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ALL CSISD CAMPUSES WILL BE CLOSED THROUGH MAY 1.

CSISD will continue to update this page as more information regarding COVID-19 is made available.

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Communication to Parents (March 31, 2020)

Dear CSISD Parents and Guardians:

I hope you and your family are well and are staying positive during this time.  Please see below for updates regarding several COVID-19 related issues.

At-Home Learning

Just this afternoon, Governor Abbott modified his executive order to keep schools closed through Friday, May 1.  As such, now is the time for us to continue to move forward with our at-home learning model in order to expand the services we are offering our students and families.

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.  This could start as early as next week in certain subjects and grade levels.  The details for this will be communicated to you by your respective campus principal.

In addition, I want you to know the teachers in CSISD have the autonomy to reach out to your students via Zoom, Google Hangouts, or other means to stay engaged.  What that looks like will vary by teacher, but it is an expectation for our campuses and classrooms to stay engaged with our students.

Technology Resources

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 this week 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 following this week.

Internet Access

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.

School Lunch/Breakfast

CSISD continues to serve lunch and breakfast each weekday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: College Hills, Southwood Valley, South Knoll, River Bend, Oakwood and the Lincoln Recreational Center.

Students must be present to pick-up lunch and breakfast.  CSISD explored the option to provide lunches to parents without their child(ren) being present, but it is not feasible at this time due to the reporting requirements and regulations adopted by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Seniors

This is an especially difficult time for our seniors.  Along with our high school principals, we are actively working on a plan to allow seniors to graduate this year and with all credits intact. 

Reed Arena will not be an option for our graduation ceremonies this year, but we are finalizing a plan to have graduations at CSISD facilities, as well as alternate dates for the ceremonies should the need arise.

Alternate plans for prom are also being developed, and our high school principals will communicate directly with their students when the plans are finalized later this week.

What’s next?

Much work has been done by dedicated educators in this district to develop plans to continue learning for our students.  Our focus is not only to provide a meaningful at-home learning environment for all students, but to continue to modify and expand on the educational services we are offering to our families.

Please know we continue to monitor COVID-19 through the Brazos Valley Health Department, the Texas Education Agency, and other local, state and national agencies.

We are all experiencing upheaval to our routines, alternate working environments, and overall change to our lives.  With almost 14,000 students in more than 9,000 households, we understand that each family has a different set of circumstances.  CSISD’s bottom-line goal is to continue learning for everyone.

Respectfully,
Mike Martindale, CSISD Interim Superintendent of School



Press Release (March 24, 2020)

College Station ISD has extended its school closures through April 10 due to the shelter in place order by the City of College Station and Brazos County.

More information pertaining to CSISD and its response to the COVID-19 virus can be found at csisd.org.

 

Communication to Parents (March 23, 2020)

CCSISD Parents/Guardians:

Thanks to each of you for the continued understanding and support as CSISD addresses the many challenges of keeping our students, staff and community healthy while still fulfilling our mission to educate all children.

This is a challenging and unprecedented time for our families, community, and our nation.  Many parents are caring for their children while transitioning to remote working environments, while others are facing uncertainty with their jobs.  We understand this is a difficult time for many in our community, and we will continue to provide meal service to students, and the development of an at-home learning plan which began today. 

As we enter the second week of school closure, I wanted to take an opportunity to update you on some of the things CSISD is doing to continue learning for our students. 

Shelter in Place

The City of College Station announced a shelter in place this afternoon.  The CSISD breakfast and lunch programs, as well as the picking up packets from school  for the CSISD at-home learning programs will not be affected by the shelter in place.  More information regarding the shelter in place can be found at the City of College Station Website. (cstx.gov)

At-Home Learning Plan

Beginning today, families can access the CSISD at-home learning resources by visiting any campus website or through Schoology.  For those who do not have access to technology at home, paper versions are available to be picked up at campuses.

Designing a remote learning program for a diverse community of families with varying degrees of internet access, all ranges of technology resources, differing student abilities and a myriad of situations at home is not an easy task.

I want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our curriculum and instruction staff, campus administration, campus leadership teams and all of our classroom teachers for their input in the development of this initial learning plan.

