HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston-area school districts reported 2,929 active COVID cases among students and staff Wednesday. It is 40% more cases among school districts with at least two days of reporting in the 13 Investigates analysis. About two-thirds of the cases are among students, the rest from staff members.
The reporting comes amid continuing debates about mask mandates in Texas schools.
The rates of growth vary from district to district. For example, Conroe ISD reported 275 new cases overnight – a 62% increase. Fort Bend with more students reported just 94 new cases, a 17% increase. Humble ISD was in the middle with 91 new cases, a 32% increase.
While it is a big number, it is still a small percentage of overall students. It is important to note, some of the largest districts like Houston and Cy-Fair don’t open until next Monday.
Health experts have expressed their concern about how contagious the delta variant is as students return to the classroom, which is leaving many parents frustrated with what they say is a lack of safe schooling options.