The meeting on Friday, September 15 with North Star Recovery Company was very informative and affirmed that we are still on schedule for a possible start date of Monday, October 9. We are in the first phases of recovery with steady progression. North Star is continuing to work diligently to ensure buildings are structurally and environmentally safe and meet required standards. North Star continues to demonstrate that their highest priority is returning ACISD students and staff to their home schools.
As indicated in the initial report, the high school and middle school suffered the most extensive damage and will require a minimum of 6 months to restore. North Star is steadily progressing with installation of the portable campuses for middle school and high school. The site will still be the practice soccer fields next to the bus barn. You will begin to notice electric, water, sewage, and data line installation in order for the portables to be fully functional. To reaffirm, these portable buildings will provide classroom space for middle and high school students for the majority of the remaining school year. The three elementary schools and the portable campuses for middle school and high school should be ready for use by Monday, October 9.
The Central Office building will be rebuilt with improvements. Preparations are in motion now for the administration team to be housed at Rockport Elementary until the new building is completed. More details will be released in the coming weeks. Please know that our administration team is diligently working behind the scenes to ensure staff and students will be ready for the possible Monday, October 9 start date.
Thank you to the community and all those that have shown unwavering support during this time. We are in the recovery phase and moving forward at a steady progressive pace. As promised, we will continue with weekly updates as important events transpire. Continue to monitor our website, Facebook, and Skylert. Please know that if you enrolled your student in another school or homeschool, you are technically not in the ACISD Skyward system. It is important that you rely on Facebook and the ACISD website for all communication.Lastly, we are aware that some families do not currently have a home to return and may not for some time. While we trust that other school districts can and will take care of your needs while your child is enrolled for a more extended length of time elsewhere, we still care about all Rockport families and will assist in any way that we can. Continue to utilize the email@example.com email address to send us your questions.
Fellow superintendents and I have made numerous phone calls to UIL to propose a plan that best serves our students, and UIL has devised a unique plan that suits us best. UIL will allow students displaced by Hurricane Harvey to attend other school districts during the restoration period while still competing as Rockport-Fulton Pirates. Aransas County ISD Board will approve a memorandum of understanding between the receiving districts of our displaced students and ACISD. This agreement will ensure that our students are provided the opportunity to maintain their school identity for UIL purposes while attending school elsewhere. I urge all parents to enroll children into one of these two school districts. GPISD and Sinton ISD are both quality school districts and have made significant strides to provide the very best transition for children displaced by the hurricane. The loss of 40 instructional days while waiting for our school to re-open could put these students at a significant academic disadvantage.
Bus transportation will be provided by ACISD to GPISD beginning Monday, September 11, 2017. Your child must already be enrolled at GPISD to receive bus transportation. This includes all grade levels. There will be one central drop-off and pick-up location. The details of location and schedule are:
Location: Parking lot behind stadium (green weight room)Morning drop off:
- Elementary will load between 6:30am-6:45am
- Middle School/High School will load between 6:30am-6:45am
- Buses will depart at 6:50am
Buses will return to parking lot about 4:00pm
- Buses load at 6:30am-6:45am
- Depart 6:50am
- Return at noon
- Buses load at 10:40am
- Depart 10:50am
- Return at 4:00pm