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.
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
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.
Editor’s Note: The HISD Board of Education is hosting a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 to gather feedback on beginning the process of becoming a District of Innovation, as designated by the TEA. More information can be found here.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education at
its virtual meeting on Thursday voted 7-2 in favor of a resolution to initiate
the process of designating HISD as a District of Innovation.
By adopting District of Innovation status, HISD could exercise greater local
control over decisions impacting positive educational outcomes for students.
The resolution approved by the Board of Education outlines specific exemptions
from state law that the district would seek, including:
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. All seniors attending will be required to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
The celebration is the brainchild of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner who will deliver his own words of encouragement to the class of 2020.