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16 Houston Schools Close Over COVID-19 Concerns On 2nd Day Of In-Person Learning

Some schools reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus, such as Foerster Elementary, while others had presumed cases, including Bellaire High School.


A student at Bellaire High School raises their hand during a district presentation in this file photo.

Updated 3:41 p.m. CT

At least 16 Houston school campuses closed Tuesday due to confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19, just one day after the Houston Independent School District resumed in-person classes for over 80,000 children.

HISD said that there were confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Houston Academy for International Studies High School as well as Foerster, Lewis and Roberts elementary schools.

A dozen more schools have reported presumed cases of COVID-19 on campus and have closed temporarily as a precaution. They include:

  • Bellaire High School
  • Daily Elementary School
  • Hines-Caldwell Eelementary School
  • Lanier Middle School
  • Lawson Middle School
  • Pershing Middle School
  • Pilgrim Academy
  • Piney Point Elementary School
  • Valley West Elementary School
  • Waltrip High School
  • Westbury High School
  • Whittier Elementary School

All schools will be deep cleaned while closed, and families will be notified of reopening.

Classes at those campuses are currently being held online.

Houston district schools opened Monday with a new set of challenges, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced changes to how campuses operate.

Halfway through the first day of in-person classes, HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan reported a smooth reopening. On the second-day, over a dozen schools out of 280 are closed for cleaning due to confirmed or presumed COVID-19 cases on campus

Reopening has already led to anxiety among educators who believe the state should be doing more to protect students and staff.

Additional reporting by Paul DeBenedetto and Laura Isensee.