Longview ISD will continue to re-evaluate the state of the district on a daily basis, and any information below is subject to change... 

Latest LISD news, plans in response to COVID-19

Sat Apr 4, 2020

UPDATE: 8 p.m., Saturday, April 4th 

Dear Longview ISD family,

As always, the health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number one priority. To be transparent, we believe it is important to share that Longview ISD has been informed that an employee of the district has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time it is our understanding that the individual contracted the virus through community exposure, as they have not recently traveled to high-exposure locations.

The employee has not been on an LISD campus since prior to the Spring Break holiday or during the recent extended closure and has not been involved in the student meal program or in the distribution of work packets. However, we are pleased to report that the employee has been released from the hospital and is currently self-quarantined at home. Our prayers and best wishes are with our staffer for a speedy and total recovery.

Longview ISD is respecting this individual's privacy just as we would respect yours. In addition, it is a HIPPA violation to share any identifying information on this person so please keep that in mind if you do know information or you suspect.  It is very likely that others in our community, and possibly our district, will test positive for the virus in the future so please be respectful of personal privacy. It is expected that everyone act in a professional manner and remain calm during this time.

District leadership is continuing to monitor the situation and is in constant communication with local health departments. Additional information will be provided if needed. 

Let this also serve as an important reminder to heed the warnings of local, state and national healthcare officials to stay home and avoid gathering with others. Please continue to practice social distancing, proper hygiene and do not leave your home unless absolutely necessary during this time.

Please continue to take every necessary precaution to protect yourself and others. 

We will continue to provide more information through all-calls, emails, our district website, and social media. You can check back at our website at LISD.org/coronavirus or follow our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter

Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus can be found at the CDC website here, and the most recent information about coronavirus in Texas may be found at the DSHS website here. You can also see the latest public school-related information on the Texas Education Agency website here

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students, and our staff!
 

Sincerely,

Dr. James Wilcox, Superintendent of Schools

Longview Independent School District
 

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31st 

LISD closure extended to May 4th
District to continue nutritional, instructional support

ZM7oAj.jpgLongview Independent School District will extend the closure of campuses and district offices through Monday, May 4, following a request from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.

Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said while Longview ISD will follow the directive of local, state and federal authorities, "we're going to continue our efforts to provide child nutrition, delivery of instruction, and support to our teachers and staff."

"This is going to be an ongoing matter that the district leadership will review daily, and make changes in accordance with local and state officials," said Dr. Wilcox. 

All Texas schools must remain closed until at least May 4 to further reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday, extending the shutdown of campuses that already has lasted more than two weeks.

At an afternoon press conference, Abbott employed his authority to order the closure of Texas’ public and private schools, superseding decisions made by local elected officials and superintendents. 

“For a little bit more time, we all must remain apart so that we can come back together,” added Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “Our educators all over the state of Texas, working with love and diligence, are doing everything in their power to support parents all over the state of Texas — and we will continue to do so for the duration of this executive order and beyond.”

For more information about what a "mandatory Shelter-In-Place order" means for you, please go the City of Longview website: LongviewTexas.gov/COVID-19

 

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 26th 

LISD closure extended to April 9th
District to continue nutritional, instructional support

Longview Independent School District will extend the closure of campuses and district offices through Thursday, April 9th, as the result of a mandatory Shelter-In-Place order issued by Gregg County and the City of Longview.

Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said while Longview ISD will follow the directive of local authorities, "we're going to continue our efforts to provide child nutrition, delivery of instruction, and support to our teachers and staff."

"This is going to be an ongoing matter that the district leadership will review daily, and make changes in accordance with local and state officials," said Dr. Wilcox. 

Local authorities issued the mandatory order following the March 25th announcement of two additional positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases within Gregg County, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to three.

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For more information about what a "mandatory Shelter-In-Place order" means for you, please go the City of Longview website: LongviewTexas.gov/COVID-19

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UPDATE: 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24th

District to continue meal, home instruction efforts

Longview Independent School District plans to continue offering child nutrition and instructional support during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

During a news conference on March 24 at Gregg County Courthouse, Mayor Andy Mack and Judge Bill Stoudt announced a Voluntary Shelter-at-Home order for the next two weeks.

