Coronavirus Updates

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that all schools in Texas would not reopen for the 2019-20 school year. All CISD schools and offices have been closed since March 23. This Coronavirus Updates page, www.crandall-isd.net/cv19/, will be updated frequently with general information related to the district.

 

We understand the significant impact this extended closure will have on our community. But while CISD classrooms will be empty, work will continue on behalf of students. A simple, straight-forward learning resource center named CISD HOMEroom, www.crandall-isd.net/homeroom/, has been created for parents and was shared with families Wednesday, March. 25.

 

Updated July 10, 2020

At-Home Learning

Teachers began reaching out to families and students Monday, March 23, to answer questions and explain expectations. March 23-24 will also be used to prepare CISD teachers for the distance learning model. Instructional materials were sent home with students the Friday before spring break and those materials should be used as resources March 23-24 while teachers finalize their curriculum plans.

 

At-home learning began March 25 for students through the district’s newly created instructional resource center, named CISD HOMEroom.

 

Talty Baptist Church now among the locations hosting student meal pick-ups

CISD Student Nutrition began a curbside meal pick-up program Monday, March 23. Meals are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-noon. Breakfast and lunch are served together in pre-packaged sacks. One meal is available each day to all currently enrolled CISD students. Children must be present to receive meals.

 

Locations are Dietz ES, Martin ES, Walker ES and the Raynes Bldg./Compass Academy. Central Baptist Church, Talty Baptist Church and Warsaw Community Center have also partnered with the district for curbside pickup. Meals are available from 10 a.m.-noon. Families should remain in their vehicles and drive through the location.

 

Also, 13 churches and food pantries are offering assistance to Crandall ISD residents. 

 

Employee Compensation

The CISD Board of Trustees met March 19 and passed a resolution ensuring all employees will continue receiving their usual pay throughout the COVID-19 closure.

 

Modified work schedules and expectations will be shared with staff by principals and supervisors. All adjustments are being made under health and safety suggestions of the CDC.

 

The following communications have been shared with the district community:

 

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATES

July 10, 2020: Dr. Eldredge callout to parents and staff (TEA releases guidelines)

July 2, 2020: Dr. Eldredge video to parents and staff

May 22, 2020: Dr. Eldredege end-of-year to parents and staff

May 15, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff (Last week of school)

May 8, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff (Return to school, 2020-21 enrollment)

May 1, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff (Teacher Appreciation Week)

April 17, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff (Governor announces schools will not reopen this year)

April 10, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff (Three-day weekend health)

April 10, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to staff

April 3, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff  (TEA Stay Healthy campaign)

March 31, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff  (Governor extends school closures)

March 22, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to staff (CISD HomeROOM, curbside meals)

March 22, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to staff (CISD HomeROOM, curbside meals)

March 17, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff (School closure)

March 17, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to staff (School closure)

March 13, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff (Spring Break travel)

March 13, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to staff (Spring Break travel)

March 6, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff (Intensified district cleaning)

Feb. 28, 2020: Dr. Eldredge update to parents and staff (Awareness and prevention)

 

CALLOUTS

March 27, 2020: Board President Rick Harrell, callout to parents and staff

March 23, 2020: Dr. Eldredge callout to parents and staff

March 12, 2020: Dr. Eldredge callout to parents and staff

 

RELEASES

June 18, 2020: 2020-21 School Year Update: CISD set to begin on original school start date of August 18

April 24, 2020: Kaufman County Judge Hal Richards, update to parents and staff (Economic Recovery Task Force)

April 17, 2020: Abbott announces schools will not reopen for 2019-20 school year

March 25, 2020: District extends closure through April 8 to align with new Kaufman County shelter in place order

March 24, 2020: Wifi providers offer support during school closures

March 21, 2020: Student meals available through curbside pick-up program while CISD is closed

March 20, 2020: Trustees ensure employee pay throughout COVID-19 closure

 

