CCISD Announces Transition to 2020-21 School Year Plans

CCISD Announces Transition to 2020-21 School Year Plans
Posted on 07/21/2020

The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a modification to the 2020-2021 academic calendar to provide a gradual transition of students into the schools as well as to provide teachers and staff time on campus to be trained on safety protocols, receive professional learning on technology solutions, and overall prepare for the moment students walk into the school doors.

“We will do this right and safely so that the we provide the learning experiences our students deserve and have been waiting for since March,” said Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent of Schools. “This plan has received the support of the Galveston County Health Department and area physicians.”

cid:E956E006-AB7C-4C5C-ABB4-D4E5D024B356The transition into the 2020-2021 school year delays the official start of school from August 18 to August 24, 2020. August 24, 2020 is the official start date of school in Texas under law, which states schools may not begin any earlier than the fourth Monday of August. Since Clear Creek ISD is a District of Innovation, it has had the flexibility to change its start date. Moving to August 24, 2020 aligns with Texas law.  

The week of August 24, all students begin instruction in the School-to-Home learning model where students learn online from home and teachers provide direct instruction from their classroom. “This week will be a great opportunity to train students on our technology applications and give teachers time to work directly with students in a distance learning, live environment. In the event of a COVID-19 disruption this year, this will be the way we provide continuous instruction to students as they work from home,” said Dr. Steven Ebell, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. “It is important, in this world of COVID-19, that students and teachers feel confident learning in a virtual environment. We also want to take the opportunity to show parents and students that School-to-Home is not what they experienced during the emergency closure.”   

The week of August 31, 2020, the school district will welcome pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade students who have selected the Brick and Mortar learning. This will provide time for these important transitions in a child’s educational journey. Then the week of September 8, all students who have elected for Brick and Mortar learning will return to school with safety measures in place, including wearing a face mask.

For those families who would like another option for learning in Clear Creek ISD, they may enroll their children in Clear Connections Online Learning Program. This is open to students in grades K-12. Instruction is provided by CCISD teachers in a structured day. Additional courses for high school have been added based on student interest. To learn more, visit

Clear Creek ISD is asking parents to select their learning choice as soon as possible to allow for adequate staffing for Brick and Mortar as well as Clear Connections Online Learning Program. Parents may make that selection by logging into their Skyward Family Access Account and completing the 2020-2021 Back-to-School forms located on the left side of the screen. The deadline to submit is August 10, 2020.

The Board also approved a $5 million package for CCISD to purchase laptops for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, finishing out the 1-1 initiative for K-12. The District will be sending out an update on when parents will be able to pick these up for students. 

Please visit for more details on CCISD’s reopening plan.

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