Update: March 21, 2021
Dear PSJA ISD Parents,
We hope you had a fun and restful Spring Break, classes resume Monday, March 22, 2021 for both virtual and in-person learning.
This week, we also reopen the window to make any updates to your child's instruction through the Options Form. If your child is currently receiving virtual instruction, but you wish they receive in-person instruction to close off the school year, you may update your selection between March 22 - April 5.
Any updates to the Option Form done during this window will remain in effect from April 19, 2021 to the end of the school year on June 4, 2021.
If you do not wish to make any updates to your child's instruction, we will continue to respect your selection for the remainder of the school year. Our schools are open for those families who choose in-person instruction, but we continue to offer virtual learning for families who choose to keep their children home. Our goal as a school district is to continue to ensure the health and safety of all our students, staff, and families.
We continue to follow the district's health and safety protocols and recommendations from health officials. We continue to keep safety as a priority by:
• Requesting only the number of staff needed in-person to meet the needs of our students,
• Providing weekly RAPID 15-minute COVID-19 Testing at all schools and departments,
• Continuing COVID-19 Employee Help Desk for contact tracing,
• Maintaining our COVID-19 Dashboard to ensure transparency and communication of overall percentages of positive cases,
• Installation of iWave Air purification and plexiglass protection at all locations,
• Ensuring that all members are properly screened with temperature checks prior to entrance, and
• Providing our employees with up to 20 days of illness or quarantine days
Let's continue to be safe by following CDC guidelines, and let's continue providing all students with a quality education by finishing strong and working together to achieve our district’s vision! Thank you for choosing PSJA ISD for your child's education. We are here to serve you and your family. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's school if you have any questions about this process.
Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo
Superintendent of Schools
For parents of children who are attending in-person instruction who wish they receive the RAPID test, as well as staff members reporting to their work facility, they can start the process by clicking HERE.
For more information about current health and safety measures, please visit www.psjaisd.us/reopening.
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.