3-27-20: GCHD reports nine additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 49. Health district also reports three additional recovered cases
Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces nine additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 49. The health district also reports three additional recovered cases, making for a total of four.
3-26-20: GCHD reports 13 additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 40
Galveston County Health District (GCHD) this afternoon announces 13 additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 40.
3-25-20: UPDATE: SFISD Continues to Expand Meal Options to FamiliesOur Santa Fe ISD Nutrition Services Department has been providing meals for all SFISD students who qualify for the Federal Meal Program in the drop/off pick up area behind Barnett Elementary. Due to the high volume of interest in the Federal Meal Program and the need for home deliveries, the District will begin home delivery on Monday, March 30, 2020. Curbside services at Barnett Elementary will remain available through Monday, March 30, 2020, as we transition to deliver. Please click the link below for more information.3-25-20: GCHD reports five additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 27. Health district also reports first recovered case
Galveston County Health District (GCHD) this afternoon announces five additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 27. The health district also reports the first recovery in the county. A female in her 30s is considered recovered after her symptoms resolved for at least 72 hours, including having no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
3-25-20: Important information about the SFISD Board of Trustees Meeting on March 30, 2020
The Santa Fe Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, March 30, 2020, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Meetings of the Board are normally held at 4133 Warpath, Santa Fe, Texas; HOWEVER, THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED BY VIDEO AND AUDIO CONFERENCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNANCE AUTHORIZATION CONCERNING SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN OPEN MEETING LAW REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) DISASTER. A quorum of members of the Board will participate in the meeting and will be audible to the public.
Please click on the links below for additional information on how to access the meeting remotely and the 3-30-20 Agenda.
3-25-20: GCHD reports one additional COVID-19 positive case, total at 22
Galveston County Health District this morning announces one additional positive COVID-19 case in a Galveston County resident. This brings the county’s case total to 22.
3-25-20: SFISD Technology Services Available for Staff, Students, and Parents
The SFISD Technology Services Team will be available for all staff, students and parents during regular school hours (7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday). Our staff looks forward to supporting you and your child's needs as we move forward through this transitional learning. Please see the attached letters in both English and Spanish.
3-24-20: GCHD reports three additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 21
Galveston County Health District this afternoon announces three additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 21.
3-23-20: COVID - 19 EMERGENCY UPDATE - AT HOME ORDER ISSUED FOR GALVESTON COUNTY RESIDENTS
Statement from the City of Santa Fe:
Today the Counties leadership met, and we are all in agreement that the County is at a tipping point! If we don’t do something now, the cases of COVID-19 will skyrocket, and medical facilities will not be able to support the needs of our citizens.
The County is issuing a Stay at Home order, effective tomorrow night, the 24th of March, at midnight and will continue through midnight on the 3rd of April. 100% of the County’s Mayors, are in support of the “Stay at Home” order and its intent.
As a citizen of the City of Santa Fe, I ask you to not go out for social occasions. Stay in your family group within your home.
3-22-20: GCHD Announces Three New Positive COVID-19 Cases, County Total at 11
Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces three additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 11.
3-19-20: An Update from Superintendent Dr. Leigh Wall
We want to thank you again for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented and challenging time for schools and communities across the nation. As we navigate through the impact of COVID-19, SFISD remains committed to supporting our students, staff and families. We want to assure you that the District will continue to keep you updated regarding all school related information. Please click the link below to see a letter from Dr. Leigh Wall, Superintendent of Schools.
3-19-20: SFISD Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Please click on the link below to see today's FAQs and answers:
3-18-20: SFISD Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
As the District has continued to provide information to our stakeholders, our intent is to address questions you may have as we navigate through the impact of COVID-19. We may not have the answers to all of your questions right now, but we are working tirelessly to get those answers for you. Please continue to monitor your email and visit the District website and social media channels for more information. The health of Santa Fe ISD students, staff and community is the District's top priority and District staff are working to ensure the community has the most current information available. Beginning March 19, 2020, questions may be submitted at https://santafeupdates.com/contact-us/
3-18-20: GCHD Announces Two Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases in Galveston County
Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to four. GCHD will now only announce cases as positive as they are treated the same regardless of being presumptive or waiting confirmation.
3-19-20: GCHD services will be offered by appointment only, effective immediately.
