Dear Parents,

Trinity Independent School District follows specific policies and protocols for students and staff who may potentially come into contact with any infectious diseases. Our District has been in contact with local health departments and is not aware of any such cases. In response to specific infectious diseases, we may ask new students enrolling in our district or students traveling or who may have relatives traveling from regions known to have been affected by a contagious disease to respond to health related questions. We will continue to work closely with our local, state, and federal public health authorities to continue to monitor new developments related to infectious diseases.


We are committed to keeping our community informed of potential infectious diseases
 and will make every effort to share this information with our parents and teachers. Historically, these communications have involved various strains of Influenza virus. In accordance with recommended precautions during cold and flu season, I encourage you to speak with your children about the importance of practicing good hygiene. Below are a few general tips that you may find helpful:


• Avoid close contact with anyone who may be ill.

• Wash your hands with soap often.

• Do not share food or drinks with others.

• Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

• Use hand sanitizers and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces.

• Remain at home if ill or experiencing any symptoms of illness.

• Remain at home for at least 24 hours after any fever is gone.

Additionally, please speak with your child concerning the importance of communicating accurately about infectious disease. Our students should understand that making false statements regarding the existence of illness or disease on a campus could cause an unnecessary panic, result in a false alarm, unnecessary absences and adversely impact learning. False statements are dangerous and could result in criminal prosecution. At least one student in Texas has already been charged with making such a false statement about his campus on Twitter.


If you or any of your family members should come into contact with anyone believed to
 have been exposed to Ebola virus or experience any symptoms related to the Ebola virus (or any other infectious disease), we urge you to contact your healthcare provider immediately. The District takes all matters related to illness seriously, and we ask that you do the same.


Again, if you have any questions or concerns or wish to share any information you
 believe might be helpful, I hope you will feel free to contact us anytime.


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Trinity ISD Meets State Accountability

Trinity – The Texas Education Agency released accountability ratings today for 1,200 school districts and over

8,500 campuses. Trinity ISD has met state accountability standards for 2013-14. Districts, campuses receive one

of three ratings with the new accountability system that was implemented in 2013: Met Standard, Met

Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required. Trinity High School and Trinity Middle School also Met

Standard while Lansberry Elementary School was rated Improvement Required. Lansberry Elementary did

however make significant gains from the previous year.

“We were very pleased with the news we received last week that our district and two of our campuses met

accountability standards,” stated superintendent Dave Plymale. “Although Lansberry missed two indexes by

one point, the campus has made gains compared to where the campus was the previous year.”

The 2014 ratings are based on a system that uses various indicators to provide greater detail on the performance

of a district or charter and individual campuses throughout the state. The performance index framework includes

four areas:

• Student Achievement – Provides a snapshot of performances across all subjects

• Student Progress – Measures year-to-year students progress across by subject and student groups

• Closing Performance Gaps – Tracks academic achievement of economically disadvantaged and the lowest

performing racial/ethnic group

• Post Secondary Readiness – Emphasizes the importance of earning a high school diploma that provides

students with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs, or

the military

In this second year of this accountability system, all four performance indexes include additional measures of

academic performance. In addition, Index 4 (Postsecondary Readiness) includes a new measure of postsecondary

success based on the percent of graduates who achieve college readiness standards in both English language

arts and mathematics.

A district or campus must meet the target on all indexes for which it has performance results. For 2014 only,

high schools/K-12 campuses and alternative education campuses and charter districts are not being evaluated on

Index 2 (Student Progress) due to the transition to a single reading and writing assessment for English I and

English II. In 2013, reading and writing were tested separately.

“We realize that although we met standards for 2014, we still are striving for more improvement in 2015. All of

our English Language Arts teachers have spent over four weeks in workshops learning different strategies to

assist with reading, writing, math, and science,” stated Plymale. “High school social studies received a Distinction

for high performance. Earning a Distinction is not easy as campuses are compared to campuses across the

state. We congratulate the social studies teachers at THS for this accolade.”

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