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By Whitney Wyatt
The Red River Sun
CHILDRESS – It’s back to school time for Childress students.
“Childress ISD teachers, administrators and staff are excited to have students back on campus on Aug. 19,” said Childress Independent School District Superintendent Carl Taylor. “We plan to be back to normal activities and are thrilled about that.”
Online registration for new and retuning students for all CISD campuses starts Monday, Aug. 2 and will run through Friday, Aug. 6.
To complete the online registration process, parents will need a parent portal account. For returning students, the email address must be the same one the school has on file. Parents may call the school if they are not sure which email the school has. More information is available at www.childressisd.net.
Once registration is over, CISD will host Back to School Night on Tuesday, Aug. 17. Childress High School’s event is scheduled from 5 to 5:45 p.m., Childress Junior High School from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. and Childress Elementary School from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Students can bring school supplies and meet their teachers during Back to School Night. “It’s a great day to be a Bobcat,” Taylor said.
The first day of school is on Thursday, Aug. 19. The year will begin and continue with an in-person learning environment with a focus on the health, safety and well-being of students, staff and community, according to the CISD Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan. The district will comply with applicable state and federal employment and disability laws, workplace safety standards, accessibility standards to address individual needs, guidance from TEA and recommendations from the CDC.
Plans will remain flexible to accommodate potential changes, and these guidelines may be modified as needed, the plan stated. CISD will not allow remote learning for the 2021-2022 school year unless a student has been quarantined due to close contact exposure or has received a positive test result for COVID-19.
CISD will not require students or staff to wear a mask. If a person chooses to wear a mask, they will be allowed to do so. CISD will also continue to practice social distancing, proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette, the plan stated.
Additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols as well as contact tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols will continue, and CISD is working to improve and maintain ventilation and improvements to air quality. The plan stated staff and students must report to campus/district administration if they are test-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry provided by their doctor.
If an individual who has been in a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the district will notify the local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the plan stated. Upon receipt of information that any teacher, staff member, student or visitor at a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the district will submit a report to the Texas Department of State Health Services via an online form. The report must be submitted each Monday for the prior seven days (Monday-Sunday).
There is also a CISD COVID-19 communication team, the plan stated. It consists of Taylor, CHS Principal Paige Steed, CJHS Principal Marsha Meacham and CES Principal Janet Word. Contact one of them for any questions or concerns. Because of the continually changing conditions, the plan will be reviewed every six months with public input to ensure the district should make changes.