Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

 
July 24, 2020 11:00 AM
 
 
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
As a follow up to the Superintendent’s letter, shared on July 22nd, all families must choose between the two options and complete their commitment form by August 3rd. Please take time to carefully consider your options and what is best for your family. To begin filling out your commitment form, please click here: https://bit.ly/32Sur32
 
If you any need any further information, please contact your school or read the information below.
 
Thank you,
Cityscape Schools
 
Estimado padre o tutor,
 
Como seguimiento al comunicado del Superintendente, enviado el 22 de julio, todas las familias deben elegir entre dos opciones de enseñanza completando el formulario de compromiso antes del 3 de agosto. Tome su tiempo para elegir cuidadosamente la opción que considere mejor para su familia. Para completar su formulario de compromiso, haga clic en: https://bit.ly/32Sur32
 
Si necesita más información, contacte a su escuela o lea este comunicado.
 
Gracias,
Cityscape Schools
 
 
July 22, 2020 5:00 PM
 
 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

I appreciate your patience as Cityscape staff worked to develop a school reopening plan that prioritizes the safety of students, staff, and families. These last few weeks, our community has seen a drastic increase of new COVID-19 cases and deaths.  Based on this information, the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) issued an order on July 16, 2020, stating that “school systems shall not open for on-campus, face-to-face instruction till after September 7, 2020.”

 

Based on this guidance by DCHHS, the Texas Education Agency, and other sources, Cityscape Schools will delay the opening of school until after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  Postponing the school start date will provide additional time to assess the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will also allow us to continue developing our Cityscape at-home/virtual learning program as well as make critical updates to the campus reopening plan.

 

I have received valuable feedback from the Cityscape Reopening Task Force, employees, teachers, and parent surveys. Our team has studied the best practices of school districts across the nation and evaluated current state and county COVID-19 related guidelines. 

 

Based on the results of this work, our team has determined there are two options for instruction during the 2020-2021 school year:

 

Option 1: Cityscape At-Home/Virtual Learning 2.0. This is the improved version of what your child participated in at the end of the last school year. This plan includes live interactive classes with students and teachers participating in real time. Teachers will be responsible to provide live online instruction for your child. Additionally, this plan will also include self-paced online courses with intermittent teacher instruction and pre-assigned work. This model will NOT require you to teach your child. Parents will only be asked to provide support as needed, but not be your child’s primary teacher. Please see these two valuable resources, Global Learning Community Guide and Reopening School Employee Guide, for more information regarding this model and best practices for safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Option 2: Cityscape At-School (face-to-face instruction). Your child will attend face-to-face instruction five days a week. There will be strict health and safety practices in place to ensure the safety of your child and employees. The Cityscape team spent hundreds of hours developing these protocols based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and DCHHS. Please see these two valuable resources, Global Learning Community Guide and Reopening School Employee Guide, for more information regarding this model and best practices for safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Option 1 is the only option that Cityscape Schools can guarantee your child will not get COVID- 19 while receiving a Cityscape education.

  

To be able to plan properly for the new school year, we will be sending you a link this Friday, July 24, 2020, for you to commit to one of these two instructional options. The due date for you to reply will be August 3, 2020.  Your decision can be changed as circumstances in your family or the community change. In such cases, you must notify your school before the close of each 9-week grading period.  We need your decision promptly so that Cityscape can organize, prepare, and support your child in the best possible way for the new school year.

 

      The COVID-19 health crisis has changed the way we operate, live, and function as a community.  There are many unknowns in our future.  In times like these, we must focus on areas we can control, and make decisions based on what is best for students, staff, and families. During this uncertain time, we have all experienced many personal challenges at home, work, and in the community.  As part of the Cityscape family, we want to reassure you that we care about you and your family.

 

#OneCityscapeFamily will overcome and prevail!

 

Changing Cityscapes One Child at a Time,

 

Leonard Brannon

Co-founder and CEO/Superintendent

 
Global Learning Community Guide
Reopening School Employee Guide
 
 
 
July 2, 2020 4:27 PM
 
 
Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members:
 
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes during the last few months. We are very proud of the way Cityscape students, parents, and employees handled the demands from this past spring, as we continued to educate and feed our students during the most unusual of circumstances. As you know, there continues to be concerns and questions related to how schools plan to reopen in August 2020. While we are in the business of educating students, our top priority is the safety of our students and our employees. Be assured, we have been working diligently on our reopening plans for the fall. Due to all the factors and information needed to plan as COVID 19 issues continue to unfold, our comprehensive reopening plan will be released as soon as possible, contingent upon the Texas Education Agency’s guidance.
 
