College Station Independent School District

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Coronavirus FAQs

Below are the common questions we have been asked over the past few days.  This information will be updated as we continue to receive questions from parents and staff and continue to make decisions regarding school.

Updated: April 2, 2020 (3:00 p.m.)

Q:  When will CSISD schools reopen?

A:  CSISD schools are currently closed through Friday, May 1.  At this time, CSISD administration will continue to evaluate and gather information from health officials and governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Brazos County Health District and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

As you are aware, this is a rapidly evolving situation and many factors will go into the decision-making process of when to reopen schools.  We understand the impact school closures have on families and we do not take the decision of closing schools lightly.

Q:  During the district closure, will there still be after-school or extra-curricular activities?

A:  All CSISD extra- and co-curricular activities, including clubs and student organizations, are canceled as long as CSISD schools are closed.  As on now this is through May 1.

Q:  During the district closure, will the district provide meals to students?

A:  CSISD will serve lunch at no cost to children ages 1-18.  Any child can pick up a meal at the front door of the following campuses between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: South Knoll, College Hills, Southwood Valley, River Bend, Oakwood and the Lincoln Center.  Because of federal guidelines, children must be at the pick-up location to receive the lunch and breakfast items.

Children will also receive breakfast in a bag for the following day.

Q:  What CSISD faculty and staff members will be required to report to work?

A:  Essential personnel who need to report to work will be contacted by their supervisors.  If you are not contacted, you need to stay home.  Many CSISD employees are working remotely from home, especially teachers who are helping students with at-home learning assignments.  Employees are expected to remain reachable and respond to supervisor calls and/or emails.

Q:  Is the district restricting any school-sponsored travel?

A:  While CSISD campuses are closed, all trips and activities are canceled.  Future scheduled student trips have not been canceled to date, however, trips scheduled for after students return to school will be re-evaluated at that time.

Q:  How can my child continue to stay engaged in school during the closure?

A:  The CSISD curriculum staff and technology staff, along with principals and other instructional leaders, have developed at-home learning models that are streamlined for students, parents and teachers.  Students will be provided lessons to complete throughout the week. Parents, if you feel your student needs additional work to do, there are many links to enrichment activities on the CSISD at-home learning website and in Schoology.

We have two methods of delivery for the lessons -- digital and paper.

These resources also include supports for students with disabilities.  Special service providers will continue to work collaboratively with families to meet students’ individual needs.

As we progress and continue at-home learning for what could be the foreseeable future, student expectations will increase.  Please know we will be monitoring effectiveness and participation in order to adjust the plan, while also being cognizant of the different needs of all of our students and families.

You should have received information from your child’s principal regarding at-home learning.  Our campuses have attempted to reach all families to not only touch base with students, but to also ask specific questions regarding their technology resources.  

If you have not received information regarding at-home learning, please email your child’s campus principal or call the main number to your child’s school and leave a voicemail.  Our phones are now programmed to send those voicemails to the campus principal’s email inbox.

For more information, please contact your campus principal.

Q:  What do I do if I don’t have access to technology?

A: Campus principals are working with our technology department to check-out Netbooks to families who have indicated they have no technology resources at home. The focus for the week of April 6 is to distribute these resources to identified high school and middle school students. CSISD is developing a plan for intermediate and elementary technology deployment based on remaining inventory.

Q:  What if I don’t have access to the internet?

A: The CSISD Technology staff is working to install additional access points at South Knoll, College Hills, Southwood Valley, River Bend, Oakwood, CSHS and AMCHS to enhance access to WiFi outside of the building.  More information on this will be made available once the access points have been installed. 

Suddenlink/Altice is offering a 30 Mbps broadband plan free for 60 days to any new household within their service area which has been affected by school closures. Please call 888-633-0030 to get more information or to enroll in the free plan.  

Also, most cell phone companies providers have waived data usage limits, allowing some phones to become “hot spots.” This will allow you to have WiFi in your home, or students could use devices with cellular access to complete assignments. Call your cell phone provider to determine your current data limitations.

Q:  Will the at-home learning work be graded?

A:  We have been preparing for a long-term closure and are currently finalizing our plans to introduce new material, establish an element of accountability (grades and turning in work) for students, and for students to receive feedback from their teachers regarding that work. Different components of this will start as early as Monday, April 6. The details have been communicated to parents by their respective campus principal.

Q:  What can we expect for state testing, including STAAR and End of Course exams?

A:  Governor Greg Abbott on March 16 announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. We are continuing to follow updates from the College Board considering ACT, SAT, and AP testing.

Q:  How will the absence policy affect students if they need to be kept home from school due to illness?

A:  Once we return to school, we will have more information on how the district will handle its attendance requirements. Any changes to absence or final exam exemption guidelines will be updated here.

Q.  Will seniors be able to graduate?

A.  We know this is an especially difficult time for our seniors.  Our high school principals are actively working on a plan to allow seniors to graduate on-time and with all credits intact.  Please know that this is a statewide issue and all districts in Texas will work together to find a solution.  More information regarding this matter will be made available as it develops.

Q.  Will there be a high school graduation ceremony?

A.  As of April 1, 2020, CSISD has dates for graduations in May and alternate dates scheduled in June, should the need arise.  The complete graduation schedule is listed below.

A&M Consolidated High School
Graduation Date:  Friday, May 29 - 8 p.m. - Tigerland Stadium
Alternate Graduation Date:  Friday, June 26 - 8 p.m. - Tigerland Stadium

College Station High School
Graduation Date:  Saturday, May 30 - 8 p.m. - Cougar Field
Alternate Graduation Date:  Saturday, June 27 - 8 p.m. - Cougar Field

College View High School
Graduation Date:  Thursday, May 28 - 7 p.m. - Christ United Methodist Church
Alternate Graduation Date:  Thursday, June 25 - 7 p.m. - Christ United Methodist Church

Q.  What is the district doing to protect students and staff against the spread of Coronavirus?

A.  CSISD will continue to follow the guidance of Brazos County Health District, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The district has taken several steps to educate students about good hygiene habits and following basic steps to prevent the spread of illness. While we are out of school, the district will increase the amount of hand sanitizer stations at all schools. Over spring break our custodians have cleaned and disinfected all surfaces at our campuses and transportation thoroughly cleaned the fleet of buses.

Q.  Is College Station ISD accepting new students during the time of closure?

A.  Yes, we welcome newly enrolling students at this time.  Please complete the online by clicking here and emailing to complete the process.

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