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.
Staying connected is important now more than ever, and HISD Abroad
is answering the call with next week’s Virtual Global Issues Summit hosted by
Student hosts Van Nguyen and Boris Mejia, seniors from HISD’s
Houston Academy of International Studies, will go live on Zoom at 2 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 27 to discuss the impact of global issues on high school
students. They will be joined by guest speakers John Moravec, founder of
Education Futures, and Carrie Olson, President of the Denver Public Schools
Board of Education.
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 Career Readiness department will be hosting a virtual
townhall next week for high school seniors interested in entering the workforce
“Seniors to Success 2.0” will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 20 and will highlight career training programs and other career
opportunities for HISD seniors. Nearly 20 local employers, including Goodwill,
H-E-B and Allegiance Staffing, will be on hand to discuss interview strategies,
tips for success and current job openings with pay ranging from
$10-16 an hour.
The Houston Independent School District has been working diligently to celebrate the Class of 2020 graduates while ensuring the health and safety of students, staff, and families. HISD has decided to facilitate all high school graduation ceremonies for our 11,000 seniors virtually.
Considering current challenges surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis, the district believes virtual graduations are the safest option. The virtual ceremonies will begin on June 14.
graduations will take place virtually, seniors will have an additional
opportunity to celebrate with their fellow graduates, if they so choose, during
a citywide celebration on
June 5, hosted by Mayor Sylvester Turner. This citywide
celebration will take place outdoors at school campuses following strict safety
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.
Houston Independent School District Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a first-of-its-kind
citywide outdoor celebration planned for graduating seniors.
Students will be invited to return to their campuses in
their caps and gowns for the event, which will take place on Friday, June 5,
simultaneously outside each HISD high school. The celebration is being planned
by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, which stages large productions like
Freedom Over Texas and the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Details are still being finalized, but the celebration might include elements such as students on every campus in Houston simultaneously singing a popular song, viewing pre-recorded messages by local, national, and global celebrities, and taking group photos by drone.