Coronavirus Closure Info for MISD Staff
Information on this page is provided specifically for Mesquite ISD employees. Please check this page often for updates you may need to know, especially during the school closure period.
All Mesquite ISD campuses are closed through May 1.
All Mesquite ISD extracurricular activities and school-related events are canceled until further notice.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.
Quarantine Guidelines for Staff
On March 30, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued a self-quarantine edict requiring road travelers from any location in Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.
On March 30, 2020, Gov. Abbott extended the previous air traveler self-quarantine edict to include persons traveling from California; Louisiana; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and Miami, Florida.
On March 26, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued a self-quarantine edict requiring air travelers from the tri-state area near New York City and from New Orleans to self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.
March 31, 2020 - Closure Extended Through May 1
On the order of the Governor of Texas announced this afternoon, Mesquite ISD will remain closed through May 1. It is important to support the efforts of our local and national health and government officials to limit the spread of COVID-19. Those officials report that we have not yet seen a peak in the number of new cases of the virus, and we must continue to limit contact with others to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
We know that this closure is difficult for families, for students and for our employees. Everyone wants to get back to the normal routine as soon as possible, but safety must take priority. MISD extends its sincere appreciation to all of our staff members for your extraordinary response to this unprecedented situation. Many of you are working longer hours and meeting new challenges in real time and innovative ways to ensure that education continues. Those efforts are not unnoticed. They are nothing short of remarkable. Thank you once again for all that you are doing during this difficult time.
March 23, 2020 - New Guidelines Under Shelter-in-Place Order
Under the shelter-in-place order for Dallas County as well as Texas Education Agency requirements, education is considered an essential function that must continue; however, all MISD district facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. Only essential personnel should be in MISD buildings. If you are considered essential personnel for this closure period, your supervisor will give you further instructions about reporting to work.
If you need to go to your office or classroom to retrieve materials to work on during this period, you may do so. But please keep your time in the building to a minimum. You must access the building between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. unless you have access to the alarm system. If you are in an MISD building, please continue to practice social distancing for the safety of everyone.
Campus office hours for packet pick up will be on designated Wednesdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Principals will notify staff members if they are needed on campus during these office hours. Thank you for all that you do for our students and families.