Duncanville ISD Schools Reopen Tomorrow (Monday, Feb. 22)

After an extensive evaluation of our schools and other facilities, Duncanville ISD schools and offices are ready to reopen Monday, Feb. 22 and welcome students and staff.

Long before the snow and ice melted, the Maintenance and Custodial departments began to assess the impact to our facilities caused by winter weather dropping temperatures below freezing for multiple days. Kennemer Middle and Fairmeadows Elementary schools were two of the buildings that saw the most damage due to frozen pipes and required repairs this past week. In some instances, the crews’ proactive work identified issues before more damages occurred. Thanks to their work, buildings are safe and prepared to receive students tomorrow.

In addition, the Transportation Department has reviewed the bus fleet and is ready to pick students up and return them home at the end of the day. Nutrition Services teams are also prepared to serve meals to students.

Power has been restored to the majority of the state, making it possible for many to use the weekend to assess their own household needs. We know that some people are still exhausted after spending parts of the past week without power, food, water and more. By returning to school, we’re hopeful that our staff are able to provide a support system for families and give students the tools to face adversity.

We overcome obstacles together by taking care of our neighbor, providing a helping hand and showing a little kindness. #WeAreDville.

New Executive Orders GA-30 and GA-31 With Changes to Business Capacities, Elective Surgeries, and Nursing Home Visitation

Governor Greg Abbott, who was joined on Thursday, September 17, 2020, by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Bonnen, and Texas health officials for a press conference, announced new reopening plans for areas where COVID-19 hospitalization rates are at 15% or less. He also issued executive orders, GA-30 and GA-31, which provide the specific guidelines for those businesses to reopening.

COVID-19 hospitalization rates that are 15% or lower as a percentage of all people hospitalized in a region for seven consecutive days is the new threshold. In regions that meet this threshold retail, restaurants, offices, museums, libraries, gyms, and manufacturers will be permitted move from the earlier 50% capacity restrictions to 75%.

Elective surgeries are permitted to resume immediately.

Nursing homes, assisted living, and long-term care facilities have been given permission to resume visitations and provided health and safety protocols, which they must follow.

Bars are not permitted to reopen at this time.

Read Executive Order GA-30 | Read Executive Order GA-31

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Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.

The order includes the following:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. 
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.

“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”

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Governor Abbott Announces Temporary Pause Of Additional Reopening Phases

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” said Governor Abbott. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business. I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.”

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