COVID-19 Cases Reported In HPISD

Since Aug. 20 and as of Sept. 16, HPISD has reported six COVID-19 cases involving students, three more that have since been cleared to return, and two involving staff members at the high school, as well as one case involving a staff member at Armstrong.

UPDATE SEPT. 16: The district reported two new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving students. The students were last present on the HPHS campus this past Monday. Because of privacy requirements, the names of the students will not be released.

The Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Department has been contacted about these new cases. All students and staff who were determined to be in close contact have been notified directly by the campus nurse. Additionally, cleaning protocols for the affected areas on campus have been implemented. 

The lab-confirmed student and those who were determined to be in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days from last contact to prevent any further spread, the district says, and in-person instruction will continue at HPHS.

Additionally, one student previously lab-confirmed with COVID-19 has been cleared to return to in-person instruction and campus activities.

Sept. 15, HPHS reported one new lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a staff member. The staff member was last present on the HPHS campus for in-person instruction this past Thursday. Because of privacy requirements, the name of the staff member will not be released.

The district says the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Department has been contacted about this new case. All students and staff who were determined to be in close contact have been notified directly by the campus nurse. Additionally, cleaning protocols for the affected areas on campus have been implemented. 

The lab-confirmed staff member and those who were determined to be in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days from last contact to prevent any further spread, and in-person instruction will continue at HPHS, the district says.

Sept. 14, the district reported a new lab-confirmed student case of COVID-19. The student was last present on the HPHS campus for in-person instruction on Sept. 11. Because of privacy requirements, the name of the student will not be released.

The Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Department has been contacted about this new case, the district says. All students and staff who were determined to be in close contact have been notified or are in the process of being notified directly by the campus nurse, according to the district. Additionally, cleaning protocols for the affected areas on campus have been implemented.

The lab-confirmed student and those who were determined to be in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days from last contact to prevent any further spread. In-person instruction will continue at HPHS.

Two students previously lab-confirmed with COVID-19 were cleared to return to in-person instruction and campus activities.

The district reported Sept. 8 three lab-confirmed student cases of COVID-19 at HPHS. The students were reportedly last present on the HPHS campus Sept. 4, when only a limited number of students were present and were not on campus for the first day of in-person instruction. 

All students and staff who were determined to be in close contact with the three students were reportedly notified directly by the campus nurse. Additionally, HPISD says cleaning protocols for the affected areas on campus were implemented in accordance with DCHHS guidelines and as outlined in HPISD’s Back to School plan. The lab-confirmed students and those who were determined to be in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days from last contact to prevent any further spread.

Then, on Sept. 10, the district reported another three lab-confirmed student cases of COVID-19. Those additional students reportedly have not been on campus for in-person instruction, but have participated in extracurricular activities, according to the district. 

In addition, the district reported a HPHS staff member who was last on the campus Sept. 9 tested positive for the virus.

The district says Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Department has been contacted about these new cases. All students and staff who were determined to be in close contact have been notified or are in the process of being notified directly by the campus nurse. Additionally, cleaning protocols for the affected areas on campus have been implemented, the district says.

The lab-confirmed students and those who were determined to be in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days from last contact to prevent any further spread.

In-person instruction will continue at HPHS, the district said Thursday.

Because of privacy requirements, neither the names of the individuals nor details about them were released. However, the district says information about the students was provided to the DCHHS Department.

Anyone on the campus who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 is asked to notify HPHS school nurse, Angie Glass, at 214-780-3720.

At Armstrong Elementary, the district reported an employee present at the school on August 27 received a lab-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

Staff members considered to have been in close contact with the confirmed employee were contacted individually by Human Resources staff, the district says.

“The staff member diligently followed all safety protocols while present on campus, which greatly reduces the potential spread of COVID-19,” a post on the district’s COVID-19 webpage reads.

Staff members were reportedly advised to monitor their health and contact both HPISD’s Human Resources staff and their primary care physician if symptoms developed.

Highland Park ISD created a public webpage to provide staff and community members with information related to HPISD lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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