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Weekly Teacher Download for September 20, 2021

2021 September 17
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning: Join the Sandy Hook Promise for national “Start With Hello Week” Sept. 20–24, 2021, which raises awareness about social isolation and educates students on how to prevent it through training, activities, student contests, and more. Here are some sample activities to inspire students to Start With Hello. Download the free and easy Start With Hello guide for activities your class can do virtually during the week. Click here to register and join thousands of schools doing this amazing work together. Contact Kevin Jackson at kevin.jackson@houstonisd.org for more information.

International Exchange Program: Join AFS-USA and HISD Abroad this week for an information session on how you can host an international exchange student this fall and beyond. There are two sessions to choose from. About 25 students around the world still need to be matched with a host family in the next two weeks before they can enroll in HISD this fall. Register here to learn more about how you can become part of a growing global family.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood: The Early Childhood team has prepared a variety of professional development sessions that cover the PK domains for the fall semester. Principals, Tier II Leaders, PK lead teachers, and PK teachers are welcome to register for training sessions this week, which are listed here.   

HB3 Reading Academy Virtual PLC: From Sept. 27-Oct. 1, the Reading Academy will facilitate Virtual PLC #1 (Literacy Community). We want to foster a relationship with participants by meeting, talking, and exchanging reading/writing ideas. We are going to share strategies that will help develop a literacy community in your classroom and tips for creating explicit instruction lessons. Participants will receive their campus’ PLC date/time in their Canvas and Outlook emails.

Elementary Math Sessions: September math sessions will be offered synchronously (facilitator led). To access the sessions, see this flyer. Join the Do the Math sessions for K–Grade 2 on Sept. 20 and Grade 3–5 on Sept. 22. Collaborate in a high-impact learning experience and practice engaging research-based strategies to increase student achievement. Register via OneSource for Do the Math K-2 course #1458086 and Do the Math 3-5 course #1458090. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Elementary Science Sessions: Campus lead teachers, Tier II leaders, expert teachers, and those new to grade level and/or content are encouraged to register and attend the fall professional development opportunities. For a complete list of offerings, click here.

Elementary Career and Technical Education: The Career Ready Wagon (CRW) is gearing up for virtual visits that will bring a highly engaging, interactive, and informative career experience to Pre-K-Grade 5 students. During the 2020-2021 school year, the CRW virtual visits engaged with over 5,000 elementary scholars across our six regions. Volunteers read a short story about a career (book provided) and engagd in a Q&A with students about their own profession. Sign up for the book you would like to read and complete the HISD VIPS onboarding. More information on Story Time is here.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

EF Education First Global Symposium (virtually or in-person)
EF Education First is hosting its annual Global Education Symposium in November as a way to gather virtually with educators from across North America to discuss the impact and importance of “The Power of Human Connection: Building a Global Community.” Through its relationship with EF, HISD is pleased to offer this scholarship opportunity to HISD secondary educators. Visit the HISD Abroad and EF website here and click on the Global Education Symposium link to complete the application. The virtual deadline is Oct. 15, and the in-person deadline is Sept. 22. Contact HISD Abroad Senior Manager Kian Zare with questions at kzare@houstonisd.org

Career and Technical Education (Secondary Schools)

Each month, CTE will showcase the excellent work of CTE students, teachers, and campuses to inform students, parents, and stakeholders about the programs of study the district offers. This will also bring awareness to post-graduation opportunities in the workforce. Campus instructors and personnel can submit videos, pictures, and/or student work to CTE via https://bit.ly/2X76UKV.  The work will be showcased on the CTE website and social media platforms. For more info, see this flyer.

Please view the September 2021 CTE Bulletin, Volume III. Visit our Career Readiness page here for all weekly bulletins. Find a repository of professional development opportunities and view our 2021-2022 Career Cluster Calendar. See this flyer for CTE supplemental learning opportunities. Greater Houston Job Leads and Resources from Disability Solutions offers great job opportunities for talent with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities at our employer partners. Please share these opportunities with jobseekers, colleagues, and external partners. If you have any questions or applicants, email Director of Partnership Development Kevin McCloskey at kevin.mccloskey@disabilitytalent.org.

Weekly Teacher Download for Sept. 13, 2021

2021 September 9
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning
Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Training. The Social and Emotional Learning Department, in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise—See Something Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) team, has scheduled their fall training. The training will provide staff with training on the P3 system (the anonymous system for students to report bullying, gun violence, etc.) and training students, as well as supporting campus teams with best practices for using the system. Understanding and applying these steps in school can keep youth and communities safe. The Say Something program instills three simple yet powerful steps:

  • Look for warning signs and threats
  • Act immediately
  • Tell a trusted adult 

Register in OneSource for course #1447009.  