Due to public health concerns with COVID-19, Galveston County Health District (GCHD) services will be offered by appointment only, effective immediately. If you are in need of services from any of the programs listed below, please call their respective numbers to schedule an appointment.
Vitals (birth and death records): 409.763.7202 or 409.765.2553
Executive Office: 409.938.2379
Human Resources: 409.938.2260
Women, Infants and Children (WIC): 409.949.3471
Healthy Concepts Clinic: 409.765.2528
Environmental, Consumer Health and Water Sample Drop-Off: 409.938.2319
The health district has canceled its Diabetes 101 class until further notice. If you have questions about diabetes management, please email email@example.com. WIC's cooking class, in partnership with Galveston's Own Farmers Market, and Mother’s Milk Club meetings in Galveston, Texas City and Dickinson are canceled until further notice. Pool and food manager classes offered through the health district’s environmental program are currently postponed.
3-17-20: Frequently Asked Questions Coming Soon!
In an effort to answer questions you may have as we continue to navigate through the impact of COVID-19, the District is committed to supporting our staff, students and the greater Santa Fe community. SFISD staff is in the process of developing an FAQ to answer the most frequent questions we have received from our staff, parents and the community. We plan to post this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, by the close of business tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unchartered waters, and make every effort to get as much useful information to you as possible.
3-17-20: GCHD confirms second presumptive positive COVID-19 case in Galveston County resident
Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today confirmed its second presumptive positive case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Galveston County resident.
The individual is a male ranging in age 45-50. He presented to a UTMB clinic with symptoms including fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache and body ache. Test results from UTMB show he is positive for COVID-19. Results are pending confirmation from the Houston Health Department laboratory.
An initial investigation shows the man has not recently traveled or come into contact with another infected person. This suggests the first signs of community spread in Galveston County.
Read full press release:
3-16-20: Santa Fe ISD Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update Regarding School Closure
Our district leadership remains vigilant in accessing information, direction and guidance from reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state agencies. In the best interest of the health and safety of our students and school community, SFISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 10, 2020.
3-14-20: Santa Fe ISD will be providing meals for all SFISD students who qualify for the federal meal program beginning Monday, March 16th.
Santa Fe ISD understands that navigating all the changes to childcare plans, work schedules, and finances that the rapidly-evolving novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has caused will be overwhelming to families throughout the District.
Santa Fe ISD & Nutrition Services Department will be providing meals for all SFISD students who qualify for the federal meal program beginning Monday, March 16th. Nutrition Services staff will have the meals set up in the drop-off/pickup area behind Barnett Elementary. A packaged lunch and a breakfast meal for the next morning will be available for each student. Parents and students may drive-thru and pick up the meals beginning March 16th-20th, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Onsite dining will not be available. Enter Barnett Elementary (11818 FM 1764 Santa Fe, TX) from 1764 and drive to the rear of the building using the car rider drop off and pickup designated lanes. Questions regarding meal pickup can be emailed to Michelle Skiles, Nutrition Services Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3-13-20: GCHD confirms first presumptive positive COVID-19 case in Galveston County resident
Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today confirmed its first presumptive positive case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Galveston County resident.
Results are pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See the attached press release for more information.
3-12-20: SFISD UPDATE
Santa Fe ISD is committed to fostering a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for all members of the learning community. With the current situation and concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SFISD has remained vigilant in accessing information, direction and guidance from reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state agencies. The District during the course of this week has been participating in conference calls with these trusted local, county and state health authorities, as well as, other districts in the region.
Please see the attached letter regarding the week of March 16-20, 2020.
Galveston County Health District Opens Information Call Center to Answer COVID-19 Questions
Galveston County Health District is extending its information call center hours to include tomorrow (March 14) 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Santa Fe ISD is committed to fostering a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for all members of the learning community. With the current situation and concerns surrounding the coronavirus, SFISD is staying vigilant during Spring Break in heightening our measures and taking additional steps in sanitizing on our campuses and in our facilities to minimize the spread of any respiratory viruses. See the flyer below outlining our SFISD Alert Protocols regarding our levels of response. Currently, the District is operating under a Level 1 status. Also linked below is information regarding travel during the break. The District will continue to seek guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Galveston County Health Department and communicate any information and Alert status changes with you.