2020-2021 School Year COVID-19 Information
Huntsville ISD continues to monitor the ongoing 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We work closely with the Walker County Health Authorities and follow the Communicable Disease Chart for Schools and Child-Care Centers from the Texas Department of State Health Services. We are aware of the positive cases of COVID-19 Walker County and surrounding area. Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more information and guidance regarding COVID-19.
COVID-19 Quick Links for Parents
NEW COVID-19 Positive Case Weekly Reporting
Cumulative Total Breakdown since 1st Day of School & Current ACTIVE Case Snapshot
Notification Protocol for Positive Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Case
As outlined in the Hornet Return to School Plan for Fall 2020, parents of students and employees who are directly impacted by a positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 case will receive notification per protocol.
The notification protocol details can be found on page 23 of the plan and are highligted as follows:
• If a positive lab-confirmed case is identified for a school participant (student or employee), the District will identify and notify any individuals who had regular or close contact with the affected participant as soon as the district notification is received. This may include the entire class (students, teachers, and staff). These individuals will be required to quarantine before returning to in-person school.
• School Nurses will notify the local health department of any positive case(s). Huntsville ISD will work with Walker County Health Department for Contact Tracing for any individual with a positive COVID-19 test.
• For contact tracing, the District will assume that an individual is infectious two (2) days prior to showing symptoms or two (2) days prior to an asymptomatic positive COVID-19 test.
• Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes while not wearing a mask or face shield.
NOTE: If parents (or employees) do NOT receive a notification, then contact tracing did NOT identify your child (or you, if employee) as having regular or close contact to the affected individual.
You are welcome to contact your campus principal (principal or immediate supervisor, if employee), if you have individual concerns. Due to HIPPA & FERPA, understand they are very limited on what can be shared on case specifics but they will be glad to visit with you.
District Communication for Parents including Notifications re: COVID-19 & Return to School Plan
*Please frequently check your parent/student school emails (SPAM/JUNK folder, too) and monitor the district website, teacher webpages and Google Classrooms for all updates and important school information.
To read District mass notifications sent to HISD parents/guardians this school year CLICK HERE.
COVID-19 Testing Information
Curative is currently partnering with Walker County and Huntsville Memorial Hospital to offer COVID-19 testing to the community and surrounding areas. The test is a painless self-saliva swab at no cost to the patient. If the person getting tested has insurance they will provide that, but if they do not there is still no cost to them as it is covered by HRSA. For more information see below.