The Houston Independent School District kicked off
its third year of Parent University on Tuesday with the first of six virtual
The theme of the first session was “2020-2021 School
Year 101” and focused on the district’s “Reconnect Safely, Return Strong”
reopening plan. The workshop’s general session walked attendees through
important parts of the district’s Instructional Continuity Plan.
“Team HISD has been hard at work to adapt to this new
reality of social distancing due to COVID-19,” August Hamilton, HISD General
Manager of Strategy and Innovation, said during the evening’s introduction.
“This evening offers us the ability to share with some of you this work and the
ability to better inform our parents how they can support their students during
this time of online learning.”
Starting with the
second six weeks of the 2020-2021 school year, Houston Independent School
District families will be required to select either in-person or virtual instruction
for students. The first day of the second six weeks is October 19.
HIPPY is a school readiness program for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children that helps parents prepare their preschoolers for academic success. Instructors virtually instruct parents for an hour a week over a 30-week period during the school year, and model research-based learning activities designed to help Pre-K children develop skills in reading, math, and science.
practice the activities with their children over the week until they learn a
new activity during the next lesson. Children whose parents participate in the
program consistently outperform their peers in reading and math in
kindergarten and first grade.
In preparation for the
upcoming school year, HISD parents began lining up at Northline Elementary
School early to receive technology that will help when online classes begin
daughter Mila, a rising fourth-grader at Northline, received a Chromebook that
she is excited to start using. Villafuerte says she’s relieved the district is
making technology available to students during this challenging time.
“I really appreciate
that they have tried to accommodate as many families as they have,” she said. I
am still concerned about schools opening in October, so if we can continue with
online learning, we would like to take that approach, and this makes that
possible for us.”
Varona, a rising ninth-grader from DeBakey High School for Health Professions,
has dreams of pursuing a career in science, and after one week at HISD’s
all-virtual Camp Spark, those dreams are stronger than ever.
“One day, I
have dreams of creating medicine that will help people,” he said. “Camp Spark
has really encouraged me to pursue those dreams.”
The two-week camp, which is offered to students in
grades pre-K through 12 and provided at no cost, is designed to get students re-engaged as the district prepares
for online learning, and provides online lessons that focus on physical
fitness, science, literacy, math, internet safety, technology and art.
The Houston Independent School District has moved to a new Student Information System (SIS) for the 2020-2021 school year. The new system includes a parent portal that will launch on Aug. 31.
Parents will be able
to use the HISD Connect Parent Portal as a tool to track information related to
their student’s schedule, grades, attendance, academic history, and more.
between educators and parents is more important than ever, as we prepare to
reconnect safely and return strong,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan
said. “HISD Connect will integrate seamlessly with online learning.”
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 Learningonline course will be available on Monday, Aug. 10 at HoustonISD.org/ParentCourse. 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, Sept. 4.
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.
The Houston Independent School District has announced the launch of
Let’s Stay Connected, a mental health hotline for students and parents to
provide emotional, social, and psychological support to students and parents who
feel the need for assistance.
Students and parents may call the Let’s Stay Connected Hotline at 713-556-1340
24 hours a day, seven days a week.