January 11, 2019
Dear CISD Family,
First and foremost, I want to address Monday’s arrest of a teacher at CMS West. The district’s statement on the situation, as well as a copy of the letter sent to CMS West families, can be found here.
I know we are all outraged about this the alleged violation of professional and ethical conduct we expect of our teachers. Federal privacy laws prohibit us from releasing additional details about these allegations. However, I feel it is important to convey that any inappropriate interaction between a teacher and a student will not be tolerated in our district. As leader of this district and a parent, I feel strongly that our educators serve as “loco parentis” — in place of the parent — while your children are in our care. We play an important role in the life of a child, and we should always maintain that role with professionalism and the highest level of respect to our children.
Several parents have asked about our policies related to employees use of social media with our students and parents. This information is in greater detail on our website under the CISD Employee Handbook at www.coppellisd.com/Page/9155.
The following key points are important to note:
- CISD employees may not use social media to send a “private” message to one student or one parent.
- All [CISD employees] social media interactions with students and parents should be public. Employees should use official district email, phones or approved technology texting apps, such as Remind 101, for one-on-one communication.
- CISD employees may not text a student unless a parent has given them permission to do so.
- CISD employees should refrain from using Snapchat to communicate with students and are prohibited from following and commenting on students' Snapchat accounts.
As parents, we need to be vigilant in monitoring our children’s activity on their phones and social media, including their comments. The CISD Parent Toolkit, available at http://go.coppellisd.com/parenttoolkit, also offers several articles and resources about social media and how to talk to your children. I also remind you that CISD has an anonymous tip line available online at www.coppellisd.com/Page/8824 or by calling 972-436-TIPS (8477).
As we enter into this new year and new semester, I cannot emphasize enough that providing the safest possible learning environment for our students remains our highest priority.
Strategic Design Core Values Audit Deadline Extended
Phase 2 of CISD’s Strategic Design effort is underway and is focused on identifying specific opportunities to fully realize our Core Values developed in Phase 1 of the process. As we move forward, we must ensure we’re focused on the highest priority opportunities. Therefore, your feedback is again needed and we are inviting all our stakeholders (students, parents, employees and community members) to provide input about the campus or campuses in which your children attend via this audit www.coppellisd.com/corevaluesaudit. This audit takes about 15 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting. This feedback is a critical part of this process. Additional details and phases of our Strategic Design process can be found at www.coppellisd.com/strategicdesign. Thank you for continuing to help shape the future of our wonderful district.
Boundary Realignment Update
CISD hosted a community forum on Boundary Realignment Jan. 10 at CHS9. Officials shared a presentation on the Boundary Realignment scenarios, Elementary Plan A2 and Middle School Plan B3, being recommended to the Board of Trustees. CISD officials also shared information on instructional programs and “grandfathering” plans, as well as answered questions from attendees. CISD will share this same presentation, as well as answer questions, during its Facebook Live on Boundary Realignment Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at www.facebook.com/coppellisd.com.
Boundary realignment also will be discussed at the Jan. 14 Board of Trustees meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., and the fourth Board Workshop on the topic Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to address the CISD Board of Trustees during Open Forum at a regular monthly Board meeting must follow the guidelines as outlined at www.coppellisd.com/Page/13268. Reminder, those wishing to address the Board must fill out an information card between 6:30 p.m and 7 p.m. and submit it to the Administrative Assistant to the Board. Board members are not allowed to answer questions or concerns posed by individuals during Open Forum; speakers are limited to three minutes; and, if there are five or more individuals who wish to speak on the same topic, they must designate one spokesperson to speak on their behalf.
Board workshops are held for the purpose of allowing CISD Board of Trustees to receive more information, and discuss and debate pending matters with CISD staff and amongst themselves before taking a formal vote at a later date. However, since no action is being decided or taken at a Board workshop, there is no “Open Forum” or other opportunities for the public to address the Board during a Board workshop.
Details about the boundary realignment process can be found at www.coppellisd.com/realignment. The CISD community can share additional feedback on the process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board will consider and adopt the final Boundary Realignment Model at its February 25, 2019, meeting.
