The year 2020 will be quite the chapter for the history books. Many of our daily routines have
been challenged and adjusted to the new uncertainty of our world. As we planned for the 2020-2021 school year, our biggest concern was delivering quality education while supporting the health, safety, and well-being of students, staff, and their families.
As we look to the upcoming holidays and enter flu season, MISD understands the importance of continuing to remain healthy and vigilant as we want to continue with in-person learning. The District is making the following changes in regards to our safety measures to make sure we keep staff and students in school:
- MISD will now require that all elementary students wear a face mask at school and on the bus.
- Face shields will no longer be considered an appropriate type of face covering for all students and staff.
- The PCR tests will be the only acceptable method for confirming if students and staff are COVID-19 positive.
A face mask is defined as a cloth covering that fully covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of the face and does not have gaps. MISD will work with students who may have a documented medical exemption. The CDC in conjunction with the Montgomery County Department of Health states that shields are not an acceptable form of protection from the spread of the virus.
The antigen test (or known as the rapid test) has a high probability of inaccurate results so we are now requiring the PCR test. As a reminder, please have your child stay home when they are feeling ill and contact your healthcare provider.
In order to achieve our goal of keeping our students and staff healthy and in school, we need to work together to prevent the spread of this virus. It is important to emphasize how critical it is to wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth, practice social distancing, and wash your hands whenever you interact with others. This is to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of students who may be exposed and have to quarantine for 14 days.
Thank you for your cooperation and support as we work together during this pandemic. The better we are with our mitigation strategies, the longer we will be able to have students attend school in-person.
Dr. Todd Stephens