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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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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COVID-19 Protocols For Students

In case of COVID-19 exposure
 
 

In case of COVID-19 symptoms
 
 

In case of COVID-19 positive test
 

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions (For Parents & Students)

What are the protocols if a staff member or student shows symptoms of COVID-19?

The school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if a student or staff member needs to be sent home. Students who are ill will be separated from their peers in an isolation room and should be picked up within one hour from the time the campus contacts the student’s parent or guardian. Other students will be immediately removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus so that the classroom can be disinfected. Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should opt for virtual instruction and 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 a student has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the student must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the student 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.

Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols; including  remaining off campus until they have met the re-entry criteria above. 

For more staff questions about COVID-19 please contact Mae Johnson Lewis via email or call 903-381-2292

 

What kind of communication will we get if there is a COVID-19 positive case on campus?

Once the district collects and confirms information about a positive COVID-19 case, parents and staff 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. 

For more information please see the TEA's latest Public Health Guidance here

 

What happens if a teacher or other LISD employee tests positive for COVID-19?

Once the district collects and confirms information about a positive COVID-19 case, parents and staff 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. If the teacher tests positive for COVID-19 and is symptomatic, the teacher 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 teacher is asymptomatic but has received a positive COVID-19 test result, the teacher may not return to campus until ten days have passed since a positive test.

What happens if the teacher or employee believes the test result is a false positive?

If the individual 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 individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual 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. 

For more staff questions about COVID-19 please contact Mae Johnson Lewis via email or call 903-381-2292

 

What steps will be in place to make sure sick kids stay at home?

Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is test-confirmed with COVID-19. 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. 

If a student returns to school after being sent home for having symptoms before the re-entry criteria are met, the parents will be called to pick the student up and the student will be isolated in the nurse's clinic to ensure a health and safe classroom environment.

For more information please see the TEA's latest Public Health Guidance here

 

What kinds of changes will be made to protect the health of students and staff in the nurse’s clinic?

Students who visit the nurse's clinic to take necessary medications will stop at the door and wait for the nurse to meet them with the medication. For more information please see the TEA's latest Public Health Guidance here.

 

If my child is diagnosed with COVID-19, when can they safely return to school?

If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, the student’s parent should contact the campus administrator. If a student is test-confirmed to have COVID-19 and is symptomatic, the student should opt for virtual instruction and 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 student is asymptomatic but has received a positive COVID-19 test result, the student should not return to campus until ten days have passed since a positive test.
 

What happens if the parent believes the test result is a false positive?

If an individual 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 individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual 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.
 

How will the campuses help support frequent hand washing for school children?

Hand-washing will be a priority and hand sanitizer will be provided at all campuses. For specific questions about your student's campus, please contact your principal directly. 

For more information please see the TEA's latest Public Health Guidance here.

 

What is the district doing to ensure the campuses and classrooms are cleaned and sanitized?

Longview ISD is closely monitoring COVID-19 and is in contact with relevant federal, state, and local agencies to stay up to date on recommended protocols and procedures.

The district encourages all students and staff to follow preventative health measures, including frequent hand washing, covering coughs, and staying home when sick. LISD is continuing to follow its standard procedure for routine cleaning and disinfection of schools, with special emphasis on disinfection of door handles and other frequently touched areas.

Custodial teams are ensuring all schools and buildings are properly stocked with necessary supplies, including soap and paper towels. Additionally, the district uses antimicrobial floor wax. LISD maintenance and operations departments are working to ensure all other cleaning agents used in district schools, facilities, and vehicles contain the suggested concentration of disinfectant as outlined by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries.

Transportation Services has also enhanced daily bus-cleaning efforts with the addition of interior sanitization, a practice previously implemented by the department during cold and flu season. Buses will be sanitized with disinfecting wipes after routes are completed each day and again on the weekend, as a precautionary measure.

The district is continuing to monitor the situation to ensure precautionary measures are in alignment with current guidance from local, state, and national health officials, the Texas Education Agency, and in the best interest of students and staff.
 

Will I be able to visit and eat lunch with my child during lunch?

Visitors will not be allowed on campus unless it is an essential need such as ARD meetings, 504 meetings, Student Success meetings, or other meetings arranged with the campus principal.
  

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. NO STUDENT WILL BE TESTED WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT. Forms will be provided and must be completed for each individual student. 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/ 
  

Longview ISD encourages the use and promotion of verified sources of information about COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
U.S. Department of Education: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources page for schools and school personnel 
Texas Education Agency (TEA): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance
Texas Association of School Boards (TASB): https://www.tasb.org/covid-19-resources.aspx
Texas Department of State Health Services: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Texas Department of Agriculture: SquareMeals During Coronavirus
University Interscholastic League (UIL): COVID-19 Information
CDC Back-to-School Planning Guide For Parents: click here 
 

What if I have a detailed question about school uniforms, extracurriculars, clear backpacks, meal delivery, drop-off and pick-up, technology, or other matters that are specific to my students' campus? 

Please contact your campus principal directly via our Contact Page or by calling the number(s) listed here:
(903) 803-5000 Montessori Academy
(903) 803-5600 Bramlette Elementary
(903) 803-5100 Hudson PEP Elementary
(903) 803-5400 Everhart Elementary
(903) 803-5300 Johnston-McQueen Elementary
(903) 803-5500 Ned E. Williams Elementary
(903) 803-5200 South Ward Elementary
(903) 803-5700 Ware Elementary
(903) 466-2510 Forest Park Middle
(903) 446-2710 Foster Middle
(903) 446-2610 Judson Middle
(903) 663-1301 Longview High
(903) 381-3921 Early Grad High 
 

 

Click here to download the
 TCIS Back To School Plan.


Click here
 to download the
 Longview ISD Back-To-School Plan


Click here to download the
 ETAA Back-To-School Plan

 

Frequently Asked Questions (For District Employees)

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. 

 

CDC Back-to-School Planning Guide For Parents: click here

 

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