There have been 21 individuals across 44 schools plus support facilities who have been on campuses and reported positive tests since Aug. 11, according to Humble ISD, which has more than 6,000 staff members and 45,000 students.
Humble ISD has a proactive procedure regarding how they manage these COVID-19 cases, according to the district’s communications officer.
“Our proactive procedures include required reporting of positive test results or symptoms, free testing for employees, physical distancing, following the governor’s mask order, and frequent hand washing,” said Jamie Mount, chief communications officer.
When a positive test is reported to the school, Humble ISD implements a carefully planned protocol based on Texas Education Agency guidance:
- Areas heavily used by the positive test individual are closed off for deep cleaning and sanitizing.
- The individual with the positive test remains off campus until he or she meets state re-entry criteria which is at least 10 calendar days since symptoms appeared and at least 24 hours since recovery (no fever without medication), and symptoms have significantly improved (cough/shortness of breath).
The campus team identifies and notifies close contacts. Class letters are mailed to the parents of students in class or on the bus with the positive individual. A general notice is emailed to all parents and staff at the school.
For example, the Kingwood Park High School principal sent an email to school parents and staff on Aug. 28 reporting that an individual “…who most recently was on the Kingwood Park High School campus on Tuesday, August 25, has received a positive test for COVID-19. All students and staff were diligent in wearing masks. There were no students or staff identified as close contacts.”