Harlandale ISD School Board Approves Actions to Minimize Interruption to District Business during Emergency

Board Approves Action
Posted on 03/23/2020
Board Approves Action

Harlandale ISD School Board Approves Actions to Minimize Interruption to District Business during Emergency

 

SAN ANTONIO – March 23, 2020 – The Harlandale ISD School Board voted unanimously to approve a resolution that will allow the district superintendent to act in place of the board during an emergency closure and to allow all full-time employees to continue to get paid on days they are asked to stay home or work from home. School operations for the district have been suspended through Friday, April 3, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control during the COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Gerardo Soto said when the announcement for a break extension was made, “The reality of the situation is that we need to prepare for a potential long-term closure.”

 

The board’s actions were taken during the Regular Called Board Meeting, Monday, March 23, just one week after the original meeting date, March 16, was postponed.

 

The resolution provides for continued payment of all Harlandale ISD full time employees which includes instructional and support staff.

 

“The Board made a decision that is best for the district and understands these are extenuating circumstances,” Superintendent Gerardo Soto said. “We count on our leaders to make decisions in the best interest of our district and its students during these difficult situations.”

 

This action will make it easier for the Superintendent to ensure ‘business as usual’ can continue as long as possible in the district during the COVID-19 pandemic. It ensures decisions such as those related to employee payroll can be made so the district may minimize disruption during this event.

 

In addition to this measure, the district is taking steps to ensure district technologies are made available to students during their extended break from school. Those measures include:

  • Providing Wi-Fi Access to students including for broadcasting purposes.
  • Buses with Wi-Fi and Broadcasting capabilities.
  • Computers for students to use from home.
  • Low technology learning options for homes with limited access to technology.

 

“It is a difficult time for many families with students unable to return to school, and parents unable to return to work,” Soto said. “We are doing our best to minimize the impact this global pandemic has in our community and will continue to work through the break to ensure the district is ready to welcome students back when it is safe.”

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