Congratulations Spelling Bee Champs
CISD’s annual Spelling Bee was held at CHS9 Jan. 9. The event went more than 50 rounds and resulted in a tie. Congratulations to our two winners Dhroov Pathare, a 7th grader at CMS East, and Rohan Raja, a 7th grader at CMS West. Dhroov and Rohan advance to compete at the Dallas County Public School Spelling Bee on February 14, 2019.
Fighting the Flu in CISD
It’s the time of year when CISD begins to see an increase in absences due to flu and flu-like illness. CISD Health Services is monitoring these illnesses in our district and communicates frequently with Custodial Services to ensure our campuses receive thorough, necessary cleanings.
The actions of students and staff also can help prevent or slow the incidence of flu. According to the CDC, the first line of defense is getting the flu shot. Other preventative measures include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands and keeping sick people away from others. A child who is sick cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in a meaningful way. Though CISD is required to send an automatic email after three unexcused absences within a four-week period (all excused absences will be corrected in the parent portal once a note is received), the district understands that recovery from the flu and other illnesses often takes several days. Keeping a sick child at home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover. Click here for more information on the district’s health attendance guidelines.
CISD Our Story Magazine
CISD is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of the district’s “Our Story” magazine. This magazine was launched in an effort to ensure our CISD community is informed and engaged and is made possible in part due to the financial support of several local businesses and community partners, who placed advertisements in the publication. Be on the lookout for copies of the magazine at our schools, local businesses, and other locations throughout the Coppell, Irving and Dallas communities we serve. You also can access the magazine online via https://www.coppellisd.com/Page/15897.
Board of Trustees Planting Seeds of Success
January is Board Appreciation Month in Texas. CISD is taking this opportunity to thank our Board for their service and commitment to “Planting Seeds of Success" in our 12,900 students. Our seven Trustees are volunteers who donate hours of their time each month to advocate on behalf of our district and students. Trustees receive no pay for their work. Thank you to Tracy Fisher, David Caviness, Leigh Walker, Nichole Bentley, Anthony Hill, Thom Hulme and Manish Sethi for your generous and tireless efforts to advocate for our children, teachers and community.
Accepting Board Applications for May Elections
Starting January 16, CISD will be accepting applications for a place on the ballot of the May 4, 2019, CISD School Board Election. Places 1, 2 and 3 are up for election. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.coppellisd.com/Page/8719
or contact Kay Ryon at email@example.com or 214-496-8002. More information will be offered at a School Board Candidate Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m.
“Pay to Ride” Bus Renewal by Jan. 21
All "Pay to Ride" bus students must renew their spring bus pass no later than Monday, Jan. 21, in order to continue bus service. Visit www.coppellisd.com/Page/15121 for instructions on how to renew.
It's Time Texas Community Challenge
Living Well in Coppell is once again locally sponsoring the 2019 It's Time Texas Community Challenge. This statewide wellness initiative, which runs from Jan. 7 to March 3, 2019, pits Texas cities of similar size against each other as they find fun and easy ways to demonstrate their commitment to healthy living. Coppell participated and won its size category for numerous consecutive years. In 2018, the City of Harlingen outpaced Coppell and claimed the top spot. If Coppell can once again clench first place, the city will not only be recognized both regionally and statewide as a healthy community, but the city will also receive $1,800 to distribute to CISD schools for health and wellness programs.
It's easy to participate in the Community Challenge:
1. Visit ittcommunitychallenge.com and register as a Coppell participant.
2. Take a selfie doing something healthy or track your fitness.
3. Upload your photos and activities to your account to earn points for the
Parent University on Marijuana & Vaping Set for Feb. 7
CISD’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) welcomes Dr. Hal C. Urschel, Chief Medical Strategist for Enterhealth, for his presentation "Exploring the Myths of Marijuana & Vaping." This Parent University 2 will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the CHS Lecture Hall.
Jan. 14 - Regular Board Meeting 7 p.m.
Jan. 16 - Facebook Live on Boundary Realignment 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 22 - Board Workshop on Boundary Realignment 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 - Parent University: Exploring the Myths of Marijuana & Vaping, 7 p.m. CHS Lecture Hall
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