Author Archives: HISD Communications

Sinclair ES to add modular building to address increasing enrollment

Sinclair Elementary School will receive a new modular building ahead of the 2021-2022 school year as part of a planned expansion to accommodate more students at the growing campus.

The school will use the new building to incrementally grow capacity, one grade level at a time, ahead of a projected increase in student enrollment.

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Teachers welcomed back as virtual instruction resumes post-storm

The robot in the front hall was covered in silver wrapping paper, complete with glowing eyes, a moving head, and arms made of red pipe cleaners. As she looked at the robots—a part of a project by students at Briscoe Elementary—Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan marveled at the students’ creativity.

Lathan was visiting the school, located in the East End just off Brays Bayou, as the first stop of the day. She visited a pair of HISD elementary schools to welcome teachers back after classes were canceled for more than a week due to the winter storm.

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HISD Teacher Recruitment to host Experienced Teacher Job Fair on March 6

The Houston Independent School District’s Teacher Recruitment is hosting a virtual districtwide job fair for experienced teachers on Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Candidates will have the opportunity to meet principals and leadership for on-the-spot interviews, and pool-approved applicants can receive job offers on the spot as well. Come be a part of the largest school district in Texas with more than 280 schools serving nearly 196,000 students. 

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Fifth six weeks selection period for in-person or virtual instruction begins March 1

With the fifth six weeks of the 2020-2021 school year approaching, HISD families have the option starting Monday to revise their selection for either in-person or virtual instruction for students. The first day of the fifth six weeks is March 22.

The selection process remains the same. Parents will have from Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 5, to make their selection through the HISD Connect Parent Portal “Forms” section. If parents would like to keep their selection as-is, no action is needed. The current selected mode of instruction will carry over to the fifth six-weeks grading period.

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HISD, Houston Food Bank feed thousands of families impacted by winter storm

Cars began lining up at NRG Stadium as early as 5:30 a.m. on Sunday as Houston families sought fresh water and food in the wake of this week’s devastating winter storm and the havoc it wreaked across the state.

Some in line lost food because of mass power outages. Others don’t have access to clean water because of citywide boil water notices. 

“It’s like starting from zero,” said Sara Cavitt, who lost electricity for more than 48 hours during the winter storm. “I’m a single mom of three young daughters, and I was denied SNAP benefits. This food donation will help us immensely.”

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Community food distributions planned to help with winter storm recovery

The Houston Independent School District is partnering with Houston Food Bank to host community food distributions over the next three days to ensure Houston families have access to food as they recover from the winter storm.

The community distributions will be held it three different locations over the next three days — Barnett Stadium on Saturday, NRG on Sunday, and Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center on Monday.

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HISD transitioning to virtual and/or face-to-face instruction on March 1

HISD schools and offices will remain closed through Tuesday, February 23.  There will be no virtual or in-person learning on Monday or Tuesday, and employees will not report to work unless notified by their supervisor.

All central office staff, principals, and campus-based staff will return to work in-person on Wednesday, February 24. Teachers have the option to return to campuses or work remotely on Wednesday (2/24) before returning in person on Thursday (2/25).

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HISD to remain closed through Friday, Feb. 19, as weather continues to impact families

As the weather conditions continue to impact many families, all HISD schools and offices will remain closed on Friday, Feb. 19. There will be no virtual or in-person learning. Employees will not report to work, unless notified by their supervisor.

All athletic events and food distributions for Friday and the weekend are also cancelled.

Please note that employees who are required to physically report to work will be notified by their supervisor.

As always, student and staff safety will guide decision making as the district continues to monitor weather and road conditions.

HISD remain closed Feb. 17-Feb. 18 due to winter storm impact

As the freezing conditions continue to impact many families, HISD’s schools and offices will remain close on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18. There will be no virtual or in-person learning.  Employees will not report to work, unless notified by their supervisor.  All athletic events and food distributions for Wednesday and Thursday also are cancelled.

If conditions permit, all HISD schools and offices will transition to remote operations for Friday, February 19.  All students will transition to asynchronous virtual learning, and district staff will work remotely.  Students can use the day to reinforce learning using the digital resources found on the HUB or HISD @ H.O.M.E. Students also can submit current or late assignments on the HUB and will not be required to follow a set daily classroom schedule.

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HISD to close Feb. 15-16 as freezing weather approaches

Due to freezing temperatures in the coming days, combined with the possibility of widespread precipitation and potentially hazardous road conditions, the Houston Independent School District will close schools and offices on Monday, Feb. 15 and Tuesday, Feb. 16. Out of an abundance of caution, there will be no virtual or in-person learning, and staff will not report to work.

Students can use both days to reinforce learning using the digital resources found on the HUB or HISD @ H.O.M.E. Students also can submit current or late assignments on the HUB

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