In-Person Instruction

Fall Planning
  • UPDATED 7.29.2020
    After careful thought and much feedback, Carroll ISD has decided to offer both In-Person Instruction and Dragon Virtual Academy Instruction beginning on the first day of school for students Monday, August 24.

    UPDATED 7.28.2020
    Carroll ISD received a copy of a letter written by Attorney General Ken Paxton saying a local health authority may not issue sweeping school closure orders to prevent COVID-19. This ruling paved the way for decisions about the 2020-2021 school year to be made by local school leaders.  CISD reviewed the document with our attorneys and made an announcement about the 2020-2021 school year. The Texas Education Agency also provided updated guidelines today for in-person instruction. The information has been added to the webpage below.

    UPDATED 7.23.2020
    Carroll ISD launched its Dragon Virtual Academy website, providing details about the district's virtual learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year.


    Please choose from the following Carroll ISD Fall Planning Guide options:

    A Message from Carroll ISD's Instructional Task Force

    Updated 7.16.20
    Carroll ISD's Instructional Task Force was created by the Superintendent to review instructional delivery options for the fall semester due to COVID-19. Although the Task Force was not assigned to review safety protocols or make recommendations related to health and safety, the group did rely upon the expertise of health professionals working with numerous agencies/departments when discussing operational and management needs to serve students. These include the work of:  the Governor's Task Force to Reopen Texas, the health advisors to the Texas Education Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, the Tarrant County Health Department, CISD Registred Nurses and discussion/recommendations on fever protocols by the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The Task reviewed the instructional management of both in-person and virtual learning, as well as a hybrid option in developing CISD's Fall Planning Guide. 

    Task Force Membership included the following: Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Elementary Principals, Intermediate School Principal, Middle School Principal, High School/Senior High School Principals, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Curriculum Coordinators, Executive Director for Special Programs, Coordinator for Special Education, Coordinator for 504, Coordinator for ESL, Executive Director for Technology, Lead Instructional Technologist, Coordinator of Counseling, Lead Registered Nurse, Director of Transportation, Director of Child Nutrition, Director of Maintenance and Facilities, Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Assistant Superintendent Administrative Services, Executive Director of Athletics. Teacher input was received through the campus principals since teachers were no longer on contract when the group was formed and began meeting. As CISD continues to plan for the fall semester, we will seek input from teachers.

    When the DRAFT Fall Planning Guide was presented to the public, parents and staff were invited to review it and take part in a survey of general attitudes and opinions which launched in June and closed July 9, with encouragement to also use the Let's Talk feature on the CISD website to share feedback.  The actual mechanism to choose or select an instructional delivery method will be Annual Student Verification following the timeline guidance given to districts by TEA. 


    The Carroll School Board recently approved the purchase of webcams for virtual teaching. Various webcams were researched and reviewed before being recommended to the Board. The webcams follow the teacher (not students) using pre-set locations the teacher selects when moving around the room. Therefore the camera does not move or scan the room, but instead, it changes to pre-set locations by a remote used by the teacher. The camera is completely controlled by the classroom teacher so that students learning virtually can see the teacher and follow the teacher during instruction.

    The Carroll ISD Instructional Task Force is committed to working with the District Leadership Team to prepare for the safe reopening of facilities and learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Carroll ISD hopes to offer In-Person Instruction beginning on August 24, 2020. We have, however, prepared a contingency for both the start of school and at any time during the year that we experience attendance fluctuations and/or a resurgence of COVID-19. Last spring, in response to the unprecedented worldwide pandemic caused by COVID-19, teachers across the state of Texas had to very quickly change the way students were taught.  CISD staff provided parents with at-home remote learning resources, to include lesson links, optional Encore activities and occasional teleconference meetings with their students. This fall, Carroll ISD will offer parents the choice to have their child attend the Dragon Virtual Academy in lieu of in-person learning. 

    As COVID-19 continues to change our collective landscape, CISD staff will work together to leverage resources, share best practices, and advocate for regulatory flexibility, including state and federal waivers to enable us to provide the best possible programs for all our students.  This 2020 Planning Guide remained in DRAFT form while Carroll ISD collected student, staff and parent feedback.

