On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that we have made updates to the CCSD Reopening of School FAQs which is posted online at https://bit.ly/CCSDfaqs20.
These updates, which note today’s date, reflect adjustments to various protocols (including, but not limited to, water fountains, meet-and-greet/open houses, school supplies), and the addition of a section focused on students who receive Special Education services.
If you have emailed a question, please know that we are working through these as diligently as possible. Many emails include questions already answered in the FAQs, so please recheck the webpage for new information as well as existing questions-and-answers you might have missed. Many rhetorical and hypothetical questions we have received are, quite frankly, impossible to answer. As previously advised, you’ve been asked to make your decision based on the FAQs and CCSD Reopening of School Plan (posted online at https://bit.ly/CCSDplan20).
Additionally, we have been notified multiple times about the existence of online open petitions both opposing and supporting the Plan. Please be advised that the Superintendent and School Board will not change the Plan based on such petitions; and they already have verifiable data directly from the parents of more than 23,000 CCSD students as shared through our questionnaire.
As the Superintendent and School Board have said, any decisions to mandate masks, delay the start of school and/or reopen virtually only, would be made based on the state of public health in our community and guidance from the Departments of Education and Public Health. Discussion of the reopening plan is not on the School Board agenda for its July 16 meeting, which is posted online at https://bit.ly/CCSDagenda71620.
- If you plan to send your child back to our campuses for Traditional In-Person learning, you don’t need to do anything further. You will receive an email on July 29 asking you to complete our usual Back-to-School Gateway process to confirm emergency contacts and update other data.
- If you plan to keep your child home and participate in our Digital Learning program, then you must by 5 p.m. Friday, July 17, complete the commitment form online at https://bit.ly/CCSDdlcommit20. There will be no exceptions. We are asking you to make a commitment to Digital Learning: for elementary school – for the first nine weeks (Aug. 3-Oct. 9); for middle and high school - for the entire first semester (Aug. 3-Dec. 18). This commitment is needed in order to have adequate staffing in place. After the July 17 deadline, our elementary schools will build class rosters; our middle and high schools will build classes and schedules, and school staff will contact these students to finalize their course selections. You also will receive an email on July 29 asking you to complete our usual Back-to-School Gateway process.
- If you plan to withdraw your child from CCSD, you need to call or email your child’s school to advise them and arrange for records to be forwarded appropriately. Our school front office staff is answering calls from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.