"Residents are encouraged to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain essential activities," said Mayor Mack. "On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others."

Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said Longview ISD is glad to abide by the restrictions of local authorities, "while at the same time continuing to find ways to continue to serve the students and staff in our care."

WZge6A.jpg"Our campus leadership remains active in working with their teachers and parents in order to deliver instruction to our students in whatever means is most convenient for our families," said Dr. Wilcox. "At the same time, the work of our Child Nutrition and Transportation departments to provide meals for our families continues as well."

Wilcox said that another important part of this effort was the district's decision to extend employee leave and wage payments while Texas public schools are closed.

"Obviously we're trying to adjust to a 'new normal' here," said Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox. "At the same time, we've got to do whatever we can to provide as much continuity for our students and staff as possible."

According to both resolutions approved by trustees, LISD will provide additional paid leave to all regular employees (contractual and non-contractual, salaried and non-salaried) who are instructed not to report to work due to pandemic fears.

The Voluntary Shelter-at-Home order covers the next two weeks starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 and lasting through Tuesday, April 7.

According to the terms of the order, essential activities include going to grocery, convenience or warehouse stores; and getting healthcare needs like medications, medical supplies, pr medical appointments.

d8cm5b.jpgOther activities not discouraged under this order include take-out orders from restaurants, outdoor exercise, delivering essential supplies for local residents, or employees designated as "essential" by local businesses.

Activities that are discouraged by the order include visiting extended family for reasons other than urgent need, visiting local hospitals or nursing facilities, or go to work (unless designated as essential).

Officials plan to move to mandatory Shelter-at-Home if any more cases are confirmed. If deemed necessary, the mandatory directives will come in the form of disaster declaration orders from Gregg County, as well as corresponding orders from area municipalities including Longview.

As of Monday, March 23, Gregg County had 48 individuals tested for Coronavirus in Gregg County. Of those, 23 tests were negative, 1 test was confirmed positive, 1 test was classified as unknown, and 23 tests are still pending.

“We are very fortunate right now to only have one confirmed case in Gregg County, but we can see the virus is in nearby areas like Dallas, Smith County, and Shreveport,” Longview Mayor Andy Mack said. “Testing availability is still very limited; so, we need to operate as though the virus is already more widespread here. I urge everyone to use extreme caution and take these voluntary Shelter-at-Home guidelines very seriously.”

During the voluntary Shelter-at-Home directive, there is no penalty enforced for non-compliance. However, if the directive becomes mandatory, a person who knowingly or intentionally violates the order commits an offense punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed 180 days, and each day or portion of a day that such a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

To assist with answering questions about the Coronavirus, the City of Longview has established a Coronavirus hotline at 903-237-1215. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., seven days a week. 

 

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 20th 

Per a mandate by Gov. Abbott, all schools in the state of Texas will be closed through April 3. We will keep you updated if we will be extending our closure past April 3. Longview ISD is reviewing and evaluating daily; everything is subject to change. Please have patience with us while we navigate this. We appreciate all the hard work our families are putting in to help their students and support our district as we move forward. 

CAP AND GOWN PICK UP: If you were not able to pick up your cap and gown at Maude Cobb, Balfour says you can pick it up at their location. (Address: 1508 Colony Cir, Longview, TX 75604 Hours: 10AM to 5PM Monday-Friday Phone: (903) 757-6595) They want families to call their office when you park at their office (do not go in), give them your name, and they will bring out your cap and gown to your car.

Seniors can email Kay Ray at gray@lisd.org if they want her to email them copies of the scholarships that were in the scholarship drawer when they left for spring break.  

