Melissa superintendent discusses COVID, path forward

staff reports
Keith Murphy

In a Jan. 3 letter to parents and employees, Melissa ISD Superintendent Keith Murphy reflected on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the school community could move forward.

He started by saying that over the past two years, he believes that the district has faced challenges head-on, meeting students where they were and sustaining a culture of academic success. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth continued adversity and uncertainty in all areas of our lives; even still, at Melissa Schools, we have remained resolute in our commitment to making decisions that are in the best interest of all students and staff,” Murphy said. “I ask for your trust in our leadership to be thoughtful and pragmatic in our decision-making as we work to create the safest possible learning environment for our kids. We do not flinch or divide when difficulties arise; instead, we move forward together - this is ‘The Cardinal Way.’” 

Classes resumed in Melissa this week with newly updated COVID-19 guidelines

Murphy said that the district will continue to monitor new information and official guidance related to COVID-19 at the local, state and national levels. Melissa ISD officials are always listening and evaluating and will communicate any major changes to the district’s existing protocols as promptly as possible. 

As a reminder for parents, he asked that they keep their students home if they suspect that they could have COVID-19.  He also promised that the district will ensure that their education continues during their recovery. 

The Melissa ISD onsite COVID-19 testing program has resumed. It is available to all students and staff experiencing symptoms. Drive-thru testing for symptomatic students and staff will be available Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at the testing site near the home office.  

On-campus testing will be available in campus nurses’ offices during school hours for students or staff who become symptomatic while on campus.  COVID tests will only be available while supplies last.  More information may be found at melissaisd.org/covid testing. 

Mask wearing will now be optional at Melissa ISD.

“If your family has been impacted by COVID-19 in recent days or weeks, please know that I am thinking of you and praying for healing,” Murphy said at the end of his message. “I feel it is important to acknowledge that these are trying times, and we are focused on the well-being of our entire student body. Thank you for your continued partnership and I look forward to seeing you soon.” 

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