Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are continually monitoring the evolving status of the COVID-19 virus in our area and ask for patience as we work through the many details on how we move forward during this time. We are committed to providing as much information as possible in a timely manner and supporting staff, students, and families throughout this difficult time. Please continue to visit this webpage for up-to-date information.
 
During the closure of schools due to COVID-19, Magnolia ISD will operate as Closed, Instructing. This TEA Designation provides for schools closed to normal operations to continue to provide educational support and instruction to students at home/offsite. During this time, the district staff will continue working in a combination of onsite and remote settings on the school days designated on the official school calendar. By operating under the following guidelines, Magnolia ISD commits to support students instructionally while at home.
 
Phones will be answered daily at district and campus offices from 8 - noon. Remote operations from noon - 4.

Click here to read COVID-19 releases

Information & Resources
 

student learning resourcesIn Magnolia ISD, we are dedicated to providing high-quality learning experiences for our students.  During this unprecedented interruption to our school schedule, we want to be sure our students still have opportunities for rich learning experiences that keep them on track in their grade level curriculum even while staying at home.

 

Below are links to information on how to access our Student Learning Plans. Our outstanding teachers will be your point of contact for support in working through the activities provided. The activities will not be graded, but teachers will be checking in with students and helping as needed. By doing these weekly activities, your child will make progress on essential learning standards that are needed before promoting to the next grade level or course so it is important to do the work and be prepared!

 

Format - The Student Learning Plans are best completed in a digital format. All district digital resources can be accessed on all mobile devices (Apple or Android smartphones), tablets, iPads, Laptops, Chromebooks or PCs. Magnolia ISD is making available Chromebooks for check-out from each of our schools if a family has a need for a device. Information about Wifi access can be found in the FAQs.

 

Scheduling - Currently, the activities are scheduled to take no more than 8 hours per week for elementary, 12 hours per week in intermediate and junior high, and 15 hours per week in high school. It is highly recommended that you set aside 2-3 hours each day for learning time based on these guidelines.


STAAR Testing - On March 16, 2020, Governor Abbott waived all STAAR testing requirements for the remainder of the school year.

 

 

Elementary Learning Plans Click HereIntermediate Learning Plans Click HereJunior High and High School Learning Plans Click Here

Alpha AcademySpecial Programs Click HereAdditional Resources

 

 

Our campuses and technology department have been working diligently the past couple of days to prepare the check-out of district Chromebooks. Our campuses have all the devices packaged and ready for distribution so we are going to start checking-out devices tomorrow at all campuses. We will continue check-out on Monday as an option for those who are unable to get to a campus tomorrow. Below are the dates and times.

 

Chromebook Check-out Dates and Times:

  • Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (all campuses)
  • Monday, March 23 from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. (high school) and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (elementary, intermediate and junior high campuses)
 
  1. If you have multiple children at one campus, we are distributing one Chromebook per family per campus.  
  2. You will need to drive to the front of each child’s campus and a campus staff member will bring the Chromebook to your car like a drive-through service. 
  3. Parents must be present in order to check-out a Chromebook. Parents will be given a form to sign in order to check out the device and to assume responsibilities associated with having it at home. No one will be allowed to check-out devices on behalf of anyone else.
  4. If you are unable to pick up a Chromebook during these times, please contact your campus starting on Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27 between 8 a.m. - noon to arrange a pick-up time.

 

As we mentioned in prior communication, you do not need a district device to access the learning materials on the district website. All of the learning materials can be accessed from home computers, tablets, and smartphones.

 

Learning independently will naturally come with its challenges — for teachers, students, and parents.  We ask in advance for your patience as many of our administrators and teachers learn to implement new remote instructional strategies. While we understand that remote learning differs greatly from traditional classroom instruction, it’s critically important that we continue to engage our students in instruction and learning.