With so many uncertainties, there are two things we know for sure:  1) school WILL start on August 17, 2020, and 2) parents will be able to choose between one of the two options listed below:
 
  • face-to-face learning: learning happens in a traditional classroom setting with a teacher on campus using all safety guidelines, including face masks and shields and Plexiglass (acrylic) dividers between students with daily sanitizing and disinfecting of all classrooms
 
  • at-home/virtual learning: learning occurs outside of a Cityscape Schools’ facility with learning plans and schedules that are created by the teacher for specific classes. At-home virtual learning will be conducted by Cityscape teachers and not parents.
 
 As we work diligently to make our final decisions about reopening in the fall, our priority is to keep everyone safe while not making life more difficult for our parents. Each family situation is uniquely different. We fully understand concerns about health and safety, virtual learning, the importance of face-to-face instruction, parents needing to work, the economy, and all other unexpected consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic. Again, our goal is to find the best way to have our students safely in our buildings as frequently as possible to ensure the health and well-being of all.

 We understand that these changes are indeed significant and that there will be many questions surrounding them. We will also continue to provide as much information as it becomes available. We sincerely thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we strive to do what is best for all students and employees during these challenging times.
 
Sincerely,
Cityscape Schools’ Superintendent and Chief Administrative Officers
 
 
May 26, 2020 9:00 AM
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) 
 
 
Dear Cityscape School Families,
 
Because of school closures from COVID-19, Texas received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in pandemic food benefits to families with children that have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals.
 
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides eligible families with a one-time payment for each child who previously received free or reduced-price meals. P-EBT works the same way Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do and will help families get the food they need during the current pandemic. P-EBT will be administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Education Agency.
 
To learn about eligibility and how to apply, see the document below or download it here.
 
 
 
Estimadas familias de Cityscape,
 
Debido al cierre temporal de escuelas por el COVID-19, el Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. autorizó la entrega a Texas de más de mil millones de dólares en beneficios de alimentos durante la pandemia para las familias con hijos que han perdido temporalmente acceso a comidas escolares gratuitas o a bajo costo.
 
El programa Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios durante la Pandemia (P-EBT) dará a las familias que cumplan los requisitos un pago único por cada hijo que haya recibido previamente comidas gratuitas o a bajo costo. Los beneficios del programa P-EBT funcionarán igual que los del programa SNAP, y ayudarán a las familias a obtener los alimentos que necesitan durante la pandemia actual. El programa P-EBT será administrado por la Comisión de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Texas (HHSC), el Departamento de Agricultura de Texas y el Departamento de Educación de Texas.
 
Para informarse sobre los requisitos del programa y cómo solicitar estos beneficios, vea el documento debajo o descárguelo aquí.
 
¿Tiene alguna duda? Por favor visite la página en español de preguntas frecuentes:
 
April 21, 2020 9:00 AM
 
 
Dear Cityscape School Families, 

On Friday, April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced the closure of all Texas schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, which ends May 27th, 2020, due to ongoing safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. In accordance with the governor’s order, all Cityscape campuses will remain closed and all school events are canceled for the remainder of the school year.   

Please know that while our East Grand and Buckner Preparatory campuses are closed, school is not canceled.  We are committed to at-home learning for the remainder of the school year and attending to the health, safety, and wellness needs of our students and staff.
 
Cityscape will continue to serve thousands of Grab-and-Go meals on Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.  These meals are comprised of seven breakfasts and seven lunches and are for all children in the community (18 years of age or younger). Meals will be distributed at three locations:
 

 Since COVID-19 first impacted North Texas, our administrators, teachers, and staff have worked tirelessly to launch meaningful access to at home learning across the district each week.  Our students will always remain our number one priority. Thank you to our staff and parents for their work, support, concern, and patience during these challenging times. 
 
Sincerely,
Leonard Brannon Superintendent,
Cityscape Schools

Update | Grab & Go Meals (Monday, April 6th)
 
Dear Cityscape Families:
 
Like many schools districts in Texas, starting April 15 Cityscape Schools will only be distributing meals on Wednesday's between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The service times may be shortened if all food is distributed as meals will be available while supplies last.
 
