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SWPREP Winter Storms Update

Good afternoon everyone,
 
The weather events of the last seven days have been like nothing any of us have seen in south Texas. Temperatures plunging into the single digits, a record number of consecutive hours of below-freezing temperatures, and ongoing ice and snow events that have taxed nearly every aspect of our area’s infrastructure.
 
We know that so many of our staff and families have been personally affected by the weather, power outages, and water interruptions, and I hope that the next few days will help provide time for needed repairs. As you work to address your families’ needs, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on where we are as a district.
 
As of Friday afternoon, temperatures are well above freezing, rolling power outages are at an end, water is available, and we hope any boil water restrictions will end over the weekend.  Our focus is on addressing the damage sustained in our buildings and facilities and preparing for the next week.
 
David Hernandez has taken time away from his family and his own weather-related issues to inspect our facilities and will make needed repairs over the weekend. Because of his sacrifice and hard work, at this time, we do expect to have all of our schools available for in-person instruction and virtual instruction on Monday. 
 
Additionally, Luis Garcia is working diligently with our food vendor, Revolution Foods, who is experiencing difficulty due to the power outages and water issues.  Please know they will not be able to meet meal pattern compliance for next week. Luis is reaching out to TDA to submit a meal pattern flexibility request.
 
Our plan is to communicate with parents and staff early Sunday afternoon to confirm that both in-person and at-home learning will occur on Monday morning.
 
Please continue to address your families’ needs knowing that we are working hard to address the operational needs to return to school on Monday. Please continue to monitor our communication platforms.
 
I look forward to our return and some warmer weather.