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Elementary Math Teacher Service Day on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021: These sessions focus on multiple mathematics topics. Click on this PD Catalog to access OneSource numbers and times. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters. Participants will have an opportunity to choose from the following sessions:

  • Kindergarten TX-KEA
  • Kindergarten Leveraging Math Daily Routines
  • Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 3 Just in Time
  • Grade 2 and Grade 3 Leveraging Math Daily Routines
  • Grade 4 and Grade 5 Imagine Math to Support Tier 1 and HB4545

All Grade 1 teachers are being asked to enroll in the Grade 1 Reading Academy session for the day.  

Elementary Math: New Teacher Cohort 
Join this cohort for new math teachers (grades 1-3) on Sept. 13 to will meet, collaborate, and grow in a professional learning community that supports growth and development relating to classroom management and organization, mathematics best practices, and content strategies. Register via OneSource #1458065, share your math learning experiences via twitter, and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

HB3 Math Academy for Grade 2: Building Content Capacity Problem-Solving, Part 1
Join this session for all grade 2 math teachers on Sept. 14. Participants will delve deeper into grade-level specific concepts by exploring strategies that build conceptual thinking and teaching of mathematics. They will also explore TEKS-specific strategies. Register via OneSource #1458033, share your experiences via twitter, and tag @HISD_ElemMath #HB3MathAcademy

HB3 Math Academy for Grade 3: Building Content Capacity Problem-Solving Addition and Subtraction
Join this session for all grade 3 math teachers on Sept. 14. Participants will delve deeper into grade-level specific concepts by exploring strategies that build conceptual thinking and teaching of mathematics. They will explore TEKS-specific strategies. Register via OneSource #1458041, share your experiences via twitter, and tag @HISD_ElemMath #HB3MathAcademy.

See this related flyer for math sessions in September.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (Secondary Schools)
Each month CTE will showcase the excellent work of CTE students, teachers, and campuses to inform students, parents, and stakeholders about the programs of study the district offers. This will also bring awareness to post-graduation opportunities in the workforce. Campus instructors and personnel can submit videos, pictures, and/or student work to CTE via https://bit.ly/2X76UKV.  The work will be showcased on the CTE website and social media platforms. For more info, see this flyer.

Please view the September 2021 CTE Bulletin, Volume II. Visit our Career Readiness page here for all weekly bulletins. Find a repository of professional development opportunities, request one-to-one CTE instructional support, find online resources and TEKS by CTE cluster, view current CTE Programs of Study, and view approved list of Industry-Based Certifications. Find a brief tutorial on how to enroll for courses in HISD’s OneSourceMe Learning.

Please visit this link to access more information on these CTE Professional Development opportunities on Sept. 17, 2021:

  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute & ServSafe Certifications for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Bulb Portfolio Training
  • Creating Momentum through Small Group Instruction and Background Knowledge
  • Health Science Curriculum, Part I: “The Longitudinal Progression of Knowledge and Skills from Principles to Graduation”
  • Health Science Curriculum, Part II: “Skills-Gap, Opportunities, and Challenges”
  • Instructional Intervention Strategies for Students in CTE Classrooms
  • Marvy Finger Family Foundation Application Process + Alumni Experience
  • HISD Abroad: Global Connections. Local Impact.
  • Realityworks: Tools to Engage Students in Career Exploration and Hands-on Activities
  • Teaching Adobe in Blended Classrooms for Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
  • Teaching Technical Terms in the CTE Classroom
  • The 4th Annual District-Wide Drone 2022 Competition Planning
  • Unknown Scholarship & Collegiate ROTC Information for Every Student
  • Using Financial Math to Achieve Real-Life Goals
  • Virtual Job Shadow: Career Exploration for Middle School & High School

Weekly Teacher Download for September 7, 2021

2021 September 3
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning

We want to keep everyone safe. Please review this helpful service announcement. The Mental Health Hotline number is 713-556-1340. When you call, you will hear a greeting with three possible options:

  1. You will be instructed to press 1 to reach the National Suicide Prevention office at 1-800-273-8255. 
  2. You will be instructed to press 2 to reach the Harris County Crisis Line at 713-970-7000. 
  3. You will be instructed to press 3 to reach the Sandy Hook office at 1-844-572-9669.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Elementary Curriculum and Development is launching the first Universal Design for Learning Planning Guide for Reading, Language Arts, and Math, Grades 3-5, beginning with Cycle 1, Unit 1, to be used in conjunction with the Unit Planning Guide. The UDL Guide has been created to assist teachers in planning holistically for all students with an intense focus on closing learning gaps with student special populations. Professional development will be provided for grades 3-5 reading and math teachers on the UDL Guide. Click on this link for sessions and times. The first sessions are on Sept. 8 and 9.

