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A Message from the Superintendent (6/15/2020)

Two District Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

Parents and Staff,
Henderson ISD has been notified that two employees have recently tested positive for COVID-19. One is a High School employee and one is a transportation employee.

Although schools have been closed since March 6th, the HHS employee assisted with graduation ceremony preparations and attended graduation at Lion Stadium on June 5th. The employee had contact with other district employees during the day. The teacher first developed symptoms five days later and was tested the following day. The employee was notified of the positive test result on Sunday, June 14th.

The transportation employee has not had contact with district employees since June 3rd. The employee first had symptoms on June 6th and remained at home. The employee was tested on June 13th and received a positive report the next day. 

Based on the information that we have gathered, it is unlikely that either employee posed an exposure risk to HISD staff, students or families since contact in both cases was more than two days in advance of any symptoms. Out of an abundance of caution, we advise all district employees, students and families to continue to monitor their own health, follow the CDC guidelines and contact a physician if symptoms appear. 

Henderson ISD will continue to encourage employee and student health screenings, facility sanitation efforts and social distancing during summer activities. Most importantly, our thoughts and concerns remain with both our employees and we wish them a speedy recovery.

Dr. Thurston Lamb, Jr.

A Message from the Superintendent (6/8/2020)

District Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Parents and Staff,

Today, Henderson ISD was notified of an employee who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The employee helps deliver meals on one of the district’s buses which takes summer meals to students in and around the Henderson area three days each week. On May 30th, the employee had contact with someone outside of Rusk County area who was not displaying any symptoms at the time.  Four days later, on June 3rd, that person began showing symptoms and was tested for COVID-19 and received notification of a positive result on June 5th. 

The employee has not displayed any symptoms of the virus and therefore, according to information from health officials, it is unlikely that the employee could have spread the virus to other employees or to those receiving meals even if the employee had been infected. However, out an abundance of caution, the employee has been asked to isolate themselves at home for the remainder of the 14-day incubation period. The district has also deeply cleaned and sanitized the bus and all areas where the employee may have worked. 

The health and safety of HISD’s students, families and employees remains our primary concern. Our thoughts are also with the family of the person who tested positive and we wish that person a speedy recovery. 

Dr. Thurston Lamb, Jr.

A Message from the Superintendent (5/26/2020)

District Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Parents and Staff,

Henderson ISD has been notified that a female teacher who works at Northside Elementary School recently tested positive for COVID-19. She has recovered from her symptoms.

Although schools have been closed since March 6, the teacher was present May 11, on the Northside campus, during the time parents returned supplies to the school. The teacher had contact with other district employees as well as with parents dropping off supplies. The teacher first developed symptoms a few days later. 

Based on the information that we have gathered, it has been determined that the end of the 14-day incubation period for anyone possibly exposed on campus that day was May 25th. In other words, anyone who was exposed to the virus while on campus would most likely have already developed symptoms.

Out of an abundance of caution, we advise you to monitor your health, follow the CDC guidelines and contact your primary care physician if you develop symptoms. District employees and students are instructed to continue to follow local, state and CDC guidelines and recommendations and to practice social distancing. Additionally the areas of the campus where the employee worked have been cleaned. 

Henderson ISD is continuing to monitor this situation and will provide additional information as needed. Most importantly, we are thankful our teacher is doing well.


Dr. Thurston Lamb, Jr.

A Message from the Superintendent (4/17/2020)


Dear Parents and Students,

Once again we find ourselves entering new and uncharted territory at home, in our community and in educating our children. For nearly a month now, people have tried to protect themselves and each other with social distancing and limiting travel while still trying to earn a living and take care of their families. Parents have taken on a much more active role in teaching their children and teachers have used creativity to deliver interactive lessons online. There has been no training for any of us, no crash course or college degree to teach us how to deal with these unprecedented struggles. But we have worked together and found solutions to problems along the way and we continue to do so. And from all I’ve seen, everyone--parents, teachers and students--are doing an amazing job!