    Carroll ISD's plans are subject to change as public health guidelines are updated and feedback from stakeholders is collected. There will be situations that necessitate temporary school closure due to positive COVID-19 cases in schools. Parents, staff and students should be prepared for this in the event that it occurs, while actively working to prevent it through prevention and mitigation practices.


    Guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA)

    On Tuesday, June 23 Commissioner Mike Morath of the Texas Education Agency provided school districts with guidance on how funding will work for virtual instruction. The system is complicated at best. School funding is important because it ensures that CISD can maintain services for students and pay staff without the worry of program or staffing cuts. The Commissioner acknowledged that during the past spring, districts across the state of Texas transitioned to providing instructional support as opposed to providing instruction

    In his weekly call, Commissioner Morath outlined different types of remote instruction.

    Remote Synchronous Instruction – Two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. In this method, the required amount of instructional time is scheduled each day, and funding is generated when attendance is recorded daily at a locally selected snapshot time. Synchronous instruction is provided through a computer or other electronic device or over the phone. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, §28.002.

    IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Although this is the type of remote virtual instruction many parents are requesting, School Districts in Texas, per TEA, will NOT receive funding if they provide remote synchronous instruction in grades PK-2. This was significant and surprising news for school districts on Tuesday. The district will get funding for Grades 3-5 if we provide 3 hours of two-way, real-time/live virtual instruction daily. At Grades 6-12, the district will need to provide four hours of two-way, real-time/live virtual instruction each day to receive funding. The Commissioner explained that they reviewed the legislative framework for remote instruction, and no virtual courses are funded below 3rd grade.

    Remote Asynchronous Instruction – Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, §28.002.

    The state will fund this type of instruction PK-12.

    TEA slide

    To see the Commissioner's complete PowerPoint PDF presentation, click the link below:

    TEA-Release PowerPoint PDF on Remote Instruction for Fall


    General Health & Safety Protocols 

    NEW/UPDATED 7.28.20: The Texas Education Agency just released new guidelines as part of a Public Health Operational Guidebook for the 2020-2021 school year. Carroll ISD will use these guidelines when handling confirmed COVID-19 cases as part of in-person instruction. The district follows the recommendations of the Tarrant County Health Department when managing infectious diseases.

    UPDATED 7.7.20: Schools are required to comply with the Governor's Executive Order regarding the wearing of masks. In addition to the executive order, school systems may require the use of masks or face shields for adults or students for whom it is developmentally appropriate. Schools MUST require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions (entering/exiting buildings, walking to/from classrooms in the hallway, etc.) that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.

    • Campus staff will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Medical-grade disinfectants will be used for deep cleaning campuses.
    • Students, teachers, staff and essential campus visitors/volunteers will be encouraged to sanitize and/or wash hands frequently.
    • Tissues will be provided in classrooms and common areas to encourage students and staff to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if not available, to cover with their elbows. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer should be used.
    • Sneeze Guards and Plexi-glass will be added to public reception desks and personal interaction areas such as libraries, lunchroom serving lines and attendance desks.
    • Social distancing and safety signage will be added and visible throughout school facilities.
    • Students will be issued picture IDs to wear on lanyards to avoid high-touch situations (library check-out, cafeteria purchases, copy machine use, etc.)
    • No outside visitors or parents will be allowed to come to school for lunch at least during the fall semester.
    • Main school entrances will be locked immediately after arrival times and remain that way throughout the day to help ensure effective management and safe screening of visitors.
    • Visitors and volunteers will be limited, at least during the fall semester. NOTE: essential volunteers scheduled for work at a campus will be pre-screened for temperature/symptoms before admittance on campus.
    • Carroll ISD is permitted to prevent any individual who fails the health screening criteria from being admitted to the campus until they meet any of the criteria for re-entry to the campus.
    • Students will utilize backpacks instead of hallway lockers and cubbies, at least during the fall semester, to help ensure social distancing/space between students.

    Health Pre-Screening for Staff & Students 

    NEW/UPDATED 7.28.20: The Texas Education Agency just released new guidelines as part of a Public Health Operational Guidebook for the 2020-2021 school year. Carroll ISD will use these guidelines when handling confirmed COVID-19 cases as part of in-person instruction. The district follows the recommendations of the Tarrant County Health Department when managing infectious diseases.

