Houston Independent School District will soon launch an online course designed to provide parents with the tools
needed to support their child’s transition to the online classroom this fall.
The Parent Introduction to Virtual Learning online course will be available on Monday, Aug. 10. It is designed to introduce virtual
learning and provide guidance to parents on the HISD @ H.OM.E platform. The course should be completed no later than Friday,
The deadline to complete the application necessary to receive the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) has been extended to Aug. 21. The one-time benefit is for families who lost access to free or reduced-price meals due to school closures.
The application is available online at yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT.
The $1 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 as a debit card to assist families in
buying food from any retailer that accepts the Texas Lone Star Card.
HISD has announced the suspension of the student
uniform policy for the upcoming school year.
The district understands that the COVID-19 pandemic
has created or increased the economic challenges that some families face. Relaxing
the uniform requirements will hopefully provide some relief for parents as they
prepare for the school year.
The HISD Academics Department is
hosting a virtual interactive Academic Enrichment Camp designed to provide
students with enrichment leading up to the first day of the 2020-21 school year
while reinforcing academic skills.
Camp Spark, which will be held Aug.
24 through Sept. 3, is free of charge for all HISD students in pre-K through 12th
Students will participate in interactive engaging activities in science, math, literacy, technology, and art. Ninth-graders will participate in a high school overview boot camp. A College and Career Readiness Series will be available for students in grades 10th through 12th. Other student camp activities include:
Beginning Monday, the Houston Independent School District will deliver a weeks’ worth of student meals directly to three apartment complexes with large concentrations of students in the Wheatley High School feeder pattern.
Offered through Nutrition Services Houston Eats catering
service, the delivery service will be provided through August as a complement
to the district’s curbside summer meals program.
The program is open to students who are between the ages 1
to 18 and live in the apartment complexes where the food is being delivered.
Participants do not have to be enrolled in HISD schools.
The Houston Independent School District will kick off
its third year of Parent University on Tuesday, Sept. 15 with the first of six
The workshops will connect parents and children to
resources offered by the district to create successful academic careers as well
as safe and healthy environments at home and at school.
HISD families now have until July 31 to complete the application necessary to receive the 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.
The application is
available online at yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT.
The $1 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 as a
debit card to assist families in buying food from any retailer that accepts the
Texas Lone Star Card.
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.