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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