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Coronavirus updates
The health and safety of HPISD students and staff is our number one priority. We want to assure you we are keeping track of Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments from trusted resources like the Dallas County Health Department and Center for Disease Control (CDC). HPISD encourages families to use the resources provided on this webpage to partner with us to share facts and not fear in our community.
Updated July 8, 2020
Click here to read the latest letter from Superintendent Tom Trigg about the Texas Education Agency's newly released guidelines about the start of school this fall. 
 
Updated June 30, 2020
HPISD is preparing for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Click here for the latest update.
 
Updated June 18, 2020
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath issued a statement saying that it will be safe for students, teachers and staff to return to campuses for in-person instruction this fall. Click here to read the full story.
 
Updated June 10, 2020
HPISD has created a webpage with an FAQ for Back to School updates. Click here for back-to-school details.
 
Updated June 10, 2020
HPISD playgrounds are now open, along with the Town of HP and City of UP parks. Please note that all playfields, including Highlander Stadium and Scotland Yard are closed. Thank you for understanding.
 
Updated June 1, 2020
Highland Park ISD continues to plan for the 2020-21 school year to take place in school buildings as normal, beginning Thursday, August 20. At the same time, the district recognizes the need to be prepared to provide a more robust virtual learning environment for either full implementation or as part of a hybrid model.  
 
District staff is currently in the process of researching, gathering data and planning to be ready for any contingency. The district is holding three town hall meetings in conjunction with city and state leaders. Click here to learn more. 
 
Updated May 19, 2020
Dates, times and details to drop off and retrieve items from your child's school can be found here.
 
Updated April 27, 2020
A document has been created and posted to Connect HPISD that explains the grading and reporting guidelines for spring 2020 during this time of emergency remote learning. Read more here
 
Updated April 22, 2020
The HPISD Board of Trustees approved a credit/no credit model during the emergency remote learning period.The plan will allow high school students to receive numeric grades toward their GPA during the semester. Click here to read more.
 
Updated April 17, 2020
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that Texas schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
 
Updated April 15, 2020
The City of Dallas has resources available for residents on their website. From health and wellness to community resources, click here to view a list. 
 
Updated April 14, 2020
For the safety of our families, our buildings and schools are closed to the public. Because of the unexpected closure, some essential items may have been left at school. Campus administration will work with families individually to help meet their needs. If your child needs an essential item--something they truly need--at school, please contact your principal. 
 
Updated April 7, 2020
Today during a school board workshop, Highland Park ISD administration presented its plan to offer credit/no credit to students during the emergency remote learning period caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here
 
Updated March 31, 2020
Consistent with Gov. Abbott's executive order and federal guidelines, HPISD will remain closed at least through May 1. Read the full update here
 
Updated March 30, 2020
Connect HPISD
Connect HPISD is now officially live. Teachers and staff have prepared the first set of instructional activities in Connect HPISD for this week. To access the site, click here or go to www.hpisd.org/connecthpisd/.
 
 
Updated March 26, 2020
Connect HPISD is now live for a preview for HPISD families. Please explore the site and find readiness activities for children as the district prepares for instructional continuity beginning Monday, March 30. Click here to access the site. 
 
Updated March 25, 2020
With the click of a button, learning can continue at students' fingertips. Connect HPISD will have a sneak preview on March 26 to allow families to explore the site and troubleshoot the platform. The website will serve as a virtual learning space with engaging lessons, ways to connect with teachers, counselors and nurses, and enrichments opportunities for the entire family. Content to the site will be updated regularly. The official launch for the website is March 30. 
 
Updated March 22, 2020
Stay Home Stay Safe order
Around 5:30 p.m., Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a Stay Home Stay Safe order effective as of 11:59 p.m., Monday, March 23 through 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 3. Please stay safe to prevent further disease. 
HPISD sports courts closed to public
To be consistent with the 6-foot social distance requirements from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, HPISD sport courts and tennis courts are closed to the public. Both the Town of Highland Park and City of University Park have closed their basketball courts as well. Additionally, all playground equipment at HPISD elementary schools and MIS is not accessible until further notice. Please assist in following these requirements for the health and safety of our community. 
 
Updated March 20, 2020
HPISD needs to gather information from families who have medications in the nurse's office, have emergency items to retrieve from a campus, and/or need to check out a device for their child to be able to participate in virtual learning activities. If any of these scenarios apply to your family, please complete this brief form by Saturday, March 21. 
 
