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DSHS, TEA to launch webpage that shows reported COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 16:30:36-04

The Texas Education Agency and Texas Department of State Health Services have partnered to create a webpage on the DSHS website that will show reported COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools.

To date, the reported count of on-campus student cases of COVID-19 in the state’s public schools is 2,344 out of an estimated 1.1 million students who have been on campus for instruction or activities since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The total count of on-campus staff cases during the same period is 2,175.

DSHS says the number of COVID-19 cases will be updated each Wednesday. Beginning September 23, it will include data by school district.

The TEA had previously directed all school districts to submit information weekly regarding COVID-19 cases. That information includes cases at the beginning of the school year and is submitted each Monday.

DSHS says the data will provide an overview of the burden of COVID-19 in Texas schools overtime and inform public policy decisions.

Schools will still be required to inform all parents, teachers and campus staff of any positive cases tied to their on-campus instruction or activities, per TEA guidance.