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Health and safety protocols for the new year

As we prepare for the coming school year, HISD is working in partnership with health and education officials to ensure a safe return to in-person learning. With that in mind, HISD will maintain the following protocols:

  • Masks: Masks covering both the nose and mouth are required for all individuals inside all HISD schools, buildings, and buses regardless of vaccination status. Their use is encouraged outdoors.
  • Sanitization: All district schools and buildings will be cleaned, disinfected, and fogged nightly with hospital-grade disinfectants as a precautionary measure. Hand sanitizer and other cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided in all school, buildings, and buses.
  • Health Screening: Because they are not yet eligible for vaccines, elementary students will continue to undergo temperature screening upon arrival at school. Pending HISD Board of Education approval, all staff will be required to complete online self-assessments through the Axiom Medical CheckIn2Work health screening app before arriving at work.
  • Visitors: Visitation is limited to essential and pre-scheduled visitors, including individuals who have been pre-approved through the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program. Parents registering their children for school also are allowed.
  • In-person gatherings: In-person gatherings, meetings, and events are permitted in HISD schools and buildings if all attendees wear masks and maintain 6 feet of physical distance. If these conditions cannot be met, the gathering must be held outdoors or virtually.
  • Uniforms: Student uniform policies will be flexible at all campuses.

At this time, it is the district's position that HISD's COVID-19 safety protocols have not been impacted by court cases related to mask requirements issued by county judges in jurisdictions other than Harris County. However, due to the ongoing legal matters currently before the courts, we will continue to update parents, students, staff and the community as things develop.

For more information, download the 2021-2022 Back to School Plan.