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  • Coping with Stress During Outbreaks
  • Talking with Children During Outbreaks
  • Coping with Shelter-In-Place
  • Helping Preschool Children
  • Helping Adolescents

 
 Spanish
   • Coping with Stress During Outbreaks
   • Helping Preschool Children
   • Helping School-age Children
   • Helping Adolescents
 SPECIAL PROGRAMS AT-HOME ACTIVITIES
PRIVACY POLICY: GOOGLE MEET/ZOOM
   • Spanish
 
 COVID-19 UPDATES
 • Centers for Disease Control - About Coronavirus
 • TX Dept. of State Health Services - Coronavirus
 • World Health Organization - COVID 19 Outbreak
 • Texas Education Agency - Support & Guidance

 
MISD IS CURRENTLY CLOSED THROUGH: May 4, 2020

District administration, in contact with state and local education and health officials, will re-evaluate any possible extensions of the above closure date. Information in regards to any possible future changes will be shared with our district families in the following outlets:

• MISD website (including this page)
• School Messenger mass notification system (phone calls and e-mails)
• Local media outlets such as newspaper, radio and television

Please note: due to the unofficial and often incorrect nature of information shared on social media, MISD will not be posting updates regarding COVID-19 to any district social media account. We encourage you to follow us here on our website, or follow our local media partners such as the Marshall News Messenger and KMHT 103.9 FM for social media updates regarding MISD.

MONDAY, APRIL 6
Beginning Tuesday, April 7, Marshall ISD will cease daily home delivery of meals. This action is an added safety measure due to updated guidelines and restrictions under shelter-in-place orders for Harrison County and the city of Marshall. Meals are still being distributed at the three locations at Marshall High School, Price T. Young Elementary and David Crockett Elementary Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 12:30 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience but this action is necessary to further ensure the safety of our students, staff and families.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31
• By order of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, all schools in Texas will remain closed until May 4, 2020. Marshall ISD will continue to provide home learning opportunities for our students through this extended closure. Our administrative staff and teachers are available via e-mail if you have any questions regarding assignments or these learning opportunities at home. As always, our number one priority is to ensure the safety of our students. We want to encourage you during this time to continue practicing social distancing and please reach out to us if you have any questions about your child's school work during the closure. We will continue to work together in partnership with you to enhance your child's learning experience.
• MISD's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in a Special Called Meeting last Thursday that ensures all MISD employees will continue to receive their pay throughout the school closure due to COVID-19. 
• Links for Student Enrollment have now been created and are available. If you need to enroll or withdraw a student during this time of school closure, please access these links for more information.
   • Enrollment (English) (Spanish)
   • Withdrawal (English) (Spanish)

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
• Google Meet & Zoom partners with schools to provide video communications to support traditional, virtual and hybrid classrooms, distance learning, educational office hours, guest lectures, and more. As part of the services provided to K-12 schools, Google Meet & Zoom may be used by students, including students under the age of 16. We are particularly committed to protecting the privacy of K-12 users, and Google Meet & Zoom's K-12 Schools & Districts Privacy Policy is designed to reflect our compliance with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Federal Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other applicable law. CLICK HERE to download a full copy of our Privacy Policy. This information is also available in the School Closure menu in the upper right corner of this page.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25
• The Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start Roundup for Marshall Early Childhood Center has been cancelled.
• In an effort to provide adequate learning online opportunities for all of our students, beginning today, Marshall ISD is providing access to district WiFi for our students who may not have Internet service at home. The hotspot area is located in the senior parking lot at Marshall High School, across the street from Maverick Stadium behind the guard shack and gates. The access will be available from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day. If you do not have Internet service at home and are a student in Marshall ISD, you are invited to use this area for access. You will be required to stay in your vehicle and continue to practice social distancing during this time. MISD police will be patrolling the area regularly.

