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RFP Medical Insurance and Ancillary Employee Benefits

ATTENTION! We are extending the time to receive 3 hard copies of your RFPs to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3rd. However, at a minimum, an electronic copy must be sent to our Chief Financial Officer by 2:00 PM on Friday, October 30th for your RFP to be considered.

Kingsville ISD invites your submittal on RFP No. 20/21-002 - Medical Insurance and Ancillary Employee Benefits. Click the title and read more about it.
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Health Alert Harvey Elementary

Be advised that on Monday, October 19, 2020, we received notification that a close relative of an employee at Harvey Elementary School had close contact with a friend who tested positive for COVID-19. Click the title and read more.
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Health Alert Harrel Elementary

Be advised that very early Monday morning, October 19, 2020, we received notice that an employee at Harrel Elementary School tested positive for COVID. Click the title and read more.
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Celebrate the Joy of Literacy on Friday, October 30th

With all the stress that students and staff have been under due to COVID, some students and staff have asked if it was possible to be able to “escape reality for a day and be able to have a little joy by being allowed to dress in costume” on Friday, October 30th. Click the title to read Dr. Perez's message.
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Letter to Texas Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath.

Kingsville ISD Board of Trustees asks that TEA reduce the required number of Instructional minutes, relax attendance requirements and waive testing standards for the 2020-2021 school year. These decisions would allow districts to focus their efforts on building a safe environment and strong curriculum for all students. Please, click here and read the complete letter.
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Dr. Owl Screener and Masks and Shields

As you are aware, Monday 09/28 begins our day with approximately 25% of our student body. While the expectation is that all students and staff utilize DrOwl self‐screener app daily, it is reasonable to expect that we may need to help some students learn how to download the app. Read more here please.
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Notice of Adopted 2020 Tax Rate.

This tax rate will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate. The tax rate will effectively be raised by 15.11 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately -$15.
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Back to School Message from Dr. Cissy Perez.

During the 2020-2021 school year, Virtual instruction and In-Person instruction will be offered as required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Due to the rising trends of COVID-19, TEA has provided guidance that allows districts the flexibility for a phase in plan for In-Person instruction for the first eight weeks of school with board approval. Read more about it...
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Proposed 2020-2021 Budget and Public Meeting

Kingsville ISD will conduct a public meeting to discuss the attached proposed budget and tax rate on Monday, August 24th at 5:00 PM. The public can participate in the Public Meeting via ZOOM connection with ID: 918 2821 3214 and Security Code: hMvQ6Z
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August 12, 2020 - Message to the Community from Dr. Pérez.

If we missed you during our 08/12 message broadcast of Dr. Pérez as Superintendent-Consultant, here is the audio file for review. The Tech Department is currently cleaning all databases to make sure that all Parents and Employees are in the Rapid Communication system. Thank you.
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New School Year Considerations

With all the many things that are being considered as this new school year begins, we would like to provide some information about a few items in hopes of relieving some of the stress that comes along during this time:
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Children who received SNAP food benefits for March 2020.

This letter is intended for families with:
1. Children who received SNAP food benefits for March 2020.
2. Children who are certified for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-20 Texas school year.
3. Children who attend a school that offers free meals to all students (Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2).

Please find the P-EBT application at https://yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT and they can be reached at (800) 613-6220.
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Changes to Curbside Meal Service/Instructional Packet Pick-Up and Drop-Off:

Meal service will not be provided Friday, April 10th or
Monday, April 13th in observance of the Easter holiday.

The Kingsville Independent School District would like to continue to serve the community while reducing the amount of exposure by way of interaction of families with KISD staff. Therefore, beginning Tuesday, April 14th, KISD will provide one curbside meal/instructional packet service for the entire week. This service will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the following campuses:
- H.M. King High School (Pre-K through 12th grade packets)
- Memorial Middle School (Pre-K though 8th grade packets)
- Gillett Intermediate School (Pre-K though 8th grade packets)

KISD will provide all breakfast and lunches for the week on the first day of each week. All meals will be refrigerated and come with heating instructions. The District will also provide pick-up and drop-off of instructional packets during the same time frame.

Families that do not have the ability to utilize the curbside service can call (361) 595-8678 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to schedule delivery of meals and instructional materials.
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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

P-EBT is a one-time food benefit for families who lost access to free or reduced-price meals due to school closures. Due to the COVID-19, the PEBT application deadline has been extended to 31 July. Please click on the attached handout for more information! For more information, please go to https://yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT .
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COVID-19, Spring 2020 Grading Guidelines

For the Spring of 2020, Kingsville Independent School District will assign numerical grades following the current Student Handbook Grading Guidelines with the following additional guidance and adjustments.
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H. M. King High School Hybrid Graduation 2020 Announcement!

Dear Class of 2020 and Parents/Guardians,
Congratulations 2020 HM King High School Graduates! Thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times. As the COVID‐19 pandemic and guidelines have been shifting, so have our plans for commencement. In
order to follow the guidelines established by the State of Texas and The Texas Department of Education, Kingsville Independent School District will celebrate graduation with four short ceremonies on June 6, 2020.
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KISD Summer School Update!

Dear KISD families:
With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the region and the cancellation of multiple area school events, I believe it is in the best interest of the KISD community to cancel the 2020 Summer School. Please see the attached document for further information on this matter.
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2020 Graduation Link for Facebook

Click the link to view the 2020 Graduation Ceremonies via Facebook at 10:00 AM. Note: A Facebook account is required. Please sign in to your Facebook page before clicking the link.
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ATTENTION: The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Kingsville ISD to be held this evening, June 22, 2020, beginning at 5:30 PM will be closed to the public due to increased COVID-19 concerns.

