Return to School Guide Posted, Family and Student Surveys Due July 12

Dear Coppell ISD Families,

Our Draft Return to School Guide is now available at www.coppellisd.com/returntoschool and directly at go.coppellisd.com/DraftReturntoSchoolGuide

I want to thank the members of our Return to School Task Force for their dedication. We drafted this guide, which is the culmination of weeks of hard work, gathering input from our staff and families, and robust discussions with representatives from a variety of district departments and campuses. We also reviewed guidelines from the Texas Education Agency, which were released July 7, as well as additional guidelines from the state and the Dallas County Health Department. 

The information in our Return to School Guide and on www.coppellisd.com/returntoschool is currently in DRAFT form, so the district can conduct additional surveys and collect feedback from students, staff and parents/guardians. All of the proposed protocols and procedures are subject to change based on state and county guidance. 

We also are launching our second Parent/Guardian Survey today at go.coppellisd.com/parentsurvey2.  This survey will remain open until Sunday, July 12 at midnight. A Student Survey for those entering Grades 3-12 also starts today at go.coppellisd.com/studentreturnschoolsurvey and will remain open until Sunday, July 12 at midnight. 

CISD also will host a Facebook Live event on Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. for our community to ask questions.  We do have a Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ document at www.coppellisd.com/returntoschool.  If you have a question not addressed in this document, please contact input@coppellisd.com.  We will update our FAQ based on questions from our community. 

A commitment form will be shared with families the morning of July 13, where they will formally choose how their child(ren) will receive instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. Families will have until July 29, which is two weeks before school starts, to finalize their decision on which mode of learning is best for their child(ren).  We will be asking parents and guardians to commit to your decision for the first nine weeks of school. Regardless of which option you choose, the first day of school for CISD remains Wednesday, August 12. 

CISD will use asynchronous instruction for distance learning, remotely from home. Asynchronous instruction will be similar to what we were able to offer as a district during CISD Distance Learning in the spring, but with some alterations.  For example, we will have more interaction among students and teachers, more academic rigor and the grading expectations will align with our face-to-face, in-person instruction.  In addition, attendance must be taken for distance learning.  You can find more detailed information at www.coppellisd.com/returntoschool

Our Draft Return to School Guide details what face-to-face, in-person instruction will look like in the fall. The daily use of face coverings or masks by students and staff will be determined by the rate of community transmission of COVID-19, and the health recommendations associated with each level. The district will rely on guidance from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Dallas County Health Department, as well as any executive orders or directives from Governor Greg Abbott, to determine the community transmission level and mandatory use of face coverings. The district will develop a process to alert staff, students and parents/guardians of the community transmission level and when face coverings must be worn.

As it stands today, CISD would require teachers, staff and students in grades 3 and above to wear masks or face coverings when we return to school August 12. 

As we all know, this situation continues to change on a daily basis.  We must all remain flexible and be prepared to adjust, as necessary.  We at CISD remain committed to communicating with you frequently, as we work together to educate our children.  As always, I appreciate your support.  We continue to show our strength, as we work #CISDTogether to educate our children. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Brad Hunt
Superintendent