RESOURCES

Fitness

Nike offers workout app for free as COVID-19 keeps people indoors

 

Meals

Student meals available through curbside pick-up program

Crandall-area churches, food pantries offering assistance to CISD families

 

Social Emotional Activities

Emotional well being videos and exercises

Sesame Street emotional management activities

The Parent's Guide to Resilience

 

Stress and Anxiety

Better balance work, child care and self care

Keep the calm at home

Stress and coping with daily life

Ways to promote children's resilience

 

Wifi

AT&T Access program makes home internet affordable for eligible low-income families

CISD school buses deliver mobile WiFi to families throughout community

Forney-based Wi-Five offering CISD families free installation and no contract for home internet with confirmation of student enrollment

Texas Cable Association member information, including Charter Communications/Spectrum, Comcast/Xfinity, Sparklight/Cable One

Texas Education Agency online instruction information, including Altice/Suddenlink, AT&T, Charter Communications/Spectrum, Comcast/Xfinity, Sparklight/Cable One, T-Mobile, Verizon

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 General Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, Hubel Province China. It is being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
COVID-19 is spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) through coughing and sneezing. The virus also may be transmitted by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizers when soap and water are not available
  • Use disposable tissues when coughing and sneezing, and dispose of them carefully and promptly
  • If tissues are not available, direct your cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm/sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect “high-touch” objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when you are sick, and remain home until you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Maintain healthy habits that support your immune system
Staying Informed of District News

Two locations have been established to share these updates. This Coronavirus Updates page, www.crandall-isd.net/cv19/, will be updated frequently with general information related to the district. Check back often as the situation continually evolves.

 

CISD’s Instruction & Curriculum Dept. has created a parent resource site, CISD HOMEroom. There, all learning and instruction resources are organized in an easy-to-understand format to assist parents throughout the time we remain closed. It has been designed with parents in mind and feedback is encouraged. Teachers will reach out to their families and students Monday, March 23, to answer questions and explain expectations.

District information is shared through official district communications:

 

CISD closure information is not official unless it is publicized through these resources. Please ensure your contact information is updated in Skyward, or that you follow us on one of the social media platforms. Skyward account creation must be done in person. If an account has not already been created, monitor the district site or register for push notification through Twitter or Facebook.

Student Learning

With schools being closed indefinitely, the district's Instruction & Curriculum Dept. has created a parent resource site, named CISD HOMEroom. There, all learning and instruction resources are organized in an easy-to-understand format to assist parents throughout the time we remain closed. It has been designed with parents in mind and feedback is encouraged. Teachers will reach out to their families and students Monday, March 23, with more information on HOMEroom, how to access the site, and to answer questions.

Our teachers are prepared to begin distance learning and to help parents along the way. We understand that adapting to a distance learning environment will require adjustments. In addition to daily interaction with teachers, we recommend setting up a workspace at home if one does not already exist, to support a routine for continuing studies.

 

Students and parents will be responsible for logging and completing assignments and activities per teacher instructions. Students are encouraged to use supplemental study options, which can be found on the CISD HOMEroom website. It has been designed with parents in mind and feedback is encouraged. Teachers will reach out to their families and students Monday, March 23, with more information on HOMEroom, how to access the site, and to answer questions.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year. He is also requesting that the U.S. Dept. of Education waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year.

Student Meals

CISD Food & Nutrition will begin a curbside meal pick-up program Monday, March 23. Meals will be available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-noon. Breakfast and lunch will be served together in pre-packaged sacks.

One breakfast and one lunch meal are available to all currently enrolled CISD students. Children must be present to receive meals.

Curbside pickup is available Dietz ES, Martin ES, Walker ES and the Raynes Bldg./Compass Academy. Central Baptist Church, Talty Baptist Church and Warsaw Community Center have also partnered with the district for curbside pickup. Meals are available from 10 a.m.-noon. Families should remain in their vehicles and drive through the location.

