COVID-19 Resources

Mission CISD is keeping all planned protocols in place.  

 

We will notify parents and staff members when a person confirmed with COVID-19 has been on campus.  

 

We will continue to conduct contact tracing if there is a positive COVID-19 case, in conjunction with the County officials. 

 
 

 

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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. ten (10) 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 10 days after the day they were tested. TEA allows for up to 20 days (for the whole school year) of online instruction for students who have to quarantine due to COVID-19. 
 
Medical clearance may be requested depending on the facts of each particular case.

Mission CISD will continue to be transparent and will continue to send notices to parents and staff regarding any positive cases of COVID-19 on campus, as we did as students started to return to class last school year.

In addition, visit our COVID-19 Dashboard updated daily: https://covidash.mcisd.net/

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
2021-22 school year), the relevant portion of the proposed rule language is provided below.
 
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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 2021-2022 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 21-22 Return to In-Person Instruction.

 

 

As per the TEA guidance:

As a reference, close contact determinations are generally based on guidance outlined by the CDC, which notes that individuals who are fully vaccinated may not need to follow the stay-at-home period.

 

Parents of students who are determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may opt to keep their students at home during the recommended stay-at-home period. TEA allows for up to 20 days (for the whole school year) of online instruction for students who have to quarantine due to COVID-19. 

 

Parents who opt to send their children to school in the 10 days following exposure are encouraged to closely monitor their children for symptoms. 

 

Mission CISD requires household-based close contact students to stay at home during the below stay-at-home period. This applies specifically to students who are close contacts because an individual who lives in the same household is COVID-19 positive.

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.
 
Staff who meet the close contact threshold with a COVID-19 positive individual and are in one of the following groups, do not need to stay at home.
  • Ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
  • Was confirmed COVID-19 positive within the last 90 days and has fully recovered.
  • For staff who meet the close contact threshold with a COVID-19 positive individual who are not in one of the above groups, rapid testing must be performed periodically for 5 days post-exposure.
Mission CISD requires household-based close contacts to stay at home during the designated stay-at-home period. This applies specifically to students and staff who are close contacts because an individual who lives in the same household is COVID-19 positive.
 
Exception to this rule are individuals who were confirmed COVID-19 positive within the last 90 days and have fully recovered.

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.
 
 
Mission CISD COVID-19 Dashboard
 
 
 
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.

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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Learn more about our no-cost COVID-19 testing sites!
 
Mission CISD offers free rapid antigen COVID-19 testing to students and staff on-campus.
 
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.  Testing is available students via the nurse's clinic.  Employees may access the services through their supervisors or campus administrators.
 
 
COVID-19 Testing Resources - For Staff and Students Only
 
Parents and Staff may register online to receive free testing services at the following link.
 
At Mission High School Performing Arts Center
Learn more and register at https://goodsidehealth.com/register 
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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.
 
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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
 
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.
 
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