Covid-19 Updates

Monitoring and Screening for COVID-19 - 7/22/2020

Our Mission Is Keeping Everyone Healthy

Our School Community’s Commitment to Student Health

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Each morning parents/guardians will self-screen their student to evaluate whether they have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  These symptoms include:

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering

  • Significant muscle pain or ache

  • Diarrhea

  • Unexplained eye irritation 

Communication between school and home will be critical throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

If a child tests positive for COVID-19 through a lab confirmed test, please contact the school immediately upon notification of the test result.  During the time that you are waiting for test results, a student may attend Virtual School.   If a child is quarantined due to a family member in the same household testing positive for COVID-19, please contact the school immediately upon notification.  

Any individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

  1. At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery of fever without the use of any medication.

  2. The individual has improvement in symptoms related to COVID-19.  One key symptom of improvement is in the area of the respiratory system. 

  3. At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

    ***If you have symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 and did not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, it is assumed that you may have had the virus and may not return to campus until all three criteria above have been met. 

During this time, students may participate in Virtual School if they are feeling better at any point during this time away from school. 

Arrival to School Campuses

Upon arrival to school campuses, processes and procedures will be in place to appropriately screen students when they enter the building.  If we can screen carefully upon entering the building or boarding a bus, we can relax some restrictions once inside the classroom setting.  The key is to screen extremely well each day and identify those things that we can control.

  1. Students at our Elementary Campus, Middle School Campus, and High School Campus will be required to wear masks upon arrival to school as they begin the screening process.  Temperatures will be taken by school personnel in the car drop off lanes as students arrive.  A student’s temperature below 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit will need to be recorded to enter the building.   

  2. As students enter the building they will be given hand sanitizer to clean their hands and then directed to designated locations for breakfast.

  3. Once students are safely in their classrooms, the mask requirement may be relaxed as social distancing requirements are met.  


Bus Transportation

  1. We respectfully ask that if you are able to provide transportation for your child this school year, please help us by doing so.  It will be very difficult to practice social distancing on a bus.

  2. Students will be required to wear masks while riding the bus to and from school.  

  3. Prior to boarding the bus in the morning, students will have their temperature taken by the bus monitor for their particular bus route.  A student’s temperature below 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit will need to be recorded to enter the bus.  

  4. Please do not leave children unattended at the bus stop.  They will not be allowed to board a bus if they have a fever detected by our bus monitors. 


Transitions Throughout the Building

As students move throughout the building, masks will be required for those campuses required to follow Governor Abbott’s Executive Order concerning face masks.  As areas permit social distancing, face mask requirements may be relaxed.  


Mid-Day Screening 

  1. As students enter the lunch period, temperatures will be taken a second time for the day prior to entering the cafeteria.  

  2. Students will be given hand sanitizer to clean their hands and directed to designated areas for lunch.  As students leave the lunch setting, they will be given hand sanitizer upon returning to classroom activities.  Masks will be worn during all transitions throughout the building.  

 Visitors to Campus During the Day

  1. Visitors are welcome to each of our campuses by appointment only.  

  2. All visitors are encouraged to self-screen and will be checked for temperature upon entering the campus they are visiting. All visitors will be required to wear a mask.

  3. Lunch periods will be closed to all guests during the beginning of the school year.  We will continue to monitor the public health situation to possibly relax this restriction as we get further along into the school year.

Processes and Procedures update for school this fall - 07/08/2020

Good evening everyone,

On Monday, August 3rd, 2020 we will be releasing information on the processes and procedures that our students and parents can expect for health screening prior to student entry into school buildings, bus transportation, food service, etc.. for the 2020-2021 school year.

This situation is continuously changing and we want to make sure we have the latest information before we release it to our community. Our parents/guardians will have an opportunity to choose between a traditional school setting or a virtual setting that best fits their personal health care needs.

Thank you for continuing to be flexible and please know that we are looking forward to the start of school on Thursday, August 13th at Mineola ISD.

My best,
Cody Mize
Superintendent of Schools

Wood County Mobile Covid Testing is coming to your community on June 24th - 06/19/2020


stakeholder survey

Please take time to fill out our Stakeholder Input for School Reopening Survey. We want your input in this decision.  Thank you!

Wood County Mobile Text Collection is coming to your community - 05/07/2020


Mineola ISD Graduation for 2020 - 05/06/2020

Good afternoon everyone,

Yesterday, we received guidance from Governor Abbott and the Texas Education Agency on hosting an outdoor graduation ceremony. We have many guidelines that we are in the process of working on to release later in the week. These guidelines will be focused on safety and the public health of our community.

