West University Elementary School “is in the process of being deep cleaned and disinfected” Sunday night (Oct. 25) after report of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at the campus — but in-person classes will be held Monday for those enrolled.
Principal Scott Disch made the announcement and said Houston ISD’s Health and Medical Services would be notifying any staff member or family of any student believed to have been exposed.
Under a new policy adopted last week, HISD now requires reports of at least two confirmed cases on a campus to close it. That move came following criticism that at least 16 HISD schools were closed in the first two days of the return to in-person learning last week, when the protocol was to close if a single presumed or confirmed case was reported on a campus.
“As we continue to navigate this pandemic together, please know that we remain focused on two key priorities — providing our students with a high-quality education and ensuring the safety of both our students and staff,” wrote Disch in his advisory. “All decisions are made with those two priorities in mind.”
Families were allowed to choose whether they wanted in-person classes or to continue distance learning. About three-fourths of West U students reportedly have been back on campus.
The HISD Press Office has not updated the media on COVID cases since Wednesday, and but Essentials has received two confirmed and two unconfirmed reports of additional schools with cases. HISD press representatives did not respond to a request for information Friday.