Elementary Math Best Practice: Backwards Planning to Maximize the 5E Math Block
The Elementary Math Team is excited to bring you this engaging math session on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the 5E math block in the math classroom and engage in content aligned to the HISD elementary curriculum. Learn how to use math resources such as the Scope and Sequence and Unit Planning Guides to backwards plan. We encourage math teachers to register via OneSource #1458084. Join us, share your math learning experiences via twitter, and tag us @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Elementary Math: New Teacher Cohort 
The Elementary Math Team is excited to bring you this new cohort designed specifically for new math teachers on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Participants will meet, collaborate, and grow in a professional learning community that supports growth and development relating to classroom management and organization, mathematics best practices, and content strategies. Participants will engage in activities designed to provide ongoing, engaging, and reflective learning to help build capacity of brand new math teachers (first through third year). We encourage math teachers to register via OneSource #1458065. Join us, share your math learning experiences via twitter, and tag us @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

HB3 Math Academy for Grade Two: Building Content Capacity Problem Solving, Part 1
The HB3 Math Academy Team is excited see all our grade two math teachers at this session on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Participants will delve deeper into grade-level specific concepts by exploring strategies that build conceptual thinking and teaching of mathematics. Join us and strengthen content knowledge and instructional delivery by exploring TEKS-specific strategies for upcoming mathematics concepts. We encourage math teachers to register via OneSource #1458033. Share your math learning experiences via twitter and tag us @HISD_ElemMath #HB3MathAcademy.

HB3 Math Academy for Grade Three: Building Content Capacity Problem Solving, Part 1
The HB3 Math Academy Team is excited see all our grade three math teachers at this session on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Participants will delve deeper into grade-level specific concepts by exploring strategies that build conceptual thinking and teaching of mathematics. Join us and strengthen content knowledge and instructional delivery by exploring TEKS-specific strategies for upcoming mathematics concepts. We encourage math teachers to register via OneSource #1458041. Share your math learning experiences via twitter and tag us @HISD_ElemMath #HB3MathAcademy.

See this related flyer for these math sessions in September.

Early Childhood
EC teachers are invited to enroll in “Establishing Classroom Management Through SEL Structures,” Course #1458003 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7. Participants will learn the importance of social emotional learning in PreK and strategies to support social development while building a positive and respectful classroom environment.

EC teachers are also invited to enroll in “Introducing Workstations for PreK,” Course #1458004 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Sept. 9. Participants will learn how to introduce workstations, add literacy and mathematical opportunities, develop activities based on skills and knowledge, and use data to differentiate them.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (including Achieve 180)
Please review the September 2021 CTE Bulletin, Volume I, which has helpful resources for new and returning CTE teachers, including professional learning opportunities. Explore the new Career Readiness website, which also has a wealth of professional development opportunities. You may request one-on-one CTE instructional support, find online resources and TEKS by CTE cluster, view current  CTE Programs of Study, view an approved list of Industry-Based Certifications, and find a brief tutorial on how to enroll in OneSourceMe Learning. Click here for free self-paced, Adobe Exchange courses, workshops, and teaching materials. Also, Workforce Solutions invites you to a hiring event! If you or someone you know would like to participate, register through this link. Please visit Career Readiness here for all weekly bulletins.

Register in OneSource for the following CTE sessions offered on Sept. 17, 2021.

Increase in TRS contribution

2021 September 1
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by HISD Communications

Employees will see a rate increase in their TRS contribution amount effective with their Sept. 1, 2021, paycheck. 

The Chart of Contribution Rate Increase as passed by the 2019 Texas Legislative session, which began last year, is:

9/1/20207.7%
9/1/20218.0%
9/1/20228.0%
9/1/20238.25%
9/1/20248.25%

If you have any questions or need additional help, please call HR Customer Service at 713-556-7400 or e-mail HRAnswerline@houstonisd.org.

