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.

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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