Aransas County ISD | Facilities Plan, UIL Plan, Transportation Plan, Etc. | Sept 10, 2017

Thank you so much for your patience as we work through the details of our recovery plan. We know that families are making critical decisions about their children’s education with very little information. We seek to only provide accurate information, and that has required great patience. We have categorized this message by topic and will continue to share applicable information as pieces unfold.

Facilities Plan:
After today’s meeting with North Star Recovery Company, we feel like we have a much better understanding of the necessary work required to reopen our schools. It is with great relief that we may now announce that we will begin to phase in the reopening of our schools in approximately 30 days with a possible start date of October 9, 2017. North Star is working diligently to ensure that our buildings are not only structurally safe for students and staff but that they also meet all required environmental standards for safety so that water-damaged buildings do not impose health risks. That said, the report revealed that our facilities suffered more damage than originally assumed and will require full commitment from the North Star team. Returning ACISD students and staff to their home schools is North Star’s highest priority.
The high school and middle school suffered the most extensive damage and will require a minimum of 6 months to restore. Fortunately, the team has been able to secure 80 portable classrooms, which we will position on the practice soccer fields next to the bus barn. These portable building will provide classroom space for middle and high school students for the majority of the remaining school year. The three elementary schools should be ready for use in approximately 30 days as well.

UIL Plan:
Fellow superintendents and I have made numerous phone calls to UIL to propose a plan that best serves our students, and UIL has devised a unique plan that suits us best. UIL will allow students displaced by Hurricane Harvey to attend other school districts during the restoration period while still competing as Rockport-Fulton Pirates. Aransas County ISD Board will approve a memorandum of understanding between the receiving districts of our displaced students and ACISD. This agreement will ensure that our students are provided the opportunity to maintain their school identity for UIL purposes while attending school elsewhere. I urge all parents to enroll children into one of these two school districts. GPISD and Sinton ISD are both quality school districts and have made significant strides to provide the very best transition for children displaced by the hurricane. The loss of 40 instructional days while waiting for our school to re-open could put these students at a significant academic disadvantage.

Transportation Plan:
Bus transportation will be provided by ACISD to GPISD beginning Monday, September 11, 2017. Your child must already be enrolled at GPISD to receive bus transportation. This includes all grade levels. There will be one central drop-off and pick-up location. The details of location and schedule are:

Location:

Parking lot behind stadium (green weight room)

Morning drop off:

Elementary will load between 6:30am-6:45am

Middle School/High School will load between 6:30am-6:45am

Buses will depart at 6:50am

Afternoon pick up:

Buses will return to parking lot about 4:00pm
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Pre-Kinder AM

Buses load at 6:30am-6:45am
Depart 6:50pm
Return at noon
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Pre-Kinder PM

Buses load at 10:40am
Depart 10:50am
Return at 4:00pm

We have created an email address to field questions from ACISD families, which we will add to our FAQ document posted every 2-3 days. Please email harveyrecoveryfaq@acisd.org, and we will attempt to address questions as we have information.

Pirate Strong!

Joseph Patek
Superintendent
Aransas County ISD
361-790-2212

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