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Dear CISD Families,
As we welcome our in-person students on Tuesday, Sept. 8, I want to assure our community that we have been working tirelessly to ensure a safe and smooth process for all. Individual schools should have or will be sending information about their campus procedures for arrival, dismissal, social distancing, lunch and more for Sept. 8.
Even though we have been in school for three weeks, in many ways this date will be like the first day of school for our in-person students. We know that they will be experiencing the usual hiccups and new obstacles to work through as we embark on unchartered territory for our students and staff. We ask in advance for your patience and understanding as we tackle this new opportunity together. We have been planning for in-person in addition to distance learning for months, and we may still need to make some minor tweaks to both along the way. Please remember we are in this together, and if we work with each other, I am confident that this will be another amazing school year for everyone!
I know there are questions about how learning will happen for in-person and distance students simultaneously. Our educators have been working together as teams to ensure equal curriculum delivery, assignments and assessment and instruction time with all students. This means that school will look and feel different than it has before. I specifically ask for your understanding, as our educators have been tasked with a huge responsibility of handling in person and distance learning. Yes, they will be working in teams, but need your grace as they take on these new duties and responsibilities to an already busy job.
If you have an issue, question or concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher first to address it, then to a campus administrator. Posting to social media is not a productive way to address individual issues, and it is not something we should model for our children. Most of the information I am often asked about is on our website, so please continue to check it regularly for important and updated information. We have also included an important "Check List" for in-person learning below that we hope will be a helpful resource to our families.
As we head into the Labor Day Weekend with encouraging news from Dallas County about our COVID-19 transition rate, I strongly encourage you to continue to social distance, avoid large gatherings and keep wearing your masks. Working together and practicing these simple guidelines will help us all to continue towards a path of normalcy sooner, rather than later.
I hope you enjoy this holiday weekend with your family.
Dr. Brad Hunt
COVID-19 Notification Process and Dashboard Starting Sept. 8, each weekday that there are new reported positive COVID-19 cases in the district, CISD will share an email summary with our community at 6 p.m. Cases at individual schools will be communicated via email directly to the employees and parents/guardians at each campus. CISD also has a dashboard at www.coppellisd.com/COVID-19Dashboard, which is frequently updated with the district’s current active COVID-19 cases.
Checklists and Health Screening CISD has developed checklists for both our in person and distance students for Sept. 8. These are available at go.coppellisd.com/InPersonChecklist and go.coppellisd.com/DistanceLearningCheckList. The district also asks parents and guardians of in person learners to screen their children daily using the checklist at go.coppellisd.com/StudentScreenChecklist. TEA Educational Rights & Responsibilities The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has asked CISD to share the agency’s Education Rights and Responsibilities document with our families. Here is a link to the English version go.coppellisd.com/TEAEdRightsEnglish and the Spanish version go.coppellisd.com/TEAEdRightsSpanish.
Elementary Schoology View Change Friday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m., CISD will make a slight change in the dashboard view of Schoology for the district’s elementary learners to make Schoology easier to navigate for our younger students. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/SchoologyViewChange. Transportation Update Bus riders should have received an email Sept. 2, with information about their bus route, bus stop and pick up and drop off times. If you did not receive this email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curbside Meals Info
Curbside meal pickup for distance learners will end on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Distance learners may still pick up breakfast and lunch at the following locations between 10 and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and Wednesday, Sept. 9 — Austin, Canyon Ranch, Denton Creek, Town Center and Wilson Elementaries. Distance learners may order weekly meal bundles for pick up. Pre-ordered meals for 5 days will be available for pick up on Wednesdays, starting Sept. 9, between 4 and 6 p.m. at Denton Creek Elementary. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/CurbMealsPickUp.
National Superintendent to Watch
CISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt is one of the “2020 Superintendents to Watch” selected by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He is among only 24 district leaders in the nation and only three in Texas, who NSPRA chose for this recognition. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/NSPRASuptWatch.
Spotlight on Great Teaching: Jodie Deinhammer
Jodie Deinhammer, who teaches science at CMS East, is featured in the Apple Newsroom for her innovative work to bring students closer to nature with the iPad and her outdoor gardening class. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/AppleDeinhammer.
IT Serve Alliance Donation for Hot Spots
Thank you to the ITServe Alliance Dallas Chapter, through a connection with the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce DFW, for donating $9,000 to CISD to provide hotspot internet connections for students without reliable internet connections. This donation will provide approximately 25 hotspots for CISD students.
Coppell Chamber State of Education Sept. 10
Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt and Dr. Christa Slejko, President of Dallas College North Lake, will keynote the Coppell Chamber of Commerce's annual State of Education presentation on Thursday, Sept. 10. This year's event will be held via Zoom. The cost is $15. Register at www.coppellchamber.org.
Lariette Online Event Sept. 5-13 The Coppell Lariettes annual spaghetti dinner and raffle is moving online this year and will take place Sept. 5-13. Read more at www.chslariettes.com.
There’s still time to take the Census, as the deadline has been extended until Sept. 30. Don't want anyone knocking at your door? Head over to 2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020 and contribute to the count.
- Sept. 3 - Elementary Schools Virtual Curriculum Night 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sept. 7 - Labor Day Holiday No School
- Sept. 8 - In Person School Begins
- Sept. 14 - Board Workshop
- Sept. 21 - Middle Schools Curriculum Night 5 p.m.
- Sept. 28 - Regular Board Meeting
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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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