Daily updates on COVID-19 cases across East Texas public schools

Daily updates on COVID-19 cases across East Texas public schools
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EAST TEXAS (KLTV/KTRE) - Below is a daily digest of the COVID-19 situation as reported or made available to KLTV and KTRE.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

  • Kennard ISD reports a student tested positive for COVID-19 as well as many students and several staff members on quarantine. The student was last on campus Monday. The district will shift to remote learning from Tuesday until Friday, Nov. 20. All activities are canceled during this time and will resume on Monday, Nov. 30.
  • Leverett’s Chapel ISD announced they will close school on Wednesday and Thursday after suspicious COVID-19 cases have arisen. Students will report back on Nov. 30. Tuesday afternoon’s junior high basketball game is canceled.
  • Mount Enterprise ISD announced classes are canceled for the remainder of the week after two secondary students tested positive for COVID-19. All group and team activities will be canceled or postponed through Thanksgiving. The musical will be postponed until December.
  • Due to an abnormally high number of staff member absences for varying reasons, Marshall High School and Marshall Junior High School ONLY will transition into remote learning on Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20. The change affects just students at MHS and MJHS. All other MISD campuses will continue with on-campus learning and on normal schedules. MHS and MJHS students are expected to return to in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 30, following the Thanksgiving holidays. On Thursday and Friday of this week only, all MHS and MJHS students will not come to school but will instead complete assignments via Google Classroom and other methods already received. Students may access their assignments remotely and teachers will be available both days via Google Classroom, e-mail and phone call. While students are required to enter remote learning for these two days and not be on campus, all available teachers and staff will be on campus as normal working in and from their classrooms. Student activity and extracurricular programs may continue to practice and perform on both days as normal. Coaches and sponsors will notify students of practice times. Marshall ISD will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays beginning Monday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 27. School will resume at all campuses as normal on Monday, Nov. 30.

Thursday, Nov. 12

  • Timpson ISD reported on Facebook that fourth-grade students will remain on remote learning until Monday, Nov. 30.
  • Center Elementary School notified families fourth-grade students will continue at home learning November 11-20.
  • Trinity ISD plans to transition back to campus-based learning beginning Nov. 30 with pre-kindergarten through first-grade students, sixth-grade students, ninth and tenth-grade students.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

  • Kilgore ISD said Kilgore High School will transition to virtual learning for Wednesday, Nov. 11, Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13 due to an abnormally large number of Kilgore High staff member absences. Students should prepare to return to school as normal on Monday, Nov. 16.
  • Rusk ISD said G.W. Bradford Primary School is switching to virtual learning until after the Thanksgiving holiday due to a large number of campus staff being quarantined with COVID-19. Students may return on Monday, Nov. 30.

Friday, Nov. 6

  • Marshall ISD reports two students have tested positive for COVID-19 at Marshall High School.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

  • Marshall ISD reports two new positive cases, an employee in Transportation and a staff member at Marshall Early Childhood.

Monday, Nov. 2

  • Marshall ISD reports three new positive cases, a student at Marshall Junior High, a staff member at William B. Travis Elementary, and a staff member at Marshall High School. Marshall ISD also reports an additional positive case for a student at Travis Elementary but the student has not been on campus since Oct. 20.

Friday, Oct. 30

  • Marshall ISD reports two staff members from the junior high campus have tested positive for COVID-19.

Thursday, Oct. 29

  • Marshall ISD reports one new case in a staff member Thursday. There are now 14 active cases in the district.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

  • Marshall ISD reports three new cases and two new recoveries Wednesday. Two of the cases were from Marshall High School where one staff member and one student tested positive. A staff member at William B. Travis Elementary also tested positive. Recoveries include 1 at DAEP (staff) and 1 at Sam Houston Elementary (staff). As of today, there are 13 active cases in the district, with a total of 32 recoveries, and 45 total cases since the beginning of the school year.
  • Cushing ISD issued a letter to parents stating three employees and one student have tested positive for COVID-19, so the campuses would be closed Thursday and Friday and classes moved to at-home learning. Superintendent Michael Davis said that of the three staff cases, two are from the secondary campus and one is from elementary.

Monday, Oct. 26

  • Marshall ISD reported two recoveries and one new case Monday. There are a total of nine active cases in the district. There have been a total of 38 cases since school began and 29 recoveries.

