First of all we want to thank you for your support during these trying times. We will roll out instruction tomorrow for our students who are taking Advanced Placement classes, this does not include Pre-AP courses. Our students who are taking Dual Credit courses with Blinn Junior College will be on the Blinn schedule. Here is what we know about Blinn: Blinn instructors will have weekly assignments posted on eCampus by 8:00 a.m., Monday morning. You will need to complete your assignments online. You also need to check your myBlinnaccounts.
We were able to get a small number of teachers trained with Google Classroom and an app for your device called "Nearpod". Nearpod is free for students, and we welcome you to go ahead and download this ap. We started with a small group, because we wanted to work out any potential problems prior to rolling this out district wide. We hope to have everyone on board by Thursday of this week. We need a couple of days for our small group to find problems. For students who do not have a device or internet, we will be issuing devices to those students on a schedule that will be published Monday, March 23, 2020. If your student has a device but no internet, we have made the internet accessible by parking in one of our campus parking lots. For more information on where to park please go to our website and look at the map. If a student doesn't get a device, or has no way to get to our campuses for internet, we will make work packets and will schedule when to pass them out. We will have more instructions for you tomorrow with more of a set schedule.
During this week we will train teachers online, as we cannot have more than 10 people in an area. I know this is a trying time, please bear with us as we do our best to put the most effective plan in place for your child. The administration is monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely. We have daily contact with the Commissioner of Education, weekly contact with the Executive Director of the Region 3 Education Service Center and daily meetings with each other.
March 20, 2020
In effort to ensure more access to high speed internet, Columbus ISD has created Free Outdoor WiFi Zones. These zones are located at CES, CHS, CJHS and the Kilpatrick Center. For more information click here.
March 19, 2020
Columbus ISD, in accordance with the executive order signed by Governor Abbot, will be closed and school activities cancelled until April 3, 2020. Please continue to monitor district websites for further updates and information. Your continued support in the days ahead are greatly appreciated.
March 17, 2020:
The Administration of Colorado County public schools are evaluating and monitoring the corona virus situation currently and will continue to do so. A decision on reopening schools will be announced for Weimar ISD, Columbus ISD, and Rice CISD no later than 9:00 a m on Thursday , March 19, 2020. Thank you for your continued support during the days ahead.
Opportunity for Free Internet:
All residents that live at serviceable Spectrum locations and have school children PK-12 are eligible for the free Spectrum Internet and WiFi for two months. The only stipulations are that they must have a parent or be 18 to call and place the order and NOT be a current Spectrum customer.
So if you and your family meet the criteria above please take advantage of this wonderful offer. Call 1(844) 488-8398 and ask for new service then mention the Free Internet Offer for Students and Distance Learning.
March 16, 2020:
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, any CISD student can come to the Columbus Junior High Campus to receive a lunch for that day and a breakfast for the next morning. These meals will be passed out between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. If a parent comes by to pick a meal up for their child, the child must be with the parent. These meals are prepared as a grab and go meal. At this time the district is unsure of how long we will be closed, therefore we plan on feeding our students Monday-Friday until we re-open.
Parents and students, CISD is planning a way to offer online instruction. We need to provide some training to our teachers so that this can be as seamless as possible. We anticipate beginning online instruction some time next week, if we are still out of school. Please complete the linked survey in order to determine who has internet, wi-fi and how many devices (smart phones, tablets iPads, Chromebooks, lap tops, etc.) This will help us determine where we need to focus our resources. Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/ZUcQzqypXcFa8uAAA
Please complete this survey by midnight on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
Parents and students, thank you for your patience during this trying time.
March 13, 2020:
Columbus ISD is in contact with the Region III Service Center and the Commissioner of Education. We are following closely what the CDC is saying as well. Effective immediately, ALL CISD facilities are closed to students, parents, the public and all but a few employees who will be needed to plan and help disinfect until March 23, 2020. This includes all campuses, the fieldhouse and the track. We apologize for this inconvenience, however, we are taking extreme precaution. Until March 30, 2020, there will be no UIL contests. Also until further notice there will be no organized practices for any sport or event.
Columbus ISD is asking that all students/families who traveled in the last 14 days to a location on the CDC travel alert website, to please notify their campus principal or school nurse via email BEFORE their child returns to school. The Texas Education Agency reminded school officials on March 6th that “districts have the authority to request that students and/or staff stay home if there is serious concern about their current health, whether or not they pose a health risk to others in the community.”
Here are some pertinent links associated with COVID-19:
By now you have likely heard about the recently confirmed presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the Houston area. The District remains in contact with local, state and federal health agencies, all of which have stated that no action is required of school districts at this time. Until such action is deemed necessary, there are no plans to close schools.
Based on current guidance, it is recommended that schools continue to take the same steps to protect against COVID-19 as are taken to prevent other common communicable diseases such as the cold and flu. While the identification of a new illness can be alarming, together we can continue to help protect our school community by following basic prevention practices.
At the campus level we are ensuring sufficient soap and sanitizer supplies are available to students, staff and visitors in all locations, at all times. While maintenance staff is also thoroughly disinfecting frequently used surfaces on a regular basis.
Finally, as we prepare for spring break, students and staff who are traveling outside of the country are asked to follow all federal regulations when reentering the country that may include medical screenings, quarantine and self-reporting. New enrollees from outside of the United States should contact their campus prior to visiting the school and completing the enrollment process.