August 26 CISD COVID-19 Update

Coppell ISD, in consultation with our legal counsel, is following the recent court cases concerning indoor mask mandates in Texas and Dallas County. On Aug. 25, State District Judge Tonya Parker ruled in favor of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in the ongoing lawsuits with Gov. Greg Abbott concerning mask mandates. The district is also following other mask mandate court cases across the state,  including today’s Texas Supreme Court decision allowing the Governor's ban on mask mandates to remain in place in San Antonio and surrounding counties. 

In light of these recent rulings, the CISD Board of Trustees will hold a meeting on Monday, Aug. 30, to address this ongoing legal issue. The district does anticipate there will continue to be further legal action regarding mask mandates. 

In the interim, CISD is still strongly encouraging masks as a part of our COVID-19 protocols.  A full description of these protocols can be found at  www.coppellisd.com/COVID-19protocols. In addition, the district is updating its COVID-19 dashboard at www.coppellisd.com/COVID-19dashboard each weekday that school is in session. The dashboard also includes a cumulative total of cases by campus and building since the first day of school on Aug. 17. 

Also, at the Aug. 23 School Board Meeting, CISD Trustees approved purchasing air purifiers for all learning spaces and classrooms. The 900 air purifiers include UV-C disinfection and will provide three levels of air filtration including a prefilter, a H13 HEPA filter, which catches 99.9% of particles to 0.1 microns, and an activated carbon filter. The ozone free high-efficiency air filtration units coupled with the germicidal disinfectant will greatly enhance air cleaning. Funding for this purchase will come from the federal government Elementary and Secondary Relief Fund (ESSER). 

CISD remains committed to working together to provide a safe educational environment for our students and staff.