Clarskville Community: 7:38 pm, Thursday night
We now have a high school student with a positive diagnosis at the middle and high school. We learned of this situation today just after 4 p.m. today. The CISD board and myself felt that the fact of tomorrow is adjacent to a full week break makes it sensible to transition to a full remote environment. Students will be expected to log-in tomorrow as they would for Wednesday lessons and complete their work as all attendance requirements will apply. The basketball game scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday shall be cancelled as well. I encourage all of you to continue to look here for further updates regarding band and all other extra-curricular activities once I have time to speak with all extracurricular leaders tomorrow.
This is indeed a tough year to be in education as I find myself constantly facing decisions where there is no clear cut right or wrong side. We should expect more of the same in the following months as I have learned there is no full proof system to protect the integrity of the school day against Covid-19. Covid-19 has proven that we can only manage it not defeat it.
We have a few staff members with positive diagnosis of Covid-19 at Cheatham Elementary. At this time, there are no positive diagnoses of any students. We still have the ability to maintain a productive school environment at Cheatham yet with 3 staff members being diagnosed just this morning with Covid-19, it raises concerns about potential inter-campus and community spread. For this reason, Cheatham ES will transition to school closure mode tomorrow. The fact that all of our kids in grades 3 thru 5 have been supplied devices makes this an easier decision to arrive at. All 2nd grade students will have devices (iPads) sent home with them today. Students in grades below 2nd grade will be sent home with work packets for tomorrow that will need to be returned on Monday, November 30th. Cheatham Elementary was in a "lock in" mode where the kids do not transition outside of their classroom. Lunch was served in the classroom for all students today.
The district’s middle school and high school students will be expected at school tomorrow as there are no concerns at those campuses as of now. For this very reason, we have worked to schedule two bus runs today. Students at Cheatham will be dismissed at 3 p.m. today. Those busses will deliver only Cheatham ES students on that 3 p.m. run. At the conclusion of that initial route, the buses will return to the bus barn where they will be sanitized, and then pick up all secondary students at 4 p.m. to deliver home. The administration building will remain open until 6 p.m. today should there be any parental concerns or questions.
Last, I remain thankful to this community - a community that has maintained the tolerance to allow CISD to transition to a fully remote school environment each Wednesday. Those Wednesday remote sessions make Cheatham’s transition somewhat easy.
There is a major change in how you will purchase Basketball tickets this year. These are UIL District Committee rules that we must follow in order to play basketball. Jr. High tickets will be sold at the gate. High tickets will be sold online. The link to purchase tickets is below. You will need a credit/debit card and email address.
EVERYONE must have a paper ticket or show the emailed ticket on your phone to gain entrance. This is the rule for ALL basketball games this season. We are not responsible for lost tickets. District passes are allowed.
Seating will be limited to 50% capacity at all gymnasiums. The capacity will vary depending on the school. Please get your tickets early. Home and visitors must sit on their respective sides. No mingling of fans. The link will is posted on our Facebook page. NO Exceptions can be made to these rules!
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