Cy-Fair ISD to tackle racial inequality and more district news

Cy-Fair ISD's student population has become more diverse in recent years. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Cy-Fair ISD's student population has become more diverse in recent years. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Cy-Fair ISD's student population has become more diverse in recent years. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Read the latest news from Cy-Fair ISD.

Trustees plan to address racial inequality in Cy-Fair ISD

National protests called for the examination of practices within police departments to identify signs of racial inequality across the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

This movement had local officials, including the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees, asking similar questions. In June, trustees John Ogletree, Julie Hinaman and Gilbert Sarabia were tasked with writing a resolution condemning racism, which was signed when trustees convened at the Sept. 14 meeting.

Back to school in Cy-Fair ISD: Student enrollment down, teacher stress up during first week


The first day of school kicked off Sept. 8 with about 55% of Cy-Fair ISD students learning remotely and 45% attending in-person classes. Regardless of the learning method, district officials said 2,575 fewer students are enrolled this year than projected, and about 130 teaching positions remain vacant.

UPDATE: Cy-Fair ISD board approves tax rate decrease in 2020-21

Cy-Fair ISD board members unanimously voted to approve a tax rate of $1.3555 for 2020-21, a decrease from last year’s $1.37 rate. Because this is one penny higher than the effective tax rate, the district anticipates an increase in revenue over last year despite the lower rate, Chief Financial Officer Karen Smith said.

Cy-Fair ISD feeding all students free breakfast, lunch through end of 2020

All Cy-Fair ISD students age 18 and younger will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost through Dec. 31 pending funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, district officials announced ahead of the start of the school year Sept. 8.

Cy-Fair ISD teachers push for safe working environments in 2020-21

Protocols implemented in Cy-Fair ISD in 2020-21 to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus include daily self-screenings, one-way hallways, frequent sanitization of surfaces, face masks and desk shields.

Despite these preventive measures, teachers have continued to advocate for CFISD administration to prioritize their safety. Dozens of teachers with health concerns have implored board members and administrators to allow them the option to work from home.

Cy-Fair ISD opens campuses—including new middle school—to students Sept. 8

Thousands of Cy-Fair ISD students returned to their campuses for the first time since March on Sept. 8, kicking off the start of the 2020-21 school year.

See how many students will be taking classes virtually, in person at each Cy-Fair ISD campus starting Sept. 8

Results from a recent survey distributed to Cy-Fair ISD families from July 27-Aug. 25 indicated more than half of all district students are expected to engage in virtual classes during the first grading period of 2020-21.

How to purchase football game tickets for Cy-Fair ISD's 2020 season

Due to state regulations and stadium capacity limit guidelines from the University Interscholastic League, Cy-Fair ISD’s ticketing procedures will look different for the 2020 football season.

Danica Lloyd contributed to this report.



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Harris County officials said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to staffing challenges for both the sheriff's and district attorney's offices, creating a perfect storm of more than 90,000 backlogged cases and subsequent overcrowding in the Harris County Jail—already the second largest county jail population in the U.S. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County infuses more than $25M to keep sheriff's, district attorney's offices afloat amid COVID-19 staffing challenges

Harris County officials said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to staffing challenges for both the sheriff's and district attorney's offices, creating a perfect storm of more than 90,000 backlogged cases and subsequent overcrowding in the Harris County Jail—already the second largest county jail population in the U.S.

The restaurant opened in September with comfort foods and weekend brunch. (Courtesy 1101 Southern Kitchen)
1101 Southern Kitchen to close FM 1960 restaurant, host pop-up dinners amid COVID-19 pandemic

The restaurant opened in September with comfort foods and weekend brunch.

The Jersey Village City Council discussed the formation of a fire control prevention and emergency medical services district at a Jan. 18 virtual meeting. (Screenshot courtesy Zoom)
Jersey Village drafts budget for new fire prevention fund ahead of May ballot item

A public hearing has been set for Feb. 8 to get feedback on the budget and two-year plan for the district.

Spavia Day Spa is coming soon to Fairfield Town Center. (Courtesy Spavia Day Spa)
Spavia Day Spa under construction in Cypress

The business will offer massages, facials and other treatments for men and women.

Fort Bend County commissioners discussed vaccine distribution at a regular court session Jan. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County to open new vaccination sites and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

The new voting machines differ from those previously used in Harris County in that they feature a digital touch screen as well as a paper copy of the voter's selections that the voter can verify before submitting the ballot into a secure on-site ballot box. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County purchases 12,000 new hybrid voting machines ahead of May 1 elections

The new voting machines differ from those previously used in Harris County in that they feature a digital touch screen as well as a paper copy of the voter's selections that the voter can verify before submitting the ballot into a secure on-site ballot box.

About 550 students will show off their projects and animals throughout the first week of February. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Here’s what to expect from Cy-Fair ISD’s 27th annual Livestock Show and Sale

About 550 students will show off their projects and animals throughout the first week of February.

Eleven days after officials across Harris County's criminal justice system met to discuss how to alleviate overcrowding at the county jail during the coronavirus pandemic, progress has been "excruciatingly slow," according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
Progress 'excruciatingly slow' on effort to address overcrowding at Harris County Jail

"I know it is keeping many of us awake at night, and it should. It absolutely should," said U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, who is presiding over an ongoing lawsuit dealing with the county's felony bail practices.

Harris County continues to report more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cy-Fair area. (Community Impact staff)
2,610 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cy-Fair from Jan. 20-26

In the past seven days, 2,610 new cases have been confirmed locally, and eight Cy-Fair residents have died due to the virus.

Hungry Howie's Pizza's newest location is on West Road in the Cy-Fair area. (Courtesy Hungry Howie's Pizza)
Hungry Howie’s Pizza opens new location on West Road in Cy-Fair

Diners who register in advance can get a free junior pizza at today's pre-opening event.

Texas Medical Center offers coronavirus updates

More than 118,000 people have received their first shot.