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 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ZCISD will be shutdown from March 23 - May 4. Stay Safe!        

Learn At Home - Instructional Response Plan to School Closure

Learn At Home Site
 
Zapata County ISD recognizes the significant impact an extended closure will have on the entire community, especially for families who depend on the district for critical services.  All Zapata County ISD employees will continue to work on behalf of our children.
 
For questions regarding instruction or assessment - please submit a request at: https://bit.ly/ZCISD-CIA-HELP
 
For technical difficulties - such as resetting passwords - please submit a request https://bit.ly/ZCISD-TECH-HELP
 
 
ZCISD will initiate a Learn-At-Home Program to serve the educational needs of all students in the event that the District-wide closure is extended beyond April 3, 2020.  This initiative will consist of a 'technology/online' option and a take-home 'paper/pencil' option.
 
 
In the meantime, please share the following educational resources and ideas at: 
 
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Assessment/STAAR/EOC FAQ
 
From TEA Assessment Guidance Updated March 19, 2020: 
  1. What assessments have been cancelled for this school year?
    Academic assessment requirements are suspended for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year.

    This includes all STAAR assessments including tests for grades 3-8, End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments, and STAAR Alternate 2 tests.

  2. If a student is a senior but still must complete one or more EOCs to graduate, will he/she be able to graduate?
    Most students have already completed courses that have corresponding EOC assessments before their senior year. Normally, a student who has not passed up to two of his or her required STAAR EOC assessments may graduate through the individual graduation committee (IGC) process. For students who are still working to meet assessment graduation requirements as seniors in the 2019–2020 school year, required performance on academic assessments to graduate under TEC, §28.025(c) and §39.025(a) is being waived for spring 2020. Effectively, this means that current seniors may graduate through the IGC process regardless of the number of EOC assessments they still need to pass.
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General FAQ
  1. What if I don't have a computer/internet at home?
    The District will be providing 'low tech' options for at-home learning such as paper/pencil worksheets, workbooks, journaling, etc.

    Many providers have expanded broadband, wifi, hotspot coverage.  The Texas Cable Association released information on free broadband and internet services describing steps to enable and expand access to broadband.  Please see this helpful guidance from TEA
     

    Spectrum has removed the password from WiFi hotspots.  To find local hotspots go to the link:
    https://www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots
    Enter our zip code 78076 and search - a list of 29 locations have Spectrum WiFi Indoor access.

  2. I am a student taking a college class through Laredo College, what is going to happen with those courses?
    At this time, LC courses are scheduled to be continued online beginning March 30, 2020.  Students currently enrolled in a college class at ZHS without access to a computer and/or internet access please contact us via the ZCISD Tech Help Desk at:  https://bit.ly/ZCISD-TECH-HELP
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Events/Activities/UIL
  1. Is it true all UIL practices, rehearsals and competitions are cancelled?
    The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is extending its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas. All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice.

    At this time, the earliest games and contests may resume is Monday, May 4th. Prior to this date, the UIL will allow its member schools a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur. All decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials.
  2. Will travel to activities or professional development be allowed for staff and students?
    At this time all travel is suspended until further notice.