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Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, the details on this page are subject to change as directives are provided by governing authorities and/or health officials or as environmental conditions change. We will be sure to keep you informed on our district website, social media, and through all-calls/emails.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

So, what is the overall process for Longview ISD employees, concerning COVID-19? 

Please refer to this chart:

You can also contact Mae Johnson Lewis via email or call 903-381-2292.
 

What are my screening obligations?

Employees are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. COVID-19 symptoms include: feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit; loss of taste or smell; cough; difficulty breathing; shortness of breath; fatigue; headache; chills; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; shaking or exaggerated shivering; significant muscle pain or ache; diarrhea; and nausea or vomiting. Should you begin experiencing symptoms, contact your immediate supervisor.
 

I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. When can I return to school?

Employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must remain off campus until the following re-entry criteria are met: 

  1. At least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  2. The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  3. At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If an employee has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the employee must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the employee based on an alternative diagnosis, though for health privacy reasons the note does not need to indicate what the alternative diagnosis is, or (b) obtain an acute infection test (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) that comes back negative for COVID-19.
 

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

LISD is participating in Governor Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Program for Texas Schools, which provides testing for staff and students free of charge. Testing is completely voluntary. The test is a self-administered nasal swab with results available in about 15 minutes. 

Some local COVID-19 testing facilities include, but are not limited to: Diagnostic Clinic of Longview, Christus Good Shepard Urgent Care Clinics, Hospitality ER, EXCEL ER, Wellness Pointe, Health Care Express.

For a list of Texas Education Agency approved testing locations visit: https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/
 

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, when can I safely return to school?

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 and is symptomatic, the employee may return to school when the below re-entry criteria have been met:

  1. At least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  2. The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  3. At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If the employee is asymptomatic but has received a positive COVID-19 test result, the employee may not return to campus until ten days have passed since a positive test.

If the employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and believes the test was a false positive, and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the employee must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the employee for return based on an alternative diagnosis, though for health privacy reasons the note does not need to indicate what the alternative diagnosis is, or (b) obtain two PCR acute infection tests (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) at least 24 hours apart that come back negative for COVID-19. 
 

What do I do if my spouse tests positive for COVID-19?

Pursuant to district protocol, if an individual in your household tests positive for COVID-19, you are presumed to be in close contact with an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19. Accordingly, you must report the close contact to your immediate supervisor and remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed. 

For additional information please contact Mae Johnson Lewis via email or call 903-381-2292.
 

What do I do if I’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have been in close contact with someone who hast tested positive for COVID-19, you should contact your immediate supervisor. You will be required to remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
 

Who do I talk with about COVID-related leave? 

Please contact Mae Johnson Lewis via email or call 903-381-2292.
 

Will I be notified if one of my students tests positive for COVID-19?

Yes. Once the district collects and confirms information about a positive COVID-19 case, staff and parents will receive an email, text message, and/or phone call. We will send two separate communications: one to the group directly exposed and another one to the rest of the campus.