COVID-19 Information

We look forward to welcoming our CFBISD students to the 2021-2022 school year.  Please use this page as a starting point to see status updates/announcements, resources, and other information about CFBISD school operations impacted by COVID-19.

UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

12/3/2021:

COVID-19 Update – Mask Announcement

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a long, stressful time for most. Keeping students and families safe continues to be paramount for CFBISD. Please be assured that our District leadership continues to work closely with local public health authorities for guidance regarding COVID-19.

Over the past few months, there has been a steady decline in positive COVID cases in our schools and communities. Also, new options have become available for families to consider, including newly approved vaccines and advanced reporting opportunities. After reviewing and considering this information, CFB will continue to make masks optional for students, staff, and visitors on district property and at district events.

We encourage our families to continue to visit our the website for future announcements and updates.


12/1/2021:
COVID-19 Vaccine Event

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD students ages 5 – 11 only can register to get a FREE Pfizer vaccine. See below for vaccine locations and information. Registration is required. Register Now

Education Services - From 4:30-7:30 p.m.
1820 Pearl St. #C- Gym, Carrollton, TX 75006

1st Dose: December 14
2nd Dose: January 7


11/15/2021:

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline, CFBISD is beginning to reopen our campuses to visitors. Beginning Monday, November 29, 2021, visitors will be allowed to attend in-person events outside of the normal school day meaning visitors may attend events held after the school day and/or on the weekends at our elementary campuses. 

In order to minimize exposure to our younger students, elementary school visitors are not allowed to attend in-person events or eat lunch with their children during the school day. However, visitors are welcome to attend any outside events, where COVID-19 does not spread as easily, regardless of time, if deemed appropriate by the campus principal.

District leaders will continue to monitor our local cases closely and work with local health officials to see if further adjustments should be made to visitor guidelines. We appreciate your support of CFBISD’s efforts to keep our younger students safe.

Thank you,

CFBISD Administration


11/10/2021:

COVID Vaccine locations for children ages 5-11
Mary Immaculate Catholic Church Vaccine Event

2800 Valwood Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75234

  • Pfizer provided
  • Walk-ups welcome
  • Pre-registration encouraged
    • Ages 12-17 (must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian)

Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Note: Transportation options available upon advanced request.

Register now


Dallas County Health and Human Services Immunization Clinics

Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
(972) 692-2780

DCHHS Stemmons Immunization Clinic
2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, #159 (first floor), Dallas, TX  75207
Oak Cliff Branch Immunization Clinic
1113 E. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75203
John West Branch Immunization Clinic
3312 N. Buckner Boulevard, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75228
Carrollton Farmers Branch Immunization Clinic
2774 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Irving Branch Immunization Clinic
440 S. Nursery Road, Irving, TX 75060

Valley View Pharmacy
https://www.valleyviewfb.net/
12879 Josey Ln., Suite #115
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
972-982-2232

Forest Lane Pediatrics
https://www.forestlanepediatrics.com/patient-resources/covid-19-vaccine-information/

7777 Forest Lane Building B
Suite 300 & 308
Dallas, TX 75230
972-284-7770 

Select CVS pharmacy locations
https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine/kids

Select Walgreens pharmacy locations
https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid/19/landing


11/9/2021:


10/13/2021:

Due to our community's decrease in COVID-19 cases, our local public health authorities have released less stringent COVID-19 quarantine guidelines. Beginning October 15, CFBISD will implement the following guidelines:

  • If a student tests positive then the student's schedule will be pulled and notifications will be sent via ParentSquare at the end of the day to the parents/guardians of every student in each classroom that the student with the positive case attended during the infectious period. 
  • If a parent opts to quarantine their student after receiving the notification, the parent must notify the campus attendance clerk.
  • There will be no changes for handling positive cases within the home.  Mandatory isolation of the positive case and mandatory quarantine of close contacts within the home due to the higher risk of in-home transmission will continue. 
    • PLEASE NOTE: With this change, families may notice an increase in notifications from the student's school. Previously this school year, close contact notifications were only sent to students within six feet of the positive case. Messages will now go to all students in the class where a positive student case is reported.  This potential increase in notifications does not necessarily indicate an increase of COVID cases. 

