April 17, 2020
Dear MISD Families:
Today, Governor Abbott announced that all Texas school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. However, we will continue with at-home learning through the last day of school on May 28. While this news deeply saddens our MISD family, we know this order is in place to keep our families and communities safe.
With this news today, I know our students are greatly disappointed they are unable to return to their classrooms, see their friends and teachers. We are disappointed, too. We miss our students' smiles, laughs and all of the “light bulb” moments that happen each and every school day.
As part of our effort to be of support and assistance, below are some helpful ways to support your children and your families during this time. Additionally, we have information about the remainder of this school year. While this email is lengthy, we believe the information is important.
The rest of the school year...
As we move into the remainder of this school year, we know you may have many questions related to refunding of field trips, traditional end-of-year events held for elementary, middle and high school students, along with getting personal items left at school.
Currently, we are in the process of reviewing these events and situations to determine what needs to be postponed, canceled or picked up. Please know there are many moving parts to these decisions along with safety guidelines we must follow. We are working through all of these scenarios to decide on what is the easiest process to follow. We will share that information with you soon.
As we continue distance learning through our last day of school, which is on May 28, our teachers will continue to be available to discuss and plan for your child’s academic needs for the remainder of this year and recommendations for next year. Our teachers do have office hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Additionally, for technical support or other needs, please feel free to call our parent support line at 469-300-4849 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. During off-hours, please leave a voicemail and a hotline representative will call you back.
Tips to help you, your child and family...
While this continues to feel like a time of uncertainty, it’s important to continue:
- Providing Routines
- Routines are paramount to help lower stress and anxiety
- Knowing what the day will be like can ease worry and provide a sense of calm
- Offer structure and choice
- Taking time to talk
- Allow your children to ask you questions
- Give developmentally appropriate information
- Acknowledge their worries
- Making a list of things you can control
- Deal with your own anxiety (similar to the airline strategy, put on your own oxygen mask first and make your list. Then, help your children.)
- When feeling anxious and overwhelmed, it is not the time to have discussions with your children
- Take time for yourself to calm before you have important discussions with your children
- Limiting News Exposure
- Overexposure to the news can increase stress and anxiety for families
- Limit social media as well - have to filter through what is accurate and what is not
Helping your child connect
- Permit social media at designated times if allowable with safety measures in place
- Call or FaceTime with friends and family
- Connect with teachers! Our teachers miss your children!
- Social distancing doesn't mean social isolation, find creative ways to connect with friends and family by mailing cards, notes, making crafts
- Healthy Outlets - Take Breaks!
- Listen to music and dance!
- Exercise by setting walk and outdoor routines
- Create something new such as a recipe or craft
- Watch favorite show that makes you laugh out loud
- Play an old-fashioned board game
- How to handle disappointments of activities missed and social time with friends
- Know you are not alone - we are all MISD Strong!
- Perspective – try to see this time as a gift of time unique
- Be generous to others – giving to others in times of need not only helps the recipient, it enhances your wellbeing too.
In an effort to talk to your children about continued school building closure, here are some conversation helpers for your children to process and share with you how they are feeling.
- Continue to ask open-ended questions:
- How are you feeling today?
- What are your biggest worries today or right now?
- What has made you feel better or helped you in the past?
- What can you do now for this current situation?
- What are some things you can control?
- What is an activity that would help you feel better or connect with your friends, safely?
Thank you for all of your patience and support…
With these unprecedented times, please know MISD deeply appreciates your support and patience. Your words of encouragement on social media and email have been deeply meaningful to our staff and teachers who continue to work tirelessly and around the clock to make the transition to distance learning and shifting of complete school district operations to feed students and provide support.
We are in this together and because of you, we are MISD Strong!
March 31, 2020
Dear MISD Families:
To keep you informed, Governor Abbott has extended his order declaring all Texas school buildings must remain closed until Monday, May 4. This date could be extended if needed as national and state health agencies continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation.
Due to today’s developments, Midlothian ISD will continue providing distance learning at home. After watching social media pictures and videos, as well as reading comments and listening to voicemails, MISD teachers have done a tremendous job in making the most incredible educational transition of our time by moving all learning to at-home, distance learning. With our goal of reconnecting with our students these past two weeks, our teachers have shared with me how excited they are to work with their students and take learning to a whole new level. I hope you can see the quality of care and their desire to continue inspiring excellence during this time. We ask our parents and students to be mindful that distance learning instruction covers new material as we prepare your child for the next grade level.
