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SSISD continues to follow the mandates and direction of the State of Texas which includes the Texas Education Agency and our Governor's office. At this time, our Governor has cited "personal responsibility" as opposed to government mandates for our handling of COVID-19. In the spirit of this, SSISD will do the same.
To the right, you will find our Return to School Plan. It has some of the basic details about how we are dealing with COVID-19 going forward. As always as circumstances and/or the law change, so shall we.
Some major points from the plan include masks, vaccination, contact tracing, and missing school/work. Per our governor's mandate, masks are permissible at SSISD, but not required. Vaccinations are also not required. SSISD will not conduct contact tracing until/unless directed by TEA or the State. This means that SSISD will not "send home" students or staff who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
In line with our Governor's call for "personal responsibility," staff and students who have COVID-19 must stay home until released to return from their doctor. Those who are ill but without a diagnosis will have to exercise personal responsibility to determine if they should come to school. In general, if you are sick, you should not come to school. This rule is no different than we've ever had. If in doubt about an illness, we encourage you to stay home. Our campus nurses are available via phone to answer your questions and provide guidance if needed.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Josh Williams at (903) 885-0999.
We are closely monitoring the situation, and we will continue to communicate changes to you as they arise.
If your student has tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your student at home and contact his or her campus nurse via telephone to begin the process of determining next steps. You may contact your campus nurse at:
SSHS and AAC
Sulphur Springs Middle School
Sulphur Springs Elementary School
Barbara Bush Primary
Nikki Flecker and Ayana Pryor
The mission of the Sulphur Springs Independent School District is to provide students with the skills that will prepare them to adapt and excel in a fast-changing world, enabling them to lead productive lives. The district shares with parents and the community the responsibility of promoting high standards and expectations as we provide opportunities for all students within our diverse community to attain personal growth and to become lifelong learners.
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