"Staff and students returning from countries identified in the CDC’s travel warnings should notify their campus and self-quarantine at home for a period of 14 days, returning only when symptom-free," a statement from the district reads.
CDC lists China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan as countries with sustained or widespread transmission of the virus.
HISD's spring break is March 16-20.
Student absences taken in those situations will be excused, the district said. Staff members are asked to follow normal absence-reporting procedures.
The district also revised its perfect attendance policy and will not count any absences after March 6 against an otherwise perfect attendance record.