COVID-19

Official Statements

Dates/Events

Cancelled/Postponed March Events:

  • March 30 - LISD extends school closure through April 10 to comply with Smith County “Stay at Home” order.

  • March 19 - The governor has closed schools through April 3.

  • The UIL has also extended the length of the suspension of all UIL-sanctioned activities. All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until at least May 4.

  • Lindale ISD events originally scheduled through March 22 are postponed until further notice. An update regarding event cancellation or event rescheduling will be provided prior to the district reopening.  

  • The school board meeting scheduled for March 16 has been cancelled.

Facilities

All Lindale ISD school campuses, facilities, and playgrounds remain closed to all students and non-emergency personnel until the District reopens. Also, all buildings are also closed to outside rentals during this time. All athletic facilities (fields, gyms, & weight rooms) will be closed effective March 16 through March 22.  This means there will be no practices, open gyms, or open weight rooms during this time. 

Resources

Lindale ISD Offers Free Meal Pick Up to All Students: 

All Lindale ISD students will be offered free lunch as part of Lindale ISD’s curbside meal offering the week of March 16-20. Meals can be picked up at E.J. Moss East between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Extended Learning Plans

Lindale ISD is committed to ongoing student learning opportunities while the District is closed. Teachers and administrators will begin sending out lesson plans and curriculum to each student starting the week of March 16. 

Free Internet

Check out this valuable resource to Lindale ISD students and families: Altice USA is offering 60 days of FREE broadband internet for those not currently signed up for service to help students stay connected and learning during this time! Click here for more information. 

School Calendar

Details of necessary adjustments to the school calendar are still being evaluated. As of this time, graduation ceremonies and prom events already planned will remain as scheduled.

State/National Updates

March 19, 2020--Texas Governor Closes All Schools (Executive Order, Source Document Proved by Texas Tribune)

  •  In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

  • In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.

  • In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

  • In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

 

This, executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted, and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services. For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVD-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this executive order will expire. This executive order supersedes all previous orders on this matter that are in conflict or inconsistent with its terms, and this order shall remain in effect and in full force until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, subject to being extended, modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding governor.

March 16, 2020--Texas Governor Waives STAAR Testing Requirements: 

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.  Governor Abbott is working closely with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure that schools continue to deliver instruction to students while students are absent or while schools are closed due to COVID-19. This includes tailoring instruction for students with special needs so that they have access to the same education as other students in the district. Governor Abbott will continue to work with the TEA on developing additional methods to ensure that students are learning and ready to succeed at the next grade-level. These discussions are ongoing and more information will be provided as it develops.

How Can You Help?

We have received many messages from our caring Lindale ISD Family asking how to be of service during this situation. At this time, the most helpful things you can do include: