A Message from Superintendent Robin Bullock
(March 18, 2020) – We wish to express gratitude to our entire community of families, staff, volunteers and community partners for your patience and support during these uncertain times.
Allen ISD schools will remain closed through Friday, April 3 in an effort to support the community, region and nation’s need to slow the spread of COVID-19. This action follows advice from local, state and national health authorities. Allen ISD will use the week of March 30-April 3 to reassess whether there is a need to extend the suspension of normal district operations beyond April 3.
Allen ISD will remain flexible as we roll out our long-term plan for instructional continuity, and as we continue to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation. Although our buildings remain closed to the public, we will continue to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students and families.
We will stay connected with you through our multiple communications channels and we ask that you please visit www.allenisd.org/healthupdates to receive the most current and accurate information about this extended closure and Allen ISD’s response to the COVID-19 health concern.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support
District Coronavirus Updates
An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has recently caused outbreaks of respiratory illness in other countries. The United States has confirmed cases of coronavirus related to travel. Our school district is keeping track of this situation and is in contact with our local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, visit the district's Health Services page.
Allen ISD follows the guidance and expertise of national, state, and local health officials to help protect students and staff from all communicable diseases. Families are encouraged to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services or the CDC website for more information and travel guidance regarding the Coronavirus.
Links to Allen ISD Updates
- Athletic Fields and Playgrounds Closed -- March 26, 2020
- Student Meal Pick-up Moves to Three Days per Week -- March 25, 2020
- Allen ISD Update on COVID-19 -- March 12, 2020
- Free Breakfast and Lunch Program -- March 13, 2020
- Allen ISD Update on COVID-19 -- March 17, 2020
- Allen ISD Update on COVID-19 -- March 18, 2020
Information For Parents
Time Closed - At this time, the district facilities are closed through April 3. If that is extended, we will communicate as soon as a decision is made. Campuses are closed to visitors and students during that time.
At-Home Learning – Teachers began instruction on Monday, March 23. For instructional questions, your student should use their district email to communicate with the teacher.
Food Distribution - Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, students may receive multiple meals by picking up three days each week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Rountree Elementary School, 800 E. Main St., or Boyd Elementary School, 800 Jupiter Road.
Daily pickup time is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents may drive through the front car loop to pick up meals from a staff member for their children. The service is available to all Allen ISD students. The student must be in the car with the parent to pick up the meal. More information is available at this link.
Extra-curricular - All extra-curricular practices, competitions, and events involving Allen ISD students will be canceled during the district’s facility closure.
Upcoming Dates - Closely monitor the district website for updates on the campus/district calendars for the most up-to-date information regarding events taking place at campuses and in the district. Events will be marked as postponed or canceled if they are no longer taking place.
Sanitizing - We have already thoroughly cleaned and sanitized our facilities and buses but will continue to disinfect the interiors while we are closed.
Tips From Health Services
Helpful information to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season
3 Action Steps to Protect yourself and your child against the flu
Everyday Preventative Actions that Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu
Clean Hands Save Lives!
Clean Hands Save Lives - CDC
Flu Guide for Parents from the CDC
Parent Info Flu brochure
How long will schools be closed? All Allen ISD schools are closed through Friday, April 3. An announcement on any additional school closings will be made the week of March 30 - April 3.
Why are Allen ISD schools closed? Based on guidance from local, county, state and federal health officials, schools are closed to keep large groups of students and adults safe from the highly communicable Coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools, communities and large venues have been asked to practice social distancing, which reduces the spread of the virus in the population. While children may not face as much danger from the virus, they have the ability to carry the virus to older and more vulnerable residents.
Will there be online or at-home instruction? Yes. Allen ISD teachers and staff have developed lessons and activities to provide continuity of instruction while schools are closed. Parents and students have been contacted and the lessons are underway.
What about student sports and activities and planned travel?
All activities and related travel have been canceled until further notice. This includes student trips, staff conferences, and competitions.
When will the school year-end? Will the school year be extended into the summer? TEA has issued guidance that school districts will be granted waivers for days missed as long as instructional support is being provided to students. Allen ISD is providing that instructional support online and through at-home packets. The district will apply for the waiver and does not anticipate the school year extending into any days in the summer of 2020.
Will the school closure affect graduation?
The graduation time and date have not been changed at this time. If the school closure extends further to the end of the school year, it is possible that plans may be altered. Families will be notified immediately by the high school if any changes are made.
What online resources are available to help me talk to my child about the coronavirus?
Are there any local sources for information on the Coronavirus?
How can I reach the administration with specific questions?
How can I protect myself from Coronavirus?