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Important Announcement Regarding Exposure to COVID-19
Any student or school employee who has been exposed to a confirmed case
of COVID-19 needs to stay home, quarantined, for a minimum of 14 days.
This is regardless of test results and includes those who have received a
negative COVID-19 test result. It is very important to remember that individuals
cannot test out of quarantine after a close contact. The school will provide
distance learning for those students in quarantine. If a student is simply sick
with something that isn’t COVID and he or she expects to be back in a day or
two, the district will not provide distance learning during those days.

Plan for Opening School in the Fall

On Thursday, August 6, the Houston School Board approved the recommendation of the HPS
planning group and selected Learning Model Parameter 3 as the plan to restart school since it
keeps students and staff safe while affording students, staff and parents the most consistency
and normalcy.

Learning Model Parameter

Number generated by MDH

Elementary and Preschool Schools

High School and Summit Learning Center

1

0-9

Scenario 1

Scenario 1

2

10-19

Scenario 1

Scenario 2

3

20-29

Scenario 2

Scenario 2

4

30-39

Scenario 2

Scenario 3

5

40 and above

Scenario 3

Scenario 3


In Learning Parameter 3, the schools will all be in Scenario 2. In Scenario 2, all students will be
coming to school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, according to the school calendar.

On Wednesdays, the elementary and preschool students will have a half-day of school onsite in the
morning and will go home for the afternoons so the teachers have time to virtually work with those
students who have selected to be in distance learning all the time or who need extra assistance.
We will have Hurricane Watch available for the elementary students.

On Wednesdays, high school students from Houston High School and Summit Learning Center
will engage in distance learning in the morning and will have the afternoon to virtually get extra
assistance from their teachers or complete the assignments that were given in the morning classes.
Attendance will be taken during each of the morning classes, so it is required that students log on
for each class.  On the first Wednesday, September 9, the high school students will attend
classes in person in the morning to learn the logistics of the subsequent distance learning
Wednesdays.

To see the entire plan, please click on the COVID-19 tab.


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Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 5

HOUSTON PRESCHOOL
402 S. Grant Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 8


HOUSTON ELEMENTARY
310 S. Sherman Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 2

 
 
SUMMIT LEARNING CENTER
306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 6


HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL
306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 1
 
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Houston Public School District ranked one of the Best School Districts in America

Houston Public School District has been ranked one of the best school districts in America.  Our district is ranked #362 nationwide and #15 in the state of Minnesota. The article below from alarms.org explains the factors used in this ranking.

"Ensuring that their children receive a good education is something few American parents are willing to compromise on. Since most cannot afford private schooling, families strive to place their kids in the best public school districts that their financial situation will allow.

While the debate over the importance and degree of funding necessary in delivering an excellent education has gone on for decades, nearly all experts agree that money is important. The schools that perform the best have plenty of it, and those that don’t typically under-perform in key areas. Revenue taken in by school districts is used to keep resources and curriculums up to date and allow schools to hire the best teachers available as faculty. There’s really no substitute for good funding.

Obviously another key factor in judging the value of a school district is the student body’s overall performance in math and reading tests. Enrolling your child in a school where students perform well on tests and get good grades will increase his or her own achievement through osmosis. Children and teenagers are highly influenced by their peer groups and competition between students to achieve top marks can be a very good thing.

Two intertwined criteria that also play an important role in a school district’s overall quality are dropout rate and poverty rate. Nobody wants their child to drop out of high school as it has been demonstrated that high school dropouts earn 200,000 less on average over their lifetimes than those who received a high school diploma. A school with a high dropout rate is not a place parents want to send their children.

Unfortunately, dropout rate is often linked to the level of poverty experienced by students in a given school district. Even if a school receives in a decent amount of funding, students can still struggle with test scores and grades if they experience a significant amount of poverty in their lives. While schools may provide adequate textbooks and other learning materials, poorer students are often deprived of basic needs such as proper nutrition and domestic stability that are essential to fostering positive academic performance. That is why poverty rate is also a determining factor in our ranking." [source: alarms.org]

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