We will also be filming a Virtual Graduation Ceremony in the event Governor Abbott does have to amend his Re-Opening Texas plan due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, etc..

I personally want to thank the Senior Activities and Graduation Committee that has been working very hard over the last two weeks. Plans are coming together very nicely to celebrate the Class of 2020. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer what I can at this time.

My best,

Cody Mize

Superintendent of Schools


Texas schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year - 04/17/2020

Governor Abbott announced today that Texas schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. A committee is already being formed to discuss senior activities, including graduation.

We know these are challenging times for our students, their families, and our community, but we will continue to be flexible, set high expectations, and continually communicate as we provide the best education possible for our students through the end of our school year.

My best,

Cody Mize
Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Update to the Community - 04/16/2020


Superintendent Update to the Community - 04/08/2020

update 4/08/20

City of Mineola Parks Closed - 04/08/2020

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all City of Mineola parks, including all areas of Mineola Nature Preserve, Peterson Park and Iron Horse Square, are temporarily closed as of sunset April 7, 2020. More community information regarding COVID-19 can be found at City of Mineola website at

press release

Please share this information - 04/01/2020

The next 30 days are very important for us at the local, state, and federal levels.

Thank you,
Cody Mize
Superintendent of Schools

apart together

Governor Greg Abbott has extended the closure of Texas schools until Monday, May 4th - 03/31/2020

Good afternoon everyone,

Governor Greg Abbott has extended the closure of Texas schools until Monday, May 4th. We are continually evaluating plans to most effectively meet your child’s educational needs during this time. The learning curve has been a lot for all of our students, teachers, parents, and guardians, but as time goes on, we will continue to get better together by remaining flexible, continual communication, and setting high expectations for our kids.

Class of 2020, I want you to personally know that it isn’t over until it is over!!! I know you are anxious about the many events that would take place this spring that are special moments in your life. Your graduation from Mineola High School being the most significant. The plan is still to have graduation on Friday, May 22nd. Other events will be planned accordingly as well.

To all of our students, I would encourage you to not miss the real life education that you are receiving as events unfold. Here are just a few that come to mind:

1.) Change is inevitable, personal growth is optional. Adapting to and overcoming obstacles is something you are going to do for the rest of your life in any career that you choose.

2.) Life really is all about relationships. Develop healthy ones and they will sustain you during the most trying times.

3.) Good still triumphs over evil. All across our state and nation good people are rising up to help others in their time of need. Watch this closely. See how these people lead and serve others. For in due time you and your generation will be called upon to do the same. And when your time comes, lead and serve well.

If we can ever be of service, don’t hesitate to let us know.

My best always,

Cody Mize

Superintendent of Schools

Please read this important update from NET Health - 03/31/2020

Let us continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you,

Cody Mize

Superintendent of Schools

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Mineola ISD School Board of Trustees Meeting - 03/26/2020

Good morning everyone,

Based on guidance from federal, state, and local health officials and under the direction of orders issued by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, the Mineola ISD Board of Trustees will hold a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m..

This Special Called Meeting will be closed to the public, but streamed live on the District's Facebook Page found at and also available by Zoom at the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting

If members of the public want to make a public comment, please fill out the form on the link below and submit.

All forms must be submitted before the beginning of the meeting of the Mineola ISD Board of Trustees at 7:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Each person wishing to make public comments will be given 5 minutes to address the Board of Trustees.

Thank you,
Cody Mize
Superintendent of Schools

Civic Center Provides Free WiFi for Students - 03/23/2020


If you need help with your remote learning, information and tutorials will be posted at

Wifi Locations

Virtual School

Please share the word!

Mineola ISD's Virtual School will open Monday, March 23rd. Together we will educate our kids and defeat COVID-19.


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Instructional Packets Pickup Schedule

Instructional Packets Pickup: Primary, Elementary, and Middle Schools, Friday 3/20 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday 3/21 from 9-11 a.m. High school students and parents can email or call the high school office 903-569-3000 to request a paper copy of lessons.

Let us continue to do our part as a community, state, and nation to defeat the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Superintendent Update to the Public - 03/17/2020

Update #5- Tuesday, March 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Good afternoon everyone,

We have several updates to provide you this afternoon. Please help us share the word with individuals throughout our community.

