2020-2021 Return to Learn
We look forward to welcoming our CFBISD students to the 2020-2021 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:
Dear CFBISD Community,
I want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has stepped up over the past few weeks to support the students, staff, and families of Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. It has been extremely encouraging to see the assistance provided by our community during this pandemic.
To our teachers and staff, we sincerely appreciate you for going above and beyond each day, especially during these unique times. We are privileged to have such dedicated teachers and staff leading the way. Our students and families will continue to turn to you for guidance and a sense of normalcy as we move forward during this school year.
To our parents and guardians, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to navigate an unprecedented situation. We know that this scenario has been incredibly challenging for you and your loved ones. Please know that we are here to help you and your child have the best learning experience.
While the road ahead may continue to be challenging, I know we will come out of this situation stronger than ever. Once again, thank you so much.
Dr. John E. Chapman III
CFBISD will begin to administer assessments to your children to help us determine our student's strengths and needs for the 2020 - 2021 school year. These assessments provide valuable information to help us strengthen instruction in your child's classroom.
CFBISD has launched a public COVID-19 dashboard on the district website to help keep students, staff and families informed about the Coronavirus. The dashboard will include data on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the district. The dashboard will be updated daily as needed.
"We want to be transparent with our families and staff about the number of confirmed cases, and this dashboard will help us do that," said Dr. John Chapman, Superintendent of Schools. "We appreciate our staff and parents working together with us to navigate through the pandemic."
Safety protocols remain critical to combating COVID-19 for the district. CFBISD will continue to follow best practices to limit the disease's spread, including limiting large crowds and group gatherings, wearing masks, and handwashing.
The dashboard will help provide transparency, allowing families and the community to monitor COVID-19 cases per campus.
Dear CFBISD Staff and Families,
As we anticipate opening our campuses on September 8, our goal is to be clear and transparent with our families about the plans we have carefully designed for students that have selected Traditional Onsite Learning.
Throughout the summer, the District has received frequent guidance from health authorities on stopping the spread of COVID-19. This information was incorporated into the District's Reentry Plan and was reshared at the in-person September 3rd school board meeting.
The District will continue to stress the importance of the following:
- Wearing a Face Covering
- Sanitizing Hands Often
- Staying Six Feet Apart
Our caring staff will be diligent about reminding students to follow these best practices. We know there will be challenges, and we will need to be flexible and make adjustments once school starts.
Our objective is to maintain social distancing at our campuses and in our classrooms. However, we understand that social distancing may be a challenge due to facility logistics and changing enrollment numbers. If social distancing in a classroom or campus area cannot be achieved, we will rearrange and level the class to maintain the proper distance.
Implementing social distancing will require flexibility and creativity, depending on the classroom and building. We are committed to making any necessary adjustments to support our teachers and administrators as changes are made.
Polycarbonate desk shields have been ordered for all students. The shields have been delivered to elementary and middle school campuses. High schools have received the first shipment of desk shields, and we expect the final to be received next week.
CFBISD has placed COVID-19 signage in all elementary and secondary schools to include:
- High traffic areas will have additional signage to stress the importance of social distancing.
- Markings will be used on campuses to remind students and staff to always stay 6 feet apart in lines and other areas where they may congregate.
- Designated signage is located at the entrance and exit doors for classrooms and restrooms to reduce face-to-face contact.
Each campus and building in CFBISD will now be using upgraded microfiber cloths that are color-coded to ensure stringent cleaning procedures. Schools in the district will have blue, yellow, and red microfiber cloths. The color of the cloth corresponds to where custodians and staff will use them in the building.
Blue cloths are for classroom use. Yellow cloths are for common areas, and red cloths are for restrooms. The microfiber material will only be used in the designated areas. Using the color-coded procedure will reduce cross-contamination and create a safer environment.
The CFBISD Bucket, Bottle and Rag Initiative
Buildings and classrooms will also follow CFBISD's bucket, bottle, and rag initiative. Each class will be equipped with a bucket, a bottle of cleaner, and a microfiber cloth to help wipe down the classrooms after use. Our teachers know the high traffic areas in their classrooms and what teaching materials have been used. This initiative will be used to help keep their classrooms clean.
In addition to the cleaning bucket, the CFBISD custodial staff will clean each school and all classrooms nightly. The cleaning crews will be meeting with principals daily to discuss the best cleaning practices for their building. Please click on the link for a video about disinfection procedures: https://youtu.be/a4NWsROhlis .
We know that handwashing and hand sanitizing will help limit the spread of COVID-19. Please note the following:
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entrance at every campus, in the cafeteria, and common areas throughout the campus.
- Staff and students will be expected and reminded to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.
One of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our students and staff safe includes wearing face coverings. We will require students and staff to wear a face covering as they enter the building and walk to their classroom. Throughout the school day, there will be reminders to wear the face covering over their nose and mouth.
