COVID-19 District Updates
Updated July 28
Governor Abbott Waives Grade Promotion Requirements For 2020-2021 STAAR Testing
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for students in grades 5 and 8 has been waived for the upcoming school year. Typically, school systems must take into account a student’s score on the STAAR test to determine whether the student can be promoted to the next grade level. The traditional A-F rating system will remain in place, albeit with certain adjustments due to COVID-19.
Updated July 20
The Cedar Hill Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adjust the 2020-2021 academic calendar.
The first day of classes will be Tuesday, September 8.
The revised start will allow time for training all staff on our flex learning platform and sanitizing procedures; ensure all necessary technology resources are available to deliver flex learning properly as well as planning and preparation of instructional arrangements for a variety of possible scenarios. In the coming weeks additional back to school information will be shared with families and our community. This is a fluid situation and our leadership staff and the Blueprint Task Force is working hard to address questions, provide resources and plan for we are able to safely open our campus doors.
Please visit chisd.net/COVID19 for regular updates on our district's response and important information related to COVID-19; there you will also find a link to the preliminary reopening plan, "The Blueprint."
Returning Student Registration Postponed to August 17, 2020Registration for the 2020-21 school year has started for new to district students and Pre-k scholars. Due to the change in the school calendar, returning student registration will start on August 17, 2020.
Registration for next year is 100% online. For more information, visit chisd.net/register
Board Approves Plan to Provide Chromebooks to Support Flex LearningCHISD will provide a Chromebook for every scholar and teacher in the district.
This will achieve the district’s goal of one device per scholar (1:1) and to aid in instruction for Flex Learning. Schoology, the district’s Learning Management System (LMS) will house the district’s instructional materials and academic lessons.
CHISD will lease 3,345 Chromebooks for grades PK-5th, 4,845 Chromebooks for grades 6th-12th, and 450 Chromebooks for every teacher.
The total cost of the scholar and teacher Chromebooks with licenses is $1,885,891.50.
Updated July 16
Dear CHISD Community,
Like many of you, the Cedar Hill Independent School District would like a return to a semblance of normalcy. But we will only move toward that direction if we can provide a safe environment for our scholars and staff.
With the current rise in COVID-19 cases in Dallas County and in our state, we believe it is in the best interest of scholars and staff to return to the classroom at a later day. Therefore, during Monday's regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting, we will present a revised school calendar that reflects school starting after the Labor Day holiday. If approved, the first day of classes will be Tuesday, September 8.
The revised start date will allow time for training all staff on our Flex Learning platform and sanitizing procedures, ensuring all necessary technology resources are available to deliver Flex Learning properly, as well as planning and preparation of instructional arrangements for a variety of possible scenarios.
We have made this decision in unison with our fellow districts in the Best Southwest Region (DeSoto ISD, Duncanville ISD and Lancaster ISD).
We are grateful for the Texas Education Agency, which is allowing flexibility for districts across the state, with regard to planning a safe and successful return this fall.
I encourage you to tune in Monday at 6:30 p.m. to view the scheduled Board of Trustees meeting. The link to the live stream will be provided at a later time but you will need to use firstname.lastname@example.org as the login and Board2020 as the password to access it.
During this meeting, we will present the revised calendar and our full reopening plan titled “The Blueprint: Plans for Reopening CHISD.” Following Monday's meeting, we will update our families and staff on the calendar changes and make the reopening plan available to the public.
Health and safety continue to be priorities as we prepare for the start of school. We appreciate parents’ active engagement in their scholar’s educational experiences. We know it is important to keep you informed and we want to provide you with an update on school reopening plans.
Dr. Gerald B. Hudson
Superintendent of Schools
Cedar Hill Independent School District
Updated July 8On Tuesday July 7, 2020; Cedar Hill ISD administration and school districts across the state received guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on what districts must do when welcoming scholars and staff when the fall semester begins. You can read more about the guidance here.
The state is requiring school districts to offer online learning (Flex Learning) and face to face instruction. Because of the latest guidance from TEA, CHISD will not explore the hybrid learning model and will focus on providing rigorous instruction online and engaging traditional learning with the highest level of safety in mind.
Updated June 25
Beginning on June 29, and running through the month of July, the Cedar Hill Independent School District will adjust the hours and locations of its “Grab & Go Meals” due to the demand for meals during the summer.
The new schedule for meal pick-up will be 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Cedar Hill High School (Door #14) and Plummer Elementary School (Door #3).
The District will not provide weekend meals during this time.
Depending on the return of the 2020-2021 school year, CHISD will provide additional details for “Grab & Go Meals” for the month of August and beyond.
Updated April 20
Starting Today, April 20, we will begin “Grab & Go” meal distribution on Mondays and Wednesdays only. Scholars will be able to pick up the meals for the week on those days. This change will allow us to continue to serve our scholars meals while decreasing the number of times families have to leave their homes. Pick-up times and locations remain the same.
In addtion to weekday meals, Cedar Hill ISD will start providing weekend meals to families as well. Families have the opprotunity to pick-up a Grab & Go meal on Fridays from 11 AM - 1 PM at Cedar Hill High School only starting April 24.
Updated March 27
We are proud to announce that we will begin offering dinner meals and will expand our services to a fifth campus location (Highlands Elementary School) starting on Monday, March 30.
