Bobcat Nation,

 

Governor Abbott addressed the State of Texas during his press conference earlier today to outline his plan to begin the process to re-open the Texas economy, while also issuing multiple Executive Orders to include educational institutions. The Texas Education Agency issued the following statement, which reads, “With Governor Greg Abbott’s issuance of a new Executive Order today closing schools statewide for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, Texas continues to prioritize the health and safety of our state’s millions of public and private school students, teachers, staff and administrators.” 

While we had hoped that our district could resume “in-person” learning before the end of the academic year, the health and safety of our students and faculty remain our top priority. Our e-learning platform will continue through the end of our academic year to grow our students academically as well as emotionally. The At-Home Academic Plan and Grading Guidelines are available on the district website under the COVID-19 link. Also, available under “Counseling Support,” information has been provided by our counselors to support the social-emotional needs of our faculty, parents, and community members as we together continue to find our new normal. Click on the following link for more information: https://www.celinaisd.com/COVID19/ 

While our facilities will remain closed, and although school staff will not be on campus during operational hours, we remain available to serve our students and families. Incoming phone calls will be rerouted to designated personnel who can continue to respond to needs that may arise over the coming weeks. Food services will continue throughout the remainder of the school year, but in order to limit exposure to our employees and to the families we serve, we will be making changes to the curbside schedule. On Wednesday, April 22nd, pickup will include meals for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Starting on Monday, April 27th, curbside meals will include food for the entire week, with instructions on how to store and prepare the meals. This practice will continue for the remainder of the school year. 

Seniors and parents of Class of 2020 Bobcats, we continue to celebrate your success, and we remain hopeful that we can hold graduation as planned on May 22nd. However, recognizing that our return to normalcy will be conducted in stages, Dave Wilson and his staff are working with student leaders to develop alternative plans in the event social distancing will still be necessary. We will make a final decision about commencement and communicate with students and families in early May. 

Celina ISD commends our faculty, students, parents, and our community for your patience and support during these unsettling times. Together, we will get through this! We’ve Got This Bobcats! 

 

Dr. Tom Maglisceau

Superintendent of Schools

 

Rick DeMasters 

Deputy Superintendent of Schools