In an effort to provide the latest resources and updates in one central location, we have improved our MISD COVID-19 website that contains essential information for our families such as counseling resources, links to our parent support line, health resources, and information regarding our grab-and-go meal program. This website can be accessed at www.misd.gs/COVID19. Today, our counseling team added tips and strategies to help our parents talk and connect with their children. To see these tips and strategies, click here. We hope you find these strategies helpful as our students may feel sad, anxious, stressed and/or disappointed as they learn they can’t return to school for many more weeks.
I would also like to take a moment to highlight our breakfast and lunch program for every student. We hope our curbside grab-and-go meal service lessens the burden on time and resources for our families during these unique times. Recently, we expanded our program and added new locations, which are all listed below.
Grab-and-go Breakfast and Lunch Locations
JAV - 9:00 a.m. - 11: 00 a.m. - 333 Church St., Midlothian, TX 76065
Jenkins Daycare - 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - 315 E Ave E., Midlothian, TX 76065
Baxter Elementary 9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. - 1050 Park Pl Blvd, Midlothian, TX 76065
Longbranch Elementary 10:05 - 11:00 a.m. - 6631 FM 1387, Midlothian, TX 76065
Village South - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (at the office)
Mobile Bus Delivery Routes
Buffalo Hills 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (bus will drive the area)
Old Fort Worth Rd - 10:45 a.m.
Cement Valley - 11:00 a.m.
Country East - 10:40 a.m.
Pecan Acres - 10:40 - 11:00 a.m. (bus will stop at the entrance)
Country Rd 109 and VV Jones Rd (Nicole Ct & Sams Ct) - 9:00 a.m.
Norrell Rd. making stops at Mt View, Cattle and Morgan Creek. - 10:00 a.m.
While this has been a tremendous transition for our whole district, your ongoing support and encouragement have been essential in lifting our spirits as we work around the clock improving systems to support learning at home. Your MISD Strong attitude is what makes our district and community a family. It’s our family that inspires, encourages and allows us to achieve new heights. On behalf of our Board of Trustees, teachers and staff, thank you for your patience and confidence during this historic time.
March 27, 2020
Dear MISD Families:
To keep you updated, Midlothian ISD continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation in partnership with our local elected officials and health agencies. Currently, Ellis County is in a Shelter-in-Place order through Friday, April 3. Additionally, you may begin hearing school building closure extensions in surrounding communities. At this time, our school building closure is through Friday, April 3. As we continue to collaborate with our local health agencies, we will keep you updated on any MISD building closure extension by the middle of next week (March 30-April 3). Please continue to monitor email and/or MISD’s social media for any updates.
With this shelter-in-place county order, MISD has closed its elementary playgrounds and outdoor athletic facilities, including all tracks and tennis courts, as part of our campus and building closures. Research has indicated that the COVID-19 virus remains on different kinds of surfaces ranging from a few hours to several days. As we work diligently to sanitize all MISD property, we are unable to sustain personnel to ensure effective sanitization measures can be implemented in these outdoor areas.
During this time, we know it has been difficult for you and your family. Earlier this week, our counseling team hosted a Facebook LIVE to share tips and resources to help parents talk with their children as they may feel isolated, disconnected or worried during this time. If you missed this event, you may watch it here.
As your partner in educating your child, we are incredibly grateful for all our parents’ focus on stepping in to facilitate at-home learning. Now more than ever, you are the key to extended learning beyond the classroom. I know this has been a unique experience, and we look forward to finding ways to support you and our students throughout this time and in the future.
In closing, MISD sincerely appreciates your posting of school pictures and videos on social media showcasing the at-home learning and the ingenuity of our teachers’ work. You can see all of the great things happening and add your own experience using #MISDProud. This has been uplifting for our teachers and staff who have been working tirelessly to create engaging lessons at home.
March 20, 2020
Dear MISD Families:
As Friday comes to a close and we begin school on Monday, March 23, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our parents and community for your incredible support and encouragement. Our Board of Trustees, teachers and staff are touched by the care and concern you have for the children we serve.
