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2021-2022 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

Kingsville ISD is applying for the 2021-2022 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
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Public Meeting: Annual Financial Management Report

Kingsville ISD will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, January 25th, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST in the board room. This annual financial management report meeting is open to the public. We will discuss our 2020 financial rating and the required financial disclosures.
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KISD School Board Meeting for Monday, January 25th, 2021 @ 5:30 PM CST

KISD School Board Meeting for Monday, January 25th, 2021 @ 5:30 PM CST is open to the public. Also, the meeting will be Live Video Streamed at: https://youtu.be/VZU-IsDvjjo. Public comment input for all items on the agenda at board meetings of the Kingsville ISD Board of Trustees shall be provided in written format to the following email address: youtube@kingsvilleisd.com prior to Board Meeting at 5:30PM CST on Monday, January 25, 2021, or prior to the meeting at 5:30 PM. All emails should include the sender’s name and address. Emailed comments will be read during the Public Participation of the meeting. (Note: In-House audience participation may be limited due to COVID-19, updates will be posted here.)
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01/12-2021 COVID Alert

Kingsville ISD will continue with remote learning for all students for the remainder of this week, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday January 13th, 14th & 15th respectively. IN-PERSON learning for those students who attend in person will return on Tue. Jan 19th.
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NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2021 2022 GIFTED AND TALENTED (GT) PROGRAM

Kingsville Independent School District will be accepting nominations from January 11 – January 22, 2021 for students in Kindergarten - Grade 11 for the 2021-2022 Gifted and Talented Program. Students nominated will be tested to determine qualification for the 2021-2022 Gifted and Talented Program. Please contact your child’s campus counselor for more information.
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12/15/2020 Health Alert - Memorial Middle School

This afternoon, we received word that an employee at Memorial Middle School resides in a home with multiple family members in the household that have tested positive for COVID. The employee has NOT tested positive, however the employee was advised to get COVID tested and to self-isolate. Click the title and read more.
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12/13/20 Health Alert - Perez Elementary

Today we received notice that a student at Perez Elementary tested positive for COVID. The student was last on campus on Thursday, December 10th. In an abundance of caution, Perez Elementary will be switching to remote learning from December 14-18. In-person learning will resume on Wednesday, January 6th, 2020.
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Health Alert - COVID Update.

This morning, we have received COVID positive results from 3 students in our district. Contact tracing indicates that the COVID positive students were in close contact with family and friends during the Thanksgiving Break that have tested positive for COVID or have COVID symptoms. Click the title and read more about it.
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KISD Targeted Improvement Plans Public Hearing

A Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Kingsville ISD board meeting on December 14, 2020. The Public Hearing will take place at 5:00 p.m. to solicit public comments on the 2020-2021 Targeted Improvement Plans for the following campuses: Harrel Elementary School, Harvey Elementary School, Kleberg Elementary School and Gillett Intermediate School.
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COVID Related Health Alerts

As of this time, several districts in the surrounding areas and across Texas have ceased the practice of automatically closing down campuses for several days solely to remote learning unless extreme numbers of COVID positive cases occur. Instead, they send the COVID positive individual home. Click the title to read Dr. Perez's COVID letter update.
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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, 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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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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