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PSJA ISD cuts food program Board splits over doing it
PSJA ISD cuts food program Board splits over doing it
PSJA ISD cuts food program Board splits over doing it
PSJA ISD cuts food program Board splits over doing it
PSJA ISD cuts food program Board splits over doing it
PSJA ISD cuts food program Board splits over doing it
PSJA ISD cuts food program Board splits over doing it

PSJA ISD cuts food program Board splits over doing it

Out of approximately 17 public school districts in Hidalgo County, PSJA ISD is the only district to have shut down their food program. The question is why? All parents know this, and so, too, does most of the general public by now, but schools across the state have been shut down thru April 3. This was accomplished after Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order March 19 th (two days before South Padre’s Spring Break officially ended) that effectively shut down all restaurants (except take-out) and bars (after Spring Break was basically over), limits social gatherings to 10 or less, closes gyms, bans people from visiting nursing homes except for critical care, and temporarily closes schools, including charters. After the governor issued the order, school districts scrambled to get distance-learning protocols in place, how to provide for students who don’t have wi-fi, and how to continue to feed the students. With a lot of their parents already laid off, now isn’t the time to place the burden of feeding children on the backs of laid-off parents, especially since the school districts would still get state and federal monies to feed the kids as long as they are providing them with some form of distance learning. Or so went the train of thought throughout most districts. In a social-media post last Saturday, PSJA ISD Board Trustee and former President Jesse Zambrano posted this on his Facebook page: “Due to the recent developments of the coronavirus, I’ve recommended to Dr. Arredondo the following: 1. Complete lockdown of all district campuses and facilities. 2. No PSJA ISD employee, student, or visitor should enter any PSJA facility. 3. Cancel the “Grab & Go” meals program scheduled to start tomorrow March 23, 2020. 4. Cancel all work by any PSJA employee for student packets for at home educational instruction. “As Trustees, we have a solemn obligation to keep our community, students, teachers, administrators, and staff safe from harm. “We understand that dealing with the coronavirus has been a fluid situation with changes daily. The education of our students continues to be a priority; however, we will never compromise the safety and/or well-being of our community, students, teachers, administrators, and/or staff. “I strongly recommend all of you to stay at home and continue to practice all recommendations on social distancing, washing your hands, and avoid touching your face to prevent the spread of the virus. We will get through this together. May God bless all of ...

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