The health and safety of Highland Park ISD students and staff is a top priority. This webpage outlines the most recent COVID-19 precautions, recommendations and safety measures HPISD is following for the 2022-23 school year. Guidelines are subject to change based on local, regional and state requirements and/or guidance.
COVID-19 Guidelines for the 2022-23 school year:
Masks are optional. HPISD asks every member of the community to respect the decisions made by individual students, staff and visitors.
Students displaying illness or testing positive
- A student should not come to school if he/she is actively sick or suspected to be actively sick.
- A student with a positive test result for COVID-19 must stay home for five (5) days from the onset of symptoms and must be fever free (less than 100° Fahrenheit) for 24 hours without the use of fever-suppressing medications and other symptoms have improved to return to school. If a student has these symptoms, a COVID test is recommended. The student’s absence will be excused.
- A student with a positive test result but without symptoms must stay home five (5) days after the date of the positive test. The student’s absence will be excused.
- HPISD will monitor public health guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and any requirements set forth by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). The most recent TEA guidance can be found here: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/covid/coronavirus-covid-19-support-and-guidance
Volunteers and visitors displaying illness or testing positive
- Volunteers and visitors should not come to a school or district facility if they are actively sick or suspected to be actively sick.
- Volunteers actively sick with a positive test result for COVID-19 may not volunteer at an HPISD school or facility for five (5) days from the onset of symptoms. To return as a volunteer, please ensure you are fever free (less than 100° Fahrenheit) for 24 hours without the use of fever-suppressing medications and all other symptoms have improved.
- A volunteer with a positive test result but without symptoms must stay home five (5) days after the date of the positive test.
- Volunteers and visitors with a family member in the same household who have tested positive for COVID-19 should use discretion, particularly if they will be handling or serving food, when volunteering on campus. For further guidance, please contact your child’s school nurse.
Staff displaying illness or testing positive
- A staff member should not come to work if he/she is actively sick or displaying symptoms for COVID-19. Staff should immediately notify their supervisor.
- A staff member with a positive test result for COVID-19 will need to stay home for five (5) days. The staff member should be fever free (less than 100° Fahrenheit) for 24 hours without the use of fever-suppressing medications and all other symptoms have improved before returning to work.
- A staff member should contact the HPISD Human Resources Department for further guidance.
- The district will report case count information on its website weekly, showing active student and staff cases.
- HPISD is required to submit weekly reports to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) of positive-confirmed cases within a school.
- HPISD will take into consideration exposure and active case counts to determine the appropriate levels of parent and staff notifications.
Students in households with a family member who tests positive
- Parents may choose to keep siblings of students or other members of their household who test positive home during the five-day period to help reduce the spread of the virus. If a parent chooses to keep their child home because a member of the household has COVID, the student’s absence will be excused.