In our plan, we purposefully reduced the number of activities and time needed to complete the work provided, and we are not taking grades as of now.  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.  

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, I anticipate 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 are in the process of attempting to reach all families by phone 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.

Breakfast and Lunch

CSISD will serve lunch and breakfast at no cost to children ages 1-18 until we are back to normal operations.  Children will also receive a breakfast in a bag for the following day.
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 beginning Tuesday, March 24, at the Lincoln Center.  

Because of federal guidelines, children must be at the pick-up location to receive the lunch and breakfast items.

What’s Next?

We will continue to meet, evaluate, problem-solve and adjust to best meet the needs of our students during this unique situation.

In the coming weeks, we will turn our attention to issues related to seniors and all other students who are in high school courses.  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.  Since we are unsure as to when we will return to normal school activities, it may take some time to finalize these decisions.

As stated earlier, we will continue to monitor and adjust the at-home learning program for all grade levels should the closure of schools be extended.  

Our faculty and staff miss our students and families.  We look forward to connecting and engaging with students in new and different ways in the upcoming weeks.

Respectfully,
Mike Martindale
CSISD Interim Superintendent of Schools

 

Press Release (March 17, 2020)

CSISD schools will be closed through April 3 in order to participate in community-wide social distancing and limiting the spread of the virus.

During the closure, Kids Klub, extra-curricular activities and field trips are canceled.  All CSISD buildings are closed to outside rentals.

Essential personnel who need to report to work will be contacted by their supervisors.  If you are not contacted, you need to stay home.  Work expectations and scheduling are still to be determined for other employees.  Employees are expected to remain reachable and respond to supervisor calls and/or emails.

School lunches and breakfasts are being provided each weekday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at five CSISD campus locations.  Children ages 1-18 can pick up lunch (and breakfast for the next day) at College Hills, River Bend, South Knoll, Southwood Valley and Oakwood.  Children must be present to receive lunch and breakfast.



Communication to Parents (March 17, 2020)

Dear CSISD Parents/Guardians:

CSISD schools will be closed through April 3 in order to participate in community-wide social distancing and limiting the spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus.

As you have probably heard, there is now a confirmed case in Brazos County.  The decision to close schools through April 3 was made through consultation with the Brazos County Health Department.                         

While the Brazos County Health District maintains that the immediate risk to the general public in our area is low, we are all encouraged to continue following general preventative actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Limit touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly-touched areas of your home frequently.
  • Stay away from those who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, contact your physician immediately.


As mentioned in previous communications, the CSISD curriculum staff and technology staff are working as we speak with principals and other instructional leaders to develop plans to adapt our instruction for the coming weeks.  Platforms such as Schoology, Google Applications, online textbooks and electronic communication between teachers and students could prove extremely valuable to continue educating students remotely.  We are also working on how the district will serve students without access to technology and those who have special needs.

School lunches and breakfasts are being provided each weekday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at five CSISD campus locations.  Children ages 1-18 can pick up lunch (and breakfast for the next day) at College Hills, River Bend, South Knoll, Southwood Valley and Oakwood.  Children must be present to receive lunch and breakfast.

We will continue to provide information to you as it becomes available and we continue to ask for your patience as our staff works to develop solutions to continue educating our community.  There is more information located at CSISD.org, including a frequently-asked questions page.

Respectfully,
Mike Martindale, CSISD Interim Superintendent of Schools

 


Communication to Parents (March 16, 2020)

Dear CSISD Parents/Guardians:

I wanted to take a few moments to update you as to what CSISD is doing this week as the situation surrounding COVID-19, or Coronavirus, continues to evolve.

Even though school is closed this week, we will have a small crew of senior administrators continuing to work with local health authorities to monitor the situation and develop plans for what the future may bring. CSISD administration will continue to evaluate guidance 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.

The CSISD curriculum staff and technology staff are working with principals and other instructional leaders to develop plans to adapt our instruction if needed.  We have resources that could help us in the event of a long-term closure.  Platforms such as Schoology, Google Applications, online textbooks and electronic communication between teachers and students could prove extremely valuable to continue educating students remotely.  Expectations for students and staff are being developed, as well as how the district would serve students without access to technology.