Friday, Oct. 23

  • Quitman ISD said due to multiple incidences of staff illness and quarantining, they have made the decision to close their campuses from Monday, Oct. 26 to Wednesday, Oct. 28. Students will receive instruction at home on those days. Thursday and Friday of next week will be school holidays and will not need to be made up. Students will report back to face-to-face learning on Monday, Nov. 2. Extracurricular activities for junior high and high school students will continue when possible.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

  • Marshall ISD reports two new cases and two recoveries in the district Wednesday, which keeps them at a total of 11 cases in the district. One of the recoveries was at Marshall High School, which as of today has no active cases.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

  • Marshall ISD reports one new case at Crockett Elementary for a total of 13 active cases in the district.

Monday, Oct. 12

  • Marshall ISD reports five new cases Monday.

Friday, October 9

  • Bullard ISD said the Early Childhood campus will be closed next Tuesday and Wednesday for cleaning. The district said 75 percent of the COVID-19 cases in the district are from that campus. The district also said beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, students will be required to wear face-coverings while at school.
  • Tenaha ISD has a handful of active student cases and others in quarantine for family members. The district is also down more than a dozen staff members do to either infection or close-contact quarantine. As a result, the entire school district will go to distance learning next week (October 12 to 16).

Thursday, Oct. 8

  • Marshall ISD reported one new case of COVID-19 and one new recovery. Both the case and recovery were students at Marshall Junior High. There are currently 11 active cases in Marshall ISD, a total of 14 recoveries, and 25 overall cases for the school year.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

  • Marshall ISD reports six new active cases for a total of 11 active cases. Three of the new cases were at Marshall High School, and the other three at Sam Houston Elementary.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

  • Marshall ISD reports one new recovery and two new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are a total of 5 active cases and 13 recoveries for an overall case count of 18 since the start of the school year.

Monday, Oct. 5

  • Marshall ISD reports that the school district now only has four active COVID-19 cases. They include three cases at the high school campus and one at the junior high campus. Marshall ISD also reported five recoveries on Monday. Overall, the district has had a total of 15 cases and 10 recoveries since the start of school.

Monday, Sept. 28

  • Marshall ISD reports three new positive cases since last Friday. A student at Marshall Junior High School as well as two employees at Marshall High School. There was one new recovery of a Marshall High School student. There are a total of seven active cases in the district, a total of 6 recoveries since Aug. 13, and a total of 13 cases for the entire year so far.

Friday, Sept. 25

  • Henderson ISD reports one middle school student who was last on campus on September 21 has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Longview ISD reports a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student from J L Everhart passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus. The district was informed Thursday.

Thursday, Sept. 24

  • Marshall ISD reports one employee at William B. Travis Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The district reports the positive case at WBT has been determined not to have been in close contact with other employees or students due to not having contact with anyone for over 15 continuous minutes without a face covering.
  • Longview ISD reports two more students tested positive for COVID-19. The students from Judson STEAM Academy and Johnston McQueen campuses passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus. The district was informed of the Johnston McQueen student’s positive case on Tuesday, and the Judson STEAM Academy student’s positive case on Wednesday.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • Latexo ISD has closed the high school campus Wednesday through Friday. The district reports five confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last two days and six affected teachers that must be quarantined for 2 weeks. The high school will shift to synchronous learning during the campus closure.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

  • Henderson ISD has been informed of four additional employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. One intermediate school employee was last on campus on September 18, 2020. Another intermediate school employee was last on campus on September 21, 2020. One high school employee was last on campus on September 18, 2020. One administration employee was last in the office on September 18, 2020. The district’s total reported cases is now at 101 with 80 recoveries leaving 21 currently active cases in the district.
  • Marshall ISD reports one new case at Marshall High School which brings them to two active cases at the high school and four total in the district. The district has had a total of 10 cases since the start of the year with six recoveries and four currently active cases.

Monday, Sept. 21

  • Cushing ISD reports the first confirmed student case of COVID-19. Seven other students identified by contact tracing will be required to quarantine.
  • Longview ISD reports a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student from Longview High School passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus. The district was informed on Saturday, Sept. 19.
  • Big Sandy ISD will close in-person learning for students on all three campuses until Monday, Oct. 5. The district reports ten active confirmed cases of COVID-19 and many other students quarantined. The last day of in-person learning will be Monday, Sept. 21. Tuesday, the schools will be closed for all staff and students, except for the maintenance department.

Friday, Sept. 18

  • Henderson ISD reports one additional student and one additional employee tested positive for COVID-19. One intermediate school student was last on campus on Monday, and one district employee was last on campus on Wednesday.
  • Marshall ISD reports two cases, one a student at Marshall High School, and the other an employee at Marshall Early Childhood Center.
  • Timpson ISD reports two COVID-19 cases at Timpson High School.

