Texas Education Agency announces new COVID-19 tracking system for public schools

Katy ISD is sanitizing school buses between each trip. (Courtesy Katy ISD)
Katy ISD is sanitizing school buses between each trip. (Courtesy Katy ISD)

Katy ISD is sanitizing school buses between each trip. (Courtesy Katy ISD)

A new tracking system will monitor and report confirmed COVID-19 cases in public schools statewide starting in September, according to a joint press statement from the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

According to the Aug. 20 press release, school systems will be required to report COVID-19 cases to the DSHS, and this data including cases and outbreaks on campuses will be posted publicly. TEA officials are still finalizing details of the reporting process with the consideration of feedback from school districts.


“Data on the number of cases in schools is of paramount interest to parents, students, teachers, staff, public health experts, policymakers and the larger community,” officials said in the statement. “This information will be submitted to DSHS any time there is a positive case in a campus community.”

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.