GOOGLE CLASSROOM GUIDE: ITS has a great guide (attached)  for parents to assist their students with GClassroom. It has specific login info for LISD students. If their login does not work, email ask@lisd.org and we will try to get that for you. ITS will need the student’s name, campus, ID if possible and birthday to reset their password. 2020 Parents' Guide to Google Classroom.pdf 

HEAD START REGISTRATION: Due to unforeseen circumstances we have canceled the Head Start Round-Up that was scheduled for March 26 & 27th. Parents can still enroll their child/children ages 0-4 for the 2020-2021 school year using the following link: https://www.esc7.net/page/headstart.parentresources

To upload the required documents there is an App called ONE NOTE that will help you upload your document. It is a free application. At a later date, there will be an opportunity to bring your documents to campus. 

PACKETS AND ASSIGNMENTS: Packets are being sent out today for South Ward, Ned E. Williams, Hudson PEP, Judson STEAM Academy, and Foster Middle School. For those who have internet service, assignments are also being assigned via Google Classroom. If you have not received any assignments or packets by Monday, please reach out to your home campus. 

All ETAA campuses (ETMPA, JL Everhart, Ware, Bramlette, JMQ, and Forest Park) should have been notified by their principals. If you did not receive any communication regarding assignments please reach out to your home campus. Attached is a great resource from ETAA.  ETAA Suggested Daily Schedule for School Closure ENG.pdf 

FAMILY RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES: We will continue to post fun activities and online resources on the district facebook page (@LongviewISD). Attached is a potential daily schedule and a LEGO challenge you can do with your student. If you don’t have access to LEGOs, ask them to draw or design an example of what the challenge is, then ask them to present it. Tag the district and we will share their awesome creation.  Potential CoViD Daily Schedule    
 LEGO Challenge 

Additional Resources for families: 

 

 

UPDATE: 4 p.m., Thursday, March 19th 

Dear Longview ISD community,

Following the executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier today, Longview ISD will extend our closing through April 3rd. In the meantime, Longview ISD will continue working on providing instructional continuity as well as child nutrition service for our students.

During this difficult time our faculty, staff, and entire LISD community continues to go above and beyond the call of duty, and I am thankful to be a part of such a selfless and compassionate school district.

Our leadership participates in regular calls where the latest information is made available from local government entities and health authorities. We will continue to provide more information through all-calls, emails, our district website, and social media. You can check back at our website at LISD.org/coronavirus or follow our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter

For updated information from the CDC on coronavirus can be found at the CDC website here, and the most recent information about coronavirus in Texas may be found at the DSHS website here. You can also see the latest public school-related information on the Texas Education Agency website here

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students, and our staff!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. James Wilcox, Superintendent of Schools
Longview Independent School District 

 

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18th 

If you approach any campus, you may be asked the following questions before you enter: 

1. Have you traveled outside the U.S. in the last 30 days?

2. Have you been around someone who has been outside the U.S. in the last 30 days?

3. Do you or anyone in home have fever within the last 48 hours?

MEALS: If you have requested meal delivery service, please have patience with us as we get those out to our families. We are delivering meals to more than 145 students with more than 60 individual stops. 

CURRICULUM UPDATE: All field trips and school travel is canceled through the end of March and will need to be re-evaluated for April. 

Educational packets for students at South Ward, Hudson PEP, Ned E Williams, Judson STEAM Academy, and Foster Middle School will be mailed out on Friday to families. ETAA will give us an update later today. 

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: This resource is a prime tool for sharing with your students and parents during this time that we are currently experiencing. Hundreds of educational videos and activities from Discovery Education, Khan Academy, Youtube, and many others are already built in to provide the content students may miss in the upcoming weeks. Discovery Education has also provided free accounts to support students. Here are links to receive the free access for students.

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/coronavirus-response/texguide.net

CANCELED/POSTPONED: Graduation has not been canceled as of today, we are working on possible solutions to help our families celebrate their seniors. LHS would like us to let our senior families know they can pick up their cap and gowns at Balfour (1508 Colony Circle).

SAT: College Board (collegeboard.org) has canceled the following tests:

  • The SAT makeup test on Saturday, March 28th (took the place of the March 14th test that was canceled).
  • The School Day testing scheduled at Longview High School for the SAT Test--Tuesday, April 14th.
  • The Saturday, May 2nd SAT test.  SAT will contact students to determine an alternative test date.

