- Hidalgo Independent School District
HISD Fall F.A.C.E. institute has success
HIDALGO-Texas, during these unprecedented times you can expect there’s going to be a lot of questions. There’s curiosity looming about the unknown, a cure for uncertainty is wanted. Hidalgo ISD is doing its best to provide that cure the best way it can for the community. Several times a year Hidalgo ISD hosts the F.A.C.E. (Family And Community Engagement) institute, which is normally an in-person event that provides knowledge and answers any questions about the present school year or about the upcoming school year. Unfortunately, this year has had its obstacles, but that didn’t stop Hidalgo ISD from conducting its Fall F.A.C.E. institute. Dr. Carmen Pacheco a director of the school district spoke enthusiastically about the event, she said, “We usually have this really nice event and encourage the community to attend, but of course with everything going on we’ve had to plan differently and host this event virtually via zoom. The community needs us now more than ever and we need to let them know that we’re working tirelessly to provide answers for their questions.”
The F.A.C.E. institute covered a wide variety of topics and one of the highlights included a back to school mitigation plan, and a potential return to class date. “There are three main topics we had wanted to prioritize on and that’s a back to school transition plan, a school safety, screening and response plan and provide parents with some strategies on self-care and care for their children. Now more than ever mental health and physical health are essential, and we want to do everything we can to not only help the community inside the classroom but outside of it as well. It’s important for everyone to have a grasp of the situation and make something positive out of it.” Pacheco said.
The F.A.C.E. institute itself was a huge success with over 200 people attending virtually via zoom from the comfort of their homes. The meeting ran Friday October 9th from 9-11:30am and was recorded and placed on the school district’s YouTube page in case anyone had missed it. “Our F.A.C.E institute is notoriously known for our amazing door prizes, giveaways and public participation. We decided to keep that tradition going even with the difficulties.” Dr Pacheco added. The F.A.C.E. institute like always gave away tons of goodies and treats with items such as Hidalgo ISD embroidered facemasks and coffee mugs to participating guests and will have their items picked up curbside. Hidalgo ISD continues to make leaps in its run against the fast-changing world. Making the adjustment, hosting the F.A.C.E. institute virtually is a prime example of that.