FAQ for 2020-2021 School Year and COVID-19
The School Board and administrative leadership are diligently working to ensure the safest learning environment for our students and staff. This page is a resource where information will be added and updated. See below for current information regarding plans for opening schools this year. Please note that details are subject to change based on guidelines from local, state and federal authorities.
More information can be found in the School Opening Framework. If you have additional questions to be considered for this document, please email email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will school start for Corsicana ISD?
CISD is slated to begin on September 8, 2020 for all three learning options. As we await further direction from the state, it is possible this date could be pushed back depending on several factors including: the safety requirements mandated for schools to provide time for acquisition and implementation; and the current COVID-19 infection and transmission rate in Texas and our community.
I received an email about making an instructional choice for my student(s), but I did not respond. Is it too late?
A link to this survey (or if you need to update your learning option) is available on the homepage of the website. The intent of this survey is to gauge the number of parents who might select face-to-face versus on-line instruction. We needed this information to finalize staffing decisions.
If I select one option for my student and want to switch later in the year, can I?
Yes. Parents may change the instructional option at the end of each nine week period. Campus administration will consider changes within a nine-week period should a significant event, such as a family member being diagnosed with COVID-19, occur.
How will extra-curricular programs, fine arts and athletics work next year?
Safety guidelines have been developed for conducting all on-campus workouts, rehearsals, and practices. The district will continue to follow all guidelines provided by UIL, TEA, and the state.
Will the state ‘shut down’ schools for COVID-19?
At this time, TEA has indicated that they will not require school districts to shut down for COVID-19 for the 2020-2021 year.
In the case of a school closure, students will remain at home and will engage in virtual learning activities through online courses. Students will be required to log onto all courses for attendance and submitting work.
Will students and staff be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning?
Based on consultations from local and state officials, schools may not require COVID-19 testing. For students or staff who test positive, a medical clearance from their doctor will be required to return to school. Please see the 'Returning to School Framework' for more details.
Will all students need to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year?
Yes. Please complete the enrollment selection for each of your students found on the district website, cisd.org. Enrollment packets will also need to be completed for each CISD student.
When will teachers receive information?
Teachers and staff will receive the draft of the 2020 CISD School Opening Framework in order to receive feedback and input before posting further information to our parents and community.
How will teachers be scheduled for virtual and in-person instruction?
The scheduling of teachers for virtual or on-line for teachers will be based on student enrollment as well as the type of class. Some classes cannot be taught virtually. Teachers will be provided an opportunity to communicate their preferences, and they will be matched with classes and classrooms to the extent possible. Some teachers may need to teach both face-to-face and virtually. All teachers will be teaching from a classroom on their assigned campus.
Which campuses have drive-up Wifi?
Students may utilize the drive-up Wifi at any of the following campuses: Fannin Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Navarro Elementary, Collins Intermediate and Corsicana High School.
Will students be required to have up-to-date immunizations?
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services is requiring all Pre-K, Kinder and 7th grade students, must be up-to-date (or exemption on file) on required immunizations before they can begin the 2020-2021 school year. For questions, please contact Carla Whitt, CISD’s Health Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be a Gifted & Talented Program this year due to COVID-19 and all of the changes being made for this school year?
Yes, students will participate in GT. For this school year, Mrs. Simmington will rotate to each elementary campus. Mrs. Simmington’s classroom is now located at Navarro Elementary.
Monday – Carroll Elementary
Tuesday – Fannin Elementary
Thursday – Bowie Elementary
Friday – Sam Houston Elementary
Students will be clustered within their grade level. During Tiger Time or during self-paced online instruction, students will login to their GT Canvas Course. Each day, Monday through Friday, GT students will work on their projects through both collaborative and independent course work. During this time, Mrs. Simmington will connect with students that are able to engage in person at elementary campuses on the designated day. On-campus students will meet with their GT campus peers in the Library or other area of the campus to collaborate with Mrs. Simmington. Mrs. Simmington will also record meetings and lessons for students to interact with throughout the year.
5th - 6th Grade GT Program 2020-2021
Students will be clustered within their grade level pods. During Tiger Time or during self-paced online instruction, students will login to their GT Canvas Course. Each day, Monday through Friday, GT students will work on their projects through both collaborative and independent course work. During this time, Ms. Alonzo will connect with students that are able to engage in person at Collins Intermediate School on their designated days and times. On-campus students will meet with their GT campus grouping in Ms. Alonzo’s classroom or other area of the campus. The students will have designated days to collaborate with Ms. Alonzo and the GT peers within their homeroom pod each week. Ms. Alonzo will also record meetings and lessons for students to interact with the group project throughout the week. The blended learning model will continue throughout the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Virtual collaboration times will be scheduled for the students to work as a grade level with all of their GT peers.
Is there a limit to how many families can choose the in-person instruction option?
CISD will be able to provide instruction to all students in whichever format their families choose. We will also comply with all mandates regarding social distancing as well as health and hygiene protocols.
What happens if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19? How will this impact their classroom/campus?
