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COVID-19

Click the button below to view the Daily Check Health Screener in English and Spanish. All students, staff members and visitors should self-assess their own health before entering Mesquite ISD campuses and facilities.

Daily Check Health Screener

Notify Mesquite ISD of COVID-19 Illness or Possible Exposure

Students and staff are expected to notify Mesquite ISD of any lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 or any possibility of close contact exposure. This notification will help us to determine proper quarantine times if necessary. We have created an online COVID-19 reporting form for your convenience. Click one of the following buttons to access the form in your preferred language. A school nurse or the director of health services may contact you to follow up after you submit the form. Thank you for your help in keeping all of us safe.

COVID-19 Reporting Form 

 Formulario de informe sobre COVID-19

Mask Update Nov. 9

Effective Nov. 9, masks will be optional for students, staff members and visitors in all Mesquite ISD schools and facilities. This change in protocol is supported by several factors, including the following:

  • Low infection rates continue. Mesquite ISD’s COVID-19 infection rates reflect current rates for Dallas County and other area school districts. Infection rates remain low following Fall Break.

  • Vaccines are now available for students ages 5-11. 

  • Current legal status assumes GA-38 is in effect. Mesquite ISD has sought to follow the rule of law, changing governmental mandates and court rulings. However, thus far, the courts with ultimate jurisdiction have failed to resolve the issue of which governmental mandate is controlling. This judicial hesitation has left the district without guidance as to which mandate should be followed. Based upon review of the status of the numerous cases concerning mask mandates presently pending in Texas, Mesquite ISD’s attorney has advised the district that, in his opinion, the district is not precluded from modifying its mask policy.

  • Mesquite ISD supports any student or staff member who prefers to wear a mask for health concerns.

Staff members who work with medically fragile or compromised students are strongly encouraged to wear masks in addition to following other health safety protocols.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

FREE COVID-19 testing available to students, staff and community members.

105 Florence Street
Mesquite, TX 75149

Open Daily (7 days a week)
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

No appointment required.

Memorial Stadium
2500 Memorial Blvd.
Mesquite, TX 75149

Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Appointment Required
Use this link to schedule a test appointment.

Health Safety Strategies 

To protect our staff and students, the district has multiple layers of safety protocols in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. See topics below for more details.

Mesquite ISD encourages all eligible persons to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, maintain social distancing when possible and stay home when feeling ill or a fever is present.

#stayhealthymesquite


FOR MISD EMPLOYEES:
Absences Related to COVID-19 Illness

Mesquite ISD provides 10 days of paid COVID leave during the 2021-22 school year for employees who test positive for COVID-19. Although the federal FFCRA program has ended, the district will continue to provide this important assistance to our employees so that they do not have to use personal days if they must remain out of work due to COVID illness. Conditions of this paid leave are as follows:

  • Unlike rules of the FFCRA program, paid leave will apply only in situations where the employee is positive for COVID-19.
  • Leave due to COVID that extends beyond 10 days during the school year must come from an employee’s accrued personal days.
  • The employee must provide appropriate documentation of a positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 test from an approved health care facility or other approved COVID-19 test site. Self-test results will not be accepted.

To request paid leave due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, contact Rhonda Ferrin in Personnel at ext. 7780.