ATTENTION: The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Kingsville ISD to be held this evening, June 22, 2020, beginning at 5:30 PM will be closed to the public due to increased COVID-19 concerns. The meeting will be Live Video Streamed at: https://youtu.be/Aw1GhIEtYJY.
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Click here for access to Kingsville ISD Google Classrooms for Remote Learning, Academic Activities and Resources

Greetings KISD Community,

The KISD staff are creating Google Classrooms to conduct Remote Learning and distribute Academic Activities and Resources Click the headline above for instructions to access these Google Classrooms.

Paper copies for pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade will be available during meal curbside service at the following locations:
• Gillett Intermediate School
• Harvey Elementary School
• Kleberg Elementary School
• Memorial Middle School

High School paper copies are only available at H.M. King during meal curbside service

We hope all of you are safe and well.

Once a Brahma always a Brahma!
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Kingsville ISD will remain closed for both students and staff through Thursday, April 16th. Effectively, this will close campus operations through April 16th.

Dear Kingsville ISD Family,

I know the closure of schools is not easy for many of you. Logistics and schedules are hard to navigate right now. We are in unprecedented territory, and developments as they relate to the coronavirus (COVID-19) are evolving daily.

Kleberg County as well as the City of Kingsville have imposed limits on public gatherings to no more than 50. This includes schools and universities. On behalf of Kleberg County, Judge Madrid has expressed that “they are very sensitive to the burden this places on KISD. However, we have to ensure the safety of our children during this very critical time”. Judge Madrid has also shared that they are at our disposal with any resources KISD may need.

I want to be as transparent as possible with you, and I want to make decisions that will give families as much time as possible to plan. Kingsville ISD will remain closed for both students and staff through Thursday, April 16th. Effectively, this will close campus operations through April 16th. KISD hopes to re-open on April 17th. Currently, there is a professional development day scheduled on Friday, April 17th and classes will resume Monday, April 20th. I realize there are many spring events that students look forward to. There are field trips, proms, etc. I am sorry to say that events scheduled within the time of our closure are canceled. As far as graduation ceremonies, a decision cannot be made yet. It’s too early to determine how important events may be modified in the event of a prolonged closure. I will continue to closely monitor developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will make informed decisions based on guidance from local and state officials to include the CDC and local and state health agencies.

Professional staff will be working remotely. Teachers will continue to communicate with their classes via “Remind” and/or “ClassDoJo”. Plans are underway to develop both online lessons and instructional packets for those families who may not have devices or internet access. KISD will be providing instructional packets both in paper copies as well as digitally, beginning Monday, March 23rd. Digital copies of packets will be available at www.kingsvilleisd.com. Paper copies will be available during breakfast and lunch curbside service at the following locations:
• Gillett Intermediate School
• H.M. King High School
• Harvey Elementary School
• Kleberg Elementary School
• Memorial Middle School

Kingsville ISD will continue to provide free curbside breakfast and lunch to children ages 3 to 19, from Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, April 17th. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and lunch will be available from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. while supplies last daily. One meal per child will be available to children in the car.

In an abundance of caution to keep our community healthy, KISD asks individuals to stay in their vehicle while picking up to-go meals. Buildings will remain closed during the curbside service. For more information regarding breakfast and lunch, please call (361) 595-8678 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

While we cannot require students and families to stay in the Kingsville area, we strongly recommend doing so to help ensure a safe environment when schools reopen. I urge everyone to follow all CDC, Center for Disease Control guidelines to minimize the spread of contagious illnesses. The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person.

My commitment to you is that when decisions are made, I will share them with you as quickly as I can. I know this is a time of extreme uncertainty, and I will try to ease your concerns with factual, up-to-date information. I will continue to provide official updates as needed on the KISD website www.kingsvilleisd.com and as wells as the District Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/Kingsville-Independent-School-District.

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff.

Sincerely,

Kamara Adams, Interim Superintendent
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Kingsville ISD will provide free curbside breakfast and lunch to children ages 3 to 19.

Dear Kingsville ISD Family,

Kingsville ISD will provide free curbside breakfast and lunch to children ages 3 to 19. KISD Food Services will offer free curbside meals Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 20. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and lunch will be available from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Meals will be available while supplies last.

Meals will be given to children ages 3 to 19. One meal per child will be available to children in the car. Adults may not pick up meals for children who are not present.

In an abundance of caution to keep our community healthy, KISD asks individuals to stay in their vehicle while picking up to-go meals. Buildings will remain closed during the curbside service.

Curbside locations are at the following campuses:
• Gillett Intermediate School
• H.M. King High School
• Harvey Elementary School
• Kleberg Elementary School
• Memorial Middle School

For more information, please call (361) 595-8678 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff.

Sincerely,

Kamara Adams, Interim Superintendent
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Kingsville ISD will extend spring break for both students and staff ...

Kingsville ISD will extend spring break for both students and staff through Friday, March 20, 2020. Currently, classes will resume Monday, March 23, 2020

All UIL sanctioned contests has been suspended through March 29, 2020.

The administrative team will meet Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to determine next steps. All employees are asked to stay in the area, as I will be calling you in to work at times next week. All staff will be paid for days missed next week.

The only official source of information will be the KISD website at www.kingsvilleisd.com.
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