Message from the Superintendent: Reviewing New TEA Guidelines for In-Person Instruction
Dear Coppell ISD Families,
Today, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released updated guidance regarding in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. I received this announcement at the same time it was made available to the public and the media. CISD has not yet had the time to fully review this new information, as well as process it and discuss it with our staff.
The CISD Return to School Task Force will meet early next week to determine how this new TEA guidance, as well as the Dallas County Health and Human Services public health order announced yesterday, will impact the start of the school year, and what adjustments to the Draft Return to School Guide will need to be made. We will share any new information or decisions, after we have had time to meet and plan accordingly. We understand yesterday’s order from Dallas County was disappointing to some in our community, and we appreciate you reaching out to us and sharing your feedback. We know this information can impact your commitment for this school year; therefore, CISD is extending the deadline of its Commitment Form to August 6, 2020.
CISD has provided a robust hub of information with our Draft Return to School Guide and FAQs at www.coppellisd.com/returntoschool. Please continue to send us your comments, questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will use this information to update our FAQs and assist us with filling in any gaps in our planning, so families can be fully aware of our instructional and safety plans.
I remain committed to being transparent with our communication, as I want our community to be well-informed regarding all things related to the 2020-2021 school year. I also share in your frustration at this ever changing situation, where directives and guidelines from local and state officials about return to school change daily, affecting all of our plans. The method of this delivery is also extremely frustrating, as many times I get the information at the same time you do when it is shared on social media. Our collective patience is running thin at a time when we should be excited about school starting, rather than reacting to the latest announcements, some of which are, quite frankly, out of our hands.
I recognize we all have strong opinions about what is going on today, as well as valid questions about what returning to school will look like and the need to know this information quickly. I once again ask for your grace, patience and understanding to allow us some time to review this latest guidance, so we can adjust and plan accordingly. Again, we have a great deal of information on our website, and I encourage you to continue to review it along with our updated FAQs. If there is anything missing, then please reach out to us directly so we can work to provide additional information. We are in this together and want this planning to be collaborative and responsive to the needs of our community.
I am proud to lead this district that truly puts people first in the decisions that we make. What we are being asked to do in today’s extraordinary circumstances is a challenge that I know Coppell ISD is up to facing, together, as a team and as a community. We love our kids, we miss seeing them, and we want them to know they are the most important member of the CISD family.
Thank you, as always, for your support.
Dr. Brad Hunt