Update Regarding Return to School July 15, 2020
Dear CISD Families,
In light of new information released from Governor Abbott through several news articles, Coppell ISD is reviewing options just made available regarding instructional delivery requirements for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Therefore, CISD will postpone the Return to School Facebook Live Event until we have more direction from state and local officials.
In a Texas Tribune article, the Governor is quoted as telling a Houston news agency “that the state would ease up on stringent reopening requirements, as Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations skyrocket across Texas, and would give school districts more flexibility to stay virtual for longer.” The news article goes on to say, “The wavering guidance has confused and frustrated teachers and parents wanting to know what the upcoming fall will mean for themselves and their families.” We acknowledge and realize that many of our staff and families are feeling the same sense of confusion and frustration from the ever-changing guidelines provided to school districts from our state officials.
Here is some additional information regarding this ever-changing situation:
- The Texas Education Agency (TEA) website still has the requirement that districts offer in-person instruction "for all grades served by the campus every day for every student." As it stands, we are still required to offer in-person instruction five days a week.
- The guidance from TEA also provides for a three-week "start-of-school transition period" in which districts can limit access to in-person instruction. However, students who cannot participate in remote learning must still have access to in-person instruction during this period. That is a very critical distinction to note. As the TEA guidelines currently read, districts are required to offer in-person instruction even during the three-week window.
- In another Texas Tribune article, TEA was quoted as saying “school superintendents and school boards cannot make the decision to stay entirely virtual for longer than three weeks without a mandate from public health officials.”
- The Texas Tribune goes on to say, “TEA is expected to roll out revised guidance on reopening schools in the upcoming days.”
CISD appreciates the patience of our staff and families as we navigate this fluid situation. In CISD, we believe it is important to give you the most up-to-date information and we also want to engage with our staff and families. Therefore, we believe it is in the best interest of the district to postpone our Facebook Live to another date. We will share the new date as soon as the district is provided the additional information from state officials. We appreciate your support as we continue to work #CISDTogether to return to school safely.