Dear Bobcat Parents,
During the Celina ISD school board meeting on March 15, the Board reviewed Governor Abbott’s most recent COVID-related executive order and reviewed information presented by district leadership regarding current COVID protocols. After extensive discussion, the Board elected to amend CISD safety protocols for students and staff in grades PK-6, making face coverings optional in the classroom at teacher and/or campus administration direction. The Board also directed district leadership to continue monitoring the health of our school community, to watch for any spike in COVID cases following spring break travel, and to work with local agencies to help make vaccinations available for staff. The Board requested that a formal review be presented as a safety/security matter during Closed Session at the following school board meeting, which was held on April 19.
After deliberation during the Closed Session at the April school board meeting, the Board directed Celina ISD’s District Leadership Team to further review and revise current safety protocols. Celina ISD is enacting the following protocols beginning Tuesday, April 27, 2021:
– Face coverings for students, staff, and guests are optional in all district facilities and campuses, including in all classrooms, in all hallways during transition times, and during arrival/dismissal.
– Face coverings are optional for all students and staff in district transportation.
In an effort to finish the year strong, and to enable all students to participate in year-end activities, all other current safety practices and procedures remain in effect, including current protocols for limiting visitors in district facilities. The district is currently maintaining social distancing practices and fifty-percent capacity standards at our athletic facilities. And as always, when visiting other districts, CISD students and guests must abide by the safety protocols and procedures set in place by a host district.
CISD district leadership will continue to monitor the health of our community and provide monthly reports to the Board. The CISD Board and district leadership extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Jai Harris-Ellis and staff at Celina Drug who made vaccines available to CISD staff members over the last few weeks.
Tom Maglisceau, PhD
Superintendent, Celina ISD