Frequently Asked Questions
The health and safety of our students are top priorities for Midlothian ISD. MISD is aware of the reported threat of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and is maintaining close contact with health authorities. At this time there is no indication of a threat to our community.
What is MISD doing?
Midlothian ISD is in close contact with state and local health officials to monitor reports of new COVID-19 cases, although there are no known cases in our area at this time. Each year, district staff members and campus nurses are trained in the prevention and containment of contagious diseases.
How does the COVID-19 virus spread?
- The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory virus, like the flu or the common cold.
- Experts believe the virus can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and someone in close contact inhales those respiratory droplets.
- It is possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object(s) that have the virus on them, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- Mild to severe symptoms include: fever, cough and shortness of breath.
- Symptoms can occur 2-14 days after exposure.
How to protect yourself and your family?
If you have traveled internationally or traveled in what the Center for Disease Control has rated Level 3 or higher in the past 14 days and have flu-like symptoms, please contact your medical provider.
As always, below are proactive and preventive measures for any contagious disease:
- Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used; however, hand sanitizer is not a substitute for soap and water.
- Cover your cough and sneeze.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect high-use areas with household cleaning products.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
What should I do if I have traveled abroad and or feel sick?
If you have recently traveled abroad and/or feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out, and delay any travel plans you have to reduce the possibility of spreading the illness.
Will there be online learning or similar opportunities?
Yes, we begin online school on Monday, March 23. Elementary classes and assignments will be held in SeeSaw for Kindergarten through 3rd grade and Canvas for 4th-12th grade. Additionally, we have an online portal highlighting at-home resources.
Assuming this shut down goes on for an extended time, will the school year be extended?
At this time, we don’t plan to extend the school year.
What is the status of AP tests? What considerations are being made for AP students to receive instruction needed to be successful on their AP tests? Do we know when the College Board will announce plans for postponing testing dates or making accommodations for students taking the tests this year?
We are waiting on College Board to provide MISD and all school district across the nation information regarding AP testing.
Will the scheduled SAT testing take place at MHS on Saturday, May 1? If not, what is the alternative plan for testing?
SAT and ACT have canceled all tests at this time and will reschedule these for a later date.
With the cancellation of STAAR/EOC tests, will students have to make these up at a future date?
These are all waived and will not have to make these tests up.
What are the upcoming plans for Prom? And Graduation?
At this time, we can’t answer this question because we are unsure of when our school buildings will open and social distancing will be lifted.
My child's instrument is still at school. How do I get that back so they can practice?
We are opening our campuses on Thursday, March 19 for students to collect instructional materials. You may have heard from your school principal on more details about this opportunity to pick up these materials.
I have a child who is immunocompromised and must take greater precautions until health officials say otherwise. Can we do virtual learning for the remainder of the school year if necessary? Will my child be counted as absent?
If you feel your child has underlying medical conditions that concern you about returning to school, please feel free to keep your child at home. As long as they are doing at-home learning, they will not be counted as absent.