Update: April 16, 2021
Dear PSJA Parents,
We can't wait to welcome more of our students back next week. We will start our last transition of the year to in-person learning for our last seven weeks of the 2020-2021 school year.
As part of this transition we will also be increasing the offerings available at our schools as part of our Enrichment and Acceleration Programs. These include:
- After-School Care
- Extended Learning Opportunities
- Accelerated Instruction and Interventions
- Extracurricular After-School Programs
- Summer Enrichment Activities, Sports Camps
We are excited to see our PSJA ISD School Bus routes starting again next week. Following the health and safety measures we have incorporated such as mandatory face mask use, temperature checks and hand sanitizing.
I invite you to go over our Reopening Plan Part 3 to get familiarized with the protocols in place for our students and staff. As well as our Phase 3 Protocols Chart which provides a quick glance to protocols we must maintain based on the current level of threat.
We thank you for your cooperation as we continue to learn and work through this pandemic. It takes all of us working together to continue to ensure the health and safety of all. Have a great weekend!
Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo
Superintendent of Schools
December 2020 - End of 1st Semester Report
PSJA ISD continues to provide a high quality and rigorous academic experience for all students. We commend the work of our students, families, faculty and staff this school year as they have had to adjust to virtual learning and a slow and safe transition to in-person instruction.
This year, Kelly-Pharr Elementary was the only school in the Rio Grande Valley to be designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education, making it the 6th PSJA ISD school to receive this honor.
Two schools, Cesar Chavez Elementary and Graciela Garcia Elementary were recognized as National Association of ESEA Distinguished Schools for exceptional student achievement in 2020. The only two selected by the Texas Education Agency to be recognized at the National level.
As part of our commitment to continue to be a National leader in Dual Language Education for all students, our School Board unanimously passed a Dual Language Program Policy to ensure the program receives the support needed to continue to make a difference by providing students the opportunity to learn academic English and Spanish, while pursuing a third language such as Chinese Mandarin or Arabic.
Despite the pandemic and virtual environment, 86 PSJA students graduated from South Texas College this fall. Eighty-three of them receiving an Associate Degree and three of them College Certificates, all free of cost to them and their families, giving them a head start to complete their post-secondary education.
PSJA ISD was also awarded with a Superior “A” Rating by the Texas Education Agency as part of its Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2019-2020 fiscal year for demonstrating high quality financial management.
Our Athletics and Fine Arts programs had a late start to their Fall season, but were able to prove the talent we have at PSJA schools by having two schools, PSJA North Early College High School and PSJA Southwest Early College High School advance to the football playoffs, with the latter doing it for the first time in school history.
Numerous Fine Arts students in Orchestra, Choir and Band reached the State level, placing in various categories, and we had two students advance to the UIL State Congress Debate Tournament.
All of these accomplishments would not be possible without the dedication and support of our entire PSJA Family!
During this uncertain 2020, PSJA ISD has also:
+Invested more than $1.3 million for personal protective equipment and facility upgrades to protect students and staff against COVID-19 and ensure their continued health and safety.
+Equipped all facilities with desk partitions, teacher partitions, plexiglass, social distancing markings and signage, as well as installed over 600 air purifiers districtwide, and more than 2,500 hand sanitizer units throughout our facilities and school buses.
+Created a COVID-19 Dashboard to keep focus on transparency efforts about the number of cases reported within our school district, and a PSJA COVID-19 Hotline & PSJA Safety Compliance Taskforce, providing additional support systems to ensure proper health and safety protocols are followed at all times.
+We also invested in Social and Emotional Wellness and have hired licensed counselors and wraparound specialists to increase the level of support provided to students and staff.
Learn more about this work by visiting our website at www.psjaisd.us and following us @PSJAISD on all social channels.