MONDAY, MARCH 23
• The MISD Learning Resource Center has compiled at-home learning resources for our students who receive Special Education services. Please click here or on the link under "Learning Resources" at the right to access these resources.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19
URGENT: By order of Governor Greg Abbott, all schools in Texas will be closed through April 3, 2020. This is part of a larger statewide measure to stop the spread of coronavirus in our state. MISD will continue to provide optional learning opportunities for our students at home throughout the extended closure. Please continue to reach out to your child's teacher or campus administrator via e-mail for assistance.
• Marshall Early Childhood Center is postponing the Round Up Enrollment events for MISD and Head Start. MISD Pre-K Round Up was scheduled for April 2 and Head Start Round Up was scheduled for Apr. 7. These events will be rescheduled at a later time.
• The College Board has cancelled the March 28 makeup testing date for the SAT. The College Board is working on alternate testing dates. Check online at www.collegeboard.org for updates on testing.
• The Saturday, April 4, ACT has also been cancelled. If you were registered for this test, you will receive an email from ACT telling you what to do to register for the next scheduled test on June 13. Check the ACT website at www.act.org for updates on testing.
• The Saturday, May 2 SAT has been cancelled. Check at www.collegeboard.org for updates on testing. At this time, the June 6 SAT date has not been cancelled. You can still register at www.collegeboard.org.
• SAT tutorials are available on the KHAN Academy website (www.khanacademy.org). 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
• Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, Marshall ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, March 27, in an effort to support our nation’s need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information as it becomes available in consultation with state and local authorities. MISD will assess conditions throughout the week, and will provide the next update by Wednesday, March 25, via our call out system, website and email. Thank you for your support and cooperation as we work to ensure that all members of our district and community stay safe and healthy.
• MISD has received information from AT&T that we have been asked to share in regards to the dependence on learning from home during this time of school closure. These are measures AT&T has implemented to help customers and communities at this time:
   1. AT&T has suspended broadband usage caps for home internet customers. That means no overage fees while people are home using more data.
   2. AT&T is keeping public Wi-Fi hotspots open for anyone who needs them.
   3. AT&T is offering internet access for qualifying limited-income households at $10/month through the Access from AT&T program.
   4. AT&T won’t terminate service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer due to an inability to pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T is also waiving late payment fees for those customers as well.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17
• Beginning Wednesday, March 18, MISD will begin delivering meals for students that are not able to travel to one of our designated meal locations. If you are in need of a meal delivered to a home that is not near Crockett Elementary, Price T. Young Elementary or Marshall High School, please send an e-mail to chilcoata@marshallisd.com or call 903-930-8266. We will need your student's name and home address.
• Parents - please make sure you are checking your child's school website and/or Facebook page for information regarding optional learning opportunities during school closure. If you have questions regarding any of these opportunities or your child's class in general, please contact your student's teacher or campus administration via e-mail. Staff directories with teacher email addresses are located on every school web page. If for some reason you cannot find an address you are looking for, please email us at communications@marshallisd.com and we will track it down for you.

MONDAY, MARCH 16

• MISD will begin meal service free-of-charge to district students on Tuesday, March 17, during the school closures. The School Meal Service is FREE for any students 18 and under. Students MUST be present to receive a meal. Any student may pick up a meal from any location (listed below). All meal service is to be taken off campus. Cafeterias will not be open for anyone to sit and eat. CLICK HERE for more information.
• All school-related activities in MISD are cancelled through March 20. 
• The regularly-scheduled meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees will take place this evening at 5:30 p.m. as scheduled. A video copy of the meeting will be made available this week for those wishing to watch or hear the meeting.
• Families in Marshall ISD are being urged to practice self-quarantine as much as possible during the closure of school. This IS NOT an extension of spring break. The closure is strictly related to the outbreak of COVID-19 and guidelines released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
• School and district staff are working to develop plans for optional home instruction/classwork for our students. The district is also developing a plan to provide meals to MISD students during the closure.
• All district campuses and facilities, including gyms, playgrounds, Maverick Stadium, etc., are closed to the public at this time. All MISD offices and buildings will also be closed to the public through March 20.
• The closure is to be re-evaluated on a week-by-week basis.

FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. Some international destinations now have apparent community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, as do some parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. Learn what is known about the spread of this newly emerged coronaviruses.

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a report out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD FROM PERSON-TO-PERSON?

COVID-19 is spread in a very similar manner as the common cold and flu. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Touching a surface or object (shaking hands, public water fountains, door knobs, etc) that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, and eyes is thought to be the main causes of how COVID-19 spreads.

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to colds and flu. The CDC reports that COVID-19 illness thus far has ranged from mild symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath to severe illness requiring a doctor’s care.

HOW CAN YOU PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Everyday common practices that may prevent the spread of colds, flu, and the COVID-19 virus include:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Stay at home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw away the tissue.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with regular household spray or wipes (cell phones, computer keys, doorknobs, steering wheels, remote controls, etc.).

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from any respiratory disease, including COVID-19. Facemasks should only be used by people who show symptoms in order to help prevent the spread of a virus to others.
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