Clear Creek ISD remote learning programs under way and other updates

Clear Creek ISD offers remote learning for kindergarten through sixth grade and a temporary remote conferencing option for all grade levels. (Courtesy Canva)
Clear Creek ISD offers remote learning for kindergarten through sixth grade and a temporary remote conferencing option for all grade levels. (Courtesy Canva)

Clear Creek ISD offers remote learning for kindergarten through sixth grade and a temporary remote conferencing option for all grade levels. (Courtesy Canva)

In addition to approving the 2021-22 tax rate, Clear Creek ISD leaders discussed coronavirus trends, Hurricane Nicholas damage and the start of new remote learning options during the Sept. 27 board of trustees meeting. Here is what parents and community members need to know.

Remote, virtual learning kick off

The CCISD board of trustees on Aug. 23 approved a virtual learning program for 2021-22 that would be available to kindergarten through sixth grade students as well as remote conferencing. Both schooling options began post-Labor Day weekend and are now being offered across the district.

Remote learners at all grade levels have access to a teleconferencing option meant for those who may need to receive instruction from home for durations of up to 20 days. The option is offered via the Texas Education Agency, district leaders said; it was previously available only with issuance of a waiver that had to be requested for each individual student, per the TEA.

The instruction, which Superintendent Eric Williams said Sept. 27 is offered synchronously, is not given by the student’s classroom teacher, but lessons will align to district scope and sequence. While attendance fluctuates, as many as 700 students have used the remote conferencing option in one day so far, Williams said Sept. 27.

“I want to give a shout out to the curriculum and instruction team, teachers, librarians and substitutes for helping us bring learning into the living rooms of our students,” he said during the meeting.

Clear Connections was eliminated as a virtual learning option for 2021-22 over the summer, due to both funding-related questions and low interest. Once Senate Bill 15 was signed into law, allowing Texas school districts to implement virtual learning without risking the loss of state funding, leaders put together a virtual option in late August.

There are 525 students using the virtual learning program, officials said Sept. 27.

“Thank you for the heavy lifting that you guys did over the [holiday weekend] to implement that and get that done,” board President Jay Cunningham said Sept. 27 to the district teams involved in getting virtual learning off the ground.

COVID-19 updates

Active coronavirus cases are trending down, but counts are still relatively high compared to most of last year, Williams said Sept. 27. There are 114 active cases across the district as of Sept. 30.

Data compiled by Community Impact Newspaper shows the district had between 10 and 20 active COVID-19 cases for late September 2020. Case counts were not consistently over 100 until December 2020.

​​With this in mind, CCISD is taking steps to offer more experiences for students and parents while maintaining health protocols and certain limitations. While visitors are still not permitted during breakfast and lunch due to space limitations, parents can visit schools for parent-teacher conferences, school assemblies, book fairs and other award ceremony events.

Parent-teacher associations and booster clubs can meet in person, and parent nights, open houses, concerts and other after-school activities and events will occur “with full parent participation,” according to communication sent to CCISD parents in late September. There are no capacity restrictions for indoor or outdoor events.

Williams said Sept. 27 the district will “continue to monitor the case trends within CCISD and the broader community and make adjustments as appropriate.” Face coverings are still strongly encouraged for students, staff and visitors, and enhanced cleaning practices remain in place.

The district hosted a COVID-19 information session via livestream Sept. 30, which is available for playback on the CCISD website and Facebook page.

Other business:

  • District enrollment is up from last year, Williams said: There are 40,897 students enrolled this year, up from 40,737 during the 2020-21 school year.

  • Damage from Hurricane Nicholas was minimal, and all but two schools were able to resume classes Sept. 15, Williams said during the meeting. Two campuses were delayed due to power outages. Crews responded to roof leaks; wet ceiling tiles; water in some hallways, offices, classrooms and common areas; downed trees; and a broken goalpost.

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.



Health officials, crisis response teams and mental health professionals have reported more people dealing with anxiety, stress, depression and grief in the last year. Nationally, data suggests more people are reporting negative effects to mental health due to COVID-19 than prior to the pandemic. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
COVID-19 pandemic highlights mental health gaps in Lake Houston area

In 2020, Mental Health America ranked each state and Washington, D.C., based on the prevalence of mental illness and access to mental health care. Although Texas ranked 27th overall and was third in terms of prevalence of mental illness, the state ranked 51st for access to care.

Renderings of the conceptual tower were shown depicting a roughly 100-foot tower, but the intent is to build a smaller tower. A total of $2.43 million was given as an estimated cost for a 100-foot gravity tower, but presenters said the cost would scale down with a smaller tower. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Early concept for Frisco’s Northwest Community Park includes biking tower for ‘gravity riding’; Perky Beans Cafe now open in Leander, and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 20.

Heather Lagrone, Adrienne Holloway, Luis Guajardo, Maya Ford and Charleen Jones sit onstage while Holloway introduces the audience to the Harris County Housing Needs Assessment study on Oct. 19. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kinder Institute housing survey results reveal Harris County's needs

To meet the need for additional, more affordable housing for only 20% of the 500,000 cost-burdened residents, 8,174 housing units would need to be added annually through 2031, according to the study.

The superintendent's target, as approved by the board, is to have 90% of student exclusions fall within district parameters, which are aligned with Texas Education Agency and Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD approves 2021-22 superintendent targets, including COVID-19 exclusion audit

Clear Creek ISD trustees approved a number of 2021-22 targets for Superintendent Eric Williams during an Oct. 11 board of trustees workshop, including one regarding ongoing audits of COVID-19-related exclusions.

Want to know more about new businesses coming to the Katy area? Below you can find details on the five latest commercial projects filed in Katy. (Courtesy Canva)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Read the latest top news about restaurants, businesses and other commercial projects that are coming soon or now open

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 19.

Mountain bikers and the city are working together to create a short course near Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside. Here, a couple of those bikers test out the course. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
League City, mountain bikers work to create off-road trails

After months of communication, League City officials and residents who are passionate about mountain biking are now working in tandem to create and expand bike courses citywide.

Harris County Commissioners Court's revised redistricting map as of Aug. 31. (Screenshot courtesy Harris County Commissioners Court)
Harris County Commissioners Court to take public comments on redistricting Oct. 21

The meeting will be held at the Harris County Commissioners Court, located at 1001 Preston St., Ste. 934, Houston, at 4 p.m.

A model home is anticipated to open later this year. (Courtesy of McGuyer Homebuilders)
Coventry Homes begins sales in Webster

The community along NASA Parkway features a playground, dog park and open green space with 25 acres of protected wetlands; it is located within Clear Creek ISD boundaries.

The new H-E-B store is located on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in north Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: New H-E-B in Leander opening soon; Texas Supreme Court grants rehearing for high-speed rail eminent domain case and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 18.

Texas Medical Center: Coronavirus patient numbers drop 25% in one week, dip below 800

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Texas Medical Center institutions has continued its decline.

This Clear Creek ISD soccer ball—signed by the daughter of Ellison Onizuka, one of the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger—was recovered from the accident debris. In 2016, astronaut Shane Kimbrough took the ball with him aboard the International Space Station and presented it to members of the Onizuka family in late 2017. (Courtesy NASA)
Ready for liftoff: Clear Creek ISD's NASA connections expose students to space exploration

Whenever he interacts with his fellow Houstonians on Earth, Clear Creek ISD parent Victor Glover is looking for his replacement in space.