HOUSTON — In light of the spread of the coronavirus, many school districts are closing or extending Spring Break, and most are putting in extra efforts to keep schools and buses sanitized.
Here's a breakdown of the steps major local school district are making to protect their communities from COVID-19 and other illnesses.
The following school districts have announced they will extend their closures through Friday, April 10:
Aldine ISD will be closed until further notice. Click here for more information.
All Alief ISD schools will be closed through April 10. The district is on Spring Break March 16 to March 20. Click here for more information.
Alvin ISD is closed from through April 10. Click here for more information.
Anderson-Shiro CISD will be closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Angleton ISD will cancel classes and suspend normal operations through April 10. Click here for more information.
All BISD campuses will be closed for regular operations through April 10. Click here for more information.
Channelview ISD has canceled classes and activities through May 4. Click here for more information.
Clear Creek ISD
CCISD will be closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Cleveland ISD will be closed through April 10. This includes the cancellation of all events and activities. Click here for more information.
Conroe ISD will be closed through May 4. Click here for more information.
Cy-Fair ISD will close all schools and facilities through April 10. All CFISD schools and facilities, including the Berry Center, will be closed. Click here for more information.
Dayton ISD will close all campuses until April 10, 2020. Click here for more information.
Deer Park ISD
Deer Park ISD is canceling school through April 10. Click here for more information.
Dickinson ISD is closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
East Chambers ISD
ECISD will be extending its remote instruction platform through April 3. Click here for more information.
Fort Bend ISD
Fort Bend ISD is suspending classes through May 4. Click here for more information.
Friendswood ISD will be closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Galena Park ISD
Galena Park ISD has canceled classes, activities, events, competitions and practices through April 10. Click here for more information.
Galveston ISD will be closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Goose Creek CISD
Goose Creek CISD will suspend classes through April 10.
Hempstead ISD will remain closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Holy Trinity Episcopal School
Will resume classes on Tuesday, April 14.
Houston ISD will close all schools and district offices through May 4.
The district is providing online instruction until further notice.
Until traditional classroom instruction resumes, the district has launched HISD @ H.O.M.E. (Home-based Online Mobile Education), a distance learning plan to ensure students’ academic and non-academic needs are met.
Click here for more information.
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Huffman ISD will be closed through April 10.
Humble ISD will be closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Katy ISD will be closed through May 4. Click here for more information.
All Klein ISD schools will be closed through May 4. Click here for more information.
All Lamar CISD schools and facilities will be closed through May 1. Click here for more information.
Liberty ISD will be closed through April 10.
Magnolia ISD will be closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
New Caney ISD
New Caney ISD is closed through April 19. Classes are scheduled to resume on April 20. Click here for more information.
Out of an abundance of caution, Montgomery ISD is closing all of its schools early through April 10. Click here for more information.
Needville ISD will be closed and all extracurricular activities are suspended until further notice. Click here for more information.
Pasadena ISD will be closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Pearland ISD will be closed through May 1. Click here for more information.
Santa Fe ISD
Santa Fe ISD is closing through April 10. Click here for more information.
Sheldon ISD to remain closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Splendora ISD will be closed through April 10.
Spring ISD schools will be closed through May 4. Click here for more information.
Spring Branch ISD
Spring Branch ISD will be closed through May 1. Click here for more information.
Sweeny ISD has canceled classes until April 10.
Texas City ISD
Texas City ISD will be closed through April 10. All school activities/events are also canceled. Click here for more information.
Tomball ISD will be closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Two Dimensions Charter School District
Two Dimensions Charter School District Houston locations will be closed through April 10. Click here for more information.
Wharton ISD is cancelling classes through March 29. All extra-curricular activities have also been cancelled. They will resume classes on Monday, March 30.
Willis ISD will remain closed through May 4. Click here for more information.
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School districts opening March 24:
Aristoi Classical Academy
Aristoi Classic Academy in Katy will be closed from March 16 to March 20.
Brazos Independent School District will be closed through April 3.
Danbury ISD Superintendent Nancy Sandlin has announced that Danbury ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 10. Click here for more information.
Dayton ISD campuses will be closed March 16 to March 20. Click here for more information.
Fort Bend Christian Academy
Fort Bend Christian Academy is extending its Spring Break and will be clsoed March 16 to March 20.