Throughout the week as we have held online teacher meetings to shift from a physical learning environment to a distance learning environment at home, I have been amazed at the ingenuity, creative and innovative work of our teachers. As someone said it best, “Our teachers have Apollo 13’d education in HOURS. Literally, HOURS.” MISD has been well-positioned as each student is provided a district-issued device. This has allowed us to shift quickly and provide ongoing educational opportunities during this time. If you see a teacher or have an opportunity to email a teacher, I encourage you to take a moment and thank them. There is no doubt that we have the best and brightest teachers in the state and nation.
As we continue to partner in educating your child during these unprecedented times, our goal is to continue providing you - our parents - support at home. We hope you were able to watch our Facebook LIVE parent orientation today. If not, these sessions can still be viewed on our MISD Facebook page and are posted on our website here. During this parent orientation, we walked through the at-home learning portal. To visit this portal, click here. This is only a resource for our parents. Our teachers are teaching each school day.
Next week, we will host a couple of Facebook LIVE parent meetings. These will also be posted on our website if you miss them. These meetings will be on:
- Wednesday, March 25 at noon: Supporting your child’s emotional needs
- Thursday, March 26 at noon: Class of 2020 Senior meeting with students and parents
As you may know, we are continuing to provide nutritious meals to all MISD students, and we are excited to announce we are adding new locations beginning Monday, March 23 to best serve our families. Each location will have a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Monday - Friday.
J.A. Vitovsky Elementary - 333 Church Street, Midlothian, TX 76065
Jenkins Daycare parking lot - 315 East Ave. E, Midlothian, Texas 76065
MISD bus delivery serving the Village South neighborhood
MISD bus delivery serving the Buffalo Hills neighborhood
Again, on behalf of all MISD, thank you. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We have amazing teachers, staff, students, parents and community. We are stronger together and we will become even more ‘Midlothian Strong’ in the coming days and weeks. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are collecting all questions and trying to get answers as quickly as possible and post on our district’s website.
March 18, 2020
Dear MISD Families:
As you may know, our MISD team has been working around the clock to begin school through our at-home learning effort on Monday, March 23. There have been many posts on social media by parents across the country who are seeking ideas and curriculum to help their children while in quarantine or during school closure. Please know that this isn’t the case for MISD - our teachers will teach our students but in a virtual environment. We do recognize you will play a critical and essential role in this process and we hope that over the coming days we can ease your concerns and support you during this time.
To review our at-home learning effort, we will provide a Facebook LIVE parent orientation on Friday, March 20. The orientation for elementary will be at 12 p.m. and then secondary will be at 12:30 p.m. We will also record this orientation and have it posted on our website for future reference. Also during our Facebook LIVE, we will give tips and suggestions in helping your child navigate this virtual learning environment.
Today, you have heard from your campus about device pick-up tomorrow, Thursday, March 19. This opportunity is for any student who left their device at school or needs to pick up critical instructional materials for learning. Your campus included the process of this pick-up and how we are putting in social distancing measures as students gather their device or other items. Please be mindful of these processes and know we have instituted these steps to ensure the safety of your student, your family and our MISD teachers and staff.
If you were unable to join our parent and community Facebook LIVE meeting yesterday, here is the link to that meeting. We have also pinned this video on our MISD Facebook page for easy access. We continue to answer your questions from last night’s meeting and monitor our email@example.com email for new questions. We will have all of the answers to these questions posted on our website on Friday and will continue to update the site as we receive more questions throughout our building closure.
Throughout last week and these past few days, our district has been overwhelmed by the words of encouragement, prayers and support from our parents and community. These comments have been a lifeline for our team of administrators and teachers who are working long days and nights making critical decisions for our students and staff, as well as preparing for our virtual learning and teaching experience that begins on Monday.
We know we are better together and we will continue to put the wellbeing of each child and staff member at the forefront of our decision-making.
Again, thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
March 17, 2020
To keep you informed, Ellis County put a disaster declaration in place in an effort to prevent community spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a result of this declaration and Ellis County Judge Todd Little’s recommendation for school building closure, we will begin to offer at-home instruction beginning Monday, March 23. We will provide at-home instruction through Friday, April 3. We will continue to monitor and assess this situation and determine whether we can reopen campus buildings on or before Friday, April 3. This evening, we are hosting a Facebook LIVE parent and community meeting and will share the at-home instructional processes.