Updated March 19, 2020
On March 19, Gov. Abbott declared a statewide emergency closing schools through at least April 3. The district will monitor updates from the state and local health agencies to determine when campuses might reopen. These closures include cancellations of all athletic practices and competitions, district events and field trips.
 
Updated March 16, 2020
 

Highland Park ISD closes schools indefinitely beginning March 23;

Continuity of instruction to be provided to students

To prevent community spread of COVID-19, HPISD will close schools indefinitely beginning March 23. The district plans to reassess by April 5 when campuses might reopen, based on guidance from the CDC, local health agencies and the Texas Education Agency. These closures include cancellations of all athletic practices and competitions, district events and field trips.

 

District and campus administrators have developed a plan for instructional continuity and support for students during the duration of the school closures; details will be shared with families early next week. As the delivery of learning opportunities for students will involve technology, the district will work with families who may need access to a device at home.

 

“We want to assure everyone that the health and safety of our students, staff, parents and community is our top priority. This is truly an extraordinary time, and it has brought challenges for our system of education unlike anything we have ever seen, ” HPISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg said. “While our buildings may be closed to students to maintain social distancing, our goal is to keep students engaged in learning in a number of ways. Our team has been working diligently to develop plans to ensure ongoing learning experiences.”

 

Staff will receive training and support for sharing learning experiences with students through virtual platforms. Parents will receive guidance from their campuses, both via email and on their school’s website, regarding their role in implementing the instructional continuity plan.  

 

“Our desire is to keep students engaged in learning even when school is closed,” Trigg said. “We appreciate our HPISD families and the support they give to our schools.  They serve as a critical partner for us as we provide ongoing learning opportunities for our students during this time.”

 

The HPISD Board of Trustees was briefed on the situation during an emergency school board meeting held tonight. 

 

“Our school community has never had to take such drastic action but we all need to do our part,” HPISD Board President Jim Hitzelberger said. “I trust that all of us will rise to the occasion and work together to protect our community. We will make it through this and become even stronger as a result.”

 
Updated March 13, 2020
Athletic competitions postponed until further notice, Seay Tennis Center suspends operations
Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus, all Highland Park ISD athletic competitions have been postponed until further notice. In addition, the Seay Tennis Center will temporarily suspend operations until further notice.
 

Highland Park ISD is aware that several school districts have chosen to extend their Spring Break in an attempt to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. HPISD leadership will continue to monitor developments, consult with health officials and discuss appropriate action for the district. HPISD has been developing contingency plans in the event that an emergency school closure is necessary. It is too early to predict what action the district may take at this time about school activities following Spring Break. Please continue to monitor developments and take necessary health and safety precautions, including washing hands thoroughly and avoiding people who are sick.

 

Travel Guidelines - Updated March 25, 2020

HPISD will adhere to the following guidelines regarding international travel, which take into consideration the CDC’s criteria for countries with significant numbers of COVID-19 transmission.
  • The CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel. Families and staff who have been or are planning to travel to these countries, prior to or during Spring Break should report travel plans using this electronic form. The CDC says most foreign nationals who have been to one of these countries during the past 14 days can not enter the United States.
  • If families or staff have traveled to an affected, individuals should self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the U.S. as recommended by the CDC.
  • Anyone traveling to other locations that are added to the an affected area will be required to use the same practices listed above.
  • These are changing rapidly, so please continue to monitor on the CDC site here.
  • CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel at this time. If you do travel by cruise ship during the COVID-19 outbreak, please review this site in advance and let your school’s principal know of your plans.
 
Please understand this is a rapidly-changing public health situation. It is important to notify HPISD of any travel to affected areas so that we can better address attendance upon your child’s return. The Texas Education Agency is working to determine procedures to address this public health situation and absences. In the meantime, HPISD will work with families who are traveling on a case-by-case basis, including giving assignments that can be completed at home to students when they return from a Level 3 country. Students who miss school for these reasons will receive an excused absence.
 
 
 
 
 

Staying Healthy
HPISD encourages students to practice routine personal hygiene:
    • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or more, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • Stay home when sick.
    • Be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications prior to returning to school
    • Cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 
    • Practice other good health habits like drinking plenty of fluids, eating well and getting adequate sleep.