• Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

  • The Houston Independent School District is closely monitoring COVID-19 pandemic and is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services and Houston Health Department to ensure all students and staff members are safe and updated with the latest information.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Guidelines

  • What are the guidelines for COVID-19 exposed, presumed, or confirmed positive individuals?

  • What happens if there is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in my school?

  • What should families do if a student gets COVID?

  • Will students be counted absent if they have to quarantine?

  • Will I be notified if there is a case of COVID on my campus?

  • What warrants quarantine for employees?

  • Who handles contract tracing for staff?

  • Could my school or building be closed?


  • What is the plan for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • What is the HISD Ready, Set, Go! Back to School Plan?

  • Will uniforms be required this school year?

  • Will students have a virtual learning option?

Safety Protocols

  • What safety protocols will be in place this year?

  • Is entry screening required?

  • Will my child be required to wear a mask while at school?

  • How often will schools be sanitized?

  • Will visitors be allowed on school campuses?

Technology & Online Resources

  • How do parents obtain technology for students?

  • Can I still use online resources provided last year?

Bus Service & Student Meals

  • How will bus service work this year?

  • How will student meals be provided this year?

  • Will curbside pickup for student meals still be offered?

  • Can schools/parent groups resume selling food on campus?

Academics and Extracurriculars

  • Will extracurricular and fine arts activities be allowed?

  • Will field trips be allowed?

  • Can my child participate in University Interscholastic League Athletics and Activities?

Special Education

  • What is a Temporary Distance Learning Plan (TDLP)?

  • Who qualifies for a TDLP?

  • How does a TDLP work?

  • Does a TDLP continue when a student with disabilities returns to school?

  • Are there any special considerations related to TDLP?


  • The following communications have been shared with the HISD community, beginning with the most recent:

Press Releases

  • Last updated: 10/7/21

Resources for employees

Questions about COVID-19?

  • Houston Health Department COVID-19 Call Center

    Houstonians can call 832-393-4220
    to speak to a member of the HHD staff.
    Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Sat: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.