ACT:
ACT (act.org) has canceled the following test:

  • The Saturday, April 4, 2020 ACT test.  ACT will contact students to determine an alternative test date. 

Please advise your students to visit act.org as well as collegeboard.org to get any additional information and to contact directly. These sites are great for practice material to ensure success on the test.

HEALTH RESOURCES: You can follow updates through the CDC website or app to stay informed regarding Coronavirus. The John Hopkins website is also a good resource on the current pandemic. 

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We will continue to update our website with new information as we receive it. If you have a question please email us at ask@lisd.org or contact us via Let's Talk

You can find updates on all our social media sites and at this dedicated webpage: LISD.org/coronavirus

 

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 16th 

Good evening LISD families and staff. We wanted to provide you with some important updates after talking with district administration and TEA officials. Longview ISD will continue to re-evaluate the state of the district on a daily basis, and any information below is subject to change... 

  • Grab-and-Go Meals: We will be providing meals (breakfast and lunch) for our students during the spring break extension. Nutrition plan meals will be served on eight campuses from 10 a.m. - noon during the closure. Every child that comes to these campuses will be given two meals. Any child attending LISD is welcome to get meals at the following locations: Longview High School, Forest Park Middle School, South Ward, Ware, Foster Middle School, Bramlette STEAM Academy, J.L. Everhart and Judson STEAM Academy.

    Since the meal update went out on Sunday, we have had some new developments! All students will need to present their ID number when they pick up meals and this will happen in the back of the campus (near the cafeteria) to receive their grab-and-go meal. The high school layout is different, they will simply go to the cafeteria.

    Child Nutrition has generously offered to deliver meals and they will do so Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Families may request delivery by emailing ask@lisd.org with their student’s ID, delivery address, and home campus. The cutoff time for delivery requests is 9:30 p.m. the night before the delivery date. 
     
  • Curriculum Update: We want to thank all our teachers that have been actively keeping their students engaged through many online resources since the closure announcement. LISD Curriculum & Instruction is working on a resource packet that can be utilized online and mailed out for families that do not have access to the internet. We hope to have more information available later this week!
(LHS families make sure you check your inbox for a dual-credit/Early College update!)
  • Human Resources Update: TxBess meeting that was set for Tuesday, March 17 has been canceled. The Substitute Teacher Orientation that was set for Thursday, March 19 has been canceled

    If you have any questions about your employment status or other H.R.-related concerns please contact Dr. James Hockenberry, Assistant Superintendent of District Services, or Mrs. Loretta Thompson Martin, Director of Human Resources. 
       

UPDATED F.A.Q.  

  • Will there be any virtual classes be provided for students?

    Potentially, but this will not happen next week. If we see the need to extend past the two-week mark, we will work out a plan for this. In the meantime, the TEA (and others!) are working on providing online resources to help our students stay on top of their lessons.
     

Watch This Page!

We will continue to update our website with new information as we receive it. If you have a question please email us at ask@lisd.org or contact us via Let's Talk

You can find updates on all our social media sites and at this dedicated webpage: LISD.org/coronavirus 

 

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 13th 

Good evening LISD families and staff. We wanted to provide you with some updates on closures after talking with district administration and TEA officials. As a reminder, we are going to extend Spring Break by two weeks. This means we will potentially resume classes on Monday, March 30.

  • Meals: We want to make sure our students still have food available during the closure. Meals will be served on eight campuses from 10 a.m. to Noon during the closure. Every child that comes to these campuses will be given two meals. Any child attending LISD is welcome to get meals at the following locations: Longview High, Forest Park, South Ward, Ware, Foster, Bramlette, Everhart, and Judson.
  • Campus Staffing: There will be someone from campus administration and support staff on campus next week during regular hours should you need anything or have questions. 
  • Canceled Events: All UIL events have been canceled until March 30. As we receive more information on this, we will let you know. The SAT test that is scheduled for tomorrow at LHS has been canceled.
  • Events Postponed: Lamplighter will be postponed and we will have more information for you at a later date. For junior students who have the Texas Bank & Trust Student Board of Directors applications, the deadline has been extended to March 30 at 1 p.m. Kay Ray must have all attachments and signatures with the application by March 30 at 1 p.m.
  • TEA Updates: TEA is currently gathering online resources for any district that is currently closed so students do not fall behind. We will be providing those as we receive them. They will also be giving us an update next week regarding state testing.
      

