Recap of CISD's August 24 Live Update
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- “What we are entering into on September 8 really is a social contract with each other,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Null at the August 24 Live Update. “When we bring this many people together and into a building together, it’s going to require all of us being willing to do exactly what is needed to keep the schools open,” he said.
Here’s an overview of the Live Update (which you can watch in full here!):
• The Ramp-Up Plan is continuing on schedule as long as the weather allows.
• The Montgomery County Hospital District has paired with CISD to provide COVID testing for CISD employees that will relay results in two hours.
• CISD’s COVID-19 Dashboard link is up and running - there, you will find data in regard to the school district’s COVID numbers. It will be updated twice daily.
• The difference between isolation and quarantine: If an individual is symptomatic, they are required to isolate, but they can come to school if they test negative. If an individual has come into close contact with someone who has tested positive, they are required to quarantine and must stay home for two weeks.
• The two things that can close schools are, the formation of COVID “hot zones” and a lack of staff due to illness.
• What you can do to help CISD: Apply to be a substitute teacher or bus driver.
• CISD encourages parents to drive children to school if they are able in order to decrease the amount of students on a bus at one time. Be sure to either register or unregister your child for bus transportation.
• Mask Guidelines: Grades 3-12 are required to wear masks. PreK-2 will only be required to wear masks in common areas such as the bus, and hallways; however, they will eventually be required to wear them in the classroom as well. Masks do not have to be worn during vigorous exercise. Mask breaks will be implemented when safely appropriate. Students can wear disposable cloth masks, cloth masks, neck gaiters, or full face shields.
• Students will only be asked to quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. This does NOT mean that your child will automatically be sent home to quarantine if someone in his or her class tested positive.
• Be sure to send your child to school with a water bottle with their name on it. There will be touch bottle fillers on every campus and water fountains will only be used to fill water bottles.
• If your child is sick, they can switch to online learning for the days that they need to recover. If they do this, they will not be counted absent.
• CISD has now received all PPE they need, including thermometers, gloves, and hand sanitizer. They have many vendors ready to make sure their PPE stays in stock.