Hardin ISD will be canceling on-campus classes for the week of March 16 to March 20.
Hitchcock ISD and all school districts in Galveston County will be closed next week, March 16 to March 20. Click here for more information.
All Huntsville ISD campuses will remain closed from March 16 to March 20. All school activities and events will be canceled during this time.
La Porte ISD
La Porte ISD is canceling school for the week of March 16. This also includes all extracurricular and co-curricular activities beginning Friday, March 13. Click here for more information.
Livingston ISD has canceled classes next week from March 16 to March 20. All extracurricular activities are postponed which includes athletics, fine arts, clubs, and other student activities.
Matagorda ISD will close the week of March 16 to March 20.
New Waverly ISD
New Waverly ISD will be closed March 16- 20. Click here for more information.
Royal ISD will be closed from March 16 to March 20. Click here for more information.
Sealy ISD is closing for March 16 to March 20. Click here for more information.
Varnett Public School
Varnett will close all schools and facilities from Friday, March 13, through Friday, March 30.
All Waller ISD (WISD) schools and offices will be closed from March 16 through March 20. Click here for more information.
Texas universities and colleges
Alvin Community College
Alvin Community College classes are tentatively set to resume March 23. Click here for more information.
Baylor University extended its Spring Break for a week and classes will resume Monday, March 23; however, classes will be provided strictly in an online environment for a two-week period from March 23 through April 3. Click here for more information.
Brazosport College campus closed is set to resume on March 23.
College of Mainland
College of Mainland buildings and facilities are closed until further notice. Classes and services will continue delivery online. Click here for more information.
Classes are set to resume Monday, March 23, strictly in an online environment. It is hoped face-to-face classes will resume on April 6.
Houston Baptist University
UPDATE - MARCH 20: Houston Baptist University has postponed all commencement ceremonies for May graduates. Those students are invited to participate in the August graduation ceremonies.
For students graduating this semester, degrees will still be officially conferred in May.
The ring ceremony hosted by the Alumni Association will be held August 6, during which both May and August graduates will be recognized.
HBU will not hold any residential classes for the week of March 16 to March 21. Online classes will continue as scheduled.
The residential class schedule will resume remotely (online or alternative format) beginning March 23 until further notice.
Interactive College of Technology
Classes in all departments will resume online beginning Thursday, March 19th at 9:00 AM. Classes will resume on-campus Thursday, April 2nd at 9:00 AM.
Houston Community College
All classes are set to resume Monday, March 30. Faculty and staff are still required to report into work starting Monday, March, 23. Read more here.
Classes are set to resume remotely (online, hybrid, or in an alternative format) beginning March 23.
Lone Star College
Lone Star College has canceled graduation ceremonies originally slated for May 6 to May 9. Classes that began before Spring Break will resume online March 23. Facilities continue to be closed to students until April 13.
Prairie View A&M University
The university suspended classes until March 23.
Faculty and staff are still required to report to work. Click here for more information.
Effective March 23, all classes will shift to a remote learning format. All students who have left campus for the break are strongly encouraged not to return, and all who live on campus and remain in Houston are encouraged to return home or remain in Houston in their off-campus location for the duration of the semester. Only those students who meet select criteria and petition to do so will be allowed to continue living on campus for the remainder of this semester.
All university-sponsored spring break student trips including Alternative Spring Break (ASB), ROPE program trips and all other service and non-service student organization trips are canceled. Click here for more information.
Saint Thomas University in Houston
Classes move online on Mon, Mar 23.
Students will hear from their professors regarding times for makeup exams and online assignments. As that week approaches, UST will assess whether there is a need to continue with online delivery beyond that point.
Sam Houston State University
The university has suspended all study abroad programs until August, and all university-funded international travel for faculty, staff and students has been canceled through May. Click here for more information.
San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College will not hold classes March 16 – 20, to allow faculty and staff to prepare for providing classes and services online, in small groups and by appointment, in line with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing. The campuses will be closed next week to students and visitors, with the exception of the childcare centers on the Central and North Campuses. Employees are expected to report to work.
South Texas College of Law Houston
STCL Houston canceled all on-campus classes and will conduct classes solely in an online format due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus in Houston.