1.) Our school closure will be extended through Friday, April 3rd with a tentative return to school date of Monday, April 6th.

2.) Mineola ISD’s Virtual School will launch on Monday, March 23rd for all students. Students and their parents/guardians may pick up instructional materials and Chromebooks curbside for Middle School, Elementary School, and Primary School Campuses from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20th at their respective campuses. We will also provide a curbside pick up time on Saturday, March 21st from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for those that can’t make it on Friday. High School students should already have their individual student issued device.

3.) Campuses and Administration Offices will operate normal business hours starting Monday, March 23rd. Offices will be open to receive phone calls, emails, and schedule individual appointments with administrators if absolutely necessary. Please call or email in advance before stopping by.

4.) Food Distribution will remain on our current schedule that has been released with delivery options available. Please see our previous post.

5.) Expect more information coming from our campuses soon like examples of academic schedules, technology support call centers, virtual teacher hours to provide tutoring and additional academic support, services for our special education students, etc.

Please realize this is going to be a time of trial and error. All of us are going to have to remain flexible as we deal with the significant challenges we are facing. Educating our kids for the future must continue. It is too important not to, whether that be virtually or face to face.

Parents/Guardians and Community Members of Mineola ISD, I want to say thank you for your help in all of this. It is events like this that unite our community and make us even stronger. Our actions today are setting the example for our kids to live by when they face their own challenges in the days ahead. Let’s set a great example for them!

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. My email address is and I will respond to each question the very best that I can.

Our best always,

Cody Mize

Superintendent of Schools

Breakfast & Lunch Pickup Schedule

Please share the word! Update #5 concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be today, March 17th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m..

Our best,

Cody Mize

Superintendent of Schools


Superintendent Update to the Public - 03/16/2020

Update 4: Monday, March 16th at 2:30 p.m.

Good afternoon everyone,

Sorry for running behind on the update. We had a very productive meeting with our Cabinet this morning to discuss a variety of issues. We also participated as a group on a conference call that is being held daily by our Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath. Here are a few takeaways:

1.) Curbside pick-up for breakfast and lunch is fully operational. Any child 18 years or younger that resides in Mineola ISD can come pick up a meal for no charge. We are waiting on clarification from state officials for expanding these options by Wednesday with a delivery option for those who are in need.

2.) Campus Leadership Teams are meeting this week to develop plans for online learning to take place throughout the District starting Monday, March 23rd if we have not returned to school. More details as to what this will be like are coming soon.

3.) STAAR testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been cancelled by Government Abbott’s order.

4.) We will determine school opening or closure on Friday, March 20th at 12:00 noon for the following week.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Our very best,

Cody Mize

Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Update to the Public - 03/16/2020

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Superintendent Update to the Public - 03/13/2020

Update 3: Friday, March 13th - 5:00 p.m.

Good afternoon everyone,

In the best interest of our public’s health and safety, Mineola ISD will extend Spring Break through Friday, March 20th.

Mr. Mize will be meeting with Campus Principals and Directors on Monday, March 16th at 9:00 a.m. to discuss issues related to food service for families in need of assistance and long range instructional planning in case of further delays from coming back to school.

I can’t stress to each of you enough the importance of being flexible as new information becomes available. This is an unprecedented situation that a script does not exist for, but with planning, clear communication, and cooperation, we will meet the educational needs of our students and come out better as a community in the end for having gone through this. I am available at any time for questions or comments at I will also do my best to respond to questions or comments in this post that you may have.

Update # 4 will come on Monday, March 16th at 12:00 noon.

Our best always,

Cody Mize


Superintendent Update to the Public - 03/12/2020

Update # 2

Governor Abbott will be speaking at a press conference at 12:00 noon today, followed by the Texas Education Commissioner, Mike Morath hosting a teleconference at 3:00 p.m. Hopefully, we can gain more information from these events to make a decision impacting our schools.

Update # 3 will come at 5:00 p.m. today, Friday, March 13th. I can’t stress the importance of remaining flexible as new information becomes available.

Our best,

Cody Mize


Superintendent Update to the Public - 03/12/2020

Good afternoon everyone,

We are continually monitoring the latest information concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The District will release an official statement with details of our plan of action on Friday, March 13th at 12:00 noon.

This situation is changing rapidly and we are waiting on guidance from the Texas Education Agency before official decisions are made. Please be prepared to be flexible as new information becomes available and know that your child’s health and safety is our number one priority.

Our best,

Cody Mize