    • Employees are expected to take their own temperatures daily before arriving to school. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher should not come to school or a CISD facility. Parents should prescreen students daily for symptoms and temperature. Per TEA, regularly performing a forehead temperature check of otherwise asymptomatic students in school is not recommended, but the practice is also not prohibited by this guidance.
    • Students and staff should also prescreen themselves for any of the following symptoms prior to coming to school:
      • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degreed Fahrenheit
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Cough
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Shortness of breath
      • Fatigue
      • Headache
      • Chills
      • Sore Throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
      • Significant muscle pain or ache
      • Diarrhea
      • Nausea or vomiting
    • Students and staff may be subject to periodic temperature checks for verification, especially if they are feeling ill or suspected of having a fever during the school day.
    • Teachers will have access to a touch-free forehead thermometer in their grade level or department to check/verify temperatures throughout the day as needed and will immediately send anyone with a 100.4 or higher temperature to the school health clinic for a temperature verification and symptom check by the registered nurse. 
    • Students and staff will be required to report to Carroll ISD if a) they have come into close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19; or b) they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms. NEW/UPDATED: 7.7.20 - TEA defines Close Contact as: a) being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or b) being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield. If either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious. Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.
    • Carroll ISD will be pre-screening and checking the temperatures of all contracted worker and essential volunteers before they are allowed entrance on campus.

    Arriving at School 

    • NEW/UPDATED 7.7.20:  Carroll ISD must have an entrance/exit plan for each campus and transition procedures that reduce large group gathersing (of students and/or adults) in close proximity. These plans are currently being developed and will be communicated to parents/staff/students in August before the first day of school.
    • Students arriving at school will be allowed to social distance and spread out in larger common spaces (pre-designated by the campus, like the gym, library and cafeteria) until the bell rings to report to class.
    • Bus riders will be taught to space themselves out from others as they exit the bus and walk into the school building.
    • Parents are encouraged to drop their child off at school or walk with their child to/from school to reduce possible virus exposure.
    • Students will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the building, computer labs and other common areas.

    School Health Clinic Procedures 

    • Registered Nurses and substitute nurses will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Minor health needs will be handled in the school health clinic. Screening will be conducted before anyone may enter the clinic.
    • Anyone with a fever or COVID-like symptoms will be moved to a designated patient waiting room where a registered nurse will assess symptoms and contact the child's parent.
    • School Health Clinics and patient waiting rooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

    NEW/UPDATED 7.28.20: The Texas Education Agency just released new guidelines as part of a Public Health Operational Guidebook for the 2020-2021 school year. Carroll ISD will use these guidelines when handling confirmed COVID-19 cases as part of in-person instruction. The district follows the recommendations of the Tarrant County Health Department when managing infectious diseases.

    The decision about how to respond in a particular case will depend on the number of individuals with whom the infected individual had close contact and the next steps that the school must take in coordination with public health entities. For Carroll ISD this entity is the Tarrant County Health Department.

    NOTE: Staff members testing positive, showing COVID-19 symptoms or having been exposed to someone who tests positive to COVID-19 must stay home, notify your direct supervisor and email jaclyn.hemmila@southlakecarroll.edu for instructions before being cleared to return to work. 

    TEA defines Close Contact as: 1) Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or 2) Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious. Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset, or in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.

    Close contacts should follow the stay at home protocol as outlined by the CDC. COVID-19 testing for close contacts is not necessary, as negative test results can occur at any time while the virus is incubating. The role of schools in identifying close contacts is to provide relevant information to local health departments, not to determine close contacts in the absence of public health guidance.

    Case investigation and contact tracing will be conducted by the local health entity. If an infected individual was on campus during the infectious period, school personnel will need to provide information to inform the case investigation and contact tracing process.

    Carroll ISD Registered School Nurses will serve as the campus contacts for keeping track of COVID-19 cases, reporting to the Lead Nurse who will be the main CISD contact to work with the Tarrant County Health Department.