UPDATED F.A.Q. (frequently asked questions) 

  • Will the LISD administration need to be on campuses during the spring break extension?

    YES, we are asking that one campus administrator and one support staff person be on campus to answer any questions as they come in. Those on campus will be there during regular campus hours to help families with whatever they need.
     
  • Can teachers come back to campus to work in their classrooms?

    YES, but we are asking that teachers working on campus keep their time at a minimum so we can make sure they are healthy.

  • Will meals be provided to families during the spring break extension?

    YES, we will be providing meals (breakfast and lunch) for our students during the spring break extension. Nutrition plan meals will be served on eight campuses from 10 a.m. - noon during the closure. Every child that comes to these campuses will be given two meals. Any child attending LISD is welcome to get meals at the following locations: Longview High, Forest Park, South Ward, Ware, Foster, Bramlette, Everhart, and Judson.

  • Will we have to make up these days?
    Not sure at this moment, but we will be working with the TEA on this and follow their guidelines and regulations for state of emergency make up days. More information will come out this week.

  • Will there be any virtual classes be provided for students?
    Potentially. This will not happen next week, but if we see the need to extend past the two-week mark, we will work out a plan for this. TEA will be providing online resources to help our students stay on top of their lessons.

  • Will the STAAR test be postponed or canceled?
    Unclear, for now. TEA will be releasing more information on this next week.

  • Will teachers get their pay during the extension?
    YES, teachers will get paid. A resolution is being brought before the board to continue payments to employees effective for the closure from Monday, March 16-27.

  • Will hourly staff get paid during the extension?
    YES, we are working ways to make sure our hourly staff receive their paycheck and all the hours needed to get that paycheck. 


We will continue to update our website with new information as we receive it. If you have a question please email us at ask@lisd.org or contact us via Let's Talk

You can find updates on all our social media sites and at this dedicated webpage: LISD.org/coronavirus 

 

12:30 p.m., Friday, March 13th 

 

Dear Longview ISD community,

In the interest of the health and safety of our students and staff, all LISD campuses and offices will remain closed through March 27. Classes are tentatively scheduled to resume March 30 but, as this is an ongoing situation, district officials will continue to monitor information coming from federal, state, and local health officials. 

More information about how this change to our district schedule stands to impact student and staff will be forthcoming, as LISD remains in conversation with officials from the Texas Education Agency. 

Our leadership participates in regular calls where the latest information is made available from local government entities and health authorities. UIL events will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For the latest on UIL visit UILtexas.org.

Longview Independent School District is committed to providing ongoing communication regarding district measures taken to assist public health officials in their prevention of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We will be releasing more information through all-calls, emails, our district website, and social media. You can check back at our website at LISD.org/coronavirus or follow our social media channels on Facebook and TwitterIn the meantime, LISD will continue our aggressive approach to sterilizing and performing deep cleans of all district campuses and facilities, including a comprehensive sanitation of all district buses and vehicles.

Much is being learned about this newly-emerged virus. Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover the mouth and nose with the inside of the elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick.

Longview ISD custodial staff uses the highest grade of disinfectant cleaner approved for use in hospitals and other health-related organizations, and it has been demonstrated as effective in killing flu and human coronavirus. The custodial department has already been on increased cleaning frequency since early fall in response to expanding flu cases. 

While a new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses. This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to student illness and absences.

For updated information from the CDC on coronavirus can be found at the CDC website here, and the most recent information about coronavirus in Texas may be found at the DSHS website here. You can also see the latest public school-related information on the Texas Education Agency website here

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students, and our staff!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. James Wilcox, Superintendent of Schools
Longview Independent School District 

 

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