The College Board last week announced that due to nationwide
school closures, students will have access to remote-learning activities and
the option to take a 45-minute exam online.
According to the College Board, students who are already
registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge. The College Board
will provide two dates for each AP subject exam – the dates will be announced
by April 3 through the College Board.
Students will have two dates to choose from if they want to take
the exam online. Students can submit an online exam using a computer, tablet or
smartphone, as well as providing a photo of handwritten work. All AP exams will
only include content covered in class by early March.
As COVID-19 precautions intensify, food distribution sites
operated by the Houston Independent School District in partnership with the
Houston Food Bank have been canceled for Thursday and Friday.
The cancellation will remain in effect as the district
re-evaluates its process for safely delivering this service to students and
“This is a difficult decision to make, but the safety of the
community, staff, and volunteers is our top priority,” Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan said. “We are proud that in the past two weeks we have provided
meals for thousands of Houston families.”
HISD’s Kinder High School
for the Performing and Visual Arts has received 10 nominations for its
production of “The Color Purple” in the annual Tommy Tune Awards competition,
which celebrates the educational value and excellence
of high school musical theatre in the Greater Houston area.
The Monday after Spring Break, pictures of students proudly
showcasing their family heritage flooded Wilson Montessori’s Facebook and
With schools closed amid COVID-19 precautions, the
Montrose-based campus has found a creative way to support their students and
families during this time with a Virtual Spirit Week.
“We must be mindful that this may be a difficult time for
children and their families,” said Wilson Principal Shameika Sykes-Salvador. “While
we won’t be seeing them in person, it’s still important for children and
families not to feel isolated.”
The Houston Independent School District is launching HISD
@ H.O.M.E. (Home-based Online Mobile Education), a distance learning plan to
ensure students’ academic and non-academic needs are met as the district
remains closed due to COVID-19 precautions.
Students and parents will be able to access the site on their school’s main landing page by clicking on the HISD @ H.O.M.E. icon or visiting the site at: HoustonISD.org/HOME
The HISD @ H.O.M.E. distance learning plan includes curriculum by grade level and subject
matter that is designed to maintain productive instruction for students using computers,
laptops, tablets, iPads or smartphones.
service will still be available and social distancing required at all locations
Due to the threat
of inclement weather, the Houston Independent School District and the Houston
Food Bank are rescheduling Friday’s food distribution sites for Monday to
ensure the safety of families and volunteers.
food distribution sites will extend operations throughout the week of Monday,
pickup service will continue to be available at all 39 food distribution sites
districtwide next week to help promote personal health and social distancing. Families
who do not have transportation and must walk to the site can continue to stand
in line but will be required to stand six feet apart from each other. HISD
Police and staff volunteers will be on site to enforce these measures and help
with crowd control.
As districts around the state and across the country continue to grapple with how to proceed in this unprecedented challenge to public health and education, the Houston Independent School District supports the nation’s need to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, HISD will extend its districtwide closure through Friday, April 10. All schools and offices are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 13.
District administration will re-evaluate on Monday, April 6, to
determine whether a longer closure beyond April 10 will be necessary. Texas
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that the state will waive STAAR testing
requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. STAAR testing was scheduled to
begin in April. The district also will provide more information about online learning and
alternative education later this week.
The Houston Independent
School District and the Houston Food Bank will offer curbside pickup service at
all 36 food distribution sites districtwide beginning March 16 to help promote personal health
and social distancing.
Families who do not have transportation and must walk
to the site can continue to stand in line but will be required to stand six
feet apart from each other. HISD Police and staff volunteers will be on site to
enforce these measures and help with crowd control.
“Social distancing is a key measure we must implement
to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so adding curbside pickup and keeping lines
spaced out are important steps,” said HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan. “Thanks to our partners at the Houston Food Bank and our police
and staff volunteers, we are able to safely distribute meals to our families in need
during this time.”
In response to high demand on Saturday, March 14 at Chavez High School, HISD, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank School Market program, will offer daily food distribution at 31 additional campuses beginning Wednesday, March 18 and continuing through Friday, March 20.
The five campuses previously scheduled to serve as food distribution locations will remain unchanged on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
first-hand, the enormous need in the community at our first distribution site,
it was clear that we needed to increase our efforts to help more families in
partnership with the Houston Food Bank,” said HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan. “Our top priority right now is doing our part to ensure that
our children are being fed during these unprecedented times, and I am thankful
to all who are stepping up to serve families.”
HISD, in partnership with the Houston
Food Bank School Market program, will offer daily food distribution at five
area high schools, beginning Saturday, March 16 to Friday, March 20.
A sixth high school will host a
one-time food distribution site on Saturday, March 14.
The measure is being implementing to
ensure all HISD families, many of whom have students who depend upon school
meals, have access to healthy food while the district is closed.