    Bus Transportation Protocols 

    NEW/UPDATED 7.7.20 - Carroll ISD will require all bus drivers to wear masks or face shields while driving routes. The district also highly encourages all riders to be wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    • Carroll ISD will provide bus transportation for riders who purchase a bus pass. NOTE: Passes are first-come, first serve until bus capacities are reached. The Transportation Department has only about 1,800 passes for sale due to the one rider per seat standard.
    • Bus Drivers will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Each bus/route will be limited to one student per seat or two students from the same household.
    • Drivers and all riders will be required to wear a face covering/mask.
    • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed on all buses and are to be used by students when entering and exiting the bus.
    • Seats, handles and high-touch areas will be disinfected between morning and afternoon routes.
    • When possible, bus windows will be opened to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.
    • Shuttle buses with one rider per seat will run between Carroll High and Carroll Sr. High for classes. Buses will be added as necessary. 

    Lunchroom Safety

    • Carroll ISD plans to utilize the school cafeteria for student meals. NOTE: no parents/visitors during lunch at least for the fall semester.
    • Cafeteria staff will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Classes will go to lunch on a staggered schedule to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria each period. The campus may add a lunch period to reduce the number of students in each lunch period as well.
    • All cafeteria staff will be wearing masks and gloves while serving students. Screen guards will be utilized at point of pay locations.
    • Students will be issued a picture ID and a lanyard to use as part of "no-touch" lunch purchase process.
    • Carroll ISD purchased desk shields for every elementary student in CISD. These clear, plastic tri-fold shields can be used by students at their desks and/or carried to the lunchroom for use while eating. Desk shields will be sprayed and cleaned with disinfectant each night.
    • No salad bar will be available during the 2020-2021 school year; instead, prepackaged salads will be available for purchase.
    • Seats, tables, door handles and high-touch areas will be disinfected between lunch periods/use.
    • CISD students will be given a pre-order option to minimize face-to-face contact in the cafeteria line.
    • When possible, food items will be prepacked and boxed to minimize face-to-face contact in the cafeteria line.

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Masks 

    UPDATED 7.7.20: Schools are required to comply with the Governor's Executive Order regarding the wearing of masks. In addition to the executive order, school systems may require the use of masks or face shields for adults or students for whom it is developmentally appropriate. Schools MUST require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions (entering/exiting buildings, walking to/from classrooms in the hallway, etc.) that will allow them to maintain safe distancing. The Governor's Executive Order calling for masks to be worn allows for individuals giving a presentation or public speaking to remove their mask. They should be six feet away from others at all times the mask is removed. This means during trainings, class lessons and/or public presentations, employees may see school administrators or trainers without their mask.

    • All bus drivers and riders will be masked.
    • All students and adults must wear a mask when entering/exiting the building and moving in the hallway to/from locations (classes, gym, restrooms, cafeteria, recess, etc.).
    • Those students or staff with documented medical conditions are not required to wear a mask but must first communicate arrangements with the school nurse/classroom teacher.
    • Students 9 years old and younger may remove masks once they are behind their desk divider shield in the classroom. Students will be placed in cohorts of 3-4 to minimize risk of exposure/quarantining.
    • Students participating in PE classes or athletic workouts may remove masks as long as they remain more than six feet away from others. Because social distancing at recess cannot be enforced, students are asked to wear comfortable, disposable masks while at recess.
    • Teachers/Students may use a face shield or remove their mask if they are presenting/speaking and remain more than six feet away from others.
    • Teachers/Employees working by themselves in their classrooms/offices may remove their mask only for as long as they remain alone.
    • Students must follow the mask requirements set forth by CISD to remain eligible for in-person instruction. CISD has conferred with other school districts and compared mask orders in an effort to ensure consistency. Schools may establish mask requirements above and beyond the Governor's Executive Order in place.
    • Proper notice will be given to parents of any proposed changes to mask requirements well in advance of the changes so that those who selected in-person instruction may change to virtual instruction before any changes take affect.
    • Mask mandates help protect others. Any employee who persistently does not follow the mask requirements could face disciplinary action.
    • Desk dividers/shields may be used by elementary students as necessary in classrooms to protect/divide students in close proximity to other students. Masks should be worn by students age 10 and above in compliance with Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order.
    • The Texas Education Agency recently announced that PPE would be purchased and provided to each district for use as needed. 
      From the state, Carroll ISD will receive:
      • 76,088 disposable masks
      • 19,022 reusable masks
      • 33,524 gloves
      • 63 thermometers
      • 895 gallons of hand sanitizer
      • 986 adult face shields

    Handwashing & Hand Sanitizers 

    • Students and staff will be trained in proper handwashing protocols to prevent COVID-19 and the spread of germs.
    • Elementary teachers will be encouraged to supervise student handwashing for 20 seconds at least two times each day, in addition all students will be encouraged to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating lunch.
    • Handwashing stations are available in restrooms and some classrooms.
    • Hand sanitizer stations have been added in each classroom and commons areas. 
    • Hand sanitizer will be available as students enter/exit buses, the school building and computer labs.
    • Touchless paper towel dispensers will be provided in all school restrooms and cafeterias.

