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    Dear CISD Families,

     

    I want to start by expressing my gratitude for our community’s continued patience, flexibility and understanding, as we work through the issues that have occurred as a result of our school closing.  Some of these issues are a result of our efforts to provide educational continuity in the form of distance learning. I believe our staff should be commended on the efforts they have made to make this experience the best for our children, we recognize there are issues and we are working tirelessly to provide solutions.  One of the biggest obstacles has been with Schoology, which we know has been challenging for some of our students, parents and staff.  However, I believe we are improving each day and continue to ask for your grace, as we work through these issues.  

     

    For some perspective, when we left for Spring Break, we had completed 75 percent of our school year.  While the current situation since has not been ideal, we continue to focus on our Core Values of Engagement, Relationships, Redefining Success and Great Teaching as we provide educational continuity for our students, which is a top priority. We also need to have grace for ourselves and our children at this time. We cannot expect perfection, as we are all doing the best we can.  I am confident that based on who Coppell ISD is as a district community, that we will come through this situation stronger and better as #CISDTogether. 

     

    I know we as a district have been communicating a lot throughout this closure, so I want to keep my message brief, while including a video of my thoughts for you this week.  

     

              

     

    Thank you, 

     


    Dr. Brad Hunt

     


    Schoology and Technology Update

    CISD is aware that our community cannot access Schoology consistently. We understand the frustration, and Schoology assures us they are working quickly to resolve this issue. Please know we have intentionally built a schedule with flexibility in assignments and grace in anticipation for problems like these, including Friday’s as review and reteach days. You can check status.schoology.com/ to see the site’s function status.  You also can access the site through the web at www.schoology.coppellisd.com, if the app isn’t working.  For any issues with your device that aren’t Schoology related, please submit a Helpdesk ticket at www.coppellisd.com/helpdeskZoombombing is a new phenomena where pranksters join Zoom meetings, and share their screen with inappropriate, often explicit, content. There are several ways to avoid this potential mayhem including disabling screen and file sharing, limiting access to Invite only/NOT Public and using the setting to disallow removed participants from rejoining.  View this knowledge base article to help you mitigate this problem by ensuring your installation of Zoom is up to date and your meeting settings are appropriately set.

     

     

     

     
    Kindergarten Registration Underway

    Kindergarten registration for 2020-2021 is now underway at go.coppellisd.com/Kindergarten20-21. Please share this information with families who may be new to CISD.

     
    Transfer Application Due April 24

    Transfer applications are available online at  www.coppellisd.com/transfer. Please email all documents and the application to student-transfers@coppellisd.com, or you can mail the documentation and application to Coppell ISD c/s Transfers 200 S. Denton Tap Rd. Coppell, TX 75019. Please know that the deadline is still April 24, and this is not a first come, first served process, as all applications are evaluated equally and not by the order of submission.

     
    Credit by Exam Info

    The Credit By Exam (CBE) registration process is now online. The dates to register remain April 9, 2020, through noon on April 22, 2020. At this time, CBE testing is scheduled to take place at Coppell Middle School West on June 2 and June 3, 2020. Visit www.coppellisd.com/assessment for more information. For CBE questions, please contact Debbie Youngs at dyoungs@coppellisd.com or Susie Williams at swilliams@coppellisd.com.

    Hilton Elected TEPSA Member At-Large


    Congratulations to Cooper Hilton, principal of Wilson Elementary, who recently was elected as the 2020-2021 Member At-Large for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

     
    #ArtInPlaceCoppell


    CISD students are invited to share their art created at home while practicing social distancing during our closure. Post this art on social media using the hashtag #ARTinPlaceCoppell for the opportunity to appear in a virtual exhibit curated by the Coppell Arts Center, Coppell Creatives, the Coppell Arts Council and CISD. This art also may be featured in a future exhibit at the Coppell Arts Center or in the CISD “Our Story” magazine.

     



    Student Media National Accolades

    The  Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) has awarded The Sidekick student newspaper at Coppell High School a Gold Crown Award, its highest national honor for a student news. This marks the first Crown Award for The Sidekick newspaper and the first Gold Crown ever for CHS. The RoundUp yearbook received a Silver Crown Award from CPSA. The RoundUp also  is featured in the national Jostens Look Book as an example of best-of-the-best in yearbook coverage and design.  Congratulations to The Sidekick and The RoundUp!

     

     


    Stay Well, Texas Campaign


    Though we are apart right now for our health and safety, we at CISD continue to support each other as a community, and right now we must work together to fight COVID-19.  In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, CISD will be reaching out to you over the next two weeks to share vitally important guidance as part of the Texas Education Agency’s Stay Well campaign www.tea.texas.gov/staywell. This guidance is based on what scientists know about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is our hope that you will do what you can to follow these practices and share them with your friends and family. Thank you for all you are doing to educate your children at home and all the efforts you’re making to keep your family healthy and safe. We know this is a difficult time. If we stand apart as a community during this stretch and continue following the public health practices we will be sharing over the coming days, we will be back together soon. 



    Special Education Update
    CISD’s Special Education Department and Intervention Services Department would like to share a video and letter with parents of learners who received special education or 504 services during the closure.  These are available at go.coppellisd.com/InterventionServicesMessage.
     
    April 6 Special Board Meeting
    CISD will host a Special Board Meeting virtually on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 5 p.m.  You can view the agenda at go.coppellisd.com/BoardAgenda and watch the meeting live at go.coppellisd.com/BoardMeetingLiveVideo.  The public is welcome to comment during Open Forum on agenda items only during Special Board Meetings.  Visit go.coppellisd.com/April6OpenForum to request to speak on an agenda item. 
     
    Complete Your Census Form

    The U.S. Census is now live. Help guide the distribution of billions of dollars to the programs that will benefit your community. Tell your friends and family to participate in getting counted. Learn more at www.2020census.gov.

     
    Facebook Group
    We invite our community to join our Facebook Group: Coppell ISD School Closure Updates to receive more frequent updates during our closure.  Please also continue to visit www.coppellisd.com/coronavirus for updates, including resources for our parents and guardians.
     
    Hobbies with Hunt
    Hey CISD kids! Do you have a hobby you would like to share with our superintendent? Hobbies with Hunt is a NEW virtual video series where students can teach Dr. Hunt all about their hobby. Interested? Visit go.coppellisd.com/HobbieswithHunt.
     
    • April 6 - Virtual Board Special Meeting 5 p.m. 

    • April 10 - Regular School/Distance Learning Day (No longer Bad Weather Day)

    • April 13 - Regular School/Distance Learning Day (No longer Professional Development Day)

    • April 27 - Virtual Regular Board Meeting 5 p.m.

     

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    Coppell has created a webpage with information and resources regarding COVID-19 as provided by the CDC. This page is regularly updated with information on Coppell-related impacts as well as resources on how to support local businesses. Visit coppelltx.gov/coronavirus for news, Council orders and actions, facility closures, restaurant information and more!


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