Thursday, Sept. 17

  • Longview ISD reports two more students tested positive for COVID-19. The students from Longview Early Graduation High School and Foster Middle School passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus.
  • Henderson ISD reports 2 additional employees tested positive for COVID-19. One high school employee was last on campus on September 8, one middle school employee was last on campus on September 10.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Tuesday, Sept. 15

  • Marshall ISD reports an employee at Marshall Early Childhood Center tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday.

Monday, Sept. 14

  • Longview ISD reports a student tested positive for COVID-19 from Longview High School. The student passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus. The district was notified Monday.
  • Longview ISD reports a student tested positive for COVID-19 from J. L. Everhart Elementary School. The student passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus. The district was notified Monday.
  • On its daily dashboard, Lufkin ISD reported one positive student case and one staff case. The district reports 356 quarantined students and 29 quarantined staff.

Friday, Sept. 11

  • Henderson ISD announced Friday, starting Monday, Sept. 14 through the following two weeks, the high school campus classes will move to online-learning. All other campuses remain in-person.
  • Nacogdoches ISD reported a staff member at Brooke-Quinn Jones Elementary tested positive. They were last on campus September 11.

Thursday, Sept. 10

  • Henderson ISD has been informed of two additional students who have tested positive for COVID-19. One high school student was last on campus on September 3, 2020. Another high school student was last on campus on September 8, 2020. They also discovered two additional staff cases which were reported near the first of the year but have not been included in the total. This brings their total reported cases to 84 with 41 recoveries leaving 43 currently active cases in the district.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

  • Longview ISD reports two more students have tested positive for COVID-19. The students from Foster Middle School and East Texas Montessori Prep Academy passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus. The district was notified on Tuesday.
  • Timpson ISD reported on Facebook that multiple positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, the High School campus will move to remote learning Wednesday until further notice. Teachers will report to campus. The elementary and junior high will carry on as normal.
  • Nacogdoches ISD reported a student at Brooke-Quinn Jones Elementary tested positive. They were last on campus September 9.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

  • Tatum ISD announced it was canceling its varsity and JV football games for the next two weeks due to an exposure to an individual infected with COVID-19.
  • Nacogdoches ISD reported a positive case from a student who was last on the Nacogdoches High School campus on September 8.

Friday, Sept. 4

  • Longview ISD reports another student tested positive for COVID-19. The district was notified Friday. The student from Foster Middle School passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus.
  • Lufkin ISD currently reports via their COVID19 dashboard there are 272 students in quarantine today, as well as 17 staff members. There were two new positive cases reported today.

Thursday, Sept. 3

  • Longview ISD reports 3 more students have tested positive for COVID-19. The district was notified Monday of one student tested positive on Monday, Aug. 31, and was last on the Foster Middle School campus on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. The district was notified Wednesday of a second student testing positive on Wednesday, Sept. 2 who was last on the J L Everheart campus on Monday. The district was notified Wednesday, of a third student testing positive on Tuesday, last on the Bramlette campus on Tuesday. The students passed the routine screening before arriving and wore masks while on campus.
  • Tenaha ISD has confirmation of four positive tests for Covid-19 among students and staff since school released due to Hurricane Laura. Three of the four positive tests have not been on campus within 7 days of the test result, and the fourth case was last on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

  • Henderson ISD reports three students and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. One high school student was last on campus on Aug. 28, another high school student was last on campus on Aug. 31 and the third high school student was last on campus on Sept. 1. One employee was last on the high school campus on Aug. 31.
  • Marshall ISD reports one confirmed positive case at Marshall Junior High School Tuesday.

Monday, Aug. 31

  • Another student tested positive on Monday, Aug. 31, who was last on the Longview High School campus on Friday, Aug. 28. The district was notified Monday evening. The student passed the routine screening before arriving and wore masks while on campus.
  • Longview ISD reports two more students have tested positive for COVID-19. Longview ISD was notified Monday of one student who tested positive on Friday, Aug. 28, and was last on the Longview High School campus on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The other student tested positive on Friday and was last on the Longview High School campus on Thursday, Aug. 27, the district was notified on Friday, Aug. 28. Both students passed the routine screening before arriving and wore masks while on campus.

Friday, Aug. 28

  • Marshall ISD has one positive COVID-19 case confirmed for a student at Marshall Junior High School Friday.
  • Longview ISD was notified Friday of another student that tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. The student was last on the Judson STEAM Academy campus on Wednesday, Aug.28, passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus.

