HOUSTON, TX – Several HISD campuses have been forced to temporarily shut down after multiple individuals test positive for the coronavirus.
Representatives of the district say each campus will undergo “deep cleanings” to ensure the safety of all staff and faculty affected. At the moment on-campus instruction has not begun for the district, but several campuses across the district have been opened for “digital learning sites” for qualifying students who may not have access to computers at home.
The HISD digital learning sites at Trinity United Methodist Church and Seguin Elementary School both reported positive cases, as well as the following HISD campuses and facilities: Briargrove Elementary School, Janowski Elementary School, Marshall Elementary School, K. Smith Elementary School, Sutton Elementary School, Henry Middle School, Lamar High School, and the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center.
HISD superintendent, Granita Lathan, says all staff or students who may have come into contact with a person who tested positive will be asked to self-quarantine. Lathan also explained at the time she is unsure of the total number of positive cases.
State Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is advocating for COVID-19 testing among students on all public school campuses, voluntarily and with parent approvals.