CFBISD has a detailed Reentry Plan that outlines all procedures for Traditional Onsite Learning: https://www.cfbisd.edu/students/2020-2021-back-to-school/back-to-school-reentry-plan.
As always, our priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. We know much more now about mitigating the spread of COVID-19 than we did in the spring, and yet we acknowledge that we will need to be flexible and make revisions as needed.
Thank you in advance for your patience and support as we adapt and work together to begin Traditional Onsite Learning.
Please note the following information for students riding the bus for Traditional Onsite Learning:
- Students must wear a mask when at all times (entering and riding the bus). If a student comes to the bus without a mask, we will provide one.
- We will have hand sanitizer on the buses. Our drivers/monitors will assist the students about using hand sanitizer when entering and existing the bus.
- Temperatures will not be taken prior to entering the bus.
- Signage will be on the bus to remind riders to wear their face covering and follow bus rules.
- CFBISD is now utilizing the infofinder system that provides route information for families. Parents/guardians are asked to complete the registration card on the site at https://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=CBI5NTWTDYBW or visit Transportation Department
- The Transportation Department has a new email address dedicated to route questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/24/2020: Safety in the Special Education Classroom During COVID-19
8/20/2020: Technology Assistance
The Technology Department is here to support you during Remote Learning. Contact 972.968.HELP or email@example.com for help.
Technology Repair Assistance will be 8/17/2020-9/03/2020 from 5-7 p.m. at the TLC & Newman Smith High School
8/17/2020: Superintendent's Message - Back-to-School Update
Dear CFBISD Families,
As we anticipate the first day of school on August 17, we realize the 2020-2021 school year will be different from years past. As superintendent, I am incredibly proud of our teachers and staff's work to prepare for our students' return to the remote classroom environment. We may not be together physically for the start of school, but our staff has an exceptional learning experience ready for your child.
We understand that as we launch Remote Learning from August 17 – September 4 that our students may experience some unique challenges regarding technology access and assignments. Please know our CFBISD staff is here to support you and your child. We want our students to succeed, and we are committed to serving and helping your child thrive.
Here are a few items we want you to know about Remote Learning from August 17 –September 4.
- Your child will not be negatively impacted because of the technical challenges that inhibit his/her ability to participate. We anticipate that some may have difficulties with technology, and we will collaborate with you to solve those challenges.
- If you missed your child's designated laptop pick-up time, please contact your child's school, and they will help you secure a device.
- If your child is experiencing an issue with a CFBISD device, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Technology Helpdesk, Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 972-968-HELP (4357) for assistance.
We understand that some may be anxious about experiencing technical difficulties. We want to reassure you that we will work together to resolve these issues during the first few school days.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is a strong school community. I am proud to be working for people who care about children as much as I do. I so appreciate the flexibility and patience I have witnessed during these last few months. As CFBISD educators, we will continue to support our students, families, and each other as we serve our children.
Dr. John E. Chapman III
8/15/2020: We look forward to welcoming our students back to school remotely on Monday, August 17
8/14/2020: 8 Tips for Starting School Remotely
We want your child to be successful when school starts remotely on August 17.
Here are a few helpful tips for remote learning:
- Pay attention to all communication from your school and CFBISD.
- Have school supplies ready to use.
- Set up a quiet learning area or space in your home.
- Adjust your child's schedule to match the school day.
- Have your child log into live class lessons 5-10 minutes early, so your child is ready to learn.
- Students should actively participate virtually with their class.
- Students need at least 8 hours of sleep nightly.
- Contact your campus or teacher if you have any questions or need support.
We are here to support you and look forward to a great year ahead.
8/12/2020 Update: Return to Learn - Dr. West
8/10/2020 Update: Introduction to Canvas for CFBISD Parents & Students
Thank you to our CFBISD families that have completed the registration process. We currently have 23,683 students enrolled with 13,390 selecting Remote Learning and 8,885 selecting Traditional Onsite Learning.
Please visit online registration for more information on registering your child(ren) with CFBISD.
8/5/20 Update: Back-to-school
The 2020-2021 school year is quickly approaching and we know that CFBISD families may still have questions. Please see the latest resources and updates available to help you prepare for the start of the new school year.
Expanded Frequently Asked Questions
- Learn more about back to school by visiting our frequently asked questions sections:
- Make sure to review the Traditional Onsite Learning and Remote Learning pages for more details.
- If families have questions not answered in the FAQs, please email COVID2020email@example.com.
7/29/20 Update: School starts remotely August 17 as planned
All students will learn remotely from Aug. 17-Sept. 7. On September 8, families who selected Traditional Onsite Learning as their preferred learning option will begin attending class on campus. We genuinely thank you for your patience and understanding as we start the school year in CFBISD.
If you have not completed your learning preference form, please do so here. For more information and frequently asked questions, visit:
We want to assure our parents that we are working hard to provide the best education possible for your children during the 2020-2021 school year. Together we can!