School is Closed! Now What?

Keep Calm & Let's Do This!

Real Talk

Dear CISD Family,

Let's get real. We're learning as we go with this. I think it's safe to say we're experiencing something that's new to all of us. The recent outbreak of COVID 19 (coronavirus) has required us to make changes to our "normal". For many of us, the biggest change has been an unexpected school closure, that has now been extended until April 3rd. Great care and consideration went into this decision, as we know this will create hardships for many of our families. We believe this is the right step to take for the health and safety of our families, employees, and the CISD community at large. We appreciate your patience during this evolving situation and in the days to come.

My intent in sharing this interactive brochure with you is to outline CISD's plan for the time we are unable to meet face-to-face. Here are a few highlights:

1. Our #1 priority has nothing to do with instruction. The ABCs and 123s will not be the focus. During this time, our focus will be YOU. We are dedicated to serving our CISD families and we'll make every effort to meet your needs.

2. We have a lot of information to share. If you have a question, we probably have an answer. We are in the process of creating multiple documents related to the extended school closure that will provide information to you and collect information we need. The Chireno ISD Facebook page is the best way to access the most up-to-date information. Links to newly posted documents will be posted to CISD's webpage.

3. What an opportunity we have to create unique learning experiences for CISD students! Let's take advantage of this time and show our young people what it means to work together. "Distance learning" is a term often used to describe a class that takes place outside the traditional classroom setting. CISD will utilize distance learning to provide instructional support to our students during the school closure. Our model will combine print materials and online resources. Teachers have worked diligently to gather a collection of relevant review and purposeful skill practice for students.

I hope this information is helpful as you make plans for your family. I can't end this without giving a "SHOUT OUT" to the CISD Faculty & Staff! If anyone can take the lead with how to take an educational unknown and make it something positive for kids---it's CISD! Let's get it done!

Stay Well,

Mrs. Hagle

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CISD Meal Service

Monday, March 23rd: A drive-thru lunch pick up will be available from 11:00-12:00 behind the cafeteria. Children ages 1-18 may collect a lunch FREE OF CHARGE. Please follow the road behind the high school and to the back of the cafeteria. DO NOT PARK AND GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE. We'll bring it right out to you.

Tuesday, March 24th: Child meals will be bundled for the rest of the week (Tuesday-Friday). Meals may be picked up in the same drive-thru style as Monday. The pick-up time will be 11:00-1:00. (Some items will require refrigeration.)

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Instructional Support for Distance Learning

Instructional support packets are being prepared for each student. Your child will be given assignments in Reading/ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. Packets are expected to be completed to the best of your child's ability and will be collected upon return to school.


Assignment packets will be distributed drive-thru style on Monday, March 23rd in front of the high school from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Do not park and get out of your vehicle. Pull to the front of the main entrance and we'll bring your family's packets out to you.

Teachers have prepared 10 days worth of paper assignments for students. You may wonder why we chose paper-based assignments instead of technology driven assignments. Here are a couple of reasons:

1. We can't guarantee all students have access to a device. Even a family of four sharing one device can be difficult to manage (especially when older students have submission deadlines for college coursework).

2. We can't guarantee all students have access to reliable internet. Need I say more? Two words--reliable internet. There's nothing more frustrating than trying to complete work when there is interruption to service. We certainly did not want to put families in the position of having to leave home to find a place to complete online assignments.

Teachers have included online options for students. Many teachers are utilizing Facebook to stay in touch with students and families. Teachers will make calls in the next couple of days to collect information to help us better meet your needs.

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What Can I Expect Next?

We'll share support resources with you in the coming days. While the idea of unexpected time off of school may seem exciting the first few days, we recognize the reality is not fun and games. The extended school closure will undoubtedly create difficult circumstances for many. We will keep you informed. We will be available to answer questions. We ask for your understanding when the answer is "we haven't made a decision yet".

Topics of resources to come include:

Social & Emotional Needs

Accommodations & Modifications-Ways to Help

Age Appropriate Schedule Recommendations

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have an idea or suggestion for a topic, please email Heather Hagle at or Brandy Bennefield at

Heather Hagle, M.Ed

Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction