the districtwide closure and current restrictions involving social distancing
to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the application process for pre-K is now online
currently accepting applications for its full-day pre-K program at schools
across the district, offering more 3- and 4-year-old students in our community
with the opportunity to attend a high-quality program that will build a strong
foundation of learning.
Due to precautions surrounding the coronavirus, pre-K application
and enrollment timelines have been adjusted:
The HISD Social and Emotional Learning Department will host a
webinar for parents next week to guide them as they adjust to distance learning.
“Incorporating Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) At Home” will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. Parents and students will learn ways to incorporate SEL practices into their daily routines, understand the importance of mindfulness, and learn exercises and techniques that can be done by adults and students of all ages.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a
two-part series on how six HISD students are adjusting to the shift to virtual
instruction throughout the district amid COVID-19 precautions.
It has been
two weeks since the district launched HISD @ H.O.M.E. (Home-based Online Mobile
Education), a distance learning plan that has students at all levels of
education transitioning from physical to virtual classrooms.
We checked in
with three seniors to see how their second week of distance learning went and
how the Class of 2020 is coping with the adjustment for the last months of their
high school careers.
HISD students, parents, teachers, and principals: Are you ready for a fun challenge to showcase distance learning?
As everyone adjusts to the new reality of online instruction, HISD has designated next week (April 13—April 17) as Virtual Spirit Week. Each day will be designated with a different theme to encourage students to share their at-home learning activities. In fact, everyone is invited to participate in the daily challenge—students, teachers, and even administrators.
As you participate each day, take photos or short videos and share them on social media using the hashtag #HISDSpiritWeek. The idea is to flood social media with positive learning activities and create a sense of community, school spirit, and inclusivity.
HISD Social and Emotional Learning Department will host a webinar for parents
this week to guide them as they adjust to distance learning.
webinar, titled “Coping Strategies for Parents” will be held on Wednesday,
April 8 at 2 p.m. This is part of a weekly webinar series that provides
social-emotional learning tools to HISD parents and students.
With a districtwide closure in place and distance learning
underway, what may have once been considered “normal” for principals and
teachers in the seventh-largest district in the nation has changed for the
Due to the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus, school districts
across Texas were ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott to close until at least May 4,
and that has made for huge adjustments at the campus and district levels.
“I assumed we would shut down for a week or two. But when I heard
it would be through April, it was devastating for me,” said Worthing High
School Principal Khalilah Campbell. “We knew it had to be done for the safety
of our students and the community, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.”
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series
on how six HISD students are adjusting to the shift to virtual instruction
throughout the district amid COVID-19 precautions.
Earlier this week, the district launched HISD @ H.O.M.E. (Home-based Online Mobile Education), a distance learning plan, and students at all levels of education are transitioning from physical to virtual classrooms.
We checked in
with three students to see how their first week of distance learning went, the
steps they’ve taken to succeed and the things they miss the most about school.
The Houston Independent School District is
joining the Texas Division of State Health Services and Texas Education Agency
as the agencies roll out the “Apart We Stand Together” public health campaign.
The campaign’s goal is to ensure all school districts statewide and broader communities have access to a comprehensive set of information and resources about COVID-19.
The campaign will include easy access to health resources and
information, with the goal of keeping Texas residents – from the smallest towns
to the largest cities – healthier and safer as we all battle the spread of
This public health guidance is
based on what scientists know about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find
more information at Texas.gov/Covid19, and continue to follow updates from HISD at HoustonISD.org/HealthAlerts.
The Houston Independent School District will relaunch food distribution efforts throughout the district beginning Monday, April 6, with a streamlined process that will implement increased safety measures.
HISD Nutrition Services will continue to work with the
Houston Food Bank for the initiative and use the Hexser T. Holliday Food
Services Support Facility as the central hub for this initiative. Staff will
pack food boxes at the facility, which then will be delivered to the distribution
sites Monday through Friday. Each site will distribute 500 boxes per day.
As a safety measure, HISD will also employ the Standard Distribution Method
developed by the I Love You Guys Foundation, which will streamline efforts and
include social distancing for both staff and families.