Cy-Fair ISD rolls out Learning at Home program March 23

Cy-Fair ISD launched the districtwide Learning at Home program March 23. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Cy-Fair ISD launched the districtwide Learning at Home program March 23. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Cy-Fair ISD launched the districtwide Learning at Home program March 23. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Cy-Fair ISD launched the districtwide Learning at Home program March 23 to provide instruction while campuses are closed due to the coronavirus.

District officials provided additional information about curriculum at a March 23 board of trustees meeting. At the meeting, Superintendent Mark Henry said he does not anticipate extending the academic year, which is scheduled to end May 28.

Learning at Home content is organized by grade level and includes accommodations for students with special needs, suggested schedules for students to follow and a help desk for troubleshooting technology issues. Chief Academic Officer Linda Macias said content will be updated on a weekly basis.

Curriculum includes core subjects in addition to fine arts, foreign languages, physical education, advanced placement and dual-credit courses and can be accessed through the district's website.

All teachers are working to contact their students throughout the day to check in and ensure their needs are being met. Macias said packets are available for students with no internet access.


“Our teachers have been charged with contacting every one of those students,” Macias said. “They’re checking to see if they have internet access at home.”

Campus officials are coordinating with CFISD’s transportation department to deliver packets to students who need them. For the next two weeks, students can also pick up packets on Tuesdays at the curbside meal pickup sites.

Students can pick up breakfast and lunch simultaneously from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 16 campuses. During the first week of this service, officials said 71,458 meals were served to district students. Teachers are also assessing transportation needs for students looking to take advantage of this service, Macias said.

CFISD teachers are working from at least 9 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout the week checking in on students and providing support through online programming. While teachers are monitoring student activity, Texas Education Agency officials will be providing guidance on grades at a later date, Macias said.

“As of right now—because it is a very fluid situation—we are not taking grades,” she said.

To find the Learning at Home curriculum and other district resources during this time, visit www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/health/coronavirus.
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.