CHISD will distribute lunch, dinner and the next day’s breakfast between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the following campuses. Please pay attention to the door numbers listed below:
· Plummer Elementary School (Door #5)
· High Pointe Elementary School (Door #11)
· Bessie Coleman Middle School (Door #15)
· Cedar Hill High School (Door #14)
· Highlands Elementary School (Door #3)
During a challenging time, it always helps to hear from a familiar voice. Starting on Monday, March 30, our Cedar Hill ISD teachers will begin reaching out to scholars and their families on a weekly basis. I know our staff is looking forward to checking in with our families and scholars and I believe this outreach will be beneficial to all involved.
Updated March 19 | 1 PM
During this challenging time, we understand the importance of families having access to their scholar’s prescription medication that is currently stored at the school. That is why we will have a Cedar Hill ISD nurse at four campus locations from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, March 20) to coordinate medication pick up. Parents must show proof of identity (driver’s license or other valid form of photo ID) in order to pick up the medication for their scholar.
Here are the pick-up locations:
High Pointe Elementary School – 1351 High Pointe Lane
This is the location for pick-up for Bray Elementary, Ninth Grade Center, Lake Ridge Elementary, High Pointe Elementary and Collegiate Academy and High School families.
Plummer Elementary School – 1203 S. Clark Road
This is the location for pick-up for Collegiate Prep, Highlands Elementary and Plummer Elementary families.
Bessie Coleman Middle School – 1208 E. Pleasant Run
This is the location for pick-up for Waterford Oaks Elementary and Bessie Coleman Middle School families.
Cedar Hill High School – 1 Longhorn Blvd.
This is the location pick-up for Permenter Middle School and Cedar Hill High School families.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup previously scheduled for Saturday, April 4 has been postponed.
Updated March 17 | 10 AM
The CHISD Support Program (SP) is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential emotional assistance and counseling to scholars and families experiencing issues related to COVID-19.
Cedar Hill ISD students and families who are in need of some of the above listed support should email email@example.com
The CHISD Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related problems. The district is launching this program to provide support and direction for staff who are having difficulties in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Cedar Hill ISD staff who are in need of some of the above listed support should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated March 16 | 8 PM
Cedar Hill ISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson has announced today that the District will be closed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Updated March 16 | 10 AM
CHISD Flex Learning page is now available. chisd.net/flexlearning
Updated March 16 | 9:30 AM
CHISD has launched an online Thoughtexchange to further collect and respond to questions from families and staff. Your feedback is important to us. CLICK HERE to participate or scan the OQ code below.
Updated March 16 | 8 AM
CHISD has implemented a COVID-19 Form
Cedar Hill ISD is continuing to monitor travel advisories and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and County Health Services. The COVID-19 outbreak is a concern for anyone considering travel or traveling at this time. Those with travel plans are strongly encouraged to closely monitor travel advisories and guidance from the CDC. We respectfully ask CHISD families and staff who have traveled internationally, including cruises, to please consider completing this form. Information collected will remain confidential, and families and staff should expect follow-up communication from your campus administrator.
Updated March 14 | 2:30 PM
To support the health and safety of our scholars UIL has suspended all UIL sanctioned contests through March 29. CHISD will not have any practices or rehearsals until further notice.
Updated March 13 | 2 PM
During the district closure Cedar Hill ISD will be serving sack breakfast from 7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. and a sack lunch from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. each weekday to anyone under the age of 18 at Plummer Elementary (door #3), High Pointe Elementary (door #11), Bessie Coleman Middle School (door #15) and Cedar Hill High School (door #12). Parents will pull up to the location and meals will be handed to them in their car. All meals will be provided at no cost and will be prepared with the strictest of sanitation standards.
Updated March 13 | 10 AM
The SAT exam previously scheduled for tomorrow, March 14 at Cedar Hill High School for all juniors is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled.
Updated March 12 | 8 PM
All Cedar Hill ISD athletic events have been cancelled until further notice.
ALL scheduled out of state field trips have been cancelled until further notice. Campuses and department leaders should move forward with securing reimbursements from organizations if possible.
- Out of an abundance of caution, the district will not approve new requests for international travel until further notice.
- New requests for out of state travel will not be approved until further notice.
- For in-state field trips, the district will proceed with caution and all requests for new in-state field trips will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with special attention being placed on trips requiring air travel, events held in closed spaces, or events with 250 or more participants.
Updated March 12 | 6 PM
Due to the March 11th announcement by the World Health Organization that the Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic, Cedar Hill ISD is extending its spring break for an additional week. Scholars should report to classes on Monday March 23, 2020. Staff should report to work on Monday March 23, 2020 unless notified by their immediate supervisor.
The district is also offering free breakfast and lunch to anyone under the age of 18 living in Cedar Hill ISD boundaries starting on Monday March 16th. Breakfast will be provided from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plummer Elementary School, High Pointe Elementary School, Bessie Coleman Middle School and Cedar Hill High School.
Cedar Hill ISD is implementing the SAFE LONGHORN HOTLINE starting on Sunday March 15, 2020 at 12 p.m. CHISD families and staff are asked to call (469) 272-2020 for information on the district’s response to the Coronavirus and for self quarantine information.
CHISD staff will operate the SAFE LONGHORN HOTLINE from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday March 15th and during regular business hours (M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) starting Monday March 16th until further notice. Spanish speaking staff will be available to provide support.
The health and safety of Cedar Hill ISD scholars and staff is our number one priority. Given the media coverage of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we are keeping track of the situation from trusted resources like the Dallas County Health Department and Center for Disease Control (CDC). There are no confirmed or suspected cases in CHISD, and health officials believe the risk to our community and the United States is low at this time. CHISD encourages families to use the resources provided on this webpage to partner with us to share facts and not fear in our community.
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