Remote Learning at CISD

Remote Learning at CISD
Posted on 03/21/2020
Remote Learning starts March 25th

March 22, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

While the closing of brick and mortar schools may have the district working in uncharted territory, we feel that several major initiatives such as our Digital Equity 4 All and the One-to-One Student to Computer Initiative ensures the district will be able to continue educating our students while they are in a safe place at home with their families. For a quick video of the district’s initiatives, watch the coverage from NBC Channel 5 where they highlighted Castleberry ISD and the ability to offer remote learning to all students.

Our goal is to ensure all students have access to a quality education whether they are learning at school or while they are learning at home. 

Beginning Wednesday, March 25th, students will begin learning remotely from home. Teachers will be attending a virtual professional learning on Monday, March 23rd and Tuesday, March 24th to ensure the district is as prepared as possible to begin remote learning, which will begin on Wednesday, March 25th. 

Remote learning daily expectations will be posted in your child’s online learning management system: SeeSaw (K - 2), Google Classroom, or Canvas. Parents may request to be added to their child’s Seesaw, Google Classroom, or Canvas course by emailing their child’s teacher. This may help you in monitoring your child’s work/progress. Visit the Remote Learning webpage for more details on how to sign up to view your child’s online lesson activities.

Student Daily Expectations

Elementary Students:

Each morning students should follow the grade level daily activities outlined on the Castleberry ISD Remote Learning website. Click the links below to view the daily schedule for each grade level.  

Secondary Students:

Each morning, students should log into Canvas to see the work and directions teachers have posted. Your child should be completing school work each day, following their regular class schedule as much as possible. Students in grades 6th - 12th will attend at least one live virtual class each day. (Monday/ELA, Tuesday/Math, Wednesday/Science, Thursday/Social Studies, and Friday/electives) The time of the live session will be held at the same time as the student’s current class schedule. If any parents have questions, they can click the links below to view teacher courses or contact teachers via email. (Teacher email addresses are also included on the links below.)

Technology

  • If your kindergarten or first grader needs a device to access their lessons, the parent may check out an iPad for their student to complete assignments. 
  • Every 2nd and 3rd grade student will be issued a Chromebook to utilize at home. 
  • Parents of a 2nd or 3rd grade student can pick up their child's Chromebook at Joy James Elementary, Castleberry Elementary, and Castleberry High School during Meal Distributions beginning Monday, March 30th. 
  • If your 4th or 5th grade child left their Chromebook at school over Spring Break, principals will be contacting each parent to arrange a date, time, and location for parent pick up. 
  • All 6th - 12th grade students have already been issued either a Chromebook or Windows device that they take home each night. 
  • If your child’s device is currently being repaired, please check the status with the technology staff who will be at all Meal Distribution locations from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. 

Internet Access

If your child needs safe, secure, and filtered Internet access, CISD can issue a WiFi router that will provide a free connection to the Internet.

Serving Students with Disabilities

Castleberry ISD wants to assure you that we are committed to ensuring students with disabilities have access to the school’s education program. This includes students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and those receiving services under section 504. The district has prepared plans for enrichment and instruction for students with disabilities as they are being served in a remote learning environment.
  • View more details in a letter from our executive director of special services.

Free Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Castleberry ISD will be providing meals by curbside pickup to all children under the age of 18. Meal distribution begins on Monday, March 23rd at 11:30 AM. Students will receive lunch for that day as well as breakfast for the next day. Dinner will be available for pick up each day from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM.  Each Friday during lunch, students will be given breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday.

Thanks for your patience and support as we prepare to provide your child with quality educational lessons and resources, so students can continue learning remotely from home. Please visit the Castleberry ISD home page at www.castleberryisd.net for daily updates as the situation continues to develop. 

Sincerely, 

Renee Smith-Faulkner

Associate Superintendent of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation