Questions about COVID-19The Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports several cases in the United States, including in Texas.Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 belongs to a family of viruses called “coronavirus.” There are other viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. These viruses can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia. This particular coronavirus has not been seen previously in humans. The virus is likely to be spread from person to person. Since the virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.While both these illnesses are respiratory viruses with symptoms of fever and a cough, it is recommended that anyone experiencing these symptoms visit a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered trashcan. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands). Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.Midland ISD is following the guidance of Midland County Health and Human Services, which is working closely with the CDC, local governments, and health care providers to prepare for and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
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Midland ISD Health Services has issued guidance for school nurses to use in identifying and assessing the health status of students or staff who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.If both exposure and symptoms of fever or respiratory illness are present, nurses are instructed to inform the principal, isolate the individual, and contact Midland ISD Health Services for additional guidance.
Where necessary, cleaning and disinfection will take place in accordance with Department of Environmental Health Services Standard Operation Procedures and DCHHS recommendations.The following resources are available to help the public stay informed about COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/COVID19
Texas Department of State Health Services – www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Midland ISD school nurses and the district’s Health Services Department are also trusted sources of information.The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).Custodial staff will perform extra cleaning of schools and district offices, and school bus drivers have been asked to clean bus interiors. If needed, the district has access to large-scale outside vendors who can deep-clean classrooms and schools. Counselors are prepared to conduct guidance lessons with students, and Information will be shared with school staffs on how to speak to students about the disease.
Questions about AcademicsFor end of course exams, if students successfully pass a course this year with an EOC, they do not need to pass the exam.No. We are still on track to send offers to transfers and schools of choice. Parents will receive offers via email at the beginning of April, just as originally scheduled.Academic enrichment materials can be downloaded at midlandisd.net/enrichment. For those families without home computer access, packets can be picked up at food distribution sites.No, we will apply for a waiver from the state so that our academic year ends May 22, as scheduled.Yes. Governor Abbott has waived STAAR testing for this year. SATs have been postponed through May, and may be rescheduled for June. Refunds are available if you had already paid to take the SAT. The College Board is still determining how to administer AP exams. The ACT exam initially scheduled for April 4th has been rescheduled for June 13th. End of Course exams are also waived for this year.All upcoming testing for our G/T programs and campuses are postponed. Once classes resume, we will post an updated testing schedule. Students whose initial testing date was cancelled will have the opportunity to retest. Visit MISD's G/T homepage for updates.Pre-K registration is closed while campuses remain closed. When schools reopen, parents can register for pre-K on the 4th floor of Central Office.There will be weekly activities for lifeskills in addition to general education materials. There will be weely lessons for those with academic difficulties.We are working with Midland College on creative solutions to make sure students are prepared for their career field as they move forward. Please stay tuned for more information.MISD is still scheduled to resume classes on April 6; however, the dynamics of COVID-19 change frequently. No final decisions have been made regarding graduation. Lee's prom as originally scheduled has been cancelled, but we are hopeful to reschedule if possible. We understand how meaningful these events are for seniors and their families and will week to balance that significance with current health guidance, local, state and national declarations.As of March 19, MISD is still scheduled to resume classes on April 6; however the dynamics of COVID-19 change frequently. No final decisions have been made, and we are constantly monitoring the situation. Any decion regarding closure or opening will take into account current health guidance, local, state and national declarations.The lack of a STAAR test does not give any campus a "free year" from the penalties associated with not meeting state accountability standards. For example, if a school is currently a four-year "improvement required" school, it will start next year as a four-year "improvement required" school.Once school reopens, we will announce a schedule for enrollment for 2020-21.MISD will provide academic enrichment materials while school is closed. These assignments have been developed by the Teaching & Learning team to keep progressing student learning. The enrichment materials do not carry a grade.As of March 20, TELPAS has not been waived. Midland ISD is working with TEA on how to address TELPAS. Please check for more information.