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Dear HISD Parent:

As we continue to monitor the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), HISD is taking immediate, proactive measures to mitigate the impact on the HISD community and keep our students and staff safe.

Travel Reporting
All HISD employees, students, and families who have traveled or are planning to must register their travel plans using the HISD Travel Reporting Form. This form must be completed no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. (A printable form is available at www.houstonisd.org/HealthAlerts.)

All HISD students, families, and employees should take extra precautions when traveling and follow travel guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel website.

Campus Visitation Policy
Beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, HISD will temporarily limit ALL campus visitors, including parents and volunteers. Parents will only be allowed on campus to pick up or drop off their child. If a parent meeting is scheduled, they will be required to complete check in and check out at the office or campus clinic. Parent participation in Admission Review Dismissal (ARD) and Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) meetings will continue on campus as usual, but they will be subject to screening.

Please note that afterschool childcare will remain open.

Tutoring will continue as scheduled. However, all tutors, student teachers, substitutes, hourly lecturers, vendors, contract employees, and other visitors must be screened by an HISD nurse before they can be allowed access to the campus.

Screening will include mandatory temperature screening and response to questions regarding recent travel and health-related symptoms.

Student Workers
HISD students who work off campus will continue to do so unless the worksite closes or cancels student participation.

Campus-related Events
Beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, all after-school activities and large campus gatherings will be CANCELED. Parent University scheduled for March 24 has been cancelled. However, UIL-sponsored events taking place at stadiums will continue as scheduled. Additionally, student practicum rotations will continue as scheduled, unless the practicum site has halted rotations.

Spring Break
HISD Spring Break camps will be limited to three days — Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to allow time for thorough cleaning. UIL-sponsored events will continue after spring break as scheduled.

Absence Policy
HISD will continue to accept a written excuse from parents for student absences that may be related to precautions taken around COVID-19.

HISD currently has NO confirmed cases for COVID-19. However, acting out of an abundance of caution, several individuals have been placed on a 14-day self-quarantine. All self-quarantined individuals recently returned from a country on the CDC travel warning list or are closely related to someone who did. Based on guidance from health officials, specific schools will be identified if cases are confirmed.

HISD’s Health and Medical Services is closely monitoring the situation and staying in contact with city, state, and national health and education officials. If any cases are confirmed in HISD, we will notify you and let you know what actions are being taken as a result.

We are committed to keeping you updated and providing you with information as soon as we have it. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and all decisions are being made with that in mind and in alignment with guidance from health and education officials.

Please continue to visit HoustonISD.org/HealthAlerts for additional information and updates.

Sincerely,

Grenita F. Lathan, Ph.D.
HISD Interim Superintendent
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