Thursday, Aug. 27

  • Longview ISD was notified Thursday a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on the Foster Middle School campus on Tuesday, Aug. 25, passed the routine screening before arriving and wore a mask while on campus. The student has a sibling that studies remotely at the Longview Early Grad High School campus and will remain at home.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

  • Longview ISD was notified Wednesday of two more students that have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the students tested positive on Monday and was last on the J L Everhart campus on that same day. The other student tested positive Tuesday and was last on the Playing for Keeps campus on that same day. Both students passed the routine screening before arriving.

Tuesday, Aug. 25

  • Lindale ISD will close Velma Penny Elementary from Wednesday, Aug. 26 until Tuesday, Sept. 8 due to several confirmed COVID-19 cases at the campus. All Velma Penny students will be issued I-Pads and will transition to at-home learning until the campus reopens. If a child was directly exposed, parents will receive individual notification.

Monday, Aug. 24

  • Henderson ISD has been informed of three high school students and one primary student who have tested positive for COVID-19. The first high school student was last on the high school campus on August 21, 2020. The student developed symptoms after school and was tested. The second and third high school students were also last on campus on August 21, 2020. Both developed symptoms on Saturday and were tested. The primary student was last on the primary campus Monday morning Aug. 24.
  • Longview ISD has reported that two more students have tested positive for COVID-19. One student attends the East Texas Montessori Prep Academy campus, while the other attends Longview High School. The ETMPA student tested positive today, and the student’s last day on campus was Friday, Aug. 21. The high school student tested positive over the weekend, and his or her last day on campus was also on Friday, Aug. 21. The district is notifying staff members and parents of students, and LISD’s Maintenance Department has cleaned and sanitized the areas of the campuses where the students had contact.
  • Tenaha ISD reported that a staff member who works at Tenaha High School tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on campus on Thursday, Aug. 20. According to a letter sent to parents, Tenaha ISD’s Mitigation Plan calls for extensive cleaning and sanitizing protocols as well as social distancing and the wearing of face masks or face shields.

Friday, Aug. 21

  • Longview ISD announced that a Ned E. Williams Elementary student tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 10. The school district was notified on Friday, and the student was sent home. The district is in the process of notifying any staff members and parents of students who may have been in the student’s presence. Longview ISD is cleaning and sanitizing the areas where the student had access. LISD officials are asking Ned E. Williams students and staff to continue monitoring their health and checking for symptoms. The student does not have any siblings in the school district.
  • Marshall ISD reported that a senior at the high school has tested positive for COVID-19. Marshall High School staff members and parents were notified on Friday. This brings the cumulative total since the start of school to four confirmed cases in MISD.
  • Henderson ISD reported that a middle school staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last on the middle school campus on Thursday, Aug. 20, and he or she does not work in a classroom setting and is not routinely in contact with students. All staff members who may have had close contact with the HISD employee have been notified, and Henderson ISD’s maintenance department is cleaning and sanitizing the areas of the middle school campus where the staff member might have been.

Thursday, Aug. 20

  • Nacogdoches ISD announced the cancellation of its summer band rehearsals after a student tested positive for COVID-19. The rehearsals were to run through Aug. 28.
  • Longview ISD has been informed of three additional students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Longview ISD was informed Thursday, Aug. 20. Two out of three students that tested positive have been remote learners at Longview High School since the beginning of the school year. The other student was last on the Hudson PEP Elementary campus on Aug. 18, passed the routine screening before arriving, wore a mask while on campus, and is currently isolated at home. Staff and parents have been notified of students who may have been in the presence of the student. Staff is cleaning and sanitizing the areas of the campus where the student had contact. Longview ISD is asking all Hudson PEP students and staff to continue monitoring their health and checking for symptoms on a regular basis while following the safety guidelines that have been implemented on campus.
  • Longview ISD has been informed of a student who has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on the Foster Middle School campus on August 19th, 2020, passed the routine screening before arriving and is currently isolated at home. Longview ISD notified staff and parents of students who may have had close contact with the student. The staff is cleaning and sanitizing the areas of campus where the student had contact. Longview ISD is asking all Foster Middle School students and staff to continue monitoring their health and checking for symptoms on a regular basis while following the safety guidelines that have been implemented on campus.
  • Henderson ISD has been informed of four high school students who have tested positive for COVID-19. The first student’s last day at school was on Aug. 14. The student was on campus for athletics pictures on Saturday, Aug. 15. The second student was last on campus on Friday, Aug. 14. The third and fourth students were last at school on Aug. 13. Both students were on campus for athletics pictures on Saturday, Aug. 15. Henderson ISD notified staff and parents of students who may have had close contact with both students. The staff is cleaning and sanitizing the areas of campus where the student had contact. Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all of our high school and elementary school students and staff to continue monitoring their health and checking for symptoms on a regular basis.

