CISD to be Closed for Students through March 20
March 13, 2020
Dear Coppell ISD Families,
Coppell ISD is announcing a one-week closing of school to allow our staff time to prepare for a possibility of a longer closure, which would include plans for online and alternative curriculum delivery, should it be necessary. During this time, I strongly advise you to avoid public gatherings and to follow the CDC prevention guidelines by practicing social distancing and other preventative measures.
The closing of our schools is a proactive measure to help prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As such, I highly encourage our community to remain at home during this time to help us in this effort.
All CISD schools will remain closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, as we continue to assess the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in our community and as travelers return from Spring Break. The district will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation prior to reopening school on Monday, March 23, and we will communicate across all channels as updated information becomes available.
During this school closure for students, all district events and competitions that have been scheduled during this timeframe will be considered cancelled or postponed until further notice. District travel for student competitions and events outside the district also are cancelled at this time.
We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Currently, there are no confirmed or presumptive cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among our Coppell ISD community.
We do not yet know how this school closing will impact the rest of our school year or if these days will be waived by the Texas Education Agency. Therefore, we should be prepared, in case it is necessary, to extend the Coppell ISD school year by one week or more, should we need to make up these days. Most likely, the inclement weather day on April 10 will be used as a regular school day, and we ask our community to plan for this accordingly. As soon as more information is known about the school year extension, and our plans after March 23, we will inform our community.
Please continue to care for yourself, your family and those around you, while adhering to the preventative measures as recommended by public health officials, such as limiting interaction with others and practicing social distancing by avoiding highly public events and crowded places. Please see the CDC’s prevention site for details www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.
Coppell ISD also has created a dedicated website at www.coppellisd.com/cornoavirus to provide the most current and accurate district information on this issue.
This is a rapidly progressing situation that affects us all. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding, as we work together to develop plans to educate and care for our students under these unprecedented circumstances.
As you can imagine we have received numerous emails from our parents and community members regarding this situation. As always, we appreciate you reaching out and sharing your thoughts and concerns. As a reminder, we have set up firstname.lastname@example.org to collect your feedback for district issues and concerns. Due to the nature of this evolving situation and the volume of emails we have received, we cannot respond to each one individually. Please know your voice is being heard.
We will continue to share updates with our community via our website and our communication channels.
Dr. Brad Hunt