Tornillo ISD separates students, entire community hard hit by Covid-19
TORNILLO, Texas – This is the smallest district in El Paso County. The Tornillo Independent School District serves approximately 900 children this semester.
Superintendent Rosy Vega-Barrio said the city has been hit hard by Covid-19. More than a dozen people have died from the virus, Vega-Barrio said.
Vega-Barrio said most of his student’s parents are essential workers. Many of them have been exposed to Covid-19. Many parents even have a lot of work. She added that it was difficult to see people being affected by Covid-19 as they form a tight-knit community.
“We know each other, I mean, we are related to each other. When someone dies, or someone goes through a very difficult, difficult and economic time, we all hurt. And we know that it has been. filtered into the kids. ”
Tornillo ISD has tried to provide families with resources and help in every way it can, from hosting food banks to even helping families with funeral services.
Vega-Barrio said the district is also struggling to educate the community about Covid-19 and communicate community needs to the health department.
Access to the Internet was also a challenge, when virtual learning.
All of these challenges have made the district and the community stronger. This is why Vega-Barrio is happy to finally find the students in class.
“The last thing we want to do is close our buildings again.”
There are a lot of new and exciting things for students this year, including a new grant to help expand its fine arts program for students of all skill levels.
High school students interested in law enforcement will also have the opportunity to join a new pathway program.
Thanks to funding secured by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, this will help expand broadband.
School supplies were also distributed free of charge to students. Vega-Barrio says she is happy to have children again and will continue to help families in any way she can.
“Our families are recovering. So we are here to help in all aspects. We have become the resource of our community … We are the key.”
The district was also able to help create a space for the whole community to begin the healing process through a local community garden.
The garden is located in Coyote Park and is maintained by the district.
The idea is to have a place where the community can meditate and heal, just like the Community Healing Garden in Ascarate Park.
There will be another food bank for students on Friday August 27th. To learn more about Tornillo ISD, click here.