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Texas School for the Deaf Class of 2021

The first graduating class to persevere through their final two years of school during a global pandemic, the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) celebrates the accomplishments of 56 extraordinary students today. TSD’s in-person commencement ceremony, outdoors on the school’s R.L. Davis field, begins at 7:00 p.m. CST this evening. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is limited to invited guests only.

GoodNews: Texas School for the Deaf Ranger to Ranger - April 14, 2021

On this issue (Volume 5 - Issue 5): TSD Receives 30 Bikes from 100BikesForKids and woom • Over 1,200 COVID-19 Vaccines Given • TSD Kids Learn About New Foods • TSD middle school student Kaylee H. stars in the new feature film, “Godzilla vs. Kong” • Staff Spotlight: Estefani Garrison.

Superintendent Message: Recent Tragedies

Dear Staff, Just as we begin to be hopeful about emerging from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now confront the tragedies of Atlanta and Boulder.  The ripple effect of this grief and fear reverberates through entire communities on our campus and across the nation yet again.

The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act would improve services and educational opportunities for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind.

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and David McKinley (WV-01) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure that visual and hearing-impaired students receive the best education possible.

SNAP Benefits Replacements and Purchase Opportunities Following Winter Storm

SNAP recipients who have had food lost or destroyed due to the storm need to apply for replacement food benefits for regular SNAP allotments and SNAP emergency allotments that were provided in response to COVID-19. SNAP recipients can also use their benefits for hot foods and ready-to-eat foods, such as rotisserie chicken or grocery store deli foods, at retailers that accept SNAP anywhere in the state.

Federal Disaster Assistance

If you've experienced damages and losses in the recent winter storm, please register for Federal Disaster Assistance to help with your recovery.

Superintendent's Update: Spring Special Events

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff, 

I had hoped that at this time this year we would not still be dealing with a global pandemic, but here we are. I had hoped our kids would not miss out again and experience more losses, but here we are. Many of you are beginning to inquire about End of Year (EOY) activities, particularly parents of juniors and seniors, so let me share our current thinking with the caveat that things fluctuate daily. Many of your students are spending their spring semester either online or here at TSD with modified schedules and less after school activities, field trips and athletics. All of us, you included, have had to make difficult choices.

Superintendent Message: Important: Week of Feb 22nd

In the aftermath of this severe weather we are all still facing real challenges.  All of you have been in my thoughts.  TSD will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, February 22 and 23.  Many of our facilities, maintenance,  housekeeping and other classified staff will use that time to make the final repairs on campus, test of all of our water and heating systems, IT and wireless network and secure our food supplies.   There will be no virtual learning on Monday and Tuesday.

Celebrating Black History Month

At TSD, we believe that the histories, stories, and voices of Black people should be centered, honored, and uplifted in school curricula every day. We also acknowledge the importance, relevance and origins of Black History Month.

Racial Equity Task Force Update

We are in the beginning of this work which we will sustain and grow over the next coming years. Our work will focus on racial justice with specific attention to issues and challenges specific to our TSD community.

Superintendent's Letter on January 15th, 2021 to Parents and Families

Dear Parents and Families, What a trying year for all of us. Yet through these challenges we keep moving forward to serve our students, staff and families in as safe and positive a way possible. I want to thank all of you for your patience and dedication in supporting our efforts to provide virtual only services these last two weeks. We hope we have reduced the potential community spread of the virus from the holidays by taking this action.

Superintendent's Letter on January 14th 2021 Encouraging Civil Discourse

Dear Staff, Much has been written about the “disruptors” of 2020 and beyond.  Education is experiencing them like no other entity or institution.  In my previous email I spoke of the disruptors of COVID-19, Racial Equity/Black Lives Matter and  the threat to our democracy.  TSD students, staff and families are being impacted by all of these disruptors, and are still reacting to the insurrection at the Capitol last week and its aftermath bringing to light many injustices and inequities that exist in our lives.
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