    Social Distancing Protocols

    • Students and staff will be trained in proper social distancing.
    • Signage will be provided to help assist students and staff with social distancing in common spaces and hallways.
    • Social Distancing becomes a personal responsibility of each individual attending school or coming to a CISD facility. Anyone causing a disruption or unwilling to follow CISD safety protocols, putting students/staff at unnecessary risk may be asked to leave the premises immediately.
    • Whenever possible throughout the day, students and staff will remain six feet apart. NOTE: it isn't realistic that staff and students can maintain six feet of social distancing at all times, especially in classrooms. Masks must be worn by students when moving to/from locations as well as when they are not six feet from others.

    Cleaning & Disinfectant Protocols 

    Click here to view Back to School PPE and Safety Measures

    • CISD custodial employees have been trained on COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting will occur nightly in every classroom, commons area and on high-touch surfaces.
    • Every classroom and office area will have disinfectant in a spray bottle with Dragon green cleaning cloths provided for employees and students to use in high-touch areas throughout the school day.
    • The state recommends that each school district provide students the opportunity to clean their own spaces before and after they are used in ways that are safe and developmentally appropriate.
    • Restrooms, cafeterias, playgrounds and computer labs will undergo extensive cleaning after each day's use.

    Instructional Delivery Options

    All instructional options must address the required curriculum per the Texas Education Code 28.002.

    Student grading policies under both fall planning models must be consistent with the grading policies used before COVID-19 for on-campus assignments. Therefore the district will not be using pass/fail this fall.
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    In-Person Instruction

    During Annual Student Verification (July 27-August 4), parents will be asked to select in-person OR virtual learning for their preference during the first grading period. Unless a student develops symptoms or must quarantine, the student will remain in the chosen instruction platform for the duration of that grading period. If a student becomes sick, quarantined or the campus closes due to COVID-19, that student may switch from in-person to virtual instruction. Any parent/student wishing to change their instructional platform must notify the campus principal in writing two weeks prior to the next grading period.

    • In-Person Instruction is traditional at-school learning.  
    • Additional safety protocols and social distancing will be implemented as recommended for at-school learning.
    • CISD will follow the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Tarrant County Health Department guidelines for In-Person Instruction. 

     

    Virtual

    Virtual Instruction

    Information about the Dragon Virtual Academy launched on Thursday, July 23.

    UPDATED 7.7.20: The Carroll School Board recently approved the purchase of webcams for virtual teaching. Various webcams were researched and reviewed before being recommended to the Board. The webcams follow the teacher (not students) using pre-set locations the teacher selects when moving around the room. Therefore the camera does not move or scan the room, but instead, it changes to pre-set locations by a remote used by the teacher. The camera is completely controlled by the classroom teacher so that students learning virtually can see the teacher and follow the teacher during instruction.

    During Annual Student Verification (July 27-August 4), Carroll ISD parents will be asked their preference between in-person OR virtual learning for the first grading period. Unless a student develops symptoms or must quarantine, the student will remain in the chosen instruction platform for the duration of that grading period. If a student becomes sick, quarantined or the campus closes due to COVID-19, that student may switch from in-person to virtual instruction. Any parent/student wishing to change their instructional platform must notify the campus principal in writing two weeks prior to the next grading period.

