Conroe ISD Won’t Keep COVID-Positive Students Home

Conroe Independent School District students are set to return to class on Aug. 11. But as students return, the strict COVID-19 mandates of last year will not, and the district won’t be able to mandate that students positive with COVID-19 stay home to isolate.

The district laid out the main tenants of its Roadmap to Remaining Open plan for the upcoming school year at its monthly board meeting Tuesday night. Chris McCord, executive director of operations for the district, explained what the district would be allowed to do based on the latest guidance from the Texas Education Agency as of July 20.

“It’s going to take all of us working together to successfully navigate the remaining days of COVID-19,” McCord said. “The best way to prevent the spread of illness is the same as it was when we were children and it is to stay home when you are ill.”

But as of Tuesday’s presentation, the district made it clear that it won’t mandate that students stay home if they have COVID-19. A student can be sent home if they have a fever of 100 or higher. The district strongly encourages that parents do not send kids to school if they are sick, if they have a fever, or if they have an onset of new symptoms. Read more about the Conroe ISD decisions in this Houston Chronicle news article.

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