The Houston Independent School District will be holding virtual summer school from June 8 to July 2.
The district is planning for more than 40,000 students to participate in online summer instruction via Microsoft Teams with a teacher.
Students will attend virtual summer school Monday to Thursday, and daily attendance will be two hours for students in grades PK-2, three hours for students in grades 3-5, and four hours for students in grades 6-11. Summer learning schedules for high school students taking credit recovery courses and/or courses for original credit as approved by their school counselors will be determined by the courses they are enrolled.
HISD families may be eligible to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a one-time benefit of up to $285 to be issued on an EBT card to assist families during the district’s closure.
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 EBT card can be used like a debit card to buy food from any
retailer that accepts the Texas Lone Star Card.
Children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or
reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2019-2020 school year and all
children who attend a school that offers meals at no charge through the
Community Eligibility Provision — as HISD does —
are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.
Three weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, an early
morning fire swept through the home of an HISD family, causing them to lose
The early April blaze not only destroyed the Jackson
family’s home and the entirety of its contents, but it also left Destiny
Jackson, whose five children attend HISD schools, with severe burns over a
large percentage of her body after she ran into the burning home to carry her
youngest son, Malik, to safety.
“My family and I are still dealing with a lot of emotion
from that night,” Marcus Jackson said. “It is very hard for me talk about it,
but what I can tell you is that my wife is the bravest person I know.”
As the school year comes to a close, the Houston Independent
School District is transitioning from its community food distribution efforts
to a curbside summer meals program for students.
Beginning June 1, families will be able to pick up boxed
student meals twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays at one of 68 designated schools across
the district. Boxes may be picked up by students, parents, or other adult
Each box will contain a day’s worth of meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. Families will receive several days’ worth of food — three boxes on Mondays and four on Thursdays — per child at each pickup.
HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan on Wednesday hosted the first in a series of three virtual roundtables with PTA/PTO parent leaders to share feedback, provide insight, and address questions regarding distance learning efforts and information about the coming 2020-2021 school year.
During this first Virtual Parent Connection session, much of the
conversation centered around HISD’s pursuit of the District of Innovation
designation, resources to engage students and families, as well as ways that parent
organizations can support their schools while the district is operating
remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lathan said students, parents, and staff have done a remarkable
job adjusting to distance learning and asked parents to share some of the needs
they are experiencing. She also asked parents to share what would they need
from her and HISD team as they prepare for the 2020-21 school year, and what
assistance families need to navigate HISD virtual platforms.
HISD’s Parker Elementary School Chorus has been selected as
a finalist in the 2019-2020 American Prize National Competition in the
Parker’s advanced chorus, under the direction of Marianna Parnas-Simpson, is nominated for The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth division. The advanced chorus is made up of fourth and fifth-grade students.
“It is a huge honor for our Parker students and their
families to be recognized like this on a national level,” Parnas-Simpson said. “It
is a testimony to their hard work and dedication to the choral art.”
The 2019-2020 Houston Independent School District educators of the year were announced during surprise home visits, including visits by Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan at the homes of the elementary and secondary teachers of the year and beginning teachers of the year.
The visits took place on Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May
7, during Teacher Appreciation Week and included yard signs, balloons, and gift
baskets near the front doors of the educators who were asked to come outside
for the announcements, in keeping with safe social distancing practices.
HISD’s Office of Special Education has launched a YouTube channel
to help special education students and their parents as they adjust to learning
The channel will be used as an instructional resource for teachers
and parents and will offer engaging educational content for students. It
includes videos for grade levels K-12 that focus on science, reading, and math.
Imagine Learning has named two HISD
schools 2019-2020 Imagine Nation Schools of Excellence for their exceptional
use of the award-winning Imagine Learning programs.
Both River Oaks and Windsor Village elementary schools were selected for their use of Imagine Learning’s Imagine Math program, which builds problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding with personalized support.
team from River Oaks Elementary has utilized the program long before the
transition to distance learning, making the award very special.
School Principals Day is Friday, May 1, and although HISD schools are closed,
principals remain on the job supporting their staffs and students during the
transition to distance learning.
hard work, leadership, and dedication to children during this unprecedented
challenge, HISD is recognizing the district’s outstanding campus leaders as schools
navigate the COVID-19 crisis and ensure that academic greatness continues to be
held to the highest standard for all children.
students, teachers, parents, and all HISD staff to thank and recognize our
campus leaders. Please share on social media what makes your principal an
outstanding leader using the hashtag #HISDPrincipalsDay.