Houston ISD: 17 campuses close with confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19

Lanier Middle School
Lanier Middle School, located at 2600 Woodhead St., Houston, is among the campuses closed temporarily because of a presumed case of COVID-19. The building will be disinfected prior to reopening, according to Houston ISD. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lanier Middle School, located at 2600 Woodhead St., Houston, is among the campuses closed temporarily because of a presumed case of COVID-19. The building will be disinfected prior to reopening, according to Houston ISD. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)

A day after resuming in-person instruction, Houston ISD closed over a dozen schools because of confirmed or presumed-positive cases of COVID-19, the district confirmed Oct. 20.

As of Oct. 20, the district's COVID-19 dashboard was reporting 90 total cases, including 10 cases among students.


The campuses reverted to full virtual instruction to allow for a deep cleaning and disinfecting treatment, per the Houston ISD Communicable Disease Plan.

The district said it will alert parents when it is safe for students to return to campus.

Confirmed cases were reported at the following schools.

  • Foerster Elementary School

  • Houston Academy for International Studies High School

  • Lewis Elementary School

  • Roberts Elementary School


Presumed cases were reported at the following schools.


  • Bellaire High School

  • Daily Elementary

  • Hines-Caldwell Elementary School

  • Houston Academy for International Studies High School

  • Lanier Middle School

  • Lawson Middle School

  • Pershing Middle School

  • Pilgrim Academy

  • Piney Point Elementary School

  • Valley West Elementary School

  • Waltrip High School

  • Westbury High School

  • Whittier Elementary School

By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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