Clear Creek ISD extends school closure through May 4

Clear Creek ISD will close all facilities through at least May 4. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD will close all facilities through at least May 4. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

Clear Creek ISD will close all facilities through at least May 4. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

Clear Creek ISD facilities, initially slated for potential reopening April 10, will remain closed for another four weeks, according to a community announcement from Superintendent Greg Smith.

On March 31, Gov. Greg Abbott told Texans to stay at home for the next month apart from essential activities; Abbott also announced that schools would remain closed until at least May 4, according to the Texas Tribune.

CCISD will re-evaluate its start date during the week of April 27, per the community announcement.

“I realize this has not been easy, and while there are hurdles to overcome, please know that our No. 1 focus is to ensure each child successfully reaches his or academic potential at his or her own pace,” Smith said in the announcement.

He added that campus administrators and teachers are trying to get creative to ensure that high school seniors have memories filled “with more than the memory of the coronavirus.” To that end, May activities have not been taken off the district calendar for the class of 2020, although that could change in the coming weeks, Smith said.

Smith encouraged families to take breaks, spend quality time with loved ones and heed the advice of health authorities by staying home.

CCISD Chief Communications Officer Elaina Polsen said in an email that any student with a laptop in their locker may contact the school to make an appointment for retrieving it. Any student whose laptop was in for technical service will need to make alternate arrangements, as technicians are not working on computers during shelter-in-place, she added. Students are not permitted to come to the school to retrieve general belongings.

The Individual Graduation Committee will perform necessary assessments in lieu of STAAR testing to determine graduation requirements for students. The IGC, which was not newly established for coronavirus, is utilized annually to determine a student’s proficiency level for the purpose of graduation, Polsen said.

Some students, for example, have not passed the necessary End of Course exams to allow for graduation in May. In these situations, the IGC, which is authorized by law, will convene to look at the student’s overall proficiency in the course and determine whether a credit is earned, Polsen said.

For up-to-date information regarding closures and adjustments to Bay Area school districts, colleges and universities, visit this page.

By Colleen Ferguson

Reporter, Bay Area

A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.