When notification of possible exposure occurs, CISD, in coordination with local health authorities, will begin contact tracing and complete a thorough risk assessment. Based on this assessment, a determination as to whether an entire classroom or multiple classrooms are required to quarantine will be made. Students will have the opportunity to learn on-line from their teachers should a quarantine period be required. Please see the 'Returning to School Framework' for more details.
What hygienic/safety precautions will be in place at each campus?
CISD will implement increased signage around campuses promoting COVID-19 mitigation strategies, increased cleaning and sanitation practices, as well as frequent reminders of hand hygiene and social distancing. Students will wash their hands frequently throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will also be provided throughout the campuses and in classrooms.
Face masks will be required for students over the age of 10, as this is a current order from the governor. CISD is looking into face shield options for teachers and staff. We will update more about this information as it becomes available.
Our full safety and reopening plan will be in accordance with TEA regulations. It will also be posted online, once approved. CISD will comply with all health and safety recommendations established by the health department and Texas Education Agency.
Will students be required to wear standardized dress for the in-person school option?
Yes, students will be required to wear the CISD Standardized dress when attending a campus during the school day. CISD will announce opportunities for assistance in obtaining school clothing in the near future.
How will bus transportation work?
Transportation will be provided for all who qualify. Bus transportation is provided for all special needs students when required by the students ARD and IEP. General education students will be provided transportation. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Bus drivers will wear face masks. Students will be requuired to wear a mask while on the school bus. Please contact the Transportation Office to sign-up for bus transportation for the 2020-2021 school year. 903-872-4181
Will students still be able to have recess?
Yes. Students will have recess as well as physical education classes. This may be structured differently from previous years as we are planning to keep students in the same groups for as much time as possible during the school day.
Will students be required to complete a screening before class each day?
Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day. Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their students to school.
Will campuses allow any visitors?
All individuals entering a building will be required to wear face covering. Individuals proceeding beyond the reception are will follow the following guidelines:
o All visitors will be subject to screening by completing a symptom screening form.
o Virtual meetings will be used whenever possible.
o Visitors and staff will maintain physical distance (6 feet or greater) for ARD and other meetings in smaller conference areas.
Can a student who is attending in-person school still get a laptop and/or hotspot from CISD?
Yes, CISD will provide a laptop to all students K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year. Pre-K students will receive an ipad.
What will be the nurse protocol when a student is sick?
If a student feels ill, the nurse will evaluate the student based on symptoms. The nurse will determine if their symptoms warrant sending the child home from school. Please note, the nurse will use medical history to make a determination regarding the student’s requirement to leave school.
Will the school be providing hand sanitizer?
The district has installed hand sanitizers throughout campuses. Students will have access to hand sanitizer stations in each classroom, cafeteria, hallway, offices and throughout each campus.
Will there be a face mask policy in place?
Yes, face masks will be required for students (over 10 years old) and staff in all common areas (hallways, cafeteria, offices, etc.) or when within six feet of another person.
Students will not be required to wear a mask in their assigned classroom(s), if they are more than six feet apart from others. Teachers and staff will ensure that students are wearing masks at appropriate times.
If your student’s health plan requires an adjustment to this requirement, please meet with your campus administrator. Additional considerations will be made based on a student’s age and proper social distancing.
Will the district provide masks or other PPE for students and staff?
Yes, the district will have limited supplies of gloves, reusable and disposable masks available for students and teachers. All nurses will have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use in COVID-19 related cases. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Students should bring their own mask, if possible.
How are school buildings being cleaned/sanitized? Will the same method be used once students are back on campus? Is it safe for children?
CISD has established a cleaning schedule that will increase the number of times campuses will be cleaned. Additionally, the district has purchased foggers to be used daily in high traffic areas. This method is safe and will be used once students are back on campus.
CISD is working with local and state officials to develop protocols and procedures to provide a safe environment for students.
Will students in Special Education and 504 receive accommodations?
Yes. All accommodations will remain in effect. Campuses will schedule parent meetings at the beginning of the year to review accommodations and health plans to ensure all students receive assistance as outlined by each individual education plan.
Is half-day an option for students attending school?
No, students who attend school will be required to attend full day. Students who are enrolled in a CTE Practicum course will be permitted to attend their off-site assignment with parent permission.
How will restroom breaks be handled?
Restrooms will be cleaned several times each day. Restroom breaks will be scheduled and students will have designated restrooms. The number of students in a restroom at the same lime will be limited.
Will there be athletics? What about shower facilities?
Yes. Middle and high school students will have athletics. These periods will be shortened to allow time for sanitizing. Current UIL guidelines do not allow for students to shower.
What safety guidelines are in place for students?
The district has established a variety of screenings for student safety. Staff will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day. Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their students to school. All persons entering a district facility will be required to complete a temperature check and health screening checklist. All visitors entering a building will be required to wear a face covering. The district will restrict access to visitors on campuses. Student passing periods will be staggered. Students will be socially-distanced whenever possible.
What is the classroom size/set-up?
All areas of each campus will be utilized to maximize distance between students (gyms, cafeterias, libraries, etc). Every effort has been made to keep six feet of social distance between students in each classroom.
How will the cafeteria be set-up?
