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.
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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Four local schools scored big on Nov. 29 after the Houston Texans and Texas Children’s Hospital awarded $40,000 in PLAY 60 grants to help purchase equipment and get kids moving, active, and healthy while at school day and in after-school programs. The schools received the check in a ceremony on the field before the Texans game at NRG Stadium. Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes and Texas Children’s Hospital Executive Vice President John Nickens presented each of the following schools with $10,000:
HISD school nurses attended a training session recently on the best way to manage and prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as influenza.
In Texas, the flu is currently being reported at higher levels than this time last year. The same holds true for HISD, where more elementary school children have been diagnosed with the flu than other grade levels. Continue reading