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We ask that parents screen students daily for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 before leaving home. If your child is not feeling well, has symptoms or a temperature, we ask that you keep your child home and see your doctor.
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Mission CISD updates mask protocols

March 23, 2022 

Mission CISD Parent/Guardian, 

Thank you for your continued support in our efforts to keep Mission CISD schools healthy places for students and staff. All our efforts have been helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Based upon community data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our Hidalgo County health officials, the decision has been made to no longer require students, staff, and visitors to wear masks in our buildings. This took effect, Thursday, March 24. More


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Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, or displayed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, will be required to quarantine.
Any individuals who themselves either: 
(a) are test-confirmed to have COVID-19; or 
(b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school district screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met: 
  • In the case of an individual who is symptomatic and is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met: 
    1. Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher;

    2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
    3. at least 
      1. five (5) days have passed since symptoms first appeared for STAFF
      2. five (5) days have passed since symptoms first appeared for STUDENTS as per the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Rule.  Children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 5 days after the day they were tested. 
Medical clearance may be requested depending on the facts of each particular case.

As of January 7, 2022, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) no longer required notification of parents and staff for non-close contact situations, however, we continued the practice due to the high levels of community spread. As of January 1, 2022, TEA no longer requires notification of close contacts.


Due to these changes, along with changes made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and a lowering in COVID-19 transmission, the district will no longer be sending notification letters to parents and employees regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases at school.


However, anyone may continue to look up the number of COVID-19 cases through the district’s COVID Dashboard online at, This allows you to check by campus and includes numbers for students and staff members. Temperature checks will be conducted as needed.


We still encourage you to report positive cases of COVID-19 to your campus as that not only helps keep everyone informed as to the current state of the spread of the disease but also allows us to report more accurately to the county health authorities.

The Texas Education Agency will be proposing changes to the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook to add certain flexibility to rules describing Remote Conferencing.
Remote Conferencing is a mechanism by which remote instruction can be provided, but was previously available only upon issuance of a waiver requested for each individual student. In order to allow school systems to begin implementing changes in practice to align with the new rule (which, when adopted, would apply to the entirety of the
2022-23 school year), the relevant portion of the proposed rule language is provided below.
Return to In Person

The purpose of this document is to outline operational protocols and procedures that will allow for the continued safety of students and staff during the 2022-2023 school year while mitigating spread of COVID-19. This plan is a requirement of accepting and utilizing ESSER III funding provided by the federal government through the US Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. MCISD will follow all local, state, and federal health guidelines including those issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  This webpage shall serve as an addendum to the 22-23 Return to In-Person Instruction.

Similar to students, Mission CISD excludes staff from attending school in person who are actively sick with COVID-19, who are suspected of being actively sick with COVID-19, or who have received a positive test result for COVID-19.

Based on recent updates from the CDC, staff may return when:
  • If symptomatic, at least five (5) days have passed since symptom onset, and fever free, and
    other symptoms have improved.
  • For those with no symptoms, at least five (5) days after the day they tested positive. Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.

They do not need to stay home unless they develop symptoms. 
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
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Free Rapid PCR COVID-19 Testing for Mission CISD Staff at PCW
Mission CISD has partnered with Primary Care and Wellness for free COVID-19 PCR testing for staff.

Results are available in 15 minutes and no appointment is necessary.

Testing is available Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 7 PM and Saturdays 8 AM to 12 PM.
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Mission CISD offers free rapid antigen COVID-19 testing to students and staff at MHS Neuhaus Gym
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM  to 4:30 PM
For Students and Staff Only
This COVID-19 Testing program is supported by the CDC of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Texas Education Agency.  
Learn more and register at 
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Hidalgo County health officials and the CDC continue to stress the importance of getting vaccinated and staying up to date with all doses and boosters for their age group:
People ages 6 months through 4 years should get all COVID-19 primary series doses.
People ages 5 years and older should get all primary series doses, and the booster dose recommended for them by CDC, if eligible. 

COVID-19 vaccines are available at local pharmacies.
COVID-19 vaccines are also available through most primary care providers
These germ fighting tools are an important part of the regular cleaning and disinfecting that happens in Mission CISD facilities. They use electrodes to introduce an attractive charge and atomizes the Clorox sanitizing/disinfecting solutions that are used. The charged particles are attracted to surfaces in a way that allows the solution to reach and wrap around surfaces. Read more about it here.
Our maintenance department has been busy installing brand new touchless water fountains throughout the district.  Students and staff will be provided with a re-fillable water bottle for their own personal use. Parents are advised to sanitize the refillable water bottles frequently.
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Buses will be running at capacity.  We are implementing several safety measures for school buses such as:
  • cleaning and disinfecting between routes using e-mist and other disinfecting products
  • students will be assigned seats to assist with contact tracing, if needed
  • hand sanitizer is available on all buses
  • students in the same household will be allowed to sit together
  • our students, drivers and employees are recommended to wear masks on buses
  • the air filters on our buses are replaced weekly and are effective against COVID-19 viral particles that are captured by the filter
  • we will open bus windows a small amount to increase the amount of fresh air intake in conjunction with the air conditioning system.