For the past three years, Carla Garcia and her 9-year-old daughter
Kaitlyn commuted about 25 minutes every morning to get to Mitchell Elementary
School, despite living just across the street from the school.
The original Mitchell was damaged beyond repair when
Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, forcing students and staff to move about nine
miles away to the former Caldwell Elementary School — their temporary home for
the past three years.
With the new and improved Mitchell nearly complete, Garcia
and Kaitlyn will once again be able to walk to school in the mornings.
Seven sites to provide food for students and families in
partnership with Houston Food Bank
When the Houston Independent School District reopens its curbside summer meals program on Monday, July 20, it will do so with 12 sites strategically located throughout the city.
Seven of those locations will be operated in partnership
with the Houston Food Bank, allowing families to pick up several days’ worth of
student meals as well as packages of produce — and other food items when
available — for families.
HISD Nutrition Services previously operated several dozen
smaller sites but streamlined operations to maximize resources in areas with
the most need and reduce staff needed on site as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
across the city.
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.
Two curbside summer meals sites will be closed from June 15 to June 29, following a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus.
Paige and Port Houston elementary schools will be deep-cleaned and sanitized during the temporary closure.
Impacted employees have been notified and are
now in self-quarantine in accordance with public health guidelines. Health
authorities do not believe families participating in the curbside summer meals program
When Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan arrived at the
HISD Hexser T. Holliday Food Service Center, she was eager to tour facility
operations, but precautions had to be taken first.
Upon entering the facility, her temperature was taken just
footsteps inside the door — a safety precaution and clear sign of the times as
the world endures the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the weeks since our district closed, we’ve worked hard
to meet the needs of our community,” Lathan said. “This visit is a great
opportunity to get an up-close look at how the entire food distribution process
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.
In the course of just one day, Code Compliance team members receive a variety of calls — reports of broken elevators, overflowing trash receptacles, and even fire code violations.
But for the eight-member team, it’s all in a day’s work.
“It’s about life safety,” said Code Compliance Area Manager Anne Washington, who leads the team. “We’re behind the scenes, but our job is to make sure that we are in compliance with fire codes so that in an emergency, the staff and students can get out of the building safely.”