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GISD closing all campuses and other facilities October 15 and 16 due to COVID-19 exposure

Out of an abundance of caution, Greenville ISD will be shutting all campuses and district facilities Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16. Classes will continue as usual for the rest of the day today. Buses will run on their regular schedules this afternoon.

There have been a number of COVID-19 cases and resulting close contacts on multiple campuses. We have conducted contact tracing, and all those who were in close contact with the COVID-positive individuals have been contacted and informed. If you did not receive a call, please assume that you have not been identified as having close contact.  As required by the CDC and TEA, those who had close contact will be quarantined

Thursday and Friday, learning will continue online. All students will be required to log in for classes, and attendance will be taken as usual.

Campuses are coordinating distribution of devices for all students and staff. In-person learning will resume on Monday.

All athletic events will be canceled Thursday and Friday and will resume Monday.

We will deep clean all campuses and facilities. We thank you for your patience as we make adjustments with the health of all our GISD family members as our top priority.

GISD will continue to provide Grab-n-Go meals for students during the district closure. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up between 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. at G. W. Carver Elementary, Travis/Sixth Grade Center, Greenville High School or STEM @ Crockett Elementary. Please bring the student's lunch ID if they will not be accompanying the parent when picking up the meals.

As a reminder, COVID-19 is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to take the following preventive measures:  

Health Recommendations  

  • Practice social distancing and avoid close contact with others outside your household   
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth in public settings    
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds OR use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer   
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces  
  • Children and staff with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be excluded from school and other public activities until:    
    • 10 days after symptoms first appeared AND    
    • No fever for at least 24 hours without using any fever-reducing medication AND   
    • Other symptoms have improved.   
  • Children and staff who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested   
  • Household members and other close contacts of children or staff with COVID-19 must stay home until the end of their quarantine (14 days after their last exposure to the person with COVID-19) as symptoms may develop any time during the 14 day period.  

We are closely monitoring this situation and will continue to keep you informed, while also protecting individuals’ rights to privacy regarding their personal medical information.  

If you begin experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please consult with your health care provider and inform your school nurse. If you have questions, please contact Director of Health Services Noel Bares, R.N. at 903-454-8871.