Since last week, our department of learning has been coordinating this at-home learning effort in case a declaration emergency was made by our county and health officials. This week, our teachers are designing engaging lessons for all students. Soon, we will go live on our website with an at-home instruction portal providing a “one-stop” experience helping you navigate learning at home.
Again, we ask that you join us tonight at 5 p.m. on Facebook LIVE. We will also email after the parent and community Facebook LIVE meeting a very detailed email with critical information. Please look for that email and take some time to read through it.
We recognize we are in unprecedented times and making decisions as quickly as we can as information becomes available. Your support, encouragement and patience have been invaluable. On behalf of all MISD teachers and staff, thank you. Together, we will get through this time and continue to make a difference in the lives of our children.
March 16, 2020
In an effort to keep you informed, Midlothian ISD asks for parents and community to join us for a Facebook Live meeting at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 17. We will be LIVE sharing the latest information and the short and long term plans we have in place. If you would like to submit questions prior to the meeting, you may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be taking your questions and hoping to answer as many as we can.
Additionally, to better serve our students, we have modified our breakfast and lunch pickup times at Vitovsky Elementary School, which is located at 333 Churchill Street. Each day, students can pick up both breakfast and lunch from 9-11 a.m. We hope this lessens the burden of travel each day.
Lastly, as we partner with our Ellis County Health Department, we are reminding our families who traveled internationally or took a cruise during spring break to let us know by clicking this link and filling out the form. MISD is taking all of the preventative precautions to lessen the spread of COVID-19 in our community and we will follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) travel guidelines, which states those who travel internationally or took a cruise to self-quarantine for 14 days. Following our local health agency’s recommendation, we are asking parents to self-report by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Additionally, this will help MISD prepare for our students’ educational needs. A campus administrator will be following up with you in the coming days.
March 13, 2020
As you may know, MISD is taking many preventative precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The Ellis County Health Department is recommending that we follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) travel guidelines, which states those who travel internationally or took a cruise to self-quarantine for 14 days. Following our local health agency’s recommendation, we are asking parents to self-report if your student traveled internationally or took a cruise during Spring Break, March 6-15 by clicking this link and filling out this form by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Additionally, this will help MISD prepare for student’s educational needs. A campus administrator will be following up with you in the coming days.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
March 13, 2020
After consultation with other area school districts and state officials, we believe it is in the best interest of our families and community to take proactive precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All Midlothian ISD (MISD) schools and offices will be closed next week, March 16-20. In addition, closure includes cancellation of all events and activities effective immediately through March 22. While there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ellis County, they do have one case under review and test results will not be returned until later next week.
We will continue to monitor and assess the situation to determine if any additional changes will be necessary throughout next week. We recognize that school closure may cause hardships for our families as they look for childcare. However, we feel that keeping our children and staff safe is our top priority and putting the health of our MISD family at risk is too great.
We also know that many of our children rely on breakfast and lunch programs to receive healthy and nutritious meals. We will be working with our child nutrition department to deliver “on the go” meals at specific campus locations for families who are in need. More information about location and time will be forthcoming.
In an effort to stay informed and receive the latest information, please continue to check your email and MISD social media daily. We will work diligently to provide you accurate and factual information.
Due to this school closure, MISD will have to use at least one bad weather make-up day, which will be Friday, April 10. As the district continues to assess the state’s make-up requirements, additional adjustments may be required to the school day or calendar. As soon as we receive that information, we will update you as soon as possible.
During this week, please continue to practice any and all illness prevention methods as outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean the surface of cell phones and keyboards.
- Cover your mouth inside your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect all areas daily.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
While COVID-19 is a concern, the flu season continues to be active. These practices are necessary to prevent any illness.
We will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation and provide updates as needed. Thank you for your support and understanding as we work together to keep our students and staff safe.
March 13, 2020
In an effort to update you on the latest COVID-19 situation, MISD will meet with the Ellis County area health agencies later this morning, as well as with our Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath. Based on these meetings, MISD will make a decision this afternoon about the possible extension of spring break. Many area school districts are continuing to make spring break extension announcements as they meet with their local health agencies. These school closure decisions are based on these health agency recommendations.
As you may know, information is rapidly changing and we are continuously monitoring and assessing the situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.