Weekly Teacher Download for August 30, 2021

2021 August 26
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning

Please visit the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Rethink Ed website for the evidence-based online SEL curriculum. Once there, you will find the Rethink Ed training recording (and passcode), SEL video links, training series, and a SEL book list that supports student mental health and emotional wellness. Online student lessons provide a wide variety of SEL topics complete with videos, instructional materials, and activities for every grade level. These lessons provide a comprehensive, teacher-friendly K-12 curriculum that can be integrated into your classroom for individual students of all learning tiers. Please go to HISD’s Clever site and click on the Rethink Ed icon under Teacher Resources.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

HB3 Math Academy is launching the first virtual session for the fall, Guided Math: Workstations. There are two opportunities to attend this session on Aug. 31, 2021, one from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. and one from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, see this flyer.

Elementary Math Best Practice: Implementing math interactive notebooks

The Elementary Math Team is excited to bring you this engaging math session focusing on the benefits of implementing interactive notebooks in the math classroom on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Participants will engage in creating and setting up a personal math interactive notebook and walk away with strategies for implementation. Register via OneSource #1458083. Join us and share your math learning experiences via twitter by tagging @HISD_ElemMath and #MathMatters. See related flyer here.

Elementary Math Best Practice: Backward planning to maximize the 5E math block

Please join the elementary math team for an engaging math session on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the 5E math block in the math classroom and engage in content aligned to the HISD elementary curriculum. Learn how to use math resources such as the Scope and Sequence and Unit Planning Guides to backward plan. Register via OneSource #1458084. Join us and share your math learning experiences via twitter by tagging @HISD_ElemMath and #MathMatters. See related flyer here.

Early Childhood

If you are a new or returning PK teacher this year, you are invited to attend a session on how to enter grades into report cards. “Power Teacher Pro for PK/K teachers” is OneSource Course #1458045. The course takes place Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to navigate and utilize the features of the gradebook, including TEKS and Standards.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (including Achieve 180)
Please review the August 2021 CTE Bulletin, Volume III, which has helpful resources for new and returning CTE teachers, including professional learning opportunities. Explore the Career Readiness website, which also has a wealth of professional development opportunities. You may request one-on-one CTE instructional support, find online resources and TEKS by CTE cluster, view current CTE programs of study, view an approved list of industry-based certifications, and find a brief tutorial on how to enroll in OneSourceMe Learning. Click here for free self-paced, Adobe Exchange courses, workshops, and teaching materials. Also, Workforce Solutions invites you to a hiring event! If you or someone you know would like to participate, register through this link. Please visit Career Readiness here for all weekly bulletins. For instructions on how to enroll in OneSource Learning, click here.

Employees must ‘Checkin2Work’ starting August 23

2021 August 22
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HISD is continuing its partnership with Axiom Medical to support employees for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. 

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 work. 

Effective Monday, August 23, 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.

In addition to this communication, new employees will be receiving a welcome email from Axiom with more information on how to download the app and accept the terms of use. Please do not attempt to use the app for checking into work before Monday, August 23. Contact your supervisor if you do not receive the email or have issues downloading the app. Please ensure you can access the app before the required use on Monday, August 23. 

Employees who had installed the Checkin2work app, will be able to continue using it as of Monday, August 23rd. Employees who might have deleted the app, can simply reinstall it for use on Monday. 

Based on answers to certain questions, the app will either provide the clearance for work or a referral to medical personnel for further review. 

If an employee answers “yes” to a question, they will be instructed to call Axiom at (281) 419-7063 to speak to a nurse or a nurse will call the employee back. Employee contact tracing will be handled by Axiom. 

Employees who are not cleared will be asked to call their administrator or supervisor. 

Employees should answer “no” unless they have a recent onset of symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. 

Visit http://www.checkin2work.com to set up your account and get started. Watch a helpful training video here. You can also download the Checkln2Work app on your Android or iOS device. 

Log on to Checkln2Work using your work account username and password. 

For assistance with your sign-up, please contact your supervisor or email support@checkin2work.com

If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor.

Weekly Teacher Download for August 23, 2021

2021 August 19
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning Introduction
The Social Emotional and Learning (SEL) department coordinates the implementation and growth of culturally responsive and emotionally safe learning environments. Throughout this school year, we will be sharing SEL resources that will help you establish supportive relationships with your students. This week please consider doing some self-care exercises for yourselves and your students during the day. This could include such things as taking a few deep breaths, listening to a calming song, or reading an inspirational poem. Check in with other teachers to see how they are doing. Have a great week with your students and a great year! And remember, YOU ARE AWESOME!