The law school will re-evaluate the situation the week of March 23 following Spring Break, which is scheduled from March 16 to 20.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University canceled classes from March 16 to March 20. They will move to online classes from March 23 to April 28. Campus community meetings and events are now restricted to less than 50 participants. Click here for more information.
Texas Southern University
Texas Southern University has canceled the Spring 2020 commencement ceremony. All Spring graduates will be allowed to walk at a future commencement ceremony.
Classes will resume remotely (online or alternative format) beginning Monday, March 23, until further notice. Click here for more information.
Texas State University
Texas State University is extending spring break for students one week and will move courses to remote delivery through April 12 to enable social distancing measures on our campus.
Texas Tech University
Classes are canceled March 23 to 27 and will resume March 30 with online instruction.
Campus buildings will remain open, and most campus operations will proceed normally, including student housing, dining services, and support operations.
Students may stay on campus during Spring Break. Residence halls will operate as usual. Dining facilities will continue with the services at designated locations based on demand. Information on locations and hours of service is posted on their website.
Trinity University says it will extend its spring break through March 22 and close its residence halls for full-time occupancy for the rest of the spring semester. On March 23, the university will transition to synchronous remote teaching for all classes for the rest of the spring semester. Click here for more information.
University of Houston
UPDATE: Classes will resume online on March 23 and will be conducted remotely throughout the 2020 Spring semester. Resident students are encouraged to stay home, but dorms are open for those returning. Click here for more information.
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Beginning March 23, classes will be offered remotely -- online or alternative format -- until further notice.
Students are encouraged to stay home. Hunter Hall and dining services will be open for those deciding to return from Spring Break. Student Housing and Residential Life will be available, and all protocols regarding sanitation and hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus are being followed.
Faculty and staff may work from home to the extent that they are able to perform their functions remotely and with prior approval from their supervisor and Human Resources. All UH-Clear Lake campuses will remain open, and all offices and services will continue to operate until further notice. Research labs will be open, and related services will remain in operation.
Events and programming funded and sponsored by UH-Clear Lake are canceled through April 30. If you have an event planned during the month of April that cannot be rescheduled, please consult with the vice president of your division. Click here to read more.
University of Houston-Downtown
The University of Houston System has implemented a Travel Policy and COVID-19 Exposure Prevention Policy in response to the Coronavirus. Click here for more information.
University of Houston-Katy
UHK spring break for students started Monday, March 15, so no classes are scheduled this week.
Decisions about classes after spring break will be made and communicated next week.
University of Houston-Victoria
University of Houston-Victoria is postponing its May 16 spring commencement ceremonies.
“Commencement is too important to be canceled, but we do need to postpone our ceremonies to ensure that our students and their families are safe,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “Commencement is an incredible accomplishment to be celebrated, and we will immediately begin planning a ceremony for UHV’s spring graduates as soon as health conditions and guidelines allow.”
Glenn said the ceremonies will be rescheduled for the summer or fall once local, state and federal restrictions are lifted. Updates will be posted at www.uhv.edu/graduation/attending.
Additionally, all face-to-face and online classes for the university are canceled. UHV is posting continuous updates to its COVID-19 webpages at www.uhv.edu/alert.
University of the Incarnate Word
University of the Incarnate Word has extended Spring Break through the week of March 16. Beginning March 23, classes for the remainder of the semester will be online. Click here for more information.
University of Texas at Austin
UT Austin has closed operations and canceled classes. Admissions has suspended campus visits, Admission Welcome Center tours, and in-person events until further notice and will soon be announcing a number of online and virtual options for prospective students and their families
The university said undergraduate university-sponsored student travel for spring break, Maymester and Summer programs is suspended to France, Germany, and Spain in addition to countries on the CDC travel warning list.
Click here for more information.
University of Texas-San Antonio
UTSA extended Spring Break for students through the week of March 15. Starting on March 23, all classes will be conducted online. Campuses will remain open with social distancing practices in place for public events, involving more than 50 people. Click here for more information.
Wharton County Junior College
Wharton County Junior College extended Spring Break for all campuses through March 22. College activities are canceled, and dormitories will remain closed through March 21.
The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.
But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.
The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...
- The air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Help stop the spread of coronavirus
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Eat and sleep separately from your family members
- Use different utensils and dishes
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
- If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
Lower your risk
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.
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