Students at Nettie Marshall Dual Language Academy have another 150 separation screens for classroom use, NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo announced at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The district expects delivery soon of another thousand screens to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Last school year, each teacher was provided with a face shield to prevent the spread of the virus and those educators who have joined NISD since then will receive their shield soon.

Trujillo commended the City of Nacogdoches for facilitating the testing site at the Civic Center.

“We are in the process of onboarding our two additional nurses so that we have our own testing site,” Trujillo said.

This off-campus site will open at 6 a.m. and allow staff and students to be testing before entering the campus — without risk of exposing others if that test should be positive.

As of Thursday, Trujillo reported 1.7 percent of NISD students have active COVID infections; 3.6 percent of staff and teachers have tested positive, Trujillo said. That amounts to 25 teachers, and 15 of them are scheduled to return to work Monday. (Friday morning, new test results pushed the number of active cases among NISD staff to 30.)

Trujillo added that teachers and staff are making good use of the 10 additional days of paid leave the board made available at the last meeting.

“That tells teachers we do value you, and we want you in the classroom, but if you do need to miss for isolation, required separation from the classroom or the job site,” Trujillo said.

The superintendent encouraged community members to visit the NISD website for up-to-date information about active cases in the district at

In a statement at the close of Trustee James Montoya urged community members to unite in battling the pandemic.

“It’s been very difficult dealing with the change in our society in the pandemic,” Montoya said. “It’s effected me personally. We all have a stake in this. We are all human begins. We cannot stand by and see each other destroyed. I’m asking the community to do what’s right to protect our kids and our staff.”

An initial version of this story misidentified the trustee speaking at the close of the meeting. 

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