CISD Extends School Closure to April 19
March 27, 2020
Dear CISD Families,
As our first week of online learning comes to an end, let me thank you all for your flexibility and understanding as we work through this new experience together. We recognize there have been some issues, and it has been challenging for our students, parents and staff, but we are improving each day. Most importantly, we are providing educational continuity for our students which is a top priority.
As we have committed to you, we want to update our community in regards to any school closure updates sooner than later. After consulting with the public health department, as well city, county and state officials, Coppell ISD is joining other area school districts in extending our emergency closure through Sunday, April 19. CISD Distance Learning and meal delivery will continue throughout this closure. At this time, CISD plans to reopen for staff on Monday, April 20 and reopen for students on Tuesday, April 21. The district plans to use April 20 as an opportunity for our teachers to transition before students arrive on the following day. Online learning will remain in place through April 20.
As of today, Texas has more than 1,700 cases in 105 counties and the United States has surpassed both China and Italy in the number of COVID-19 cases. This shows that it’s clear that our communities need more time to flatten the curve and prevent rapid spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. As much as we all want to get back to school, we believe we still need to practice social distancing, thus keeping our schools closed. Please join all of us in CISD as we follow the emergency disaster orders and social distancing restrictions set forth by our city, county and state officials. Together, we believe we can slow down the virus and make a difference for our health care system.
Our schools are not supposed to have empty hallways and quiet classrooms. I know I speak for our more than 1,200 staff members when I say we truly miss seeing your children’s faces each day. The spring is one of the most exciting times of the year as the school year comes to an end and we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. We are doing everything we can to provide meaningful distance learning activities and counseling resources to continue to do what we do best — educate and take care of our children. Our educators, along with technology and child nutrition employees have exceeded in their efforts to make sure our students are learning, remain connected and are well fed. The work of our parents and guardians has been nothing short of heroic in balancing their own work-from-home loads while ensuring our children are learning. As a parent myself, I understand the efforts you are all undertaking to help your children, while balancing your own work needs. The photos and posts being shared online tell a CISD story of a community that is resilient in the face of adversity and committed to pulling through this situation #CISDTogether.
Yesterday, we announced the decision by the CISD Leadership Team to implement pass or fail grades for the fourth nine weeks. I truly feel this is the best course of action for all of our learners. These are unprecedented times. Many of our families are trying to survive the economic devastation that this situation is causing. Several older siblings have increased responsibilities for their younger brothers and sisters. While we remain committed to providing quality education during our closure, we don’t want to penalize any student for their family circumstance. It also is a challenge to ensure academic integrity, when our learners are doing assignments, tests and quizzes at home. With our core values of redefining success and great teaching, we focus on the learning experience. Our students are more than a grade or a test score, and this is especially true during times such as these. We understand that others in our community may not agree with our decision. During our closure, we want to focus on our students health and well-being and ensure deep learning is taking place. I also assure you that we will continue to work with our families who have learners who may have struggled in the third nine weeks. Please continue to reach out to your teachers and school with your specific concerns about your child.
I want to thank our parents, guardians, students, employees and community, for your patience and support during these difficult times. I am proud to lead a district whose people step up to help and support one another when needed most. CISD continues in our promise to keep you informed about any new developments during this extended school closure. Please see below for bulleted district updates. I also encourage you to check the website www.coppellisd.com/coronavirus for updates, resources and our Parent FAQ, which is updated frequently. Reach out to your teacher, your school counselor, your school administration or firstname.lastname@example.org with your additional questions and concerns.
I join you in looking forward to the day when we can reopen our doors and welcome your students back to school. We miss their smiling faces and experiencing first hand their joy in learning.
Hope to see you soon,
Dr. Brad Hunt
CISD Updates March 27, 2020
Everyday Good Health Habits
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. 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. Please read our CISD’s health attendance guidelines.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Do not eat or drink after others.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Governor Abbott waived the STAAR test. While we do not have all the details of this cancellation at this time, we will share additional information as it becomes available. Read more information here: http://ow.ly/i4vm50yMUdk