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HISD relaxes mask mandate, effective March 1

As the Houston Independent School District continues to monitor COVID-19 trends and consult local COVID-19 guidance, the district is relaxing its mask mandate effective March 1, 2022. Masks within HISD schools, facilities, and school buses will become optional.

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Superintendent House visits COVID-19 testing sites to promote safety

Superintendent Millard House visited Sam Houston Math Science and Technology Center on the first day of testing on HISD campuses as part of an ongoing effort to promote COVID-19 onsite testing for students and staff.

Sam Houston MSTC is one of many HISD campuses offering on-campus testing. Information regarding onsite testing can be found here. The testing program is completely voluntary and requires a student’s parent/guardian to first provide a one-time consent by completing a digital consent form available at HoustonISD.org/HealthAlerts.  

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District continues focus on safety as students and staff return on Jan. 3

Safety will continue to lead the way as HISD prepares to welcome students and staff back on Monday, Jan. 3. As part of the district’s efforts to prioritize safety, HISD will continue to enforce its mask mandate at all district offices, facilities, campuses, and school buses. 

To keep school and work communities safe upon everyone’s return, all students and staff are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school or work on Jan. 3, regardless of vaccination status. 

HISD has expanded partnerships with community leaders and health officials to provide additional COVID-19 testing and vaccination opportunities to the community in the following ways: 

  • Free drive-thru COVID-19 PCR screening testing on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at the times and locations below: 
    • 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Chavez HS (8501 Howard), Westbury HS (11911 Chimney Rock), and Westside HS (14201 Briar Forest Dr.). 
    • 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Bellaire HS (5100 Maple St.) and Worthing HS (9215 Scott St.). To register, please go to https://bit.ly/3eB7hDn or contact Fulgent Genetics at cshou@fulgentgenetics.com or via phone at 346-803-5828 and select option 1. 
  • Free drive-thru mega site to expand access to free COVID-19 testing at HISD’s Delmar Stadium in partnership with the Houston Health Department. To register, visit HoustonHealth.org or call 832-393-4220.
  • Free COVID-19 PCR screening testing on all campuses to HISD students and staff beginning January 2022. A one-time consent is required for testing and can be filled out in the following link https://bit.ly/HISDC19Test.

Please note that all classes will resume in-person, but all non-athletic field trips, including enrichment or curricular trips are suspended until further notice. 

Free COVID-19 screening testing for students and campus staff

Starting January 2022, HISD will provide free COVID-19 testing to all consenting HISD students and staff ​on participating campuses. This testing program is offered in partnership with the Houston Health Department and Fulgent Genetics. It will be available to any HISD student and campus staff with a digital consent form on file.                                                                           

Testing is completely voluntary and requires the student’s parent/guardian to first provide a one-time consent by completing a digital consent form available here. HISD students and campus staff 18 years or older may give consent by completing the form through the provided link.

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HISD hosting virtual COVID-19 vaccination town halls

COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved for children ages five and up. To answer any questions, HISD is hosting two virtual town halls providing the community the opportunity to ask vaccine questions to a panel that includes a school parent and local public health experts. One town hall will be in English and the other in Spanish.

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HISD schools to host COVID-19 vaccinations for students ages 5 and up

HISD is partnering with various organizations across the city, including the Houston Health Department, to offer COVID-19 vaccine opportunities in school communities. COVID-19 vaccinations for 5 years old and up will be available in several HISD schools beginning Friday, Nov. 12.

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HISD employee COVID-19 vaccination opportunity

HISD is partnering with Next Level Health to provide two drive-through vaccination opportunities on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Hattie Mae White east parking lot. 

Next Level is providing the Pfizer vaccine. HISD staff who are interested in being vaccinated should register on the Next Level link below and complete the online health history and electronic consent form prior to arriving on site. Only staff members who pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to receive the vaccination. 

Register here for the COVID-19 vaccination.

Cars will enter the HMW east parking lot at their scheduled time and be checked in. After receiving the vaccine, the staff person will remain in the designated waiting area for 15 minutes of monitoring.

Judge upholds mask mandates in Texas schools

 A Travis County judge says the Houston Independent School District can continue mandating masks to protect students and staff from COVID-19.

The judge’s ruling extends a temporary restraining order banning Governor Greg Abbott from enforcing his prohibition on mask mandates in Texas schools.

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