Employee Compensation

The CISD Board of Trustees met March 19 and passed a resolution ensuring all employees will continue receiving their usual pay throughout the COVID-19 closure.

 

Modified work schedules and expectations will be shared with staff by principals and supervisors. All adjustments are being made under health and safety suggestions of the CDC.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Events

The district closure encompasses all student activities, including athletics, fine arts, career tech, clubs and groups, etc.

With the announcement from Governor Greg Abbott that all Texas schools are to remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of this school year, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is canceling all remaining 2019-20 spring activities and state championships.

CISD Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
CISD is enhancing standard procedures for cleaning and disinfection of schools. In addition to routine cleaning, custodial crews are regularly disinfecting tables, chairs, desks, cabinets, door handles, restrooms, sinks, water fountains, and other frequently touched areas, as suggested by local and state health officials and the Texas Education Agency. Additionally, the district uses antimicrobial floor wax as standard practice.
 

Additionally, CISD has contracted with an industrial cleaning company to assist with deep cleaning and sanitization efforts. This includes fogging all rooms with CDC-recommended disinfectant and cleaning all air ducts, a common practice for potential cases of airborne viruses.

CISD custodians undergo extensive, ongoing training related to proper cleaning and sanitization. Like all CISD employees, they also must complete the district’s annual required online training for health-related issues.
Daily bus sanitization is taking place. Custodial managers are training transportation staff on proper cleaning and sanitization methods, and custodial crews are providing bus cleaning assistance, as needed. Additionally, the district contracted with an industrial cleaning company to assist with deep cleaning school buses.
Required Travel Reporting
Families with travel plans are highly encouraged to monitor travel advisories and updates from the CDC. Our district will adhere to the guidance of health authorities related to quarantine and monitoring restrictions for students or staff who travel internationally, specifically those traveling to China, Italy, Iran and South Korea. All have Level 3 Travel Warnings from the CDC. If you visit those places, you are expected to do the following:
  • Notify school principal or nurse before returning to school
  • Complete a CISD Travel Assessment Form
  • Remain home 14 days after the return date from the country visited
Student Enrollment and Withdrawal
After school resumes, students newly enrolling in CISD will be administered a travel screening questionnaire. This will help determine if CDC or health authority recommendations should be put in place.
 
If a student is withdrawing from the district, parents should contact their child’s specific school. Families are advised to contact the district they are moving to and ensure adherence to those specific registration guidelines.
Community Resources and Information

The City of Crandall is looking to create a volunteer assistance program (VAP) consisting of community volunteers, including police, fire, city hall and most importantly, citizens. The goal would be to provide basic assistance for the most vulnerable populations in Crandall, such as shut-ins, handicapped, and elderly residents impacted by COVID-19. If you are interested in volunteering or need to request assistance, call 972-427-3771 and select option 7.

 

Crandall City Hall is no longer accessible by citizens. Utility payments may be placed through the front door slot or in the payment box, behind the building. To request a receipt, write your email address on back of the payment envelope. For all other business, call 972-427-3771 or email asmith@crandalltexas.com.

 

While the police department and city court buildings are both closed the public, Crandall PD operations are not impacted. Continue calling 911 for emergencies. Police dispatch and public service calls should still be made to 972-427-3771.

 

Crandall Municipal Court is closed to the public but anyone who needs to pay a ticket can make an online payment at municipalonlinepayments.com/crandalltx, or place a check in the payment box behind the building. Anyone scheduled for a court hearing will be contacted by phone prior to the hearing.

 

Water and wastewater will continue as normal, as will work order processing. Any order requiring direct citizen contact will be done by phone or email. After-hours and emergency calls will continue with heightened safety awareness.

Crandall Economic Development Corporation is in contact with federal officials and will keep local businesses informed on stimulus funds, loan programs and unemployment information. The EDC will also maintain grant and local program information that could benefit our business community.