Message from the Superintendent: Important February 25 Board Meeting Updates
Dear CISD Family,
It is hard to believe that just one week ago we were assessing damages to our schools and buildings, while also working to repair and make our facilities ready to welcome students and staff after the extreme winter weather. On behalf of our entire district family, I want to thank our Facilities and Maintenance Team, who worked tirelessly last week to assess and repair damage to our schools and buildings.
About 15 of our schools and facilities, including our athletic fields and their surrounding buildings, sustained some sort of damage from the storm. One of our schools, Richard J. Lee Elementary, and one of our administration buildings, the Roy C. Brock Center, sustained substantial damage and are currently closed for mitigation. Like the good neighbors they are, Valley Ranch Elementary has welcomed their “cousins” from Lee to their building, so the Lee staff and in person students will be attending Valley Ranch Elementary for the next few weeks. We hope to reopen Lee after Spring Break. Our staff normally housed at the Brock Center are working at various schools and buildings throughout the district while this facility is repaired.
This is what we do here at CISD, help each other in times of need. I am so proud of our CISD family for coming together and supporting one another. This sense of team, support and positivity is what makes us the amazing district that we are and what makes me proud to be part of CISD every day.
I also want to share some important updates from the February 25 Board of Trustees Meeting with you. The Board of Trustees approved for CISD Administration to apply for a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Missed School Day Waiver. This means, our district can request a waiver from the TEA for the school days missed last week due to the inclement winter weather. We anticipate that this will be approved, so CISD will not have to use its bad weather days this spring or extend our calendar for this school year.
The Board also approved changes to the 2021-2022 school calendar. You can read more about these changes on our website a go.coppellisd.com/21-22CalendarChanges, In summary, the Board approved moving the first day of school from Wednesday, August 11 to Tuesday, August 17, 2021. They also approved moving the professional development day from February 11 to February 18, 2022, and the bad weather day from February 14 to February 21, 2022, to align with the Presidents’ Day holiday. Also changing is the early release day and the last day of school from May 25 to May 27, 2022. The changes were made as a result of feedback from our school community and our experience managing this school year. We believe the new calendar will be more conducive to operating the school district and more beneficial for our students, teachers, staff and community.
I encourage you to view a summary of the February 25 Board meeting at www.coppellisd.com/boardbriefs or watch an archived video of the meeting at go.coppellisd.com/BoardMeetingLiveVideo.
Finally, the commitment forms for the fourth grading period will be emailed to our families this afternoon and are due back on March 3. I want to take this opportunity to encourage our families to send their children back to school for the final nine weeks. Though we are committed to offering a choice for the remainder of the school year, I truly believe that our schools are safe. We have worked hard to implement the guidelines as outlined on our website www.coppellisd.com/returntoschool. I know many students have excelled online, but the social and emotional, and academic influence of being in person, can have a positive impact on our students as well. Again, it is still a choice, and we would love to see more of our children return to school in person for the rest of the school year.
As we head toward the end of this school year, we are planning for the 2021-2022 school year. Starting next week uou will begin to see information about Kindergarten enrollment. Please encourage your neighbors to enroll their children in CISD and visit www.coppellisd.com/kinder for more information. Our transfer application window also begins next week, and you can find more information on this at www.coppellisd.com/transfer.
The winter weather last week combined with the last year has been hard on us all. It may seem faint, but I can see the light at the end of this tunnel and am hopeful that we will return to a more semblance of normal sooner rather than later. I know our CISD family will come through this like we always do — stronger because we work together.
As always, I thank you for your support of CISD.
Dr. Brad Hunt