FAQ for Employees
Carroll ISD is committed to providing timely information and facts for our more than 1,100 dedicated employees. This FAQ page will be updated regularly, so revisit the site often.
Will employees be paid during emergency school closures?
Yes, Policy DEA (Local) allows for the district to pay employees during an emergency school closure. You will be paid on your regularly scheduled payday.
How has the COVID-19 emergency closure affected the school budget?
Carroll ISD has created a separate School Budget FAQ that you can visit for more information.
What if I need to request paid leave related to COVID-19 during Carroll ISD's emergency closure?
CISD provided notification to Carroll ISD employees about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) by April 1, 2020.The provisions of this Act include providing paid leave and expanded family and medical leave for school district employees. The paid leave provisions of the FFCRA are effective April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken from April 1, 2020 until the end of the calendar year. To learn more about the provisions of FFCRA, click here.
What About the April 10 Bad Weather Day?
Carroll ISD annually includes two bad weather days in the school calendar adopted by the School Board. Before the district can apply for any kind of state waiver for school closures/funding based on instructional days and/or required minutes, the district must first expend or use its unused bad weather days. This year, the bad weather days in our adopted calendar were February 14 and April 10. We did not have inclement weather prior to February 14, therefore, that unused bad weather day was a school holiday for staff and students. The district’s emergency closure for COVID-19, however, will affect the second bad weather day scheduled for this Friday. CISD must now use this Friday, April 10, as an instructional day, and all professional staff will treat it as a work day. Most of the professional staff were given off Monday, March 16 (originally scheduled as a professional development day) in exchange for this Friday’s work day. Friday is not a work day for paraprofessional and auxiliary staff. If for religious purposes a professional employee decides to take Friday off as a Holy day, you need to contact your supervisor and put a personal day into the online leave system per Policy DEC (Legal). An employee who requests this day off for religious purposes but has no leave days available may still take the day off, but without pay. Students will be expected to complete online learning assignments on Friday, which is now considered a school day. For students in grades 9-12, Friday will be a “B” day. We will continue to follow the A/B calendar, which also means Monday, April 20 is a “B” day. Any student that wishes to take Friday off for religious purposes, must send an email to his/her teacher and copy the principal. These students will receive an excused absence according to Policy FEA (Legal) and will have one additional day to complete assignments. Students taking Good Friday off for religious purposes with prior notification, will have until Monday to complete online assignments originally due Friday, April 10.
How will I hear updates from the district on next steps?
Our goal is to provide you with up-to-date information as it becomes available. Official messaging and communications to Dragon families and staff will be coordinated through Julie Thannum, Assistant Superintendent for Board & Community Relations. Our goal is to be as transparent and organized as possible during this time. If you have questions, please submit the question through Let’s Talk. You have to remember to include your contact information or select Hidden Customer if you want CISD to respond to you directly. Be patient as we work through the questions. We will also be preparing an FAQ with further details and posting it online for your convenience.
What is expected of me as a teacher?
Take care of your social and emotional well-being. This is a very stressful situation; however, it is important to take care of yourself, your family, and to stay connected with your Dragons through social media. Follow the directions of your campus leader related to campus access and pick-up of items on campus. Send a brief communication to students with encouragement for families to visit the Carroll ISD website for COVID-19 for fun, at-home activities and age appropriate resources. Contact 817-949-HELP for any technology connectivity issue or concerns. Stay connected to email during work hours for frequent and up to date communications from your campus leader or the district. Beginning week two and beyond, designate and communicate to parents and students your daily schedule of “Live Teacher Assistance” hours. This provides parents and/or student an opportunity to ask questions regarding classroom work, content, etc.
What are grading expectations?
During the first week of our closure, there are no teacher-created lessons being provided to students; therefore, no grades will be taken during the first week of closure. There are many variables related to student access to resources, availability of time for synchronous/asynchronous instruction, special education considerations and more. At this point in time, Carroll ISD is working on how we will calculate a final grade for the 4th 9-week grading period. More information will come.
What online learning platform will we use?
PK-4 teachers will use Seesaw and Grades 5-12 teachers will use Canvas. The audio/video conferencing tools we will use are Google Hangout Meets and Big Blue Button within Canvas. If you need help with any of these platforms, our Instructional Technology Specialists are here to help. Please call 817-949-HELP or visit https://help.southlakecarroll.edu. Also, visit our Technology- Remote Learning webpage.
When making decisions about what is offered or expected, what should I consider?
Equity of access should be your driving principle. This is an unprecedented time and our students are facing many variables that are out of their control that will limit what is required for learning, at least during the initial week of our closure.
What are approved methods for communicating with students during this time?
Any communication between teacher and students needs to be through a district-provided resource such as Seesaw, CISD email, Google Classroom, Remind, and Canvas.
I would like to conduct a class activity. Is that ok?
Teachers must use district approved communication tools for any/all learning experiences. Learning experiences must be asynchronous (students will not be expected to all be live on the same lesson at the same time). Simultaneous login by students is an unrealistic expectation. Situations such as these should be recorded so that students may have the opportunity to flexibly participate according to their schedule.
Will Carroll ISD buildings be open?
Badge access to all Carroll ISD facilities has been turned off. We do not want anyone coming to our buildings for any reason until we have had a chance to survey all employees and families to certify travel the past 14 days. We still plan to send a survey to all Dragon families sometime soon and ask that you participate. You will be required to fill out the survey and will be contacted if CISD or health officials have any questions about your travel or survey response. Matt Miller, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services will work with our facility staff and campus principals to address any facility-related needs, including any continued deep cleaning of classrooms and commons areas. If there are employees who need their laptops, materials or personal effects, they have been instructed to contact their immediate supervisor to work out details later this next week. Badge access may be granted for temporary periods of time to accommodate for staff needs. Rest assured we are making arrangements to care for our classroom pets and animal science critters.
Are there any extracurricular activities and events?
All CISD extracurricular events and activities are canceled for the two-week closure period. This means ALL – no practices, games, competitions or rehearsals. CISD will work with the UIL and our district schools to reschedule and/or plan for activities to resume when school reopens.
What is the coronavirus?
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is an emerging and rapidly evolving outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which has now been detected in many locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
What are common symptoms of Coronavirus?
People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Difficulty breathing
How can my child and family stay well?
To help prevent the spread of illness, follow these important tips:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Where can I find more information about the Coronavirus?
This is an evolving situation. Stay up to date by consulting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.