Houston News : Update: Northwest Houston school districts closed next week in response to coronavirus

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The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees holds their committee-of-the-whole and regular meetings in the Instructional Support Center.

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees holds their committee-of-the-whole and regular meetings in the Instructional Support Center.

Photo: Chevall Pryce

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees holds their committee-of-the-whole and regular meetings in the Instructional Support Center.

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees holds their committee-of-the-whole and regular meetings in the Instructional Support Center.

Photo: Chevall Pryce

Update: Northwest Houston school districts closed next week in response to coronavirus

The Klein, Cy-Fair, Spring and Tomball school districts are closing next week and taking precautions and safety measures to protect students and staff in the northwest Houston area as coronavirus spreads around the greater Houston region.

Klein ISD

Update 03/13/20 4:45 p.m.: Klein ISD has postponed all March events.

According to the seventh update on coronavirus from Klein ISD, March events have been postponed for the entire district. All facilities have been cleaned and are closed to students, non-emergency personnel and outside rentals. Klein ISD is also offering extended learning plans for students, and will provide more info at a later date. The kleinisd.net/studentnet site can be used to access learning materials.

Update 03/12/20 4:45 p.m.: Klein ISD has moved to a Level 3 alert status. The school district has canceled all events, classes and activities.

All Klein ISD schools are closed from March 16 to March 20 according to an update from the district. The district said it has learned of an individual with COVID-19 in their district’s area.

“This individual and the individual’s family are currently self-quarantined,” the alert said.

Klein ISD is also providing free drive-thru curbside meals for students 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 16 and March 17 at the following schools:

· Klein Intermediate School

· Wunderlich Intermediate School

· Mittelstadt Elementary School

· Schultz Elementary School

Families can pick up enough meals to cover anyone in the household 18 years or younger during their week of absence from school.

According to the alert status guidelines, the district is in communication with Harris County Public Health Department. The district announced the cancelation of “out-of-state school-sponsored student travel until further notice.”

Klein ISD is also modifying its perfect attendance policy, making the valid dates Aug. 19, 2019 to March 6. If students stay home from school due to a coronavirus related reason, their absence will be excused if a parent’s note is provided.

Klein ISD students are currently on spring break from March 9 to March 13.

For more information on Klein ISD and coronavirus precautions, visit https://kleinisd.net/teaching_learning/special_programs/health_services_nurses/coronavirus_virus_information.

Cy-Fair ISD

Update 03/12/20 4:45 p.m.: Cy-Fair ISD has closed all facilities from March 13 at 4 p.m. to March 22, Superintendent Mark Henry said in a statement. Employees and students were advised not to come into work, school or extracurricular field trips.

“Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in CFISD, in an abundance of caution, CFISD, along with most neighboring school districts, will close all schools and facilities next week,” he said. “The district plans to resume on Monday, March 23. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and continue to participate in daily calls with local, state and federal officials.”

Cy-Fair ISD Superintendent Mark Henry said the district is monitoring the situation as cases of coronavirus continue to grow in the Houston region.

“I want to assure you that despite our schools being closed for spring break, the CFISD administrative team is participating in daily calls with local, state and federal officials and is actively monitoring the situation,” he said in a message to the community on March 11. “I am attending a meeting on Friday (March 13) morning with neighboring superintendents and local officials and will have an update for you later that afternoon.”

On March 5, the school district suspended their perfect attendance rules for the remainder of the school year. The school also suspended exam exemption criteria related to attendance for all spring semester exams. Cy-Fair ISD also encouraged hand washing and to stay sanitized.

For more information visit https://www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/health/coronavirus.

Spring ISD

Update: 03/12/20 4:45 p.m.: Spring ISD has closed all schools and offices until March 20, with an update promised by March 20 if any further closures are needed.

The update from superintendent Rodney Watson said all extracurricular events and activities have also been canceled and several employees have been placed on 14-day self-quarantines.

Spring ISD is deep cleaning their facilities with hospital-grade cleaning products during spring break according to an update from Superintendent Rodney Watson. Watson said the district is not aware of any students or staff that have contracted coronavirus.

“While Spring ISD currently has NO confirmed cases of students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, our health services department will place several employees who traveled to an area near Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 3 travel-notice areas on a 14-day self quarantine,” Watson stated in a community letter March 12. “Our health services department will work directly with campus leaders and department heads to monitor the status and health of this small group of employees. Only when our health services department has given them an all clear will these employees be allowed to return to work.”

For more information, visit https://www.springisd.org/coronavirus.

Tomball ISD

Update 03/12/20 4:45 p.m.: Tomball ISD has decided to close the district until March 23.

The update from Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said all activities are canceled and that further cancellations will be announced on a weekly basis.

“Please know the decision to close the district was extremely difficult,” Salazar-Zamora states in a March 12 letter to the community. “We know that closing our schools will impact our most vulnerable families and we recognize that working families depend on the consistency and predictability of supports and services our schools offer.”

Tomball ISD is exploring details of implementing a “grab and go” option to continue a meal service for students. The district will provide more information as it becomes available.

For more information on Tomball ISD and coronavirus, visit https://www.tomballisd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=307639&type=d&pREC_ID=1843043.

For live updates on coronavirus in Houston, visit https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/coronavirus-live-updates-rodeo-canceled-houston-15123093.php.

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