 

Click here for instructions on using Chromebooks at home: grades PK-2 (English)

Click here for instructions on using Chromebooks at home: grades 3-12 (English)

 

Click here for instructions on using Chromebooks at home: grades PK-2 (Spanish)

Click here for instructions on using Chromebooks at home: grades 3-12 (Spanish)

In an effort to support our community and families, Magnolia ISD will provide FREE meals starting on Tuesday. Families will be able to drive through for curbside pick up at three of our elementary school locations. Please see below for details:
 
Locations: Magnolia Elementary School, Smith Elementary School, & Lyon Elementary
 
When: Monday - Friday each week
 
Time: 9 - 11:30 a.m.
 
1. Cars will pull up to the back of the school and form a car rider line. This line will form at the back of the school where the buses normally drop off students. Please remain in your car and an employee will deliver the food to your car.
2. All children 18 or under will eat free and children need to be present in the car.
3. Each child will receive one breakfast and one lunch in a to-go bag or box.
 
Texas parents can now visit the TXSchools.gov MealFinder Map to find locations near them where local school systems are offering free school meals—both breakfast and lunch—for pick-up while school buildings are closed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
While our campuses are closed, we are still processing new students who need to enroll in the district for the spring 2020 semester. 
Below are the enrollment steps:
  • From the district website main page, select Parents/Students icon.
  • Then select Enrollment & Transfers > Online New Student Registration Instructions > New Student Online Registration.
  • Login or create an account in Parent Self Serve to begin the process of enrolling a new student.
 
During the closure, we have added a feature that allows parents to upload the required documents for enrollment. These documents include:
  • birth certificates,
  • social security card,
  • proof of residency,
  • parent/guardians identification and
  • immunization records.
 
Once you have completed the enrollment process, the district will notify the campus principal. The campus administration will be contacting you once the enrollment process has been completed. Our staff will be checking the portal daily so we can continue to serve our new students.

If you need assistance with the online registration process, email psshelp@magnoliaisd.org
All before and after school activities including all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions and weekend events are canceled. All MISD campus and district events have been canceled until further notice. This cancelation includes:
  • MISD Serves on Saturday, April 3
  • District Job fair on Thursday, April 1
 
We understand there are many questions about events including prom and graduation. At this time, all graduation ceremonies are scheduled for May 30 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion. Times and more details are still to be determined. 
 
No further decisions have been made about proms.
 
Please contact your campus administration for updates regarding additional events including PTOs.
 
Kindergarten Round-Up is currently scheduled for Monday, July 27 from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Tuesday, July 28 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Magnolia ISD schools and facilities are closed to students, the general community and non-emergency personnel until the district re-opens.
At this time, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has not provided specific details about make-up days or waivers.STAAR testing for the 2019-20 school year has been waived. We will share more information as soon as we have updates.
Magnolia ISD will continue to update staff, families, and the community via our website, parent email/text notification system, as well as our social media channels.
 
To ensure you are receiving the latest calls, emails, and texts from the district, please make sure the information in your Parent Portal is up to date. 
 
Magnolia ISD Facebook account   Twitter account   Magnolia ISD Instagram account   
In response to COVID-19 MISD continues to have daily briefings with the Texas Education Agency, The Texas Department of Health Services, as well as Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management. 
 
The Society of Samaritans Food Pantry will be open to families from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
Society of Samaritans Food Pantry is open to families
 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
 
 
 
Social Emotional Learning Resources:
Our district office is closed for parents and visitors but you can reach district administration by phone or email Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - noon. Please visit our website or any of the district social media channels for all COVID-19 school-related information.
 
Payroll
The Magnolia ISD School Board and administration are committed to taking care of our employees during this unprecedented time. Employees can expect to receive your normal pay for the duration of school closings.
 
If you need to contact payroll, click here.
 
Benefits
If you need to speak with someone about changing your benefits, please click here to contact the business office.
NPR.org - Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus:
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Yucky Bug:
 
Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical Center: How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus:
 
Tips for Managing Stress from MISD Counselors: https://magnoliaisd.edliotest.com/Managing%20Stress%20_1_.pdf