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
Three curbside summer meals sites are closed effective Monday, June 8, and will remain closed until further notice.
Summer meals sites at R. P. Harris and Nathaniel Q. Henderson elementary schools are closed due to facility issues, while the site at Oates Elementary School is closed due to a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus. The case is not related to HISD Nutrition Services or its curbside summer meals program, but it does impact the availability of the site.
Six curbside summer meals sites and all Fresh Bus produce delivery stops have been canceled for Thursday, June 4, following a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus.
The six summer meals sites closed on Thursday include Bastian,
Foster, Shearn, Thompson, and Whidby, and R. P. Harris elementary schools. All
other scheduled summer meals sites will remain open.
The temporary closure will allow for deep cleaning and
sanitization of affected schools and district facilities. Fresh Bus produce
delivery and the curbside summer meals site at R. P. Harris Elementary School are
expected to resume normal operations on Monday, June 8. The remaining five
school sites are expected to reopen Thursday, June 18.
The Houston Independent School District has added six school sites to its curbside Summer Meals program, which launched Monday, June 1.
New locations include:
- Holland Middle School, 1600 Gellhorn Dr.; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Pilgrim Academy, 6302 Skyline Dr.; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Shadowbriar Elementary School, 2650 Shadowbriar Dr.; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Ashford Elementary School, 1815 Shannon Valley Dr.; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Piney Point Elementary School, 8921 Pagewood Lane; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Emerson Elementary School, 9533 Skyline Dr.; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Fresh Bus produce delivery program is announcing new community stops to better serve students and families.
The new stops will be located at apartment complexes that
surround the 68 participating schools and have high student populations.
Families can go direct to their closest pick-up site. No survey or registration
All students enrolled at the 68 participating schools are
eligible. A complete list of schools is available at HoustonISD.org/FreshBus.
Next week school buses will roll once again, but for a
special reason — they will be delivering fresh produce to students at 68 select
elementary campuses as a part of a new produce delivery program.
Fresh Bus school buses will provide weekly deliveries of
fresh fruits and vegetables to several locations in each school community,
making fresh produce directly available to more than 36,000 students.
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.
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