Less than a year ago, 60 ninth- and 10th-grade boys walked across Worthing High School’s cafeteria stage, signifying their acceptance into the inaugural class of HISD’s Miles Ahead Scholars (MAS) program.
Now, just 10 months after that moving induction ceremony, a
new evaluation conducted by the district’s Research and Accountability Department
showcases the positive academic and socioemotional impacts the program has had
on its first cohort. The full report can be found here.
The Houston Independent School
District is temporarily closing most Curbside Summer Meals sites beginning
Friday, July 3, due to guidance from public health officials and rising numbers
of COVID-19 cases throughout the city.
Five strategically located sites offering
both Curbside Summer Meals and the Houston Food Bank’s Coronavirus Food
Assistance Program — which provides families with 30-pound boxes of produce — will
Those sites are Sam Houston Math,
Science, and Technology Center, Revere Middle School, and Kashmere, Chavez, and
Milby high schools.
The Houston Independent School District is restricting access to
all district schools and facilities from Friday, July 3 through Sunday,
July 19, in response to public health guidance and an increasing number of
COVID-19 cases throughout the city.
All summer athletic practices and in-person summer school sessions
are canceled. HISD students will be allowed to keep laptops until the fall
rather than return them to campus, eliminating the need to bring additional
staff and families on site.
The district continues to operate
virtually and will continue to provide educational and related services during
this disruption of normal district operations.
Employees reporting to a location as a part of their assigned duties
will continue to practice social distancing and wear appropriate personal
protective equipment in accordance with district policy and public health
guidelines. The Hattie Mae White
Educational Support Center will remain open for limited purposes.
The Fresh Bus produce delivery
program will come to an end this week as the grant provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program has concluded.
Final produce deliveries scheduled for Thursday are
canceled due to inclement weather.
Families in need are encouraged to visit one of the district’s Curbside Summer Meals sites, where they can pick up several days’ worth of student meals on Mondays and Thursdays.
The four elementary schools being rebuilt as a result of
Hurricane Harvey are now scheduled to open in August 2020 — a three-month delay
caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kolter, Braeburn, Mitchell, and Scarborough elementary
schools were originally scheduled to open in June 2020.
HISD Construction Services Officer Derrick Sanders said the
new timeline is a result of manpower shortages caused by mandated social
distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
students earned study abroad scholarships after delivering inspiring speeches
during the district’s inaugural virtual HISD Global Issues Summit and speech competition.
Ritika Gupta, an eighth-grader at Lanier Middle School gave a passionate speech about gender equality, and Nusaibah Arif, a junior at Sharpstown International High School, showcased Houston’s diversity by delivering her speech in Bengali about the Bengali Language Movement. These two students will receive a full scholarship to study abroad – when global travel safely resumes – from HISD Abroad partners, The Puranik Foundation and Amigos de las Américas.
The two HISD students had their voices
amplified by UNICEF USA, who announced the winners and included their speeches
in an article
published on the UNICEF USA website.
2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the
CARES Act, was signed into law. The bill dedicated $13.2 billion for K-12
schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund
(ESSERF). HISD is eligible to apply for ESSERF grant funds under the CARES Act.
Education Agency (TEA) has released the entitlements for HISD under the CARES
Act, ESSERF. These are not additional funds to HISD, they are being used to
offset the loss of average daily attendance (ADA) through the Foundation School
Program (FSP) under Texas school finance.
Construction at Bellaire High School is now more than 50
percent complete, with the new school expected to be ready for students this
time next year.
Crews have installed the roof structure for the new building,
which includes wings for academics, fine arts, and physical education. The
academic wing is now closed in and air-conditioned, with construction crews currently
working on the finishing touches, including tiling and flooring.
Crews also are working on overhead construction in the
auditorium high ceilings, digging out the pool and diving well, and
construction of the interior walls in the athletics area. Air conditioning is
expected to be flowing through the entire building by the end of July.
Although the Houston
Independent School District is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
construction work has continued on several 2012 Bond realignment projects
across the district.
Realignment projects are new,
board-approved projects that were not part of the original scope of work but
are funded by surplus bond funds. The projects include natatoriums at Milby,
Washington, and Yates high schools, Westbury High School’s fine arts wing, and
Sharpstown International School’s dining canopy.
Milby’s natatorium is 98
percent complete. Construction Services is coordinating with HISD Technology
and HISD Security Maintenance for remaining minor work. The pool will be ready for
the 2020-2021 school year.
Following a statewide call on Tuesday between school district superintendents and Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, I wanted to provide an update on plans for the 2020-2021 school year – which remain to be finalized.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise,
the situation remains fluid as we try to determine next steps on what the
school year will look like. During his presentation, the commissioner
emphasized that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is working with Gov. Greg
Abbott’s medical advisors to establish public health guidance for school
districts. While preliminary information has been provided by TEA, final
guidance will not be available until mid-July.