learning, and we ask for your patience as we move forward.
If you are in need of internet access in your home, please see which Providers Supporting Families with Internet Access.
Elementary Campuses (Magee, East and Wood River):
- Online E-Learning Resource lessons are now posted and ready for students
Secondary Campuses (Calallen High School and Calallen Middle School):
- Online E-Learning Resource lessons will be posted are now posted and ready for students
- Go to www.calallen.org
- On the main page under COVID-19 NEWS & UPDATES click on E-Learning Portal
- Calallen Middle School students will choose the appropriate grade level
- Calallen High School students will choose the appropriate subject matter
- Please take the time to explore the E-Learning page and access items such as Counseling/Social and Emotional learning opportunities as well
We are very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our staff. This is a very trying time for everyone and our staff have risen to the occasion in order to serve the needs of our students in the best way possible.
Hard Copy Packet Pick Up Schedule:
Calallen ISD is supporting online instruction while students are at home and is offering a paper solution ONLY for families that do not have access to the internet. Each campus has determined times and locations for instructional packet pick-up and drop-off. For specific information, please see the Calallen ISD Instructional Packet Information Sheet.
Calallen ISD to provide free curbside and mobile site lunch to children 18 and younger
Calallen ISD Food Service will provide free curbside meals for any child age 18 or younger. One meal per child will be given, and the child must be present in order to receive the free meal. Meals can be picked up curbside from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the following locations:
- Calallen East Elementary – located @ 3709 Lott Ave.
- Calallen Magee Elementary – located @ 4201 Calallen Dr.
- Wood River Elementary – located @ 15118 Dry Creek Dr.
In addition, Calallen ISD will provide 3 mobile meal distribution sites at the following locations:
- Alaniz Gardens I and II – located @ 3801 Violet Rd
- St. Mary’s Mission – located @ 4849 Cynthia St
- Intersection of County Road 73 and Rock Island Dr
Please note: NEW MEAL SERVING DAYS!!! ONLY SERVING MEALS ON MONDAY'S, WEDNESDAY'S AND FRIDAY'S.
On Monday's, a meal for Tuesday will also be given out. On Wednesday's, a meal for Thursday will be provided. On Friday's, children will receive meals for the weekend, including Saturday and Sunday.
Notice to Parents Regarding STAAR and Updates (March 16, 2020)
Calallen ISD Staff, Parents/Guardians, and Students:
As I am sure most of you are aware, Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. He has done this in an effort to support school districts in placing emphasis on public health over all other priorities.
As a district, Calallen ISD is continuing to prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty, and their families. We recognize your immediate need for information regarding school operations, but please understand that it is our priority to work diligently to ensure the health of students, teachers and personnel. As this is a very fluid and quickly evolving situation, we are taking into consideration all available information to guarantee our decision-making is in the best interest of our Calallen community. We plan to communicate plans for the upcoming week on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Enjoy the remainder of your Spring Break with your families, and please stay healthy Wildcat Family!
Cancellations and School Access Limitations
**The Calallen High School Junior/Senior Prom has been rescheduled to June 20, 2020, at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds.
UIL Programs: UIL released an update following Governor Abbott's Executive Order of April 17, 2020. In response to Governor Abbott's closing of school classrooms for in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, UIL has cancelled all remaining spring activities and state championships associated with those activities. All practices, rehearsal, and workouts remain suspended until further notice!
Swimming Pool: Until further notice, Calallen ISD Swimming Pool will be CLOSED!
Campus Visitors/Campus Buildings: Throughout the school closure, all CISD buildings will be closed to the public. Curbside services will be available for free lunch pick-up, instructional packet pick-up and technology device pick-up at the designated times.
Latchkey Vacation Station: The City of Corpus Christi has closed all locations for Latchkey at this time.
Del Mar Dual Credit Courses: CISD will be in contact with Dual Credit students to coordinate online course work and supports.
** All school related activities and events are cancelled during the school closure.
Department of State Health Services advise the following basic prevention guidelines:
• Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Stay home while you have a fever or experience illness
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Please find below links to important information and resources regarding COVID-19:
http://www.cctexas.com/coronavirus - link to the City of Corpus resource page that includes local information regarding Coronavirus
https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ - link to the Department of State Health Services
https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/safe-and-healthy-schools/coronavirus-covid-19-support-and-guidance - link to Texas Education Agency
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html - link to the Centers for Disease Control
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus - link to the World Health Organization
Talking to Children About COVID-19 - resources from the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk to children about COVID-19
Handwashing Video Links:
- Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E
- Handwashing Steps Using the WHO Technique https://youtu.be/IisgnbMfKvI
- What You Need to Know About Handwashing https://youtu.be/d914EnpU4Fo
- Wash Your Hands https://youtu.be/qJG72sycQB8