With more than 45,000 students and 7,400 staff members, Humble ISD’s COVID-19 Dashboard reveals that active student cases represent just 0.44% of all students on campus and just 0.59% of staff.

Active cases are COVID-19 cases that have been reported within the last 14 days.

A total of 45,615 students are enrolled in Humble ISD and 34,727 of those students are on campus. The Nov. 19 dashboard showed 368 total student cases since September and 152 active cases.

Humble ISD staff number 7,492 with 137 total cases reported since September and 44 active cases reported within the 14 days previous to Nov. 19.

In a breakdown by grade, the Nov. 19 dashboard showed that high-school student COVID-19 cases involved just 0.50% of high-school students and just 0.93% of high-school staff. Active middle-school student cases involved just 0.45% of middle-school students and 0.38% of middle-school staff, and 0.38% of elementary-school students and 0.71% of staff.

The actual number of active cases as of Nov. 19 break down to 55 elementary students and 16 elementary teachers, 40 middle-school students and 4 middle-school staff, and 152 high-school students and 34 high-school staff.

The district also includes an “additional buildings” dashboard which show two active student cases and 27 staff cases. This dashboard includes administration, the tech center, child nutrition, the Community Learning Center, support services, police, special education and transportation.

The district launched its COVID-19 dashboard Sept. 10, disclosing the number of active student and staff cases reported in the previous two weeks. The dashboard includes the number of students and staff who have recovered as well as the percentage of student and staff active cases.

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 reentry 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.

In an interview with The Tribune at the beginning of the school year in September, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said students are supportive of wearing masks and social distancing even though they do not really prefer it, but have done a great job following the rules and implementing social distancing.

“Our principals have done a great job evaluating their campuses with social distancing in mind,” she said at the beginning of the school year. “With the help of the building leaders and the operations department, they went through their areas, put stickers on seats and delivered Plexiglas partitions so we can have a successful lunch, for example. Even though it is warm outside, some principals have allowed students who chose to, to eat outside. Middle schools put plastic barriers on their lunch tables.”

“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 handwashing,” said Jamie Mount, chief communications officer.

Fagen gives kudos to Humble ISD’s students, saying that she is especially proud of the students “… because they’ve had to make sacrifices, we know that. I appreciate how they are handling themselves and adjusting to how things have to be.”

Keep current with the district’s latest information at humbleisd.net and click on the “COVID-19 Dashboard” icon.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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