School lunches and breakfasts are being provided each weekday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at five CSISD campus locations.  Children ages 1-18 can pick up lunch (and breakfast for the next day) at College Hills, River Bend, South Knoll, Southwood Valley and Oakwood.  Children must be present to receive lunch and breakfast.

We will update the Coronavirus section of our website (csisd.org) and communicate directly with you as plans are necessary and become available.  We added a frequently-asked questions section to our website today.

I wish I had more definitive answers for you, but with the ever-changing state of affairs, I do not.  What I do know is that College Station is fortunate to be a giving, caring and loving community.  For that reason, I have complete confidence we will not only get through this, but become even stronger because of it.

Please continue to be patient as our staff works tirelessly to monitor the situation and develop plans should a long-term closure end up being the course of action.  Also, continue following recommendations from the health-care community in order to keep your family safe.

Respectfully,

Mike Martindale, CSISD Interim Superintendent of Schools



For Immediate Release (March 13, 2020)

Based on the continued nationwide spread of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, all College Station ISD campuses will be closed March 16-20, 2020.  All school events will also be canceled during this time. 

 

“Because of the fluidity of this situation, this was not an easy decision to make, and I know this significantly impacts our families,” CSISD Interim Superintendent Mike Martindale said. “This decision was made so that we can help protect our community at large, including our staff and students.”

 

Students: Beginning Monday, March 16, Kids Klub, extracurricular activities, and field trips are canceled. All schools are closed. 

 

Employees: Beginning Monday, March 16, no employee should report to work unless specifically requested by a supervisor. All facilities are closed. 

 

Community: All buildings are closed to outside rentals during this time. 

 

Lunches for Students:  CSISD will serve lunches at no cost to children ages one through 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day next week.  Please go to the front doors of the following schools to pick up a lunch to take home:  South Knoll, College Hills, Southwood Valley, River Bend and Oakwood.

 

The district plans to resume classes on Monday, March 23, and will continue to work with local and state health officials to monitor the spread of the virus.



Communication to Parents (March 12, 2020)

Dear CSISD Parents/Guardians/Community:

As you are aware, the situation regarding COVID-19, or Coronavirus, has escalated the last few days. I want to assure you that despite our schools being closed for spring break, the CSISD administrative team is actively monitoring the situation.

We are awaiting information from the Commissioner of Education later today, which will help us with our decision-making process over the next couple of days.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we work to make the best possible decisions for our students, staff and community.  We will continue to communicate with you as we decide our path moving forward.

Mike Martindale, Interim Superintendent of Schools



Communication to Parents (March 6, 2020)

College Station ISD Parents/Guardians:

As we head into Spring Break, I wanted to communicate with you regarding COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus.  Although COVID-19 is currently not a threat to our area, with no cases having originated in Texas, I want to make sure you have accurate information.

CSISD personnel have been in contact with officials from the Brazos County Health District, who are helping us monitor the situation.  We are also following communications from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  In a meeting earlier this week hosted by the Brazos County Health District, it was clear that our community should remain diligent in taking simple - but effective - precautionary measures.

As a school district, we have increased the amount of disinfectant we use while cleaning our schools each night.  We are also encouraging our students to wash their hands often, and our nurses are giving hand-washing lessons to our younger students.  In addition to our regularly-scheduled cleanings, all of our schools will receive a deep cleaning from our custodial staff over Spring Break. The transportation department will do the same with our buses.

You and your family can contribute to the effort of prevention by adhering to the following procedures:

Cover your cough by using your sleeve or arm -- not your hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep children home when they are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot (the flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, it is still flu season).

Finally, if you are traveling domestically during Spring Break, please keep abreast of the news local to your destination, and please monitor the federal government travel warnings if you are traveling abroad.

I want to reiterate that COVID-19 is currently not a threat to our area and know that we are monitoring the situation with the help of local and state experts. We will inform you should the situation change.

I wish you and your family a relaxing, enjoyable, and safe Spring Break.

Respectfully,

Mike Martindale, Interim Superintendent of Schools

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