Shelter In Place Ordered By Dallas County
Dallas County residents are to shelter in place and not enter the general public for non-essential needs. Since food is still considered an essential need, DeSoto ISD campuses are continuing distribution of grab and go meals. The packaged meals will be distributed in a drive-thru fashion, so no one will need to exit their personal vehicles, but all participating children must be present, or in the vehicle. Children do not have to be a student at the campus to qualify for the meal. Meals are served by door access, sometimes on the side of the building so keep an eye out for tables set up outside.

We continue to evaluate the possibility of remote delivery and will report once a decision is made.
DeSoto Closing City Hall
As part of a coordinated effort with national, state, county and local partners to combat the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the DeSoto City Hall Complex will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice. Minimal staff will still be working internally to coordinate essential services and maintain offices. Key employees have been designated to work from home by telecommuting to carry out many duties remotely. 
Student Support Services
As we transition to a distance learning platform, it’s important to talk to your students about cyberbullying and how to respond if they witness or experience virtual interactions that are defined as cyberbullying. 
 
Cyberbullying is the use of technology, including internet access and cell phones, to harass, hurt, embarrass, humiliate, or intimidate another person. Bullying can occur in both physical spaces and digital spaces.
 
Due to the increase in engagement of social media, more bullying and peer harassment may be seen online. In your conversations with your child(ren), please remind them to report these interactions to you and school counselor via email or phone call. As a reminder to our community, acts of cyberbullying are taken seriously and may result in disciplinary actions included in our Code of Conduct. Please utilize the linked resources to assist as you talk to your child(ren) about cyberbullying.

Technology
Because of the large volume of requests we have received for at-home devices, the DeSoto ISD Technology Department will be unable to begin distribution of devices this week. Technology is diligently working to ensure that we have devices for all students who need them. The department is currently preparing and disinfecting those devices. Device distribution to DeSoto ISD families will begin once this process has been completed.
 
Families who have requested at-home tech will receive an email with details about when and where you will be able to pick up a device district. Until then, please continue referring to the DeSoto ISD Student Learning Plan which includes student educational activities that do not require use of a device to complete.
 
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this process. 
 
For assistance, email  helpdesk@desotoisd.org  
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