Agencies to post Covid data reported by Texas public schools

The Texas Education Agency and Texas Department of State Health Services announced Thursday on the DSHS website the statewide number of cases of COVID-19 reported by Texas public schools.

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.

The number of student and staff COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools will be updated each Wednesday. Beginning Sept. 23, it will include data by school district. TEA will link to the data from TEA’s COVID-19 website.

TEA previously directed all school districts to submit information about COVID-19 cases going back to the start of the school year. Information is submitted via an online form each Monday by those school systems that were notified in the previous week that a student, teacher, or staff member who participates in any on-campus activity has tested positive for a current COVID-19 infection. Antibody tests, which indicate a previous infection, are not required to be reported.

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.