In the table below, you can see the dates that we will be distributing meals as well as the number of meals that will be provided.
 
Meals dates   Fechas de servicio

Update | Grab & Go Meals (Effective Monday, March 30th)

Dear Cityscape Faculty and Staff:

On behalf of Mr. David Tecuatl, Chief Operations Officer, we will changing the meal distributions to Mondays and Thursdays.
 
According to the National School Program Lunch, we can only provide meals to cover the days we had planned to be open during the school year. For that reason, weekends and holidays will not be covered. We have 4 scheduled holidays for the reminder of the year: April 10, April 13, May 1 and 25.
The service times may be shortened if all food is distributed as meals will be available while supplies last.
 
Please see attached flyer and further details will be on the website. This decision was made to ensure the safety of our staff, parents and students.
March 23, 2020 8:20 AM
 
Dear Cityscape Family,
 
Yesterday evening, a shelter-in-place order was issued for Dallas County.  School operations are an essential function and Cityscape will continue to perform these two essential functions:
  1. Free Grab and Go meals for all children 18 years and under. Monday – Friday (Friday there will be 6 meals for the weekend) at these locations
    1. East Grand Preparatory, 6211 East Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75223
    2. Buckner Preparatory, 8510 Military Parkway, Dallas, TX 75227
    3. City Church, 1530 Carroll Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
  2. The instructional team is rolling-out an at-home Instruction model for your children. Please continue to go to cityscapeschools.org for more updates and information. 
 All essential Cityscape personnel will be practicing six-feet social distancing and all other methods of personal hygiene as ordered by the Dallas county order.  Further guidance will be provided to each of you, as we all stand united and together during this pandemic.
 
Your children are our first concern.  We are here for you and your children.  Cityscape loves your children and your families.  Cityscape is family.  Please keep your family safe and follow the Dallas county order.
 
Changing Cityscapes one Child at a Time,
 
Leonard and Glenda Brannon
Co-founders

 


 

Familia Cityscape:
 
Ayer por la tarde, el condado de Dallas activó una orden de permanecer en casa. Las operaciones escolares son una función esencial y Cityscape continuará cumpliendo estás funciones 
  1. Distribución de comida para niños y jóvenes menores a 18 años. Lunes a viernes (el viernes se darán 6 comidas para el fin de semana) en los siguientes puntos de distribución.
    1. East Grand Preparatory, 6211 East Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75223
    2. Buckner Preparatory, 8510 Military Parkway, Dallas, TX 75227
    3. City Church, 1530 Carroll Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
  2. El equipo académico está por lanzar un modelo de instrucción en casa para sus hijos. Por favor continúe visitando cityscapeschools.org para más información
Todo el personal esencial tendrá que seguir la lineamientos de 6 pies de distanciamiento social y métodos de higiene como fueron ordenados por el condado de Dallas. Pronto recibirán más información, mientras permanecemos unidos durante esta pandemia.
 
Sus hijos son nuestra principal preocupación. Estamos aquí para usted y sus hijos. Cityscape ama a sus hijos y a sus familias. Cityscape es una familia. Por favor manténgase seguro y siga las órdenes del condado de Dallas.
 
Changing Cityscapes one Child at a Time,
 
Leonard y Glenda Brannon
Co-fundadores

March 20, 2020 10:30 AM
Free Meals to All Students
 
grab and go meals
 
 
Free meals for students
 

 
March 17, 2020 9:00 AM
Cityscape Schools (East Grand Preparatory and Buckner Preparatory) is closed until further notice to help slow the spread of Coronavirus.

 

To slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in our community, all Cityscape School (East Grand Preparatory and Bucker Preparatory) will close until further notice. This action follows advice from the Dallas County Health and Human Services department (DCHHS). We recognize the significant impact this extended closure will have on the entire community, especially for families who depend on the district for critical services. While our classrooms are empty, our work on behalf of children continues. We have activated at-home learning, our teachers are prepared to begin distance instruction, and Cityscape Schools will distribute meals at both campus locations beginning Monday, March 23rd. Each campus will become central locations for family and student resource distribution in the coming weeks. Please expect phone messages, texts, and all other communication channels with updates.
 
