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Online Instruction Begins March 30th

Reminder! Online instruction will begin tomorrow. Anyone that does not have a personal device or that has not picked up a chromebook may do so tomorrow, Monday, March 30th from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm at Columbus High School in front of the auditorium. Meal pickups are Monday through Friday from 10am until noon at Columbus Junior High School.
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Technology Schedule

Columbus ISD is continuing to monitor the current COVID-19 situation. We are working on determining how many of our families are in need of a device, so their children can do their work online. If you have not yet completed the technology survey on our website, please do so. We will provide one Chromebook per family, for those families who do not have a smart phone, iPad, laptop, Chromebook or desk top computer. All families who will need a device will pick them up in front of the High School Campus.

The schedule will be as follows:
High School – Thursday Morning 9:00-11:00
Junior High – Thursday Afternoon 1:00-3:00
Elementary School – Friday Morning 9:00-11:00

This pick-up time is ONLY for families without a device. We are in the process of buying some mobile hotspots, but they will not be here for 2-3 weeks.
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To the Parents and Guardians:

To Parents / Guardians of Columbus ISD Students:

First of all we want to thank you for your support during these trying times. We will roll out instruction tomorrow for our students who are taking Advanced Placement classes, this does not include Pre-AP courses. Our students who are taking Dual Credit courses with Blinn Junior College will be on the Blinn schedule. Here is what we know about Blinn: Blinn instructors will have weekly assignments posted on eCampus by 8:00 a.m., Monday morning. You will need to complete your assignments online. You also need to check your myBlinnaccounts.

We were able to get a small number of teachers trained with Google Classroom and an app for your device called "Nearpod". Nearpod is free for students, and we welcome you to go ahead and download this ap. We started with a small group, because we wanted to work out any potential problems prior to rolling this out district wide. We hope to have everyone on board by Thursday of this week. We need a couple of days for our small group to find problems. For students who do not have a device or internet, we will be issuing devices to those students on a schedule that will be published Monday, March 23, 2020. If your student has a device but no internet, we have made the internet accessible by parking in one of our campus parking lots. For more information on where to park please go to our website and look at the map. If a student doesn't get a device, or has no way to get to our campuses for internet, we will make work packets and will schedule when to pass them out. We will have more instructions for you tomorrow with more of a set schedule.

During this week we will train teachers online, as we cannot have more than 10 people in an area. I know this is a trying time, please bear with us as we do our best to put the most effective plan in place for your child. The administration is monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely. We have daily contact with the Commissioner of Education, weekly contact with the Executive Director of the Region 3 Education Service Center and daily meetings with each other.
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CISD Schools Closed Until April 3rd

Columbus ISD, in accordance with the executive order signed by Governor Abbot, will be closed and school activities cancelled until April 3, 2020. Please continue to monitor district websites for further updates and information. Your continued support in the days ahead are greatly appreciated. To see Columbus ISD's threaded response to COVID-19 click "Read full story".
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Colorado County School Admininstrators Annouce Closure Until March 29th

Colorado County school administrators are continuing to monitor the very fluid situation related to the corona virus. At this time the decision has been made for all schools to remain closed and school activities to be cancelled through March 29th, 2020 for Weimar ISD, Columbus ISD and Rice CISD. Please continue to monitor district websites for further updates and information. Your continued support in the days ahead in appreciated greatly. To see Columbus ISD's full response to COVID-19, click "Read full story"
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Colorado County Schools

The Administration of Colorado County public schools are evaluating and monitoring the corona virus situation currently and will continue to do so. A decision on reopening schools will be announced for Weimar ISD, Columbus ISD, and Rice CISD no later than 9:00 a m on Thursday , March 19, 2020. Thank you for your continued support during the days ahead. Click “Read full story” to see CISD’s full response COVID.
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CISD Plans for Meals and Instruction

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, any CISD student can come to the Columbus Junior High Campus to receive a lunch for that day and a breakfast for the next morning. These meals will be passed out between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. If a parent comes by to pick a meal up for their child, the child must be with the parent. These meals are prepared as a grab and go meal. At this time the district is unsure of how long we will be closed, therefore we plan on feeding our students Monday-Friday until we re-open.
Parents and students, CISD is planning a way to offer online instruction. We need to provide some training to our teachers so that this can be as seamless as possible. We anticipate beginning online instruction some time next week, if we are still out of school. Please complete the linked survey in order to determine who has internet, wi-fi and how many devices (smart phones, tablets iPads, Chromebooks, lap tops, etc.) This will help us determine where we need to focus our resources. Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/ZUcQzqypXcFa8uAAA
Please complete this survey by midnight on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Parents and students, thank you for your patience during this trying time.
Click "Read full story" to view CISD's response to COVID-19 and access the survey link.
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CISD Facilities Closed to the Public

Effective immediately, all CISD facilities are closed to the public. This includes all campuses, the fieldhouse and the track. Columbus ISD is closed to the public until March 23, 2020. We apologize for this inconvenience, however, we are taking extreme precaution. Please check back daily for updates. We appreciate your understanding. Please click "Read full story" for more details regarding the closure and our latest updates on COVID-19.
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