McKinney ISD

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

McKinney ISD is committed to the health and safety of students and staff while at the same time reconnecting with our school communities. Our goal is to support our students’ social, emotional, and mental health and accelerate academic achievement. As McKinney ISD prepares for safe in-person learning and welcoming students back to physical classrooms for the 2021-2022 academic year, there are key steps that we will be taking to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and the community.


McKinney ISD encourages students who are 12 years of age and older to get vaccinated. Currently, a COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12 years of age has not been approved. Students who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks inside their school building. Vaccination is currently the leading public health strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic and return our students to in-person learning. McKinney ISD led the way when we began vaccinating staff in December of 2020. Over 2,300 of our 3,000 employees and contract workers received a vaccination, and more are receiving the vaccination each day. In April, when the Pfizer vaccine became available for students ages 12 and older, McKinney ISD offered multiple opportunities for our students and families to receive the vaccine.

How to Find a Vaccine

There are many ways to get fully vaccinated in Texas—you don’t need health insurance and the vaccine is always free. Please visit or call any of the vaccine resources below.

Check out your state health department’s website to find additional information about vaccinations and providers in your area.

Children Ages 5 to 11

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized use of the Pfizer‑BioNTech COVID‑19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11. Starting November 4, Children’s Health will offer the Pfizer vaccine to patients 5 to 11 years old with an existing clinic appointment. MISD is encouraging families who wish to vaccinate their children 12 years or older to contact their pediatrician or visit a community vaccination site, as we have a limited supply of the vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines information and locations for children and teens may be found on the CDC website here:

Vaccination Services for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities needing assistance getting vaccinated can contact the Disability Rights Texas Hotline (DRTx Vaccine Hotline) by phone or email, at 1-800-880-8401 or

You can also contact the national Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) at 888-677-1199 or for vaccine help.

Districtwide In-person Learning

McKinney ISD will not be offering an online learning option for this school year. The Texas legislature failed to pass House Bill 1468, a bill that would have funded the necessary staffing and resources required to continue online learning in McKinney ISD for this school year. In addition, the Texas Education Agency is not granting funding waivers for online learners. The district will be utilizing health protocols, sanitization procedures, and Covid-19 mitigation measures at all campuses.

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

As students return to in-person learning this fall, McKinney ISD will continue to take measures to ensure the health and safety of teachers, staff, and students. Schools and campuses should monitor community transmission, strongly encourage staff and students to self-screen before entering the building, and monitor the occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on layered prevention strategies. In addition to promoting vaccinations, see below for strategies that are part of a layered approach to health and safety.

Campus Visits by Parents and Community

Visitors will be allowed on campus according to standard visiting rules. All staff, visitors and students (with parental assistance) should monitor for symptoms of illness prior to campus arrival.

Masks Recommended (Not required, per GA-38)

While we understand that there are differing viewpoints on the issue of wearing masks, McKinney ISD encourages individuals to wear a mask for all unvaccinated teachers, staff, students, and visitors. Please note that in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order (GA-38) school districts in Texas are not permitted to mandate the wearing of a mask. It is recommended that individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continue to wear an appropriate face mask while around others.

Campuses will work to ensure no student is treated differently as a result of their choice to wear a mask or not wear a mask.

Social distancing will be maintained when feasible.

Good Handwashing and Hygiene

Covering coughs and sneezes can help keep educators, staff, and students from getting and spreading COVID-19 and other infectious illnesses.

McKinney ISD will reinforce good handwashing etiquette in school by encouraging adults and students to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing will be encouraged throughout the school day. In addition, when handwashing is not possible, the district will be providing hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol for all adults and students throughout the school day.

Quarantining and Staying Home When Sick


Students with symptoms of COVID-19 (until ruled out), or a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, must quarantine for 10 days from the date of symptom onset or positive test result. Staff will not conduct close contact reviews and students will not be required to quarantine for exposure.


If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they are required to complete a minimum 5-day isolation period from the day of the symptom onset or positive test.

Isolation may end after Day 5 if the staff member is fever-free for 24 hours without medication and other symptoms have resolved. While not required, Collin County Health Care Services recommends that individuals wear a mask during Day 6 – Day 10 upon return. If symptoms continue after Day 5, the isolation period will continue up to 10 days or until symptoms improve.

All McKinney ISD staff, students, and visitors should self-screen for symptoms before attending school.

McKinney ISD will educate teachers, staff, families, and students about when they should stay home and when they can return to school. It is essential to keep children home if they are showing signs and symptoms of infectious illness, including COVID-19.

All students are encouraged to get tested when symptoms are compatible with COVID-19.


McKinney ISD will notify classes in elementary schools of confirmed positive cases that have affected the campus (present on campus 48 hours prior to symptoms or if no symptoms 48 hours prior to the test time) until this age group has a vaccination available to them.

Current MISD COVID-19 numbers may be accessed through TEA at

Current Collin County/City of McKinney numbers may be found at

Cleaning and Disinfection

McKinney ISD will continue to disinfect and sanitize campuses daily. The district will continue to fog all classrooms that have been occupied by someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 24 hours.

Connect Students and Families to Nutritious School Meals

A healthy diet is important for a child’s growth and development. As schools reopen, food distribution will continue to be critical to meet students’ basic needs and ensure the health of all students. A federal relief fund will provide free cafeteria lunches for all McKinney ISD students this year. Students who qualified for free and reduced lunch in the past should complete the application this year as well. Learn more at

Transportation to School

McKinney ISD strongly encourages students to wear masks while riding on the bus. Please note, although recommended, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order (GA-38) masks will not be required on the bus.

McKinney ISD will continue to monitor guidance from the Collin County Health Department, CDC, Texas DSHS, and TEA.


Need Help?

If you need additional assistance with the content on this page, please contact McKinney ISD team member Julie Blankenship RN by phone at 469-302-4151 or by email here .