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Welcome back, prekindergarten teachers! Please be aware of the following change when accessing the CIRCLE Assessment this school year. HISD has launched a new procedure to access the CLI Engage platform using CLEVER to administer the CIRCLE Assessment for this school year. On June 11, 2021, all PK teachers received an invitation email from CLI Engage to login using CLEVER. If you were able to successfully login through CLEVER, you will be able to access the CIRCLE Assessment when the first wave begins on Sept. 20. If you did NOT successfully login through CLEVER, please look for a CLI Engage invitation email this week. Remember you only have 14 days to access this invitation email (if you don’t see it in your HISD email, look in your junk folder). Please see the attached instructions to successfully register for the first time. Once you are registered, follow the step-by-step directions at this video link to login to the CLI Engage platform through Clever. As always, you can reach Claudia Azcarate at Claudia.azcarate@houstonisd.org or Maria Navarro at mnavarr8@houstonisd.org with questions regarding CLI Engage access.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education
Welcome back! Please review this week’s CTE Bulletin, Volume II. This bulletin includes helpful resources for all new Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers, as well as veterans. Also, explore our Career Readiness website where you can access a repository of professional development opportunities, request one-to-one CTE instructional support, find online resources and TEKS by CTE cluster, view current CTE Programs of Study, view an approved list of industry-based certifications, and find a brief tutorial on how to enroll in OneSourceMe Learning. You can take these courses online at any time: “STEaM Enrichment with the SECME Program” and “Engage Students and Demonstrate Proficiency through Digital Portfolios.” Please visit our Career Readiness page here for all weekly bulletins.

Questions about HISD appraisals?

2021 August 3
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by HISD Communications

End-of-the-year ratings for appraisals and final signatures for 12-month employees were due at the end of the day on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.

Appraisers, please ensure employees complete the final step, which is their employee signature. It acknowledges that the EOY conference occurred. To view any comments or rating opinions in the employee self-assessment, click “expand” all in the goals and competency sections or refer to the Employee Self-Assessment Quick Reference Guide.

For more information, see the EOY Navigation Quick Reference Guide.

See also the Steps for End of Year Conference.

If you have questions, please attend one of Leonard Daily’s open labs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Click here to join the meeting  and enter and exit at your discretion. These labs cover EOY ratings and conferences, appraiser and employee signatures, and closing the appraisal documents. Assistance is also provided for Department Goals, IPDP, and the Goal-Setting Conference (GSC).

To see the status of your account, login to OneSourceMe, choose Performance, then ALL FORMS. If your STEP DUE DATE column displays red, those accounts are delinquent and need attention.   

See the HISD Board Policy DN(local) and the 2020-2021 NTAS- SLAS Appraisal Calendars below.

For questions, call 713-556-3100.

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HISD back-to-school offer! See Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids for free

2021 August 2
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Enjoy a night with family and friends before the school year kicks off!

The Dynamo FC is thanking HISD educators of HISD for their tireless work during the 2020-2021 school year with a free ticket. All HISD educators will have the ability to redeem a FREE ticket for the match on August 14 as the Dynamo FC hosts the Colorado Rapids at BBVA Stadium. Additional tickets can be purchased for $10.

Visit this link to purchase tickets.

For more information or questions, please contact Sergio Rosenhek via e-mail at srosenhek@houstondynamo.com.

Time and place: Saturday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. at BBVA Stadium, 2200 Texas Ave., Houston 77003

Supplemental Sick Leave Bank Open Enrollment Aug. 2–31, 2021

2021 August 2
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The HISD Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB) program offers participants up to 30 additional leave days for extended absences due to a catastrophic injury or illness.

SSLB membership enrollment and dis-enrollment is now available online through OneSource ESS. 

The SSLB membership enrolled or not enrolled notices were emailed to eligible employees Aug. 2, 2021. Enrollment Information and plan details are also available at SSLB. Please note that current SSLB members are automatically re-enrolled in the program as long as they have an available local leave day available to donate as of Sept. 1, 2021.

Eligible employees may enroll or cancel membership during the current open-enrollment period, which runs Aug 2-31, 2001. A final enrollment period for the school year will be held in November 2021 for enrollment only. 

Contact Benefits Support via email at BenefitsESS@Houstonisd.org for additional assistance. They can also be reached at 713-695-5561.