Cy-Fair ISD trustees to consider modifications to 2020-21 school year at special-called board meeting

Cy-Fair ISD's Instructional Support Center is located on Jones Road. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cy-Fair ISD's Instructional Support Center is located on Jones Road. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

Cy-Fair ISD's Instructional Support Center is located on Jones Road. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

Officials announced July 17 that a special-called board meeting would take place in Cy-Fair ISD on Tuesday, July 21, at noon.

This announcement comes the same day the Texas Education Agency updated guidelines to allow school districts to limit access to on-campus instruction for the first four weeks of school by starting the year online only. Additional TEA guidelines allow districts in regions with high COVID-19 case counts to delay the start of the school year.

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath said if the curve of COVID-19 cases has not flattened in that time, school boards can approve an additional four-week transition time of online-only school before reopening campuses to all students.

“We will support flexibility at the local level to ensure that all of our schools remain safe and are available to our kids,” Morath said in a video.

The TEA guidelines provided exceptions for students without internet access or devices at home, but CFISD officials recently announced plans to purchase up to $44 million worth of Chromebooks and internet hot spots for students districtwide.


High schools can also be converted to a full-time hybrid model once in-person classes begin according to the guidelines, providing the opportunity to receive a portion of their instruction remotely and a portion on campus.

In addition to hearing a report regarding the reopening of CFISD in 2020-21, board members will consider two action items July 21.

The first is modifying the previously approved and re-approved instructional calendar “to help minimize instructional disruptions and adjust for learning loss in the event of future school closures(s) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The board initially approved the 2020-21 calendar in January, and then in June it approved extending instructional days by 10-15 minutes. At the time, the only other change were made to the instructional calendar was allocating the month of June 2021 for makeup instructional time. Otherwise, the first day of school was slated for Aug. 24, and the last day for May 27.

Secondly, the board will consider authorizing the purchase of desk and tabletop protective dividers for $3.75 million at the July 21 meeting.

Community members can attend the meeting in person at the Instructional Support Center, 10300 Jones Road, Houston, or watch online at www.cfisd.net.
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


MOST RECENT

Harris County Flood Control District is planning to submit preliminary flood plain maps to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in late 2021. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County's preliminary flood plain maps to be released in late 2021

The new flood insurance rates in Harris County could take effect in 2023 or 2024.

Cleaning products are stored in a Cy-Fair ISD campus custodian closet. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
378 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cy-Fair ISD schools Jan. 18-24

This is the highest number of cases confirmed in any given week since the start of the school year, up from 298 cases the previous week.

From left: Edward Leutsch, Nina Hermann and Rodney Alexander were among the first Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Photos courtesy Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital)
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital patients age 75 and older begin receiving vaccinations

Many of the patients eligible to get vaccinated in the past week said they have missed spending time with loved ones in person and were eager for this first dose.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the opening of a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist at a Jan. 25 press conference. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook)
Harris County to open waitlist for COVID-19 vaccines Jan. 26

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo warned that vaccine supply remains "extremely limited," and it will still take time for those waitlisted to get an appointment.

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 filed a counterclaim against Cypress Creek EMS on Jan. 22. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County ESD No. 11 issues counterclaim against Cypress Creek EMS for $20 million

According to the counterclaim, the district is suing Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services for about $20 million in “missing and stolen taxpayer funds.”

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 met Jan. 21 at its new administrative offices. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 lays groundwork for 911 dispatching plans

Cypress Creek EMS currently serves as a dispatch facility for 17 emergency agencies.

(Courtesy The Connection School of Houston)
A guide to Cy-Fair private schools in 2021

See extracurricular activities offered, current enrollment and tuition rates at local private schools.

“Hope is on the horizon,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said at a press conference Jan. 4. “The vaccine is here.”
Vaccine distribution starts in Fort Bend County and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Houston area.

The new salon specializes in manicures and pedicures as well as waxing and facials. (Courtesy King Nails Cypress)
King Nails Cypress plans grand opening on Hwy. 290

The new salon specializes in manicures and pedicures as well as waxing and facials.

Members of the Cy-Fair Fire Department Emergency Medical Services team respond to an accident on Brittmore Road in Cy-Fair on Jan. 8. (Courtesy Capt. Daniel Arizpe/Cy-Fair Fire Department)
New fund to benefit Cy-Fair firefighters, department members

"We want to be able to come in and do some work that needs to be done for these heroic people."

One local health system leader said he expects everyone, including those under age 65, will have access to the vaccine within the next 90 days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-area health system leaders talk progress, hurdles during COVID-19

Officials from CHI St. Luke’s Health and UTMB Health said community members must remain vigilant as case counts climb but that they expect the current surge to peak by early February.