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Posted Date: 04/08/2020

Community Questions and Answers

Celeste ISD



What is Coronavirus (COVID19)?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, Hubel Province China. It is being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


How is the virus spread?  Is there a vaccine?

COVID-19 is spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) through coughing and sneezing. The virus also may be transmitted by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19.

What can I do to prevent the spread of the virus?

  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizers when soap and water are not available
  • Use disposable tissues when coughing and sneezing, and dispose of them carefully and promptly
  • If tissues are not available, direct your cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm/sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect “high-touch” objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when you are sick, and remain home until you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Maintain healthy habits that support your immune system

How long will CISD be closed due to COVID19?

We are committed to keeping you updated and providing you with information as soon as we have it. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and all decisions are being made with that in mind. We are continuing to closely monitor the situation and staying in contact with city, state, and national health and education officials.



We are setting up an email for you to send your questions to during our time of closure. This email address is


AT HOME LEARNING GUIDELINES (Depending on extended closures)

As CISD responds to the challenges of COVID-19, we are prepared to support you and your children through this time by providing academic and nutritional outreach.

Our goal is to create a sense of normalcy and routine until we can return to campus.  Our administration and teaching staff value and need your continued support and flexibility as we launch this distance learning program to support our students.  We ask that you partner with CISD as your child’s Learning Coach.

Our teachers will provide instructional resources for your children.  As Learning Coach, we are asking you to coach and support students with completing assignments, common questions, and logistics of our virtual program or packet work.


  • Monitor COVID-19 Updates and Adjust Program As Necessary
  • Communicate with CISD Family current validated information
  • Respond to incoming questions
  • Post daily/weekly updates on social media, news outlets, and CISD communication mediums
  • Attest to TEA instruction is continuing during school closure



  • Supply and Support instruction to all students
  • Respond to student and parents in a timely fashion on instructional questions
  • Support district efforts for communicating program updates and changes
  • Deliver instruction via packets, internet, and other means
  • Monitor student progress



  • Review emails, social media, and website postings daily for updates on the situation
  • Support students at home with understanding instructions for school on assignments and work packets/projects.
  •  Ensure a timely return of any materials provided for in-home use
  •  Communicate with teachers and staff as needed to support learning
  • Create daily routines for students working from home
  • Offer encouragement for students as they process the situation


  • Review emails, social media, and website postings daily for updates on the situation
  • Support efforts to flatten the curve
  • Donate supplies or internet use to students in need
  • Maintain social distancing and cancel events
  • Continue implementing recommendations from local, state, and national government recommendations for handwashing and hygiene



Curbside Pickup available at the high school from 11-12 Monday and Wednesday.  Please let us know at if you need meals so we can order enough food for all.  If you do not have transportation to the high school, please let the district know.


STAAR Assessments

Given the impact of COVID19, Governor Gregg Abbott is using his statutory authority as the governor of Texas to suspend annual academic assessment requirements for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  All State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness administrations scheduled for April, May, and June 2020 are cancelled.  Districts will have local discretion on whether students in grades 5 and 8 should advance to the next grade, just like students in all other grades



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