The Aldine Independent School District Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney is taking proactive measures against the coronavirus/COVID-19 to minimize risk to students, employees, and families relating to the spread of the coronavirus.
There are increasing cases of coronavirus confirmed in Harris and surrounding counties. The school district confirmed that these cases do not include students or employees of the school system.
“However, considering the virus is now confirmed in our county, we are taking additional steps to minimize risk to our students and staff,” Goffney said. “Our school district is following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance for schools. This includes making sure that our emergency operation plans are reviewed and up-to-date and that there is routine environmental cleaning. AISD uses cleaning products that have been verified by the manufacturer to kill viruses. Out of an abundance of caution, we are developing a plan to limit ‘non-essential’ school activities and travel to lessen the risk of exposure. We have set a date to reopen schools after the Easter/spring holiday in April, but we are evaluating the situation daily.
“Our district is collaboratively working with state, county, and city public health officials to keep our schools, students, and staff safe. The steps we are taking are only part of many ongoing actions the district will take to proactively combat the spread of the coronavirus.”
The district announced this week the formation of a cross-functional Executive Task Force of senior district leaders to monitor and oversee the district’s ongoing response to the coronavirus.
The task force will provide guidance on teaching and learning, state assessment, human capital, CDC health updates, UIL, financial services, technology services, operations, and community engagement.
The school district remains in close communication with public health officials to make informed operational decisions.
“We are committed to keeping students, employees, and families safe and informed with the most current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Goffney stressed.
The district will continue to update information on its Health Alerts web page.