. School Closures
Effective Friday, March 13, schools across Atascosa County are closed to students for the week of March 16-20 for proactive reasons. All extracurricular activities are suspended. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, UIL suspended all rehearsals and practices outside of the school day until March 29.
On Tuesday, March 17, Pleasanton ISD announced their campuses will remain closed through Friday, April 3. As of Tuesday, March 17, Pleasanton, Jourdanton, Poteet and Charlotte ISD announced they have extended their school closures through Friday, April 3.
. State Assessment (STAAR)
On Monday, March 16, Governor Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019- 2020 school year. There will be no STAAR testing.
. PLEASANTON ISD
Curbside meals will be available for all students to pick up at the Junior High Campus from March 16-20. Breakfast will be served from 8:30–10 a.m. Lunch will be served from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. These meals are available to all PISD students. Students must be present to receive a meal.
Starting Tuesday, March 17, Pleasanton ISD teachers will be contacting each child’s parent to help guide their instructional plans moving forward with this school closure. If you have not received a phone call by Wednesday, March 18, please call your child’s school. Additional information will be released by the district later in the week after speaking to parents.
. JOURDANTON ISD
Curbside meals will be available for students to pick up at the ECC Cafeteria side doors from March 17-20. All children must be under the age of 18, and they will have to be present to receive a meal. Breakfast will be served at 8-9 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 12 noon.
Jourdanton ISD has a list of educational resources that has been vetted by their Jourdanton ISD Instructional team. This list of resources is designed to help your child educationally engage throughout this school closure. A link to this list can be accessed on the Jourdanton Pride Facebook page.
. POTEET ISD
Curbside meals are available for all Poteet ISD students March 17-20 at the Elementary/ Intermediate Cafeteria roll-up door.
Breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Poteet ISD teachers will be planning the week of March 16-20 on providing information to their students through a combination of online lessons and homework packets. If this school closure continues, there will be a schedule available for students to see lessons from their teachers on YouTube coupled with “homework” packets that can be picked up during lunch pick up. The packets will be available every Monday along with the lessons. Poteet ISD will be able to receive the complete packets every Friday for grading.
. CHARLOTTE ISD
Curbside meals will be available for students 18 and under from March 17-20 at the High School Cafeteria gate. Children must be present to receive a meal; an ID will not be required. Breakfast/Lunch will be served from 9-11 a.m.
For Charlotte ISD students, At Home Learning Activities can be accessed on the school’s website (www.charlotteisd.net) and respective school’s Facebook pages. If your child does not have internet access at home and need a hard copy, you can message Charlotte ISD on Facebook Messenger or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
. Church Services
Below is some information on the church services across Atascosa County. There have been several cancelations and some churches taking proactive accommodations and precautions. We will update our Facebook Page as more information becomes available.
. First United Methodist Church Pleasanton
FUMC will be having worship at the usual time. As for now the choice to cancel has been left to the local church to make the decision. This could change going forward, but FUMC Pleasanton has not canceled services.
. Pleasanton Church of Christ
Pleasanton Church of Christ will have Sunday morning worship through April 1, and it will also be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page. No a.m. Bible classes, p.m. services, or Wedensday night services.
. Cowboy Fellowship
Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:45 Cowboy Fellowship church services will be broadcast live on their Facebook page for those who are unable to attend worship at our campuses. They will be holding normal services at all campuses, if you want to attend in person.
. St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Pleasanton
All weekend masses are suspended until further notice in accordance with the Archdiocese decree and CDC. Father Mese is still available for anyone seeking reconciliation; please call the office at 830-569-3356 to schedule an appointment.
. First Baptist Church Pleasanton
The First Baptist Pleasanton will hold normal services, and the services will be live streamed on their Facebook page. Also, there will be no AWANAs or meal Wednesday night.
. St. Matthew’s Catholic Church Jourdanton
All masses are canceled for St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Jourdanton. Father will have short masses to pray our fight against coronavirus. St. Matthew’s is not encouraging anyone to attend but to prioritize your own health.
. St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Charlotte
St. Rise Lima Catholic Church in Charlotte suspended all services through March 31 per Archbishop Gustavo.
. Trinity Baptist Church Pleasanton
Services will continue as normal. They will not be having a hand shaking time during the service. Please respect those who do not wish to shake hands or accept hugs. There will be hand sanitizer is available in the lobby and by the coffee bar. Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m. for Bible study and 10:45 a.m. for worship. Sunday Evening service at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
. First Baptist Church Jourdanton
All activities for Sunday School and Worship will continue regularly this Sunday. They will not have the prayer meeting this week, and in line with school cancellations, Wednesday night activities on March 18 are also canceled. For those that need to stay home, they will live-stream the sermon on Facebook.
. Hosanna Baptist Church Poteet
Hosanna Baptist Church will have service just like any other Sunday service. There will be a Spanish Service at 9 a.m. and English Service at 11 a.m.
. El Calvario Baptist Church Jourdanton
El Calvario Baptist Church in Jourdanton will have one service (bilingual) at 11 a.m. and no Sunday School.
. Christ the Rock Leming
Christ the Rock in Leming will not be closing and will be having all normal services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
. COVID – 19 Definitions
.. Asymptomatic – not showing any evidence of the disease CDC – short for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal organization.
.. Community Spread – the infection source is unknown during a spread of the disease
.. Communicable – capable of being easily spread and transmitted
.. Coronavirus – refers to any RNA containing spherical viruses from the Coronaviridae family
.. COVID -19 – highly infectious respiratory disease, caused by a new form of coronavirus. COVID – 19 is short for Coronavirus disease.
.. Epidemic – temporary occurrence of a disease transmitted between persons, where the disease is not permanently prevalent
.. Flatten the curve – slowing of the spread of an epidemic disease to ensure the healthcare system capacity is not exceeded and overwhelmed
.. Immunocompromised – having an impaired or compromised immune system, also known as immune-compromised or immunodeficient
.. Incubation period – the period between the start of the infection and the appearance of symptoms
.. Isolation – the complete separation from others
.. Mitigation – actions taken to slow the spread of an infection including isolation, quarantine and social distancing
.. Pandemic – disease prevalent throughout the country, continent or world. Pandemic is large scale epidemic.
.. Quarantine – strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease among those infected and those at risk. This helps stop the spread of disease.
.. Screening – examination of a person to see if they are infected with the virus.
.. Social distancing – refers to a measure to reduce contact between large groups of people (staying 6 f.t. apart)
.. Symptom – a phenomenon that accompanies a disease or infection. For COVID-19, this includes symptoms like fever, dry cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing
.. Virus – infectious agent that replicated in cells of living hosts
.. WHO – stands for the World Health Organization