Unfortunately, the fight is not over. Today, Governor Abbott announced the state’s plan to continue the battle against COVID-19. He also ordered school districts, including Henderson ISD, to remain closed through the end of the school year. 

Even though our campuses will be closed, learning will continue. Our teachers and staff will be working hard, mostly from their own homes, to support our students with lessons and curriculum. We will continue to evolve our online learning environment and provide more support and resources for both students and parents. Our educators, administrators, and support staff are working tirelessly to ensure educational excellence continues.

In the coming days we will be working on plans for our graduating seniors as well as other activities and programs that typically happen at the end of the year and into the summer. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this constantly changing situation.



Dr. Thurston Lamb, Jr.

A Message from the Superintendent (3/30/2020)

HISD Community,

During the past few weeks, we have witnessed unprecedented safety measures implemented due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19. As a District Family, you have demonstrated a commitment to taking care of our students, families and employees throughout this national crisis. Our first step was to partner with other school districts and do our part to help “flatten the curve” by following the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation of social distancing. It is through this recommended practice we can help minimize the risk to our school district and community.

Locally, Henderson ISD has worked quickly to set up remote online and traditional learning for our students. We have set up a supportive and flexible virtual learning environment for the students we serve, and done it in a very short period of time. Additionally, online support and resources are available for our students and parents, while our incredible educators, administrators, and support staff are working tirelessly to ensure they can continue to deliver educational excellence for all students.

Even beyond our student's educational needs, our staff have gone out of their way to make sure our students can still get a nutritious lunch each day with many of our staff members volunteering to help prepare and deliver meals. And dozens of our teachers rallied together, making signs and banners and then driving through all across the city just so our students would know that their teachers are still here, still rooting for them, still doing whatever we can to help them be successful! Thank you for your continued patience and support during this disaster.  

Don’t Stop……….

Dr. Thurston Lamb, Jr.


Dear Parents and Students,

First, I hope you all are healthy during these truly unprecedented times. The battle against COVID-19, while necessary, is bringing some huge burdens for our families, our staff and most of all, our students. I want you to know that I am committed to keeping our community healthy while keeping our students the top priority.  Of course, I am not the only one. I applaud our teachers who have taken it upon themselves to find brilliantly creative solutions to keep students engaged during the long hours at home. I am so thankful for our staff and all they are doing to provide meals for students and keep the necessary parts of the district up and running in spite of the difficulties. We do not always know what the future holds, but thanks to amazing people like these, Henderson I.S.D. is going to continue to do its part in making your students successful.

Secondly, I want to reach out to you and give you some information about the plans for Henderson I.S.D. going forward.  Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, the district will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 3th with teachers and staff returning to campuses on Monday, April 6h. Our students will return to classes on Tuesday, April 7th.

Finally, the UIL has determined that games and contests will resume no earlier than Monday, May 4th. Prior to that date, to allow students and schools to reenter competition, the UIL will provide a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur, consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials.

These actions are an effort to support our nation’s need to slow the spread of COVID-19. Currently, our local health officials report cases are continuing to spread in the state, and an increase in confirmed cases in our county is likely.  Suspending operations for this length of time will allow us to determine, in coordination with local health officials, whether the virus is continuing to have community spread or whether it has been slowed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol.  We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness:

  • Don’t shake hands
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded places and maintaining 3 to 6 ft of distance between people (at least an arm’s length)
  • If you are moving around in the community, don’t congregate in large groups
  • For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases – both inside and outside of the country – we ask that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Students who have traveled should plan to stay home for two weeks after arriving home. Please contact your campus to let them know, and this will be considered an excused absence.
  • If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice.
  • Keep your child at home if he/she feels ill, even if you think it is just a cold.
  • Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care

This is a quickly changing situation. We will continue to monitor information, assess conditions going forward and provide updates through our website (, social media pages (Twitter: @HendersonISD; Facebook: @hendersonisd) and school messenger.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that everyone in Rusk County remains safe and healthy.

Dr. Thurston Lamb

Superintendent, Henderson I.S.D.


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