Monkeypox Houston: IDEA Hardy Campus and Ridge Point High School in Fort Bend ISD report separate cases

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Monkeypox has hit Houston-area classrooms.

On Monday, two separate campuses — one north of Houston and the other in Fort Bend ISD — confirmed cases of the virus.

Here’s how officials announced the cases and what each school is doing in response:

IDEA Public Schools, Hardy Campus

IDEA Public Schoolsa national network of charter schools in four states, revealed Monday afternoon that a case of monkeypox was recently reported at the IDEA Hardy campus, located at 1930 Little York Road in North Houston.

“We are working closely with Harris County Public Health (HCPH) to identify and offer guidance to anyone who may have been exposed,” a statement read in part. However, HCPH said the matter is under the jurisdiction of the Houston Health Department.

IDEA Public Schools did not provide details on whether the case involved a student, teacher or support staff citing confidentiality protocols.

“IDEA Hardy facility staff performed a thorough cleaning of all spaces and wiped down classrooms and high-touch surfaces, along with additional cleaning supplies for disinfection,” the statement continued.

The school system added that it was keeping families informed about the virus, but did not say whether part or all of the campus should be closed.

ABC13 spoke with two people with children or parents who are students at IDEA Hardy. Neither said they received notification of the positive case. A district spokesperson said all parents should have received a letter.

Last Wednesday, HCPH reported that a child under the age of 2 had a false positive monkeypox test result. It was not immediately confirmed whether the child caught his rash at a daycare or classroom.

SEE MORE : CDC confirms false positive monkeypox test result for Harris County child under 2

IDEA Hardy is a relatively young school, which will open in 2020, according to the campus website. Current enrollment is approximately 450 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The campus began classes for the school year on August 4.

Ridge Point High School

Fort Bend ISD confirmed its own case in the district.

A student at Ridge Point High School in Missouri City has been seized with the case, the district announced Monday night.

“Fort Bend County Health and Social Services is investigating the matter. The families and employees of Ridge Point High School have been notified of the matter,” a statement read. “Fort Bend County epidemiologists are conducting contact tracing to identify potential exposures based on proximity and will notify individuals directly if they are at risk.”

The district added that it is working with local health officials and following CDC guidelines, which include frequent and ongoing cleaning protocols.

Ridge Point began its school year on August 10. Data from the Texas Tribune showed 3,060 students were enrolled last year.

SEE MORE : Autopsy to determine if monkeypox contributed to death at a hospital, Harris Co. officials say

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