    • The curriculum, rigor and assignments for Virtual Instruction will be the same as In-Person Instruction.
    • Virtual Instruction involves two-way, real-time/live virtual instruction. The teacher will interact with students in a virtual learning environment for scheduled portions of the day. This option will be offered either by parent choice or as a result of building closures due to COVID-19.
    • Under the Virtual Instruction model, CISD would provide asynchronous instruction for students in grades K-2. This means self-paced, online intermittent teacher instruction using pre-recorded videos. Teachers would provide guided support.
    • For students in grades 3-12, CISD would provide synchronous instruction where all participants are present at the same time, virtually. This involves live, interactive classes with teachers teaching in real-time using video conferencing calls, as well as scheduled and timed online tests. The approximate number of hours each student will be expected to be engaged in the Virtual Instruction will be 3 hours each day for Grades 3-5 and 4 hours each day for Grades 6-12.
    • If allowed by the Texas Education Agency, Carroll ISD would give parents the choice to select Virtual Instruction (even if school facilities are open) by signing up before an announced deadline yet to be determined. Under CISD's proposed plan, parents would have to decide to use Virtual Instruction for the duration of the full grading period if they select this choice of instruction. The Carroll ISD student would be considered enrolled in CISD Virtual Instruction for attendance and funding purposes and would be eligible to participate in all extra-curricular activities and sports per UIL guidelines.
    • If allowed by state and local officials, under the Virtual Instruction model, CISD would offer PK students and students with special needs served in any of the following district centralized-support classrooms - (Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Alternative Curriculum Education (ACE) and Structured Learning (SL) - the ability to attend all five days for In-Person Instruction.

    Attendance and Enrollment

    • Carroll ISD will be required to take DAILY attendance under both learning models. This means students will have to be present in-person and/or logged in each day to be counted present for credit purposes.
    • Per Texas Education Code (TEC) 25.092, students must attend 90 percent of a course (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. This requirement remains in force during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Given the public health situation, student attendance may be earned through the delivery of virtual instruction.
    • School systems are required to provide parents a notice of their public education enrollment and attendance rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic using a document published by TEA.

    Special Education

    • Special education staff will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Instruction - Students who receive mainstream instruction, in class support, or co-teach instruction will continue to participate in the general education curriculum with their individualized accommodations/modifications being implemented by the special education teacher. Students who receive resource instruction will have access to modified general education curriculum at their instructional level. Students who are on an alternate curriculum will receive instruction of prerequisite skills at their instructional level. Manipulatives, charts/graphs, hands-on materials will be provided to parents should a closure occur.
    • Common special education platforms include N2Y(News 2 You), ReThink, ChoiceWorks, Lesson Pix, Learning A-Z (Raz Kids), BrainPOP, and BrainPOP Jr.
    • Parent video training sessions on the special education platforms will occur early in the school year. Should a closure occur prior to the start of school; video training sessions will be provided on a district selected platform.
    • K-4 will utilize iPads; Grades 5-12 will utilize laptops.
    • Student devices will be sent home with students should a closure occur.
    • Parent training with therapists regarding strategies and techniques will occur early in the school year. Should a closure occur prior to the start of school; training will be provided on a district selected platform.
    • Students who receive mainstream instruction, in class support, or co-teach instruction will be assessed by methods determined by Curriculum and Instruction (iStation, STAAR release tests, CBAs, semester exams, standards based tests) with their individualized accommodations/modifications being implemented by the special education teacher.
    • Students who receive resource instruction will be assessed by curriculum based tests, Brigance, iStation, STAAR release tests, CBAs, semester exams, standards based tests.
    • Students who are on an alternate curriculum will be assessed by Brigance, goal based activities, parent reporting, etc. Please see TEA Progress Monitoring Checklist
    • TEA has provided a guidance document on compensatory strategies and services.
    • CISD currently contracts for orientation and mobility (O&M) and audiological services.
    • In-Person: Materials accommodated by general education teacher, Google R&W
    • Manipulatives, charts/graphs, hands-on materials will be provided to parents should a closure occur. Special education teachers will provide direct instruction on a district selected platform.
    • Special education transportation services will be provided as written in the ARD paperwork.
    • Additional PPE for staff and additional sanitization procedures in the classroom since these students will be unable to practice social distancing or wear PPE.

    Technology Support 

    • All Kindergarten-12th Grade Carroll ISD students will have access to a district-issued personal device for In-Person and Virtual learning.
    • Technology staff will be available in both instructional models to assist students and staff with technology support.
    • Carroll ISD purchased additional hot spots for families in need of internet access.
    • CISD Staff will issue devices before the first day of instruction for those students participatin in the Dragon Virtual Academy. Stay tuned to more information about this distribution schedule.
    • If you have any trouble with your child's device or connectivity, please contact our Technology Help Desk at 817-949-HELP.

