Coronavirus Health Update

To slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in our community, all DeSoto Independent School District campuses will remain closed through the end of the current academic school year. This action follows today’s April 17, 2020, press conference from Texas Governor Greg Abbott and aligns with advice from the Dallas County Health and Human Services department (DCHHS).  

We care about the health and safety of our DeSoto ISD community and will continue to do our part to support efforts to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is extremely important for our students and families to limit contact with others outside their immediate families during this time. And, we join our healthcare colleagues in strongly recommending that everyone stay home and avoid close contact with others. Please follow the social distancing orders and recommendations provided by the Center for Disease Control, local and federal officials, and health care experts.


While our school buildings are closed, DeSoto ISD will continue to provide virtual educational experiences and resources through the Anytime, Anywhere Learning  Plan. While early phases of the district’s learning plan were centralized, the Anytime, Anywhere Learning Plan provides a district-guided framework for flexible, consistent high-quality, localized instruction facilitated by your child’s teacher in the digital space.

Not only have we developed tech and non-tech-based instructional materials and plans for our families ensuring that access to tech and internet is not a barrier to learning and academic growth, we have also included social-emotional development pieces to help students work through the emotional impact of this public health concern and to help them process normal experiences and emotions they may have.

In addition, we understand that physical activity and wellness enhances social and emotional wellbeing which optimizes learning. Therefore, we recently added a physical education component to our Anytime, Anywhere Learning  Plan to help students stay active while at home.


Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, the DeSoto Independent School District Child Nutrition Department will offer dinner meals as part of the current twice-weekly grab and go meal service distribution to ensure greater access to daily meals for the children in the community in light of the continuing shelter-in-place ordinance in Dallas County due to COVID-19.

The packaged meals will be distributed in a drive-thru fashion, so no one will need to exit their personal vehicles. 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. Free meals for children 18 and under will be served at: 

  • DeSoto High School - Freshman Side

  • Cockrell Hill Elementary School

  • Frank D. Moates Elementary

  • The Meadows Elementary

  • Ruby Young Elementary School

  • Woodridge Elementary

  • Amber Terrace DDC - Food Truck 

Meals for breakfast and lunch can be picked up in a single visit and will be served Mondays & Thursdays from 9 AM - 1 PM.

We are committed to serving our community and meeting the needs of our students, families and staff. As a school district, we will continue to work alongside our governmental agencies to ensure that we are in alignment with the guidance and decisions that will come forth as we continue to forge our way through this public crisis.

Please know we are here and we are listening. Should you require support or have questions, please email us at [email protected].