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District continues to serve students regardless of COVID-19 closure

       Pearland Independent School District is focused on continuing to meet the needs of its students during COVID-19 closure.  

       The district started offering free curbside Grab & Go Meals on March 17 to students ages 18 and under and will continue the service for the duration of the school district closure. Pearland ISD also conducted a survey with each of its more than 21,500 students to assess and address their technology needs. Additionally, Pearland ISD began offering remote learning opportunities the week of March 23 to students of all grade levels. 

       In order to exclusively keep students, families and staff informed of all the resources and updates available during the closure, Pearland ISD developed the website www.pearlandisd.org/online. The page includes an invaluable FAQs about remote learning, mental health resources, details about the district’s free meal distribution program, messages from the Superintendent Dr. John Kelly and more.  

Free Curbside Grab & Go Meals 

       Pearland ISD is currently offering free curbside Grab & Go meals five times a week, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., for the duration of the school district closure. Adult meals will not be served. Families must remain in their vehicle as meals are delivered in the pick-up lane.   

       Meals are served while supplies last. Lines may be long – be patient, as Pearland ISD strives to deliver excellent service while keeping everyone safe.   

       The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently authorized parents/guardians to pick up meals for their children without the student present. Be prepared to present one of the following: 

  • Official letter/email from school listing children enrolled 
  • Individual student report cards 
  • Attendance record from parent portal of school website 
  • Birth certificate for children 
  • Student ID card 

       For your convenience, food pick-up is available at the following locations:  

  • Carleston Elementary, 3010 Harkey Rd., Pearland, TX 77584  
  • Lawhon Elementary, 5810 Brookside Rd., Pearland, TX 77581  
  • PACE Center, 2314 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, TX 77581  

       If you can’t make it to one of the Pearland ISD locations to receive a free meal for your child, check out this free meal finder from the Texas Education Agency. Select “Meal Pick-Up Locations” to find a site near you: https://bit.ly/3boNIu4   

Technology Distribution 

       During the week of March 16-20, Pearland ISD teachers and staff called all 21,500+ students’ families to check on their well-being, assess their technology needs and answer questions pertaining to remote learning.  

       The findings of the survey guided the district in identifying the number of students who needed a device and or/a hotspot for internet connection. The families were then contacted to schedule the pick-up date and time, which happened during the week of March 23-27. A total of 406 devices and 195 hotspots were distributed.  

       If you have a child at Pearland ISD, did not indicate the need for a device or internet during the phone survey phase but your child now needs assistance with technology, contact your school principal directly.  

Remote Learning  

       Pearland ISD has implemented remote learning to provide students with learning opportunities even with its teachers being unable to provide classroom face-to-face instruction.    

       Teachers are sending weekly instruction and activities to students through email, teacher websites and learning platforms such as SeeSaw, Canvas and Edmodo. Additionally, students in grades K-6 are being provided with learning opportunities that do not require the student to use the internet. 

       Students with classroom accommodations under Section 504 Student Services Plan will continue to receive accommodations made by their teachers. Parents of students receiving Special Education Services will be contacted on a weekly basis by their campus case manager, receiving the appropriate support and having the opportunity to ask questions.  

       Activities for Language Arts are being provided in both English and Spanish for students in the Dual Language program in grades K-6 in alignment with the 50/50 program model. Students will work on some activities from the English Menu and some activities from the Spanish menu. This will help students foster language development in both languages during remote learning. Students can also access the suggested online bilingual resources provided to supplement weekly assignments. Math activities will be provided in English to follow the language of instruction the Dual Language Program. Activities will be provided in Spanish in the lower grades (K-2) where students may need more support from parents.  

       Pearland ISD encourages parents to maintain close communications with their child’s teacher regardless of their grade level to address questions and concerns.  

Resuming regular operations 

       Pearland ISD’s normal operations are suspended through Friday, April 10, in an effort to support the nation’s need to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pearland ISD Superintendent Dr. John Kelly will participate in a call with health officials, along with other Houston-area superintendents the week of April 6. The call will help determine if the district will return on April 13 as planned.  

       If the closure is extended, Pearland ISD will send announcements via email, social media, callout, notifying students, staff and parents. 

       To learn more about Pearland ISD’s efforts during the COVID-10 closure, visit www.pearlandisd.org/online.  

(03/30/2020)