State officials recently announced less than half-a-percent of the estimated 1.1 million students in public schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since students returned to school. New online reports indicate approximately 2,344 students have tested positive for COVID-19 statewide of those attending in-person classes so far this year, Texas Education Agency (TEA) officials announced in a press release Thursday (Sept. 17). A total of 2,175 on-campus district employees tested positive during the same time period. TEA officials say new totals will be posted online daily on the Texas Department of heath and Human Services site via a partnership between the two agencies. Starting Monday, the counts will include counts provided by individual school districts as well a state-wide data. School districts were instructed in recent weeks to upload case data via TEA reporting and information is uploaded every Monday. Antibody tests, which indicate a previous infection, are not included in data collection. In Fort Bend County, area school districts are also sharing information about positive cases among students and stand via am online “COVID-19 Dashboard” that reports each district’s overall total along with the number of positive cases among students and staff reported by campus. Online counts are updated online daily.
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Fort Bend ISD’s newly-launched COVID-19 dashboard reported Friday a total of 22 positive cases including 18 staff and five students. Nineteen positive cases were reported via Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (LCISD) data, including 13 students and six among district staff and a total of 53 positive cases have been reported by Katy ISD officials including 26 students in on-campus instruction, 10 in virtual classes and 17 district staff.
Both Katy ISD and Lamar CISD previously re-opened campuses to in-person classes. Fort Bend ISD students will begin returning to campuses for in-person instruction campuses by grade level during a two-week period that begins on Monday, September 28. Both online learning programs and in-person classes will be available. During the recent program selection process, approximately 60 percent of the student population opted to continue with online learning with 40 percent enrolled in in-person classes. Currently, only a fraction of the district’s students and staff are involved in on-campus activities. Online classes and services are currently provided to a group of roughly 800 special education students and their teachers and more than 1,000 students who attend a district learning center, according to recent school board agenda documents.
Which Fort Bend ISD schools reported COVID-19 cases?
According to Fort Bend ISD’s online reports on Friday Sept. 18, a total of 22 positive cases, 18 staff and five students, were reported. Positive cases were reported at each of the following campuses:
Clements High School: 1
Bush High School: 1
Hightower High School: 1
Travis High School: 1
Willowridge High School: 4
Bowie Middle School: 1
Jordan Elementary School: 1
Colony Bend Elementary School: 1
Dulles Elementary School: 1
Heritage Rose Elementary School: 1
Lantern Lane Elementary School: 1
Mary Austin Holley Elementary School: 1
Drabek Elementary School: 1
Settlers Way Elementary School: 1
Sienna Crossing Elementary School: 1
Wood Center for Learning: 1
Fort Bend ISD Police Department: 1
Transportation HB Terminal: 1
What about other districts?
Other Fort Bend County area districts are also posting daily updates of positive COVID-19 cases including Katy ISD where a total a total of 53 cases including 36 students and 17 staff. Lamar CISD officials were reported Friday, Sept. 18.
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Nineteen positive cases were reported via Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (LCISD) data, including 13 students and six among district staff. Among the student cases, four were reported at elementary schools, four at junior high schools and five at LCISD high schools.