Free testing is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for CFBISD students and staff with an ID or student ID # at the CFBISD Educational Services Division Complex located at 1820 Pearl Street in Building #A, Room #106. To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test, please visit https://book.curative.com/sites/33911.

Thank you,
CFBISD administration


9/23/2021:

The following announcement was shared via email to CFB staff and families on 9/23/2021:

Dear CFBISD families and staff,

We want to make sure you are informed about new guidance received from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). We waited to send this announcement through ParentSquare until we had confirmation from the District’s legal counsel and the TEA Commissioner. 

CFB is currently under the Governor’s order GA-38 regarding face coverings. We are no longer under the Dallas County order as the Temporary Restraining Orders have expired. The Governor’s order is currently enforceable and is the prevailing order. TEA’s guidance also states the Governor’s order is enforceable. The District will continue to follow the applicable law currently in place regarding mask requirements.  

For more information on the TEA guidelines, please see the public health guidance issued from the agency. 

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we navigate together through these challenging times.

Thank you,
CFBISD Administration


9/21/2021:

We want to share with you some important news surrounding COVID-19. As always, our priority is to keep our staff and families informed and updated.  

Today, CFB received guidance (GK 38) from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that supports Governor’s Executive Order GA-38. GA-38 addresses government-mandated face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Per GA-38, school systems cannot require students or staff to wear a mask. School systems must allow individuals to wear a mask if they choose to do so.

Therefore, beginning Wednesday, September 22, 2021, face coverings are optional in CFBISD school buildings and district facilities. 

Students, staff, and guests are welcome to continue wearing a mask if they choose. 

The District will continue to practice measures to minimize the spread of illness through enhanced cleaning protocols, frequent hand washing, and other personal health protections. We will work individually with our families to support any medical-based needs for students.

CFBISD will follow any law applicable to the District when it comes to mask requirements. We apologize for the strain these back and forth legal decisions have had on our CFB family. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 


8/31/2021:

Right now, there is a temporary restraining order (TRO) in place in a Cameron County Court (Cause No. 2021-DCL-04816). This TRO presently applies statewide and prevents the Governor and his agents from enforcing the mask provisions of Executive Order GA-38 against any Texas independent school districts. The Bexar County Order from the Supreme Court of Texas referenced by the Attorney General is limited to Bexar County. The Dallas County temporary injunction (TI) is presently working through the courts, and we anticipate updates as soon as today.

We cannot emphasize enough that this is a rapidly evolving situation changing in hours and minutes. However, as of the release of this statement, the District is currently operating within the confines of the law and has opted for consistency until the law is clearly settled on this matter. Based on this position, the District will, for the time being, continue to require face coverings to be worn at its schools to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, protect the health and safety of the District's students and staff, and ultimately attempt to keep students in school, learning and growing every day.


8/28/2021:

Right now, there is a temporary restraining order (TRO) in place in a Travis County Court (Cause No. D-1-GN-21-003792) and a TRO in a Cameron County Court (Cause No. 2021-DCL-04816). Both apply statewide and prevent the Governor and his agents from enforcing the mask provisions of Executive Order GA-38 against any Texas independent school districts. The Bexar County Order from the Supreme Court of Texas referenced by the Attorney General is limited to Bexar County. This is a rapidly evolving situation, but the District is currently in compliance with the law.


8/27/2021:

CFBISD continues to look at the best way to support our students and families during these challenging times. Though health protocols and guidelines continue to change, our top priority is to ensure that our students receive quality instruction and support as they return to school. 

At the beginning of the school year, the District intended to offer remote conferencing as a learning option for quarantined students. This option would have required students to be online four hours per day working on assignments different from their assigned classroom. Due to staffing constraints and to better meet the educational needs of our students, we determined that it is in the best interest of our students to stay on pace with the work being assigned in their own classroom in order to ensure their academic success.

It is important to know that not all campuses and classrooms teach precisely the same content in the same way on the exact same day. Therefore, if the district proceeded with remote conferencing it is likely that students would repeat work or miss important concepts while enrolled. Specifically, students would have to complete assignments online that the parent would have to monitor and then complete assignments onsite when they returned to school for the teacher to monitor and assess the next steps.

As a result, the new plan is that the student’s home campus will provide essential work in Canvas, SeeSaw or on paper to be completed while students are quarantined. These lessons will be designed to meet their classroom needs and reduce the need for duplicate work.  

