Cy-Fair ISD cancels in-person classes until April 13

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 16 the requirements for STAAR testing would be waived. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 16 the requirements for STAAR testing would be waived. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 16 the requirements for STAAR testing would be waived. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Cy-Fair ISD Superintendent Mark Henry announced March 16 the district would be canceling in-person classes until April 13 after consultation with local, state and federal officials. District staff is expected to return to work Monday, March 23, with a modified schedule and location as assigned by supervisors.

“Our instructional team is making plans for long-term delivery of instruction and continues to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation,” he said in a statement.

Henry previously announced on March 13 that classes were canceled until March 23.

Extended learning resources will be available on the district's website at to support reading, writing and math for early childhood through 12th grade, and additional resources are to come regarding long-term delivery of instruction, according to a press release.

CFISD is also offering free curbside meals for children 18 years and younger Monday through Friday.

Gov. Greg Abbott also announced Monday that public school districts across the state would not be required to administer the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness—or STAAR testing—in the 2019-20 academic year.

"Your health and safety are top priorities, and the state of Texas will give school districts flexibility to protect and ensure the health of students, faculty and their families," Abbott said in a press release. "We will empower schools to make the best decisions to protect their communities from COVID-19."

A statement from the Texas Education Agency noted this move was a first for the state, but social distancing has caused school districts across the country to re-evaluate how they deliver instruction.

District officials were planning to administer STAAR and end-of course tests starting in early April. Leading up to the governor’s announcement, Henry thanked local legislators on Twitter including State Rep. Sam Harless, R-Spring, State Rep. Jon Rosenthal, D-Houston, and State Rep. Gina Calanni, D-Katy, for calling for the cancellation of STAAR testing this spring.

"I will continue to participate in frequent calls and meetings with local and state health officials and will update you regularly as we receive new information," Henry said. "We are all committed to providing resources for our students and staff during this time."
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.