Special Education records which have been collected by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of Special Education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of five years after Special Education services have ended for the student. Special Education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, completes his or her educational program at age 22, or moves from the district.
This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of HISD’s intent to destroy the Special Education records of students who are no longer receiving Special Education services as of the end of the 2014-2015 school year. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise.
After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but they may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request the records in writing or in person at the following address:
HISD Records Management Department 4400 W. 18th Street Building B Houston, Texas 77092 Phone: 713-556-6055 Fax: 713-556-7010 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Requests for records must be received prior to December 4, 2020.
Thousands of students will soon start building their at-home library thanks to a new district partnership that will bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library “Book a Month” program to families in eight HISD ZIP codes.
“I am excited to get books for my son because he just
started preschool, and we are all about education in our family,” HISD parent
Fiona Deshotel said during the program’s kick-off event at Sherman Elementary
School. “This is so important because it helps the community, as well as the
kids that go to this school.”
In partnership with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner
Adrian Garcia, Books Between Kids, PNC Bank, St. James Family Life Center, and
the Waltrip Family Foundation, more than 5,000 children will be enrolled in the
book-gifting program that will provide young Houstonians access to books by
mailing a book directly to their home each month until they turn 5.
The official filing period for the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, opens October 1 for
students planning on attending college in the fall of 2021.
the FAFSA is the first step toward getting many different types of financial
aid for school and finishing the FAFSA early is the best way to
maximize college-award packages.
When applying for student aid,
timing matters. Each year, the Office of
Federal Student Aid offers more than $120 billion through grants, loans, and
work-study funds to help students pay for higher education. Priority for this
money will be given to students who apply before the priority consideration
The Houston Independent School District is preparing for students and staff to return to classrooms and office workspaces over the coming weeks.
The district’s top priority during
this phase of returning to in-person work is the health and safety of students
and staff. HISD is partnering with Axiom Medical to support employees. Axiom
Medical has nurses on staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a
year, as well as a chief medical officer. The Axiom Medical health screening
app will help employees determine whether it is safe for them to come into
Effective Monday, September 28, all
employees must use Axiom Medical’s Checkin2work (CI2W) app to log in and
complete a daily
self-attestation before arriving at work. The daily
self-attestation consists of answering COVID-19-related questions. Employees
without internet access should call HISD’s Health and Medical Services at (713)
556-7280 to complete the daily self-attestation.
The HISD Board of Education will host two community meetings ahead of a vote to set new district goals for student outcomes. All meetings are virtual and open to the public.
are scheduled to vote on the goals during a special meeting on Thursday, Oct.
mission as the Board of Education is to educate the whole child so that every
student in HISD graduates with the tools to reach their full potential,” HISD
Board President Sue Deigaard said. “As we discuss and consider new goals for
student outcomes in our district, we want to better understand the views of our
communities, which is why public participation in these community meetings is
important to us.”
As HISD prepares for a return to in-person instruction on Oct. 19, the district has launched a COVID-19 dashboard to keep the community informed about the impact of the pandemic.
Designed to ensure transparency, the online dashboard will
track the number of confirmed COVID-19 on-campus student and staff cases. It
will go live at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28.
“As we navigate this pandemic together, we want to ensure
that we are transparent as we provide crucial updates,” HISD Interim
Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “This new dashboard will give our staff
members and families the information they need in an accessible and easy-to-use
way to make informed decisions.”
partnering with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Books
Between Kids, PNC Bank, St. James Family Life Center and the Waltrip Family
Foundation to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to up to 5,000 children
Imagination Library is a book gifting program that provides free books to
children from birth to age 5 in participating communities within the United
States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Ireland. Dolly Parton launched
Imagination Library in 1995 to foster a love of reading among her home county’s
preschool children. Today, the program gifts over a million books to children
around the world each month.
Part of Dolly
Parton’s Imagination Library, the “Book a Month” program will provide young
Houstonians access to books by mailing a book directly to their home each month
until the child turns 5. Families who either reside or attend a school in the
following zip codes can sign up to participate in the program: 77009, 77011,
77012, 77017, 77020, 77022, 77029 and 77087. The first book each child will
receive via mail will be Dolly Parton’s favorite—The Little Engine That
school juniors from across HISD are invited to join NASA in exploring the
moon to Mars through its High School Aerospace Scholars program.
wants today’s students to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and
innovators of tomorrow. High School Aerospace Scholars offers a one-of-a-kind
experience for Texas high school students to explore the possibilities of a
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related major or
experience begins this fall with an online interactive course on NASA
activities related to space exploration, Earth science, technology, mathematics
and aeronautics. Students complete design challenges including 3D drawings,
science quizzes, discussion posts, technology writings and monthly webinars
with NASA scientists and engineers.
families with additional time to make the decision that best meets their
student’s educational needs, the district has extended the deadline to select
either in-person or virtual instruction to Monday, Sept. 28.
a reminder, parents can make their selection for either in-person or virtual
instruction through the HISD Connect
Elementary School, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy and the High
School for Law & Justice have been designated 2020 Blue Ribbon campuses by
the U.S. Department of Education.
the first time the schools have received the designation, which is awarded to
schools that maintain high academic standards among all its students while
demonstrating progress in closing achievement gaps among various subgroups of
extremely proud of our schools for being recognized with this prestigious
honor,” said HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan. “The hard work is
exemplified in the academic excellence of our students, and that takes an
entire campus working together to reach such an impressive achievement.”