HISD @ H.O.M.E. TV lessons will continue this fall, and
teachers will be able to develop content to be broadcast across various
Starting on Aug. 10, area offices will distribute a survey
to collect basic information from interested teachers, such as school, grade
level, subject, and language. Teachers who complete the survey will receive a
link to upload a 10-minute video lesson by Aug. 17.
A committee will use a rubric to assess the submissions and
select 25 teachers to submit a weekly lesson during the fall semester for the
grade level band and subject of their application submission. Selected teachers
will be announced on Aug. 21 and will receive a stipend.
Cars covered with colorful banners and balloons lined up to
participate in the district’s annual Welcome Back event this week, which took
on a different format from previous years due to COVID-19 precautions.
Each car held an HISD principal and was decorated to
represent their respective campus. District leadership, including HISD Interim
Superintendent Grenita Lathan, danced to the music played by the DJ on site.
“This is the kickoff to the 2020-2021 school year, the Year
of Flexibility,” Lathan said. “We are excited to receive over 210,000 students
back to HISD. My goal is for all HISD students to be within reach and able to
obtain a quality education.”
Houston Independent School District will soon launch an online course designed to provide parents with the tools
needed to support their child’s transition to the online classroom this fall.
The Parent Introduction to Virtual Learning online course will be available on Monday, Aug. 10. It is designed to introduce virtual
learning and provide guidance to parents on the HISD @ H.OM.E platform. The course should be completed no later than Friday,
District seeks to reach students who have not participated in at-home instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Houston Independent School District will launch its Students Within Reach/Return Strong campaign on August 3 with the goal of re-engaging children who have not participated in at-home instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
will be a targeted effort to reach students who have not connected with their
schools since virtual instruction began in March. The district will also seek
to connect with a smaller group that disengaged after May 1.
important as a district to ensure all students are engaged in meaningful
instruction and learning at all times,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita
Lathan said. “We will be persistent in our efforts to reach all of our children,
and when we do, we will ensure they have the resources and support needed to navigate
HISD has announced the suspension of the student
uniform policy for the upcoming school year.
The district understands that the COVID-19 pandemic
has created or increased the economic challenges that some families face. Relaxing
the uniform requirements will hopefully provide some relief for parents as they
prepare for the school year.
The HISD Academics Department is
hosting a virtual interactive Academic Enrichment Camp designed to provide
students with enrichment leading up to the first day of the 2020-21 school year
while reinforcing academic skills.
Camp Spark, which will be held Aug. 24 through Sept. 4, is free of charge for all HISD students in pre-K through 12th grade.
Students will participate in interactive engaging activities in science, math, literacy, technology, and art. Ninth-graders will participate in a high school overview boot camp. A College and Career Readiness Series will be available for students in grades 10th through 12th. Other student camp activities include:
Houston Independent School District will soon launch the HISD @ H.O.M.E.
Hotline to provide timely answers to questions from students and parents about fall
on Monday, Aug. 3, students and parents can call the HISD @ H.O.M.E. Hotline
at 713-556-INFO (4636), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Operators will be on hand to answer questions in
English and Spanish pertaining to HISD @ H.O.M.E.
launched HISD @ H.O.M.E. (Home-based
Online Mobile Education), a distance learning plan, in the spring to ensure
students’ academic and non-academic needs were met as the district campuses and
offices physically closed due to COVID-19 precautions.
All students to return to school virtually for six weeks; families may choose all-virtual learning
With the health and safety of students, families, and staff as the
top priority, all HISD students will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually
on September 8, 2020. Virtual instruction for all students will continue for
six weeks through Friday, October 16, 2020.
The decision to begin the
2020-2021 school year virtually and delay the start of the school year for two
weeks was due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in the area.
On Monday, October 19, 2020, face-to-face instruction for students
will begin. This date is subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions across
the City of Houston and guidance from local, state, and federal health
In response to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19, the Houston Independent School District hired nearly 100 interns to tutor students remotely this summer.
HISD quickly pivoted its traditional Summer Student
Leadership Program, in which students are hired for in-person internships in a
variety of departments, to providing high-quality academic instruction
The district is committed to ensuring that students have
access to competitive summer employment opportunities. This comes at a
time when companies across the country are rescinding previously slated student
job and internship offers. Despite the circumstances, HISD students can gain paid
real-world work experience, develop their soft skills, and become more
competitive applicants for colleges, scholarships, and jobs.
district and school-based employees gathered online for HISD’s first-ever all
virtual Professional Learning Series (PLS), three days of professional
development, team building, and preparation for the upcoming 2020-21 school
The theme of
this year’s event, which took place June 15-17, was “Virtual Learning and
Beyond: Bridging Gaps with Strong Systems.” A major focus of the series
included preparing for a virtual school system, as well as management best practices
and guidance for schools and teachers on how to support students engaged in
“We are embracing the virtual learning space across HISD,
and PLS this summer is no exception,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan
said during the recorded general session. “It is our goal that our leaders
rejuvenate, renew and reimagine the possibilities for the upcoming school