service will still be available and social distancing required at all locations
Due to the threat
of inclement weather, the Houston Independent School District and the Houston
Food Bank are rescheduling Friday’s food distribution sites for Monday to
ensure the safety of families and volunteers.
food distribution sites will extend operations throughout the week of Monday,
pickup service will continue to be available at all 39 food distribution sites
districtwide next week to help promote personal health and social distancing. Families
who do not have transportation and must walk to the site can continue to stand
in line but will be required to stand six feet apart from each other. HISD
Police and staff volunteers will be on site to enforce these measures and help
with crowd control.
As districts around the state and across the country continue to grapple with how to proceed in this unprecedented challenge to public health and education, the Houston Independent School District supports the nation’s need to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, HISD will extend its districtwide closurethroughFriday, April 10. All schools and offices are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 13.
District administration will re-evaluate on Monday, April 6, to
determine whether a longer closure beyond April 10 will be necessary. Texas
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that the state will waive STAAR testing
requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. STAAR testing was scheduled to
begin in April. The district also will provide more information about online learning and
alternative education later this week.
The Houston Independent
School District and the Houston Food Bank will offer curbside pickup service at
all 36 food distribution sites districtwide beginning March 16 to help promote personal health
and social distancing.
Families who do not have transportation and must walk
to the site can continue to stand in line but will be required to stand six
feet apart from each other. HISD Police and staff volunteers will be on site to
enforce these measures and help with crowd control.
“Social distancing is a key measure we must implement
to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so adding curbside pickup and keeping lines
spaced out are important steps,” said HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan. “Thanks to our partners at the Houston Food Bank and our police
and staff volunteers, we are able to safely distribute meals to our families in need
during this time.”
HISD students from
across the district gathered at the Hattie Mae White Educational Center this
week to show off their reading comprehension skills during the annual Name that
Book competition finals.
At the high-school
level, the top three competitors were Carnegie Vanguard High School, The Kinder
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Bellaire High School. T.H.
Rogers, Garden Oaks, and West Briar Middle Schools earned bragging rights in
grades 7 and 8, while Bush, Condit, and Horn Elementary Schools took the
highest honors at the finals held for grades 3-6.
Third-grade teacher Carmen Carfello was laser-focused on a reading aloud lesson with her students when Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan surprised her as the district’s Sterling McCall VIP Services Teacher of the Month for March.
“Words cannot describe how deserving this recognition is for Ms. Carfello,” Principal Jeff Amerson said. “She is always bringing the ELAR TEKS to life by using a mixture of real-world experiences, hands-on learning and Socratic discussions.”
Last school year, Carfello’s students passed with an 80 percent on the STAAR Reading with 50 percent reaching Masters-level, while 90 percent of her students passed STAAR Math and 60 percent reaching the Masters-level.
HISD is collaborating with Good Reason Houston to promote an opportunity for families to enroll their eligible 3 and 4-year-olds into prekindergarten.
HISD and Good Reason Houston, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a future where every child excels in world-class public schools, will be hosting a Pre-K Enrollment Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Delmar Stadium (2020 Mangum Rd., 77092), which will allow families to learn about the prekindergarten programs across the district. Additionally, HISD and Good Reason Houston will also host a second Pre-K Festival in June.
Families will be able to talk directly with program leaders and administration and apply for pre-K programs on the spot for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Texas Children’s Hospital mobile clinic will provide free vaccinations to children 0-18 who do not have insurance and the Ronald McDonald Mobile Dentistry unit will be on site to do free dental checkups.
HISD students from across the district will gather to show off their reading comprehension skills next week during the annual Name that Book competition finals.
Coordinated by the HISD Department of Library Services and sponsored by professional services network KPMG, the contest serves to acquaint HISD students with classic literature, as well as contemporary award-winning books, representing a variety of genres.
Transportation Services will stop making changes to existing routes at the end of March to allow the department to begin planning for the 2020-2021 school year.
Parents will no longer be able to request changes to existing routes starting Friday, March 27. Students with new transportation requests submitted after the cutoff date will be assigned to existing routes and stops.
“Planning for the next year is an essential part of ensuring we fulfill our mission,” General Manager John Wilcots IV said. “This deadline will allow us to shift our focus to scheduling and route planning for the coming 2020-2021 school year.”