Houston ISD announced a series of dramatic moves Wednesday night (March 11) that it will enact after next week’s spring break to try to limit all campuses’ exposure to the global pandemic of COVID-19 — but says there are “plans in place” should officials decide to close schools.
Post-break actions include excluding volunteers from campuses and limiting parents to drop off and pickup of students and attending official meetings. Campuses will also require medical screening by an HISD nurse for tutors, student teachers, substitute teachers, vendors, contract employees and others before they can enter.
The screening will include a mandatory temperature reading and questions about recent travel and health-related symptoms.
The two remaining days of school this week will proceed as usual. The restrictions are described as temporary, running from Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3. Additionally, afterschool activities and campus gatherings will be canceled during that period.
The district’s message emphasized that HISD has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 and that leaders are in close contact with health and education officials from the local through national levels to stay updated on the situation.
Updated information from HISD is available at HoustonISD.org/HealthAlerts.