Please note the following: 

  • While your child is quarantined, our teachers will provide essential assignments (paper and/or online) so quarantined students do not get behind academically.
  • Students will complete the assignments at home with parental support.
  • We will work with students so they are supported when they return to the classroom. 

Please note the following quarantine protocols:

  • Vaccinations are available for students 12 years of age and older. ​​
  • Unvaccinated individuals who are determined to be in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person shall quarantine 10 days after their last contact with the person who has COVID-19.
  • The person with the positive case will complete an isolation period of 10 days.
  • Contact tracing will be performed by the district surrounding positive cases.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals should get COVID-19 tested 3-5 days after their exposure even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask in indoor public spaces for 14 days. Consistent with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals need not quarantine.

Thank you for your understanding. We appreciate your support and look forward to working with your child during this new school year.


8/26/2021:

Please note the following updated COVID-19 protocols:

  • Unvaccinated individuals who are determined to be in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person shall quarantine ten days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • The positive case will complete an isolation period of 10 days.
  • Contact tracing will be performed surrounding positive cases.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask in indoor public spaces for 14 days. Consistent with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals need not quarantine.

8/20/2021:
We know the start of the new school year has been challenging and stressful for many of our families, students, and staff due to the ever-changing information regarding COVID-19. Our educators have done a phenomenal job adapting and implementing changes as local authorities have shared new guidance.

On August 19, 2021, the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District Board of Trustees held a special called meeting to adopt the budget. During the meeting, the Board also took action to provide clear guidance to the CFBISD community on the District's plan regarding mask protocols at school. After hearing from legal counsel on the status of various pending orders and legal proceedings related to masks in public schools, the Board took action to make clear that:

CFBISD will follow any law applicable to the District when it comes to mask requirements. When and if allowed to resume local control over decisions regarding mask protocols in our schools, CFBISD will mandate masks for all students, staff, and visitors on district property or attending district events.

This clarity was provided by the Board in response to the uncertainty of applicable requirements as the various legal proceedings move forward and to provide assurance that the District remains focused on the health and safety of our students, staff, and visitors to CFBISD campuses and facilities.

At the August 19 Board meeting, District legal counsel addressed the current authority applicable to the District regarding mask protocols. On August 15, 2021, the 53rd Judicial District Court in Travis County issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in Cause No. D-1-GN-21-003792, The Southern Center for Child Advocacy v. Abbott. The TRO applies statewide and unequivocally states that "the Governor and his agents are temporarily restrained and enjoined from enforcing the portions of Executive Order GA-38 regarding face coverings against Texas independent school districts." At the same time, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a modified Order on August 16, 2021, requiring "universal indoor masking" for the school districts located in Dallas County, which includes CFBISD. The District's current mask mandate was put in place in accordance with these proceedings and in compliance with Judge Jenkins' Order.

As confirmed in the Board's action, the District will continue to adhere to any order applicable to CFBISD related to masks in public schools. The District is hopeful that the ability to make local decisions related to COVID-19 mitigation measures will be returned to Texas public school districts and, in that event, pursuant to the Board's action, masks will be required in CFBISD.

Given the ever-changing legal landscape, we unfortunately anticipate the situation to remain ever-changing over the next few weeks and months while the courts determine who gets to make decisions for Texas school districts. Please know that we will monitor this situation, including consideration of any updated guidance from TEA and state and local health authorities. We will continue to remain focused on the health and safety of students, staff, and the CFBISD community.


 8/12/2021:

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD sent an announcement through ParentSquare to parents of students in kindergarten through sixth-grade announcing  a temporary virtual learning option. The message is as follows:

In addition to in-person learning, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is offering a temporary online option beginning on August 23rd through the end of the first grading period ending on October 15th. The CFBISD Online Option will be offered to students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, where COVID-19 vaccinations are not yet available. 

This temporary learning solution allows students to engage in online learning utilizing CFBISD instructional resources in kindergarten through 6th grade. Instruction will follow the standard grade level CFBISD Scope and Sequence. This model does not resemble last year's online virtual learning where students directly interacted with a live teacher. 

An essential part of this option will be the parent/guardian acting as the facilitator (or Home Learning Coach) and supporting their child's learning.