Each cafeteria has been measured and will be set-up with social distancing in mind. Most students will eat breakfast and lunch in the classroom. All condiments will be single serve. Students will not have access to any common food bar.
If students are attending in-person school and become ill, will they be able to enroll in the online program?
Yes, if a student has a doctor's note indicating the requirement for at-home virtual instruction, they will be permitted to complete their work online. Students who switch to online due to illness will remain in online instruction until at least the remainder of the nine-week period.
How will the school handle students with pre-existing health conditions?
The campus nurse, administrator and parent will schedule a virtual meeting and review individual health plans for each student prior to the beginning of the school year.
What about opening classroom doors and less door-handle contact vs. safety issues?
Classroom doors will be open for students to enter and exit the classrooms during passing periods. During class, the doors will be closed for student safety.
Will my student be required to bring school supplies?
No, CISD will provide all supplies from the school supply list for students attending in-person school in grades Pre-K - 6th and all basic supplies for students attending in-person school in grades 7th - 12th. This excludes CTE courses at the secondary level.
Will my student be allowed to bring a backpack and/or lunchbox?
Yes, students attending in-person learning will be allowed to bring their backpack and/or lunchbox to school each day.
With free meals being provided this year, will students will still be able to use money on “snack” type items or other food?
Any money left on a student’s account or added to a student’s account on MySchoolBucks is accessible and can be used for snacks or extra food. Snacks will not be available the first nine weeks for purchase; however, extra food can be purchased at any time.
If a child has asthma and can not wear a mask due to the medical condition, what are the requirements?
We will certainly be sensitive to students and staff who can not wear a mask for medical reasons. The nurse on your child’s campus will be able to provide you with guidance to receive the medical clearance needed.
Will my child be able to take a nebulizer treatment at school?
No, based on current research, nebulizer treatments will not be allowed to be used during the school day due to the possibility of coronavirus particles being sprayed into air. HOWEVER, your child can use their inhaler with a spacer during the school day. Please contact the school nurse for the appropriate paperwork to be completed.
Will laptops and hotspots be provided to students who chose virtual learning?
Yes, the CISD Technology Department will provide students K-12 with laptops and households with hotspots in order to participate in virtual learning options. More information regarding distribution will be released closer to the start of the fall semester.
How do I register my child for virtual learning?
All parents will be required to enroll their student(s) in the instructional option of their choice. Please find the instructional method survey link on the homepage of the website.
Are students required to be immunized if they choose the online virtual instruction?
Yes, at this time the Texas Department of State Health Services has not waived the vaccine requirements for students.
Will students who are enrolled in a virtual learning option still be able to participate in extracurricular/UIL activities and athletics?
Yes, students who select virtual school may participate in extracurricular activities if they meet all UIL requirements, are enrolled in the applicable extracurricular course section, and are able to attend on-campus practices and competitions. Students must have their own transportation to and from practices, rehearsals, etc.
Are virtual students still enrolled at their specific campus?
Yes, students will remain enrolled at their school and will retain their seat at their current campus.
How will virtual school be staffed? Will my student have access to their teacher(s) online?
Yes. Teachers will have set schedules for instruction throughout the school day for at home learners and will have advertised “office hours” for student or parent contact for virtual self-paced learners.
What will the schedule for online school look like?
The online school schedule will look similar to a traditional school day. Students will have a schedule of courses and will be required to log on at designated times. Schedules will be sent to parents prior to the first day of school.
Will students receive breakfast and lunch while they are at home?
The district has received notice that we will be permitted to provide breakfast and lunch to students who are attending at-home virtual learning. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has not provided details of how this will be done, but we will update parents as soon as information is made available.
What type of work will be sent in?
All work will be online. Students will be required to ‘attend’ courses utilizing Zoom and Microsoft Teams. All work will be submitted through CANVAS. Please note: Paper packets will NOT be available. If you need assistance obtaining internet access, please contact your child’s campus.
Will online learning be all day?
The online class times will be determined by the grade level enrolled. Students will be required to login for all designated classes. Coursework will be submitted through CANVAS.
Will courses be offered only during the day? Will there be an opportunity to complete work in the evening?
Courses will be online during the day for the at home learning option. However, students will be able to submit work through CANVAS within the timeframe established by each teacher (similar to homework) for students who select the virtual self-paced learning option. Teachers will establish due dates and post for parents and students.
Are parents required to attend online classes with their children?
No, parents should ensure their child understands how to log onto their courses, however they do not need to be present during class time. Parents are asked to ensure their child has a quiet area designated for school attendance. (Supervision of children who are at home attending virtual learning is NOT the responsibility of the teachers or staff.)
Will the district provide internet service?
CISD will provide hotspots for families who do not have internet access at home.
Does my child have to be ‘at-home’ during online instruction?
Each student who is enrolling in virtual learning courses will be required to login at designated times to be counted as present in class for at home learning. Students who select at home or virtual self-paced learning may log in from any location as long as they are actively engaged in lessons.
Does my child have to live in the Corsicana ISD School Zone to attend online classes?
No. Children who meet Texas eligibility for enrollment may complete a transfer application and, after approval, attend online classes after enrolling. Participation in extracurricular programs is still subject to UIL rules and regulations.