    Playgrounds & Outdoor Spaces 

    • Students will be required to wear masks during recess because CISD will not be able to guarantee six feet between students at all times.
    • Playgrounds will be cleaned and disinfected each morning prior to the start of school.
    • When feasible and appropriate, students will gather outside (for instance, during physical education class), rather than inside, because of the likely reduced risk of virus spread outdoors.

    Extracurricular Participation 

    UPDATED 7.21.20 - The Texas University Interscholastic League released a Modified 2020-2021 Athletic Calendar and Updated COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines

    • Students and staff will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • All participants, coaches and directors will follow rules established by the University Interscholastic League and the Texas Education Agency.
    • UIL guidance can be found on the UIL Website.
    • Carroll ISD announced on July 15, 2020 that the Dragon Marching Band will not be participating in UIL Marching Band Competition for the fall season. 
    • In response to healthcare providers' focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, the UIL recently waived the required pre-participation physical examination for students involved in band/athletics who already have a physical on file for the 2019-2020 school year. Those students who are new or do not have a physical already on file, will be required to get a physical and complete the pre-participation physical examination form BEFORE participating in band/athletics for the 2020-2021 school year.  UPDATED 7.7.20. The CISD School Board voted to approve this at the June 25 Board Meeting. 
    • Indoor facilities, PE locker rooms and showers are all currently ordered "CLOSED" by order of Tarrant County Health Dept.

    Facility Rentals & After-School Events 

    • Due to COVID-19 and the impact on facility management, Carroll ISD will be limiting fall rental of school facilities primarily to outdoor fields.
    • TEA recommends that after-school providers and other programs that operate in conjunction with campuses follow this guidance in coordination with the campuses they serve.
    • Any operation of facilities should be done consistent with the Texas Governor's Executive Orders for similar activities.

    Large-Group Gatherings & Special Event Announcements 

    • During the fall semester, CISD will avoid scheduling non-essential large group gatherings and events where adults and students must commingle indoors or where students would be unnecessarily exposed to the virus in public places such as field trips, assemblies, dances, public pep rallies, PTO fun nights, etc.
    • The decision has been made to cancel the CSHS/CHS PTO Fall Craft Fair.

    UPDATED 7.21.20 - In accordance with the Tarrant County Health Department, this year's Aug. 22 Community Pep Rally and the Sept. 9 Homecoming carnival, parade and pep rally have all been canceled. In addition, the CSHS/CHS Homecoming dance has been canceled due to social distancing requirements.

    UPDATED 7.15.20 - Carroll ISD has made the difficult decision to join other area school districts announcing the cancellation of the UIL marching band competition season. To learn more, click here.

    UPDATED 7.7.20 - Carroll ISD will be holding Administrative Planning Retreat and New Hire Orientation virtually. 


    Social-Emotional Support/Mental Wellness 

    • Carroll ISD counselors will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Counselors may wear a mask when meeting face-to-face with students.
    • Counselors will develop strategies and support for students, families and staff members for each phase of recovery (before reopening, immediately after reopening and long-term support).
    • Counselors will develop a referral system for individuals who need targeted support as well as access to school-employed and community mental health professionals.
    • A process will be established to help identify and provide support to students or staff perhaps at higher risk for significant stress or trauma from COVID-19. This should involve conducting psychological triage to determine who needs crisis intervention support through a review of data about students and staff that they received during the closure.
    • Students in need of social-emotional support will be provided tiered interventions which could involve referral for additional school-based services or referral for outside mental health support.

    Communication 

    • Carroll ISD will continue to inform key stakeholders regularly, while offering opportunities for feedback to help shape the CISD 2020 Fall Plan.
    • The district and campuses will communicate official CISD news using Skyward Family Access, websites, enewsletters and social media accounts.
    • Survey links will be sent to each Dragon family to offer feedback, opinions and preferences for Fall 2020 Planning.
    • Parent and staff surveys launched on June 25 and remaine open until July 9. Survey responses are anonymous.
    • Student survey for our Dragons in grades 5-12 will be sent via email in July. Survey responses are anonymous. NOTE:  This survey is still coming but the timeline for distribution has been delayed.