District Closed

MISD Closed Through March 20
Posted on 03/16/2020
This is the image for the news article titled MISD Closed Through March 20Marshall ISD, including all offices, campuses and departments, will be closed to students and the public through Friday, March 20, 2020, in response to concerns from the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

The district will re-evaluate any future changes later in the week, with guidance from the Texas Education Agency.

All school-related activities are cancelled through March 20. Families are being requested to understand that this is NOT an extension of spring break, but rather a self-quarantine measure under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. As of Monday morning, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Marshall or Harrison County.

School district administration remains in close contact with state officials on a daily basis during what continues to be a very fluid situation.

School and district staff are working today to develop plans for optional home instruction/classwork for students, as well as developing a plan to make meals available for students in MISD during the closure.

All district campuses and facilities, including gyms, playgrounds, stadium, etc.; offices and buildings will be closed to the public through March 20. The closure will be re-evaluated on a week-by-week basis.

We request and appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor and make decisions in the best interest of our students, our staff, our families and our communities. The situation literally changes by the hour and these are uncharted waters for all of us, but we are working diligently to make this time of closure as productive as we can in meeting the needs of our students.

Once again, here is some basic information on COVID-19:

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.

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.

The CDC reports that there is currently no vaccine to prevent 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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