Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday issued a
proclamation designating Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage
Month in the district.
Heritage Month kicks off with the anniversary of the 1821 Independence Day of
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The month also
encompasses the independence days for Mexico (Sept. 16) and Chile (Sept.
the month, a variety of virtual events showcasing performances, art, and many
other displays of the rich Hispanic culture can be observed across the city of
The Houston Independent School District Board of
Education on Thursday unanimously approved 9-0 a resolution concerning virtual instruction that
provides flexibility for the district, if needed.
Currently, HISD is scheduled to begin in-person
instruction on October 19, 2020, pending COVID-19 conditions. The board voted
to provide flexibility to extend the virtual learning period for an additional
two weeks if that becomes necessary based on recommendations from health
authorities. As announced on July 15, HISD’s plan to provide face-to-face
instruction beginning on October 19 has not changed.
Trustees also approved a plan
to carry out online learning on Election Day, November 3, 2020 to accommodate
voters and maintain safe conditions for students and staff amid COVID-19
conditions. Per state law, the district is required
to make campuses available as voting sites during elections.
The Houston Independent
School District Board of Education approved a $54.6 million amendment to the
2020-2021 budget, which includes a $31 million purchase of devices and wireless
hotspots to help close the digital divide and ensure students are equipped to Reconnect Safely and Return Strong when classes resume virtually on Sept. 8.
The district has provided
76,362 devices for students in need since the pandemic and plans to distribute
22,750 additional devices by next month. HISD has provided 6,628 hotspots for
students in need and plans to distribute an additional 19,151 of the wireless
devices by next month as well.
The added appropriations in
the budget amendment will also fund additional special education positions,
personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing signage, plexiglass
dividers, and instructional supports.
During a special meeting, Houston Independent School District trustees publicly supported the district’s Reconnect Safely, Return Strong reopening plan to begin the 2020-2021 school year.
To safeguard the health and well-being of students, staff and families as the City of Houston confronts an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases, HISD will begin the school year on September 8 instead of August 24.
Classes will continue virtually for six weeks. In-person classes will begin October 19, subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions across the City of Houston and guidance from local, state, and federal health officials.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees
voted 7-2 on Thursday to pass a $2 billion 2020-2021 budget, which includes a
$34.4 million salary and benefits package as well as an increase in employer
contribution to health insurance premiums for employees.
The Houston Independent
School District Board of Education will consider passage of a $2 billion budget
for the 2020-2021 academic year which includes a $34.4 million salary and
benefits package as well as an increase in employer contribution to health
insurance premiums for employees.
Editor’s Note: The HISD Board of Education is hosting a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 to gather feedback on beginning the process of becoming a District of Innovation, as designated by the TEA. More information can be found here.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education at
its virtual meeting on Thursday voted 7-2 in favor of a resolution to initiate
the process of designating HISD as a District of Innovation.
By adopting District of Innovation status, HISD could exercise greater local
control over decisions impacting positive educational outcomes for students.
The resolution approved by the Board of Education outlines specific exemptions
from state law that the district would seek, including:
month of April, the Houston Independent School District is celebrating National
Arab American Heritage Month to recognize the historical and cultural
contributions made by the people of Arabic descent.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday approved a comprehensive, districtwide facilities assessment designed to aid administrators as they prepare to address aging infrastructure across the district.
Facing more than $4.7 billion in deferred maintenance needs,
the assessment data will be used to drive the district’s response to
maintenance issues, safety concerns, student population growth, and building
capacity needs, as well vertical curriculum alignment and educational equity.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday welcomed four new trustees who joined five current members during the first board meeting of 2020.
The new board members are Patricia K. Allen (District IV), Daniela “Dani” Hernandez (District III), Kathy Blueford-Daniels (District II) and Judith Cruz (District VIII).
As its first order of business, the new board – the first all-female board in district history – elected officers for 2020: Susan Deigaard (District V) was elected President, Wanda Adams (District IX) was elected First Vice President, Judith Cruz (District VIII) was selected as Second Vice President, Patricia K. Allen (District IV) was elected secretary, and Daniela “Dani” Hernandez (District III) was selected as Assistant Secretary.