 
Thank you for working with us as we unite with organizations across the community to respond to COVID-19.
 

 

Cityscape Schools (East Grand Preparatory y Buckner Preparatory) cerrará hasta nuevo aviso para ayudar a reducir la propagación del coronavirus.

En un esfuerzo por disminuir la propagación del coronavirus (COVID-19) en nuestra comunidad, Cityscape Schools cerrará hasta nuevo aviso todos sus campus (East Grand Preparatory y Buckner Preparatory). Esta acción sigue la recomendación el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del condado de Dallas (DCHHS). Reconocemos que esta medida tendrá un impacto significativo en toda nuestra comunidad, especialmente para las familias que dependen de los servicios críticos del distrito. Mientras nuestros salones están vacíos, nuestro trabajo en favor de los estudiantes continua. Hemos activado el “Aprendizaje en casa”, nuestros maestros se están preparando para iniciar instrucción a distancia; y Cityscape Schools distribuirá comida en ambos campus empezando el lunes 23 de marzo. Cada campus será el lugar central para la distribución de recursos escolares y familiares en las siguientes semanas. Estaremos enviando comunicación vía telefónica, textos, y otros medios.

 

Por favor visite https://www.cityscapeschools.org/apps/pages/important-COVID-19-notice para más información.

 

Gracias por su apoyo mientras nos unimos con organizaciones en nuestra comunidad para responder al

COVID-19


 

March 13, 2020 5:00 PM
Spring Break Extension 

Due to the March 11, 2020 announcement by the World Health Organization that the outbreak of the new coronavirus has been declared a pandemic, updated announcements by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and information from medical professionals and state and federal health officials, the following action is being taken in an attempt to minimize health and safety risks to the Cityscape Family community. As a precaution, we will be extending spring break by one week. Schools will remain closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. The district will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation prior to reopening school on Monday, March 30, and will communicate across all channels as updated information becomes available.

Debido al anuncio del 11 de marzo, de la Organización Mundial de la Salud, declarando el Coronavirus como pandemia, actualizaciones del Centro de Control de Enfermedades, información de médicos profesionales y oficiales de salud estatales y federales; se ha tomado la siguiente acción en un intento de minimizar riesgos de salud a la comunidad de Cityscape Schools. Como precaución, estaremos extendiendo el Spring Break una semana extra. Las escuelas permanecerán cerradas del lunes 16 de marzo al viernes 27 de marzo. El distrito continuará monitoreando y evaluará la situación antes de reabrir el lunes 30 de marzo usando todos nuestros canales de comunicación cuando tengamos información actualizada.

 
March 13, 2020
A Letter from the Superintendent
 

Cityscape Schools follows the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. While there are no reports of this illness in our area, families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more information concerning the coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Please be assured that Cityscape Schools will continue to be in communication with our local sources and stands ready to take all appropriate measures. Cityscape is closely monitoring all developments and is in communication with public health officials.

Cityscape Schools sigue la guía y recomendaciones de los funcionarios de salud nacionales y locales, para ayudar a proteger a nuestros estudiantes y al personal de todas las enfermedades transmisibles. Si bien, no hay reportes de la presencia de este virus en nuestra área, se invita a las familias a visitar el sitio web de los CDC para obtener más información sobre el coronavirus:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Tenga la seguridad de que Cityscape Schools continuará comunicándose con nuestras fuentes locales y está listo para tomar todas las medidas apropiadas. Cityscape sigue realizando un seguimiento de la situación y se mantiene en comunicación constante con los funcionarios de salud pública.


March 2, 2020
A Letter from the Superintendent
 
Dear Parent/Guardian:

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, influenza activity remains high across the state and is above the Texas-specific influenza-like illness baseline. Influenza and cold viruses are spread from person to person through coughing and
sneezing.

At Cityscape Schools, we are monitoring cases by campus and classroom. The district is taking precautions to disinfect these areas more frequently.
 
Estimado Padre/Tutor:

El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Estado de Texas ha mandado comunicación sobre el alto nivel de actividad gripal en el estado de Texas. La gripe y los virus del resfriado se propagan de persona a persona a través de la tos y los estornudos.
 
En Cityscape Schools, estamos monitoreando nuestras escuelas y aulas. El distrito está tomando precauciones para desinfectar estas áreas con más frecuencia.