Dear Celina HS Parents,
Since the start of school, Celina ISD has monitored the local COVID-19 data with county authorities and within our school district. This week Celina High School experienced a spike in lab-positive COVID-19 cases among our high school student population. Our health services staff conducted contact tracing per Texas Education Agency guidelines and identified and quarantined several students due to close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority, and we are committed to honoring our community’s interest in providing as normal a school experience as possible for our students. In considering the impact on the campus and instruction, we will follow our mitigation response protocol, which includes the following criteria:
Can we ensure the safety of all students and staff?
Can we mitigate the spread of the virus through contact tracing?
Has the fidelity and integrity of instruction been impacted?
Current health and safety protocols are mitigating the further spread in school and in extra-curricular activities, and the high school staff has done an excellent job of contact tracing relative to active cases on the campus. However, in working with staff and campus leaders, we are concerned that the current fluctuation of student and staff health may negatively impact learning. All high school teachers are teaching both virtual and in-person students simultaneously. The added fluctuation of in-person/virtual learning due to students and staff needing to be quarantined is negatively impacting our teachers’ ability to prepare and provide quality instruction through both modes of learning. For this reason, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of all students and staff, Celina High School will move to all-virtual instruction for five days, beginning Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25.
We will continue to monitor the health of students and staff while also continuing to deep clean the campus throughout the week. All staff will work on campus, focusing on quality synchronous and asynchronous learning, and continuing the normal bell schedule with “A” day on Monday. All teachers will communicate with their students about links that will allow them to join classes online. In-season UIL activities and practices will currently continue with additional safety protocols; however, every practice/game/event will be considered on a case-by-case basis. As always, parents who choose for their child to not participate due to any concern for their child’s health or safety are encouraged to communicate with the head coach/sponsor.
Please know that this decision was made with the best interests of the students and staff in mind and to ultimately ensure the continuation of a quality education for all students. We ask parents to continue monitoring the health of their children and notify the school if a child becomes ill. Students who need resources at school throughout the week are asked to contact the front office so that we may assist you. Grab-and-go lunches will be available for all high school students starting on Monday. For additional information, please contact CISD Director of Food Service Ofelia Almendarez at 469-742-9100.
Celina ISD has a COVID-19 Dashboard on the District website where anyone can access data about lab-positive COVID-19 cases in any Celina ISD school or support area. You can find it at this link.
Tom Maglisceau, Superintendent
Dave Wilson, CHS Principal