Dear SDDS Parents,
We hope you are all staying healthy, safe and trying to enjoy spring break. As many of you probably know AISD and many other local school districts have decided to close schools until April 3rd. We generally follow AISD’s lead, but in this unprecedented situation we wanted to reach out to our families to get a better understanding of your needs before making a final
decision. Texas Health and Human Services has issued new guidelines to child care facilities and several facilities in our local community have decided to remain open to serve families in the community who don’t have the option to keep children home. We have developed this survey to gather information about the needs of our families over the next couple of weeks and help us decide if we should remain open or not. Please take a few
minutes (~ 5 min) to complete this survey. The deadline to complete the survey is 5pm CT Thursday, March 19th, so we have time to make a decision and send out communications by Friday, March 20th. Our decision whether to close SDDS or remain open will be dependent on these responses as well as guidance from The Episcopal diocese of Texas, Texas HSS, the CDC and local, state and Federal government. If we decide to keep SDDS open for the time being, please keep in mind the following:
● We would strictly follow all guidelines provided by NAEYC, the CDC and Texas HHS. Children and family members entering the school would have their temperatures checked and anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above would not be allowed into the school. Staying open would only work if families keep children home if they are sick, if a member of the household is displaying symptoms or if there has been any exposure to
someone diagnosed with or suspected of having coronavirus.
● Care provided during this time would be targeted toward families in need of child care because they need to work outside of the home and/or are unable to keep and care for their children at home. Caregivers with occupations in the medical field, government or other essential services are examples of families who may find themselves in this situation.
● This situation is rapidly evolving and we are constantly monitoring multiple sources for the most up to date guidance. If we made the decision to keep SDDS open in the coming weeks, we may have to reverse that decision at any point based on guidance provided by the state of Texas, Episcopal Diocese, CDC, Texas HHS and other governing bodies. SDDS is dedicated to doing what is best for our families and staff through this unprecedented time. We are trying to handle the situation with speed, grace and compassion. Your patience and support are greatly appreciated. If we are forced to close we are asking families for ideas of learning and development resources you would like to see from us. Things like online story times, worksheets, suggested developmental activities, and other ways to keep children occupied while at home etc. We must also ask families to continue paying tuition even if the school closes. In order to continue paying our teachers and staff we need the support of the
SDDS community. In the coming weeks we expect to get more information on the government’s ability to help families and employees, but until then we must rely on tuition and support from the church to pay our teachers and staff. As with all things, we turn to Him for guidance and support. Please receive these words and seek comfort in your family, friends, neighbors and community.
Everlasting Father, thank you that you are strong and true, abounding in love for me. As I face obstacles that seem insurmountable, please show your power and give me victory and success. For all the days of my life, I ask that you will give me the strength I need to run the race set before me. I pray that my life would be a testimony of your grace and love. Give me strength to endure, power to overcome and peace to be content in every circumstance. To you be all the praise and honor. All this we ask in your most Holy Name.
If you are in need of additional information, resources, or food assistance please review the
Austin ISD Coronavirus Updates
Texas Health and Human Services
CDC Schools and Childcare Services
Austin ISD Meals during closures
Texas 211 - help finding food and other community resources
Central Texas Food Bank
*We’ve also attached a packet filled with activities to support families with young children at
The Rev. Dr. Chuck Tredwell, Rector, St. David’s Episcopal Church
President, SDDS Board of Directors