Dear Oakwood ISD Parents and Guardians, 

In keeping with Oakwood ISD’s practices in responding to COVID-19, we are notifying all of our students, families, and staff that an Oakwood Elementary Staff member and one elementary student tested positive for COVID-19 today.  Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the name of either of these individuals or the details that may identify them.

In the event that a student or staff member or student did come into close contact (as defined by the Texas Education Agency and the Center for Disease Control) with this individual, they would be notified by school officials. The Texas Department of State Health Services will also be notified as well regarding the positive test.  In the interest of the health and safety of our students and staff, those deemed to be in close contact will remain off campus for up to 10 days (or 7 days with a negative test result) to ensure they do not have the virus.  Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person while not wearing a mask for 15 or more minutes.  While we do not believe those who were not in close contact have reason for concern, we ask that all Oakwood ISD employees and students continue to monitor for any signs or symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus.

Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:

  • Symptoms usually develop between 2-14 days after last exposure.
  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;
  • Sore throat;
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.

If you or any member of our Oakwood ISD community does begin experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that his not typical, we encourage you to contact your physician. We also continue to encourage any parent or family member who has been lab confirmed to have Covid-19 to please inform us by contacting the school nurse, Mrs. Traci Bynum, at 903-545-2106.

If you have any questions, please contact Oakwood Principal, Dr. Stephanie Johnson at 903-545-2600.


Russell Holden

Oakwood ISD Superintendent