Six curbside summer meals sites and all Fresh Bus produce delivery stops have been canceled for Thursday, June 4, following a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus.
The six summer meals sites closed on Thursday include Bastian,
Foster, Shearn, Thompson, and Whidby, and R. P. Harris elementary schools. All
other scheduled summer meals sites will remain open.
The temporary closure will allow for deep cleaning and
sanitization of affected schools and district facilities. Fresh Bus produce
delivery and the curbside summer meals site at R. P. Harris Elementary School are
expected to resume normal operations on Monday, June 8. The remaining five
school sites are expected to reopen Thursday, June 18.
The HISD UIL Academics Department will
host the second annual Academic College Signing
Day next week for the district’s top University Interscholastic League (UIL)
Academics, Music, and One Act Play students.
With the district closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s
signing day, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, will be
virtual and all district UIL students are encouraged to participate.
The Fresh Bus produce delivery program is announcing new community stops to better serve students and families.
The new stops will be located at apartment complexes that
surround the 68 participating schools and have high student populations.
Families can go direct to their closest pick-up site. No survey or registration
All students enrolled at the 68 participating schools are
eligible. A complete list of schools is available at HoustonISD.org/FreshBus.
can now complete the applications necessary to receive Pandemic Electronic
Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a one-time benefit for families who lost access to
free or reduced-price meals due to school closures.
billion benefit program was approved by the United States Department of
Agriculture to help eligible families buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The one-time benefit of up to $285 will be issued on an EBT card, which can be
used like a debit card to assist families in buying food from any retailer that
accepts the Texas Lone Star Card.
Independent School District Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan presented 10
high school seniors with 2019-2020 HISD Superintendent Scholars Awards of
$5,000 each during surprise visits to their homes over the past two weeks.
This is the
third year the scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors who have
displayed great character and resilience in the face of adversity. This year’s
group of scholars have experienced the traumatic loss of a parent, severe
poverty, health issues, immigration-related challenges and homelessness.
personally selected the 10 students for $5,000 awards from among 45 HISD
seniors who were nominated by their principals or leadership teams. The
remaining 35 seniors will each receive $1,500 scholarships.
The new Austin High School is now scheduled to open in
January 2021 — a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The school was originally scheduled to open in August 2020.
HISD Construction Services Officer Derrick Sanders said the new timeline was
due to a three-month delay in the school’s furniture shipment and manpower
shortages caused by mandated social distancing requirements resulting from the
Austin will remain at its current temporary learning center
located across South Lockwood Drive until the new facility opens.
As the school year wraps up, the Houston Independent School District is revving up its nutrition outreach efforts with the launch of curbside summer meals for students and the Fresh Bus produce delivery program.
The programs come on the heels of the district’s successful community food distribution initiative, which ran for nine weeks following HISD’s closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coordinated by HISD in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, the program, provided nearly 7 million pounds of food to more than 160,000 families during that time.
“When everything around us was shutting down due to the pandemic, it became essential for us to be there for our students and their families,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “I’m proud of the hard work and dedication that went into this effort. Remarkably, we were able to impact so many families.”
The district is aiming to build upon that success with the launch if it’s annual and state-mandated summer meals program, which begins June 1. Families will be able to pick up packaged student meals twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays at one of 71 designated schools across the district. Families will receive several days’ worth of food per child.
HISD Meal Programs At a Glance
HISD Curbside Summer Meals
Begins June 1
Pick up on Mondays and Thursdays at 71 schools
Meals are free to ages 1-18
Proof of enrollment or birth certificate required for children not in the vehicle
Students from Bellaire, Lamar,
Madison, Milby, Westbury, and Westside high schools collaborated on a dance
piece performed in response to a strong poem written and recited by Andrea
Minotti, a senior dance student at Westside High School.
“This situation will fade, but we
can’t run away from it,” he writes, “so as the days go by, sitting inside, what
you will make of it?” Minotti’s powerful message inspired the dancers to
express their emotions during this difficult time.