The Houston Independent School
District is temporarily closing most Curbside Summer Meals sites beginning
Friday, July 3, due to guidance from public health officials and rising numbers
of COVID-19 cases throughout the city.
Five strategically located sites offering
both Curbside Summer Meals and the Houston Food Bank’s Coronavirus Food
Assistance Program — which provides families with 30-pound boxes of produce — will
Those sites are Sam Houston Math,
Science, and Technology Center, Revere Middle School, and Kashmere, Chavez, and
Milby high schools.
The four elementary schools being rebuilt as a result of
Hurricane Harvey are now scheduled to open in August 2020 — a three-month delay
caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kolter, Braeburn, Mitchell, and Scarborough elementary
schools were originally scheduled to open in June 2020.
HISD Construction Services Officer Derrick Sanders said the
new timeline is a result of manpower shortages caused by mandated social
distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following a statewide call on Tuesday between school district superintendents and Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, I wanted to provide an update on plans for the 2020-2021 school year – which remain to be finalized.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise,
the situation remains fluid as we try to determine next steps on what the
school year will look like. During his presentation, the commissioner
emphasized that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is working with Gov. Greg
Abbott’s medical advisors to establish public health guidance for school
districts. While preliminary information has been provided by TEA, final
guidance will not be available until mid-July.
is now open for “Virtual Camp Adventure,” a free summer
camp filled with exciting STEAM activities that can be done from the
comfort of home.
by The Children’s Museum of Houston and the Barbara Bush
Houston Literacy Foundation, Camp Adventure offers an exciting and
unique STEAM experience. The exhilarating virtual experience takes place July
20 to July 24.
district and school-based employees gathered online for HISD’s first-ever all
virtual Professional Learning Series (PLS), three days of professional
development, team building, and preparation for the upcoming 2020-21 school
The theme of
this year’s event, which took place June 15-17, was “Virtual Learning and
Beyond: Bridging Gaps with Strong Systems.” A major focus of the series
included preparing for a virtual school system, as well as management best practices
and guidance for schools and teachers on how to support students engaged in
“We are embracing the virtual learning space across HISD,
and PLS this summer is no exception,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan
said during the recorded general session. “It is our goal that our leaders
rejuvenate, renew and reimagine the possibilities for the upcoming school
Three curbside summer meals sites are closed effective Monday, June 8, and will remain closed until further notice.
Summer meals sites at R. P. Harris and Nathaniel Q. Henderson elementary schools are closed due to facility issues, while the site at Oates Elementary School is closed due to a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus. The case is not related to HISD Nutrition Services or its curbside summer meals program, but it does impact the availability of the site.
The Houston Independent School District has added six school sites to its curbside Summer Meals program, which launched Monday, June 1.
New locations include:
- Holland Middle School, 1600 Gellhorn Dr.; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Pilgrim Academy, 6302 Skyline Dr.; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Shadowbriar Elementary School, 2650 Shadowbriar Dr.; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Ashford Elementary School, 1815 Shannon Valley Dr.; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Piney Point Elementary School, 8921 Pagewood Lane; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Emerson Elementary School, 9533 Skyline Dr.; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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.
application is available online at yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT
and will be open until June 30.
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.
winners of the HISD and myON Reader by
Renaissance Reading Initiative’s second annual Read to Succeed Competition
have been announced.
competition is hosted in partnership with myOn, an online literacy platform, and encourages
pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students to compete against each
other to see who read myON books for the most number of
Next week school buses will roll once again, but for a
special reason — they will be delivering fresh produce to students at 68 select
elementary campuses as a part of a new produce delivery program.
Fresh Bus school buses will provide weekly deliveries of
fresh fruits and vegetables to several locations in each school community,
making fresh produce directly available to more than 36,000 students.