Facing hundreds of cars in a line that stretched down the street
and around the block, it would have been easy for Nutrition Services staff
overwhelmed at their first neighborhood supersite in southeast
But for a department known for its dedication to keeping families fed
and well-nourished, it was all in a day’s work on Wednesday — the launch of
weekly community food distributions.
Hosted through a partnership with the Houston Food Bank, the supersites
provide a place where Houstonians can go each week to pick up 32-pound family
food packages and a week’s worth of student meals.
From the moment a severe storm is predicted to make landfall
along the Texas Gulf Coast, Facilities,
Maintenance, and Operations staff are among the first to spring into action.
Crews place sandbags around flood-prone campuses. Generators are checked and
filled with fuel. Pump systems are inspected to make sure they are operational.
“As long as we don’t have a power outage
in the area, the pumps should carry all the water that could cause more damage
down the road,” said North Maintenance Plumbing Team Lead Kenneth Wesley,
who oversees the dispatch of plumbers to campuses when faced with a severe weather
HISD plant operator at Field Elementary, Maria Santana has always worked hard
to keep her school clean and safe. When students return to campus on Oct. 19,
she’ll work even harder to do so.
As part of enhanced cleaning procedures, HISD custodians are required to target high touch surfaces every hour. This includes continuous sanitization of sink faucets, handrails, and desks using a host of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting methods on an hourly, daily, weekly, and even emergency basis.
how to clean,” Santana said. “But now it’s going to be about the details.
Hitting those high touch areas like doorknobs.”
As an HISD crossing guard, Mary Campbell has always placed a strong focus on student safety as she carefully ushered students across busy streets. This fall, her mission is no different – but her job is.
Campbell is one of 72 school crossing
guards tasked with helping students maintain physical distancing at HISD’s 36 Digital
Learning Centers, which provide students without technology a place to complete
virtual lessons during HISD’s online-only first six weeks of school.
With the help of physical distancing floor markers, Campbell keeps each student six feet apart and leads them down the hall to breakfast.
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