Parents must complete an on-line application for their student to apply for the CFBISD Online Option. View instructions to apply. The application window will open on Thursday, August 12th at noon and close by Sunday, August 15th at 11:59 p.m.

NOTE: Acceptance into the Online Option is based on availability at each grade level.  

As the school year gets underway, district leaders will continue to monitor the COVID-19 impact in the community and will stay in close contact with local and state health officials. Maintaining safe and healthy learning environments remains CFBISD's highest priority while focusing on providing meaningful learning opportunities for students. Working together will provide everyone the best scenario for continued success in the 2021-2022 school year.

Temporary Online Learning Option PDF  

Thank you,
CFBISD Administration


8/11/2021:

Today, Dallas County announced an Executive Order requiring the use of face masks in schools, in accordance with Texas Disaster Act 418.108, effective Wednesday, August 11, at 11:59 p.m. CFBISD students, teachers, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks on CFBISD campuses beginning on Thursday, August 12. The mask order applies to everyone regardless of vaccination status. The district will continue to monitor updates from the CDC and Dallas County Health and Human Services Department.

Thank you for helping keep everyone in our CFB community safe. The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be a top priority. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 impact in our community and will stay in close contact with local and state health officials.  


8/8/2021:
Please see the recent updates below to the CFBISD 2021-2022 Return to Learn Plan.  

Remote Conferencing
On August 5, 2021, the TEA issued guidance allowing school districts to provide remote conferencing for students who are absent due to illness or close contact. Remote Conferencing requires instruction to be provided synchronously, which means two-way, real-time/live virtual instruction between teachers and students. The instruction cannot be concurrent, which means remote students must not be taught by a teacher who is also teaching in-person students at the same time. CFBISD staff is working diligently on the logistics of the plan and will provide the information as soon as it is available.

CLARIFICATIONS

Why is the district not requiring face masks?
Texas Schools are required to comply with the Governor's executive order regarding the wearing of masks. The use of face masks is optional for all students, staff, and visitors and may not be required. It is highly recommended that individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continue to wear an appropriate face mask while around others. Universal indoor masking is highly encouraged for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. (Dallas County Health and Human Services, CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics AAP).

Contact Tracing/Notification to Families
On August 5, 2021, the updated TEA Public Health Guidance indicated that school districts are not required to conduct contact tracing. Despite this, CFBISD will continue with our original plan to conduct contact tracing to determine close contacts when the school is notified of a lab-confirmed positive student for COVID-19. Campuses will provide notification to families of students identified as close contacts.

What is the student quarantine protocol?

  • Contact tracing will be performed surrounding positive cases for students.
  • The positive case will complete an isolation period of 10 days.
  • Quarantine of positive student contacts with a COVID-19 positive person shall quarantine ten days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

Will the district continue the electrostatic cleaning of all classrooms this year?
Yes, CFBISD will continue this practice that started last year.

Will there be physical distancing in the cafeteria during student lunches?
Since vaccines are not available for children younger than 12, physical distancing will be utilized whenever possible in cafeteria seating arrangements for elementary schools. This means space to accommodate visitors eating with students is limited; therefore, no visitors will be allowed to eat lunch with students for the first nine weeks. This practice will be reviewed prior to the 2nd nine weeks. Additionally, desk shields will be used in the cafeterias for 6th grade and below as one of the multilayered mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Desk shields will also be available to be used in classrooms. Parents will need to notify their respective principal to request a desk shield for classroom use.

Why can't the district gather staff vaccination info?
The Governor's order GA-35, reinforced by GA-38, indicates that no governmental agency (school districts included) can compel an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We cannot require documentation regarding the vaccination status COVID-19.

Why can't the district mandate staff get the vaccine?
The Governor's order GA-35, reinforced by GA-38, indicates that no governmental agency (school districts included) can compel an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We cannot require documentation regarding the vaccination status COVID-19.

Can I ask my child's teacher if they plan to wear a mask or if they have been vaccinated?
No. The school district cannot mandate that staff wear masks, and it is the individual choice of the teacher whether they choose to wear a mask. The vaccination status of a teacher or staff member is confidential information and will not be provided to parents. Staff have been directed not to answer these types of questions should they be asked. 

