COVID-19 UPDATES

Coronavirus Update

Dear Buffalo ISD Students, Parents, Staff and Community,

I write this letter with hopes to inform you of the latest updates regarding Buffalo ISD and the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) and how it affects the students of our district going forward.  It has been a very difficult past few days trying to make decisions regarding our kids while trying to clarify a lot of “what ifs.” 

The Buffalo ISD school administration has used our guiding question of “what's best for our kids?” in all of the decisions we have made and we will continue to use this question for future decisions. Our Buffalo Community has always been supportive of our schools and we “thank you” in advance as we work  through this issue. Our goal is to as soon as possible get back to doing what we love, educating our kids!  

Please see the bullets below for facts that I know are accurate to the best of my ability.

  • Buffalo ISD has been monitoring the COVID-19 virus spread as well as communicating  with the Center for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Education Agency, local and regional superintendents, Education Service Center 6 and our local county officials for decision making processes. 
  • Our awesome staff has  been making sure that our facilities are ready for students when the time to return to school comes. Our classrooms, bathrooms, water fountains, door knobs and handrails are being wiped down multiple times per week with hospital grade disinfectant. We have electrostatic disinfectant guns that we are treating our facilities with as well. Our school busses have been deep cleansed and hospital grade germicidal disinfectant has been used to wipe down the seats and handrails. For student use we have hand sanitizer stations as well as the basic soap and water for hand washing.
  • With current cases of COVID-19 increasing as more testing takes place, Buffalo ISD will cancel classes through April3, 2020 with hopes to resume classes on April 6, 2020. This of course would be contingent on the spread of the virus and the number of cases that may still be present in the future. 
  • By cancelling classes through April 3rd  and the possibility of missing more days, we must address the fact that our kids are missing instruction that will be important for their success going forward. Beginning Monday, March 23rd Buffalo ISD will roll out lessons for all of our students to work on and complete. Our teachers have been working diligently to create and provide online as well as hard copy resources.The lessons, the hard copy packets, will be available starting Monday, March 23rd for pick-up. The packets will be available at the front office of your child’s campus between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. In addition, the lessons will be available starting Monday, March 23rd, as well, via computer from home. Also, please pay attention to your child’s campus social media account for more details regarding their lessons.
  • As previously shared Buffalo ISD is serving breakfast and lunch “grab and go” at no charge to all students Monday through Friday at the West side patio at Buffalo Lower Junior High. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Beginning Monday March 23rd we will no longer serve breakfast during the morning hour due to low turnout, however students will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch during the designated lunch time. Students must be present to receive the meals. 
  • All UIL activities have been suspended by the University of Interscholastic League until March 29th. All practices, games and meets have been postponed. Facilities are locked and inaccessible to students.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone for their support of BISD over the past few days as we try to navigate a “crisis” situation and find answers for a very “fluid and ever changing” scenario. The Buffalo ISD School Board and Administration Team will continue to stay in touch with and focused on those experts I mentioned earlier to help us make the best decisions for our students. 

Please feel free to contact me or your campus principal with any questions that you may have regarding the contents of this memo.

Buffalo ISD “A Great Place to Raise a Kid”

God Bless!

Respectfully,

Lacy Freeman

Superintendent Buffalo ISD

freemanlg@buffalosid.net

(903)-322-3765