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.
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.
Food distribution efforts led by the Houston Independent School District in partnership with the Houston Food Bank will continue Saturday at NRG Stadium and throughout next week at 25 campuses around the district.
Saturday’s event at NRG is the fourth mass community food
distribution. The site is expected to distribute 8,500 food packages. The site will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
HISD’s Office of Special Education has launched a YouTube channel
to help special education students and their parents as they adjust to learning
The channel will be used as an instructional resource for teachers
and parents and will offer engaging educational content for students. It
includes videos for grade levels K-12 that focus on science, reading, and math.
Food distribution efforts led by the Houston Independent School District in partnership with the Houston Food Bank will continue this Saturday at NRG Stadium and throughout next week at 25 campus sites throughout the district.
The Saturday event
at NRG is the third mass community food distribution. The site is expected to distribute 10,000
food packages — each weighing 80 to 100 pounds — in about five hours. To accommodate
the increase, the site will open from 2 to 7 p.m.
As a line of cars stretched down the block of
Houston’s Woodland Heights neighborhood, Travis Elementary second-grader Kai Teste
eagerly waved his hands from the car window at his teachers’ smiling faces.
For the past six years, the HISD school has
participated in the One Book, One School event in which the entire campus
community reads one book together at the same time.
Because the districtwide closure due to COVID-19
happened before the books could be delivered, the campus created a drive-thru
parade so students could pick up the book while simultaneously saying hello to
Houston Independent School District is committed to providing instructional
resources to parents of students with disabilities during this time away from
school buildings as well as multiple ways to engage children in meaningful
has updated the special education section of the HISD @ H.O.M.E page to enhance the organization of resources and
tools for virtual instruction.
example, if a student is accessing learning in a Structured Learning Class
(SLC), there is a section with resources specific to students being served in
this setting. There are also sections for additional placements to include:
Preschoolers Achieving Learning Skills (PALS), Preparing Students for
Independence (PSI), Skills for Learning and Living (SLL), and Structured
Learning Class- Alternative (SLC-Alt).
In accordance with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement
today for all Texas schools, the Houston Independent School District will stay
closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
This decision comes in response to a new executive order by
Gov. Abbott to continue safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 and
that all public and private schools should not reopen for the current school
year. Through the end of the
school year on June 1, the district will continue online learning and
virtual operations at the district level.
The Houston Independent School District is extending its food distribution program through the week of April 20 and announcing 25 new food distribution sites throughout the district.
Nutrition Services staff will continue to pack food bags at the Hexser T. Holliday Food Services Support Facility and deliver them to the distribution sites. Each site can distribute up to 500 bags — or 15,000 pounds of food — per day.
As families arrive at sites, nutrition staff minimize
contact by filling out the required Emergency Food Assistance Program forms for
families and placing food in the trunks of their vehicles. Participants who
walk to the sites also must adhere to social distancing requirements.
The Houston Independent School District is partnering with the Houston Food Bank to organize a mass food distribution site from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of NRG Stadium.
The goal is to accommodate working families who are unable to visit HISD-sponsored distribution sites during the weekday. The site is expected to distribute 3,000 food bags — or 90,000 pounds of food — in three hours.
“Every week at our other food distribution
sites we have been able to serve hundreds of families in need,” Interim
Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “Our mission is to continue to help as we
partner with the Houston Food Bank and other entities to ensure our students
and their loved ones do not go hungry.”