Thank you,

CFBISD Administration


8/2/2021:

Governor Abbott's Executive Order No. GA-38

TEA's School Health Operations Requirements


7/29/2021:

Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Service Plan 2021-2022

Dear Families,
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD will adhere to the Executive Order No. GA-36 relating to the prohibition of governmental entities and officials from mandating face coverings. Please know students are permitted to wear face coverings if they choose. CFBISD will support any student or staff member who wishes to continue to wear a mask.  

Please note the following information: 

  • Safety is our top priority four our students & staff.
  • Masks are optional; however, we recommend face coverings for all.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at every campus.
  • We will maintain 3 feet of social distancing when possible.
  • Handwashing is an important and recommend prevention strategy.
  • Students and staff should self-check temperature each day and stay home when ill; no on-site temperature checks will be done.
  • Vaccines will remain available for eligible staff.
  • Enhanced cleaning and ventilation will continue.
  • Contact tracing for positive cases will continue, in collaboration with the Dallas & Denton County Health Departments.

7/23/2021:

We look forward to welcoming our students back to school for in-person learning on August 10. As we finalize plans for the 2021-2022 school year, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines.  We will review and update protocols as needed to reflect new requirements from federal, state, or county orders; or the Texas Education Agency.

Please see the following updates for the new school year:

Masks
On May 18, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott announced that public schools could not require masks on their campuses for students, teachers, parents, staff members, or visitors, effective June 5, 2021. This decision was part of an executive order barring local government entities, including public school districts, from requiring masks. As a result of this order, CFBISD cannot mandate masks. We will continue to monitor guidelines and protocols issued by local health authorities. 

The health and safety of CFBISD students, staff, and visitors remain a priority. The district will continue to practice measures to minimize the spread of illness through enhanced cleaning protocols, frequent hand washing, and other personal health protections. Students, staff, and guests are welcome to continue wearing a mask if they choose. We will continue to work individually with our families to support any medical-based needs for students.

Virtual Learning
In June, we were informed that the Texas Legislature did not approve funding of a bill that would have expanded online learning in Texas and provided funding for a full-time virtual academy. Current legislation gives full state funding to only a few full-time virtual schools that were in existence prior to 2013. Without the approved funding, CFBISD had to discontinue planning for a Virtual Academy. Also, without this bill, virtual schools are not approved or accredited, including our own CFBISD Virtual Academy program.

Please remember to complete student enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. To submit a question about student enrollment, please visit the Student Enrollment tab on the district's online Let's Talk! System. To submit a question to district leaders about COVID-19 protocols and information, visit the COVID-19 tab in Let's Talk!.

We appreciate our partnership with you as we work together to educate all students. Thank you. 

CFBISD Administration 


7/19/2021:

CFBISD is finalizing the 2021-22 Return to In-Person learning plan. Further information will be released to CFB families and staff in the near future.


6/7/2021:

School Health Operations Requirements (TEA)


5/27/2021:

Denton County Health is holding a COVID clinic based at
Creekview High School, 3201 Old Denton Rd, Carrollton, TX 75007
Tuesday June 1st from 10 am to 6 pm.  


5/14/2021:

COVID-19 Vaccine Available at Valley View Pharmacy (12879 Josey Ln #115 Farmers Branch)
Pfizer vaccine will be available for staff & students 12 and older beginning on Wednesday, May 19. They will also be offering extended immunization hours beginning at 7AM-10AM and 3PM-6PM to get those staff and students in before school begins and after school ends.

Please make an appointment, if possible. Make an appointment

Walk-Ins are also welcome


5/13/2021:

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for immunizing adolescents 12 years and older. Both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for ages 18 years and older.

While children are less likely than adults to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19, they can be infected with the virus and spread infection in their homes and communities. Texas DSHS believes that promptly vaccinating the adolescents in this age group is another valuable tool that will help end the COVID-19 pandemic and have a direct and positive effect on schools being open for classroom learning.

Consistent with the federal recommendations, Texas DSHS is asking all parents to contact their providers to begin vaccinating adolescents ages 12 years and older with the Pfizer vaccine, effective immediately. DSHS further asks that, whenever possible, providers prioritize vulnerable adolescents, those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and those that otherwise have a high risk for severe COVID-19 illness.