March 16 - In following the guidance of local government and health officials, all New Caney ISD schools will remain closed through April 19. The district is taking this action as a precautionary measure and in coordination with Houston area efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. All extracurricular activities, athletics events, and community events held in district facilities through April 19 are postponed. Classes are scheduled to resume Monday, April 20, after the district’s scheduled spring break.
The district will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance and expertise of local, state, and national authorities. Updates regarding this situation will be posted to the district website and sent to parents and staff through the district’s notification system.
The district continues to take precautionary measures to protect students and staff as well as assist public health officials in their goal of containment. Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for information and travel guidance regarding COVID-19.
The District takes the following measures to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and staff:
- Parents must report to their child’s school if their child travels to or through countries with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice as determined by the CDC. Families with students returning from trips on which they traveled to or through one of these countries should follow the after-travel health precautions recommended by the CDC, returning to school only when symptom-free. Absences for students who meet this criteria will be marked excused. The health of students who travel will be monitored in accordance with public health guidelines before they are permitted to be at school. As of March 10, those countries were China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. The list may be found on the CDC website.
- New Caney ISD employees must report travel to or through countries with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. Staff returning from trips on which they traveled to or through one of these countries should follow the after-travel health precautions recommended by the CDC, returning to school only when symptom-free. The health of staff who travel will be monitored in accordance with public health guidelines before they are permitted to be at school. Staff members who self-quarantine will need to follow normal absence-reporting procedures.
- Newly enrolled students must complete a travel survey to determine the need for precautions related to the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). All new students will be screened by campus nurses, until further notice, before attending classes.
- School nurses are updated on a regular basis and have screening and evaluation protocols in place. Nurses will continue to monitor students for fever or flu like symptoms.
- District custodial services are routinely cleaning and disinfecting campuses in addition to increased cleaning of frequently touched objects and surfaces in schools and other district facilities. Buses are receiving weekly deep cleaning and sanitizing.
- District staff will continue to educate students, staff, and community members about the importance of frequent hand washing; covering a cough or sneeze; not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; staying home when sick; and other measures to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
- New Caney ISD remains in communication with local, regional and state public health authorities to ensure the appropriate exchange and notification of timely information.
Parents and guardians can help to keep their child, our schools, and community healthy by:
- Observing their child for signs of illness which may include coughing, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fever and/or skin rash.
- Keeping sick students at home and seeking medical attention for severe illness.
- Reinforcing the importance of good hand hygiene.
- Adopting healthy practices, such as disposing of used tissues, coughing into a sleeve rather than into a hand, and not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth
- Keeping children home until free of fever for 24 hours (without the aid of fever reducing medication)
- Keeping children home until diarrhea free for 24 hours (without the aid of anti-diarrheal medication)
- Receiving the flu vaccine