Wednesday, Aug. 19

  • Marshall High School Administration has received notification of a positive test for COVID-19 for a student on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The student was last on the MHS campus on Tuesday, Aug. 18. It has been determined that the student was not in close contact with others as defined by the CDC and Texas Education Agency. The student with the positive case was wearing a face mask at all times while on the MHS campus. Under guidelines from the CDC and TEA, close contact or possible exposure is defined as being within six feet of a sick person for at least 15 continuous minutes without the use of a face covering. As a precaution, however, MHS is notifying all parents of students and staff who have the same classes as the positive case via phone call. A notification letter regarding the positive test was sent to all members of the MHS community. Parents of students may choose to have their child excused and to self-quarantine for up to 10 days.

Tuesday, Aug. 18

  • On Aug. 18, West Sabine reported a student who had been on campus tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus on Aug. 14.
  • The Marshall Early Childhood Center has placed 14 students and two staff at Marshall Early Childhood Center into a designated campus isolation area after learning of a positive test for a student. The students and staff are required to quarantine for 10 days.
  • Timpson ISD is moving the start of school to Monday, Aug. 24, due to a positive COVID-19 test on the campus. The information came late in the day on Tuesday, making it too difficult to do proper contact tracing for school to start on Aug. 19 as scheduled.
  • Henderson ISD has been informed of two high school students who have tested positive for COVID-19. The first student’s last day at school was Friday, Aug. 14. The student was also on campus during athletics photos Saturday, Aug. 15. The second student was last on the high school campus on Thursday, Aug. 13. Both received positive test results over the past weekend. Henderson ISD notified staff and parents of students who may have had close contact with both students. Staff is cleaning and sanitizing the areas of campus where the student had contact. Out of an abundance of caution, Henderson ISD is asking all of our high school and elementary school students and staff to continue monitoring their health and checking for symptoms on a regular basis.
  • The SFA Charter School said an individual who was present in a classroom on Thursday, August 13, began experiencing flu-like symptoms and is undergoing COVID testing. The school is following the COVID-19 protocol that is in place to keep the health of safety of students at the forefront. Following the guidance of the local health department, a case investigation was created, and individuals at the school who were determined to have been in close contact with the infected individual were notified on Friday. Students in one classroom will not return to campus until test results are received; their return date will be based on the test results.

Monday, Aug. 17

  • Henderson ISD reports two students have tested positive for COVID-19. The first student is a high school student who developed symptoms on campus on August 10. The student was isolated by the campus nurse, picked up by a parent, and has not returned to campus. The student was tested later that day with the positive result being reported later.
  • The second student is an elementary school student last on campus on August 7. The student reported having someone in their household who was positive for COVID-19 and did not return to school.
  • Henderson ISD notified staff and parents of students who may have had close contact with both students. The school is cleaning and sanitizing the areas of campus where the student had contact. Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all of our high school and elementary school students and staff to continue monitoring their health and checking for symptoms on a regular basis. Our thoughts remain with both students and their families during this time.

Friday, Aug. 14

  • Troup ISD said they were notified of a student at Troup High School who participates in junior varsity volleyball that had tested positive for COVID-19. The district said they are in the process of notifying parents of students who may have had close contact with the student. The affected areas of the high school will be deeply sanitized. All junior varsity volleyball activities are suspended until further notice.

Wednesday, Aug. 12

  • Henderson ISD said they were informed of a high school staff member and two high school students who have tested positive for COVID-19. The two students were tested over the past weekend, and the staff member was tested Monday morning. Both students and the staff member were last on the high school campus on Friday, August 7, 2020 and passed the routine screening before arriving. The staff member has not been in a classroom setting and did not have close contact with students on campus. Later in the day, the district said a middle school student had also tested positive The student was last on the middle school campus on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and passed the routine screening before arriving. A short time later, the student developed symptoms and was taken to an isolation room before being taken home from school.
  • Cushing Superintendent Michael Davis has informed parents that himself, along with seven other staff members, have tested positive for COVID-19. “All of our symptoms seem to be different. My symptoms are mild, much like a cold where others have developed pnueumonia.” Davis said school is still on track to start on Aug. 24, for